Thank you healthcare workers


This week’s bouquets go to: From Trixty Britton of Escanaba: I want to write about our healthcare workers. They are very special people. I personally have had to be in the hospital for months for major surgery and it was well taken care of. I couldn’t thank them enough. Incredible ...

American optimist

Local columns

NEW YORK — There’s so much negative news these days. I was glad to see that a new podcast, “American Optimist,” features good things that are coming. It’s hosted by Palantir founder and venture capitalist Joe Lonsdale. He interviews entrepreneurs like Sal Churi, who funds companies ...

Harris and the Hatch Act

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WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris, who appears to be in the witness protection program when it comes to her assigned role of restoring our southern border, has re-surfaced in a video she sent to 300 Black churches in Virginia. In it, she calls on congregants to vote for Democratic ...


Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Oct. 23, the 296th day of 2021. There are 69 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Oct. 23, 1973, President Richard Nixon agreed to turn over White House tape recordings subpoenaed by the Watergate special ...

Make ARP spending thoughtful, transparent


An open cookie jar is a tempting thing. And nearly every local government official in Michigan is situated face-to-face with just such a perceived bounty. Thanks to a gush of federal cash from a number of past and upcoming stimulus bills, tens of millions in aid payments are destined for ...

Biden needs to keep away skunks and mobs

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WASHINGTON — The Biden presidency hangs not upon the House, but two Democratic senators, skunks at the political garden party. As skies darken, the Jan. 6 Capitol mob comes closer. These ominous signs are related. I heard shrieks and howls while in the House chamber. It was an armed, ...