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Opinion

Don’t make shoveling a marathon event

Editorial

The first big snow of the season could come at any time, and area residents will need to clear out their driveways and sidewalks. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling ...

906 Dems denounce LaFave’s social media posts

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Representative Beau LaFave’s recent photos posted on Social Media are being called insensitive and racist according to an article in Michigan Advance. One photo depicts a meme where Governor Gretchen Whitmer murders the state budget. The other shows LaFave posing with thumbs up next ...

Facebook, Twitter should be held accountable

Local columns

BERKELEY — Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook says he’ll run political ads even if they are false. Jack Dorsey of Twitter says he’ll stop running political ads altogether. Dorsey has the correct approach, but the debate skirts the bigger question: Who is responsible for protecting democracy ...

How They Voted

Local columns

House Bill 4980, Expand clearing criminal records (expungements): Passed 95 to 13 in the House To authorize automatic expungement of up to two felony and four misdemeanor convictions from an individual’s public criminal history records. This would apply when 10 years have passed from the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 12, the 316th day of 2019. There are 49 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 2001, American Airlines Flight 587, an Airbus A300 headed to the Dominican Republic, crashed after takeoff from New ...

Line 5 legal saga appears positioned to go on and on

Editorial

We’d like to think that last week’s court decision affirming the legal package behind Canadian company Enbridge’s efforts to built a tunnel in the bedrock beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house controversial Line 5 would be the end of the legal wrangling surrounding the issue. That ...

Who needs spiritual advisers?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — As far as I can tell from a reading of history, while some presidents were friends of clergy, who sometimes advised them, to my knowledge, none hired them as staff members. Until the presidency of Richard Nixon. It was during Nixon’s administration that Charles Colson began ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 11, the 315th day of 2019. There are 50 days left in the year. Today is Veterans Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 11, 1972, the U.S. Army turned over its base at Long Binh to the South Vietnamese, symbolizing the ...

Community was generous during food drive

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Michigan State Police Manistique Outpost: Staff at the Michigan State Police Manistique Outpost collected canned goods and non-perishable items for local food pantries throughout Schoolcraft County from Oct. 14 through Oct. 25 for the 2019 Harvest ...

Tourism jobs don’t sustain families

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Recently the mayor talked about the “legacy” that the current Escanaba City Council may be remembered for (the proposed hotel on the old jail property). It may be your legacy Mr. Tall, but I don’t think in the way that you believe it to be. When one looks at the proposed hotel ...

Move forward with tunnel

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: After several months of political confusion, the Michigan Court of Claims rejected State Attorney General Dana Nessel’s attempt to stop the Line 5 project authorized by the legislature and the previous governor. Regardless, she has appealed the rejection despite public calls to drop ...

Halloween festivities

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It was a Halloween-esque evening. Dark clouds. Rustling leaves. Chilly. I live on South 14th Street. We had several neighbors in the yard with their goodies for the kids — it was a trifecta. Not to mention a friend (David) who always comes sliding by with his high-class goodies to ...

Follow Barry Sander’s example

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I wish Democrats would follow the example of the great Barry Sanders and hand the ball to the ref when they score a touchdown instead of acting like total … Have fun inserting the last word there. For the record, I was thinking “dipsticks.” How about you? I’m ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 9, the 313th day of 2019. There are 52 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 9, 1620, the passengers and crew of the Mayflower sighted Cape Cod. On this date: In 1872, fire destroyed nearly 800 ...

Scary scores make case for charters

Editorial

Democratic presidential candidates can’t stop talking about how terrible charter schools are, yet the latest crop of national test scores from traditional public school students ought to make them all school choice converts. That’s especially true when you look at how students are doing ...

Halloween mischief

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We must have some older or new kids in my neighborhood on South 14th as this is the first time pumpkins have been assaulted in my yard in 32 years...not once, but two nights in a row...and the third night was in my neighbor’s yard. It’s uncool to trespass into someone’s property ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 8, the 312th day of 2019. There are 53 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 8, 2000, a statewide recount began in Florida, which emerged as critical in deciding the winner of the 2000 presidential ...

Are you ready for a winter emergency?

Editorial

With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. “Winter is on it’s way and with cold weather comes health and safety concerns ...

Word power and name magic

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Do I have to do my homework? No (not said sarcastically), you get to. Want to go to college? Get a scholarship? Have a great career? Support a family? Then, you get to study, clean the garage, work a weekend shift, etc. There is a guy I see in town about four times a year and when ...

The day Nixon routed the Establishment

Local columns

WASHINGTON — What are the roots of our present disorder, of the hostilities and hatreds that so divide us? When did we become this us vs. them nation? Who started the fire? Many trace the roots of our uncivil social conflict to the 1960s and the Johnson years when LBJ, victorious in a ...