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11 years of meaningless thoughts

- Happy birthday to Twitter, which turned 11 recently. It seems like only yesterday when people kept their meaningless thoughts to themselves, doesn’t it? - I will say this for Twitter, though. It’s still fun to see grown adults semi-cringe when they have to use the semi-silly term ...

Personality and policy

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the debacle over the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Trump can learn a valuable lesson that will serve him well in the next battle over tax reform and other issues. The president was elected largely on the force of his strong ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 30, the 89th day of 2017. There are 276 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1867, U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward reached agreement with Russia to purchase the territory of Alaska ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 31, the 90th day of 2017. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1917, the United States took formal possession of the Virgin Islands from Denmark. On this date: In 1492, King ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 1, the 91st day of 2017. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool’s Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 1, 1917, Scott Joplin, “The King of Ragtime Writers,” died at a New York City hospital. ...

What is the real scandal here?

WASHINGTON — Devin Nunes just set the cat down among the pigeons. Two days after FBI Director James Comey assured us there was no truth to President Trump’s tweet about being wiretapped by Barack Obama, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee said Trump may have had more than ...

For sure, the Jets are lasting champions

ESCANABA - The North Central Jets are champions. Of the billions of words I’ve typed on keyboards over the years, none are more appropriate or more true than “The North Central Jets are champions.” It is more than what they have done on hardwoods and gridirons across the state. Five ...

An orgy of unnecessary cruelty

BERKELEY — The theme that unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor — imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 28, the 87th day of 2017. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 1942, during World War II, British naval forces staged a successful raid on the Nazi-occupied French port of St. ...

An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

PHOENIX — As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, ...

How They Voted

Senate Bill 223, Create process for disclosing police firing to other agencies: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To establish a process and liability exemption for a police agency disclosing information to another agency about a former officer who may have been fired. A separating officer could ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 27, the 86th day of 2017. There are 279 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 27, 1977, in aviation’s worst disaster, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take off in heavy ...

Schoolcraft Chamber of Commerce building response

By Kelly W. George President and CEO mBank MANISTIQUE — The following statement is being released by mBank regarding the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce building in response to the March 10 City of Manistique’s press release claim that the Chamber was headed for “imminent” ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 25, the 84th day of 2017. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1947, a coal-dust explosion inside the Centralia Coal Co. Mine No. 5 in Washington County, Illinois, claimed 111 ...

The serious matter of political humor

WASHINGTON — Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 24, the 83rd day of 2017. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1765, Britain enacted the Quartering Act, requiring American colonists to provide temporary housing to British ...

Kindest Cuts

NEW YORK — “Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians ...

Emails are hazardous to your health

FLINT — A new study by the American Psychological Association says constantly checking your email, Facebook and Twitter can be hazardous to your mental health. As my back home pal Moon Dimple would probably say, “Well, duh. Next they’ll tell us eating lard straight from the can is bad ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 23, the 82nd day of 2017. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1792, Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G Major (known as the “Surprise” symphony because of an unexpected ...

Just say ‘No’ to FOX

ESCANABA — Watching FOX NEWS is bad for your health and not watching TV is more informative than watching FOX. Viewers in rural areas, like ours, watch FOX more than other sources of news and information. Rural areas voted for Mr. Trump. It is not a stretch to think that FOX misinformed ...