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The million dollar carp

FLINT — In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Snyder offered a million bucks (really) to whoever comes up with the best idea to stop the dreaded Asian carp that are headed for the Great Lakes via Chicago’s waterways. Once they make it — gulp, gulp, gulp — there goes the ...

Leadership Washington could learn from

WASHINGTON — Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in ...

Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

NEW YORK (AP) — Whenever Donald Trump fumes about “fake news” or labels the press “the enemy of the people,” First Amendment scholar David L. Hudson Jr. hears echoes of other presidents — but a breadth and tone that are entirely new. “Mr. Trump may not know it, but it was Thomas ...

The Trump effect

WASHINGTON — Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 9, the 68th day of 2017. There are 297 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 9, 1841, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled in favor of a group of Africans captured by ...

State should treasure education, fund it

ESCANABA — “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21. — — — Michigan’s education policy has been a disaster. The state’s policy has worked against the best efforts by local school districts. In 1993 the state wrested education policy ...

Americans are divided on admitting refugees

WASHINGTON (AP) — Where immigrants are concerned, James Wright is OK with people who are here legally, as well as illegally — if they haven’t committed crimes. But turn the talk specifically to the risks and benefits of admitting refugees to the U.S., and the New Jersey resident gives a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 8, the 67th day of 2017. There are 298 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 8, 1917, Russia’s “February Revolution” (referring to the Old Style calendar) began in Petrograd; the result ...

Trump’s most shameful lie

BERKELEY — On Feb. 9, at a closed-door meeting with a group of U.S. senators. Donald Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have been victorious in the Granite State last fall if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from ...

The political divide over American identity

NEW YORK (AP) — Add one more to the list of things dividing left and right in this country: We can’t even agree what it means to be an American. A new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds Republicans are far more likely to cite a culture grounded ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 7, the 66th day of 2017. There are 299 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 7, 1967, the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” based on the “Peanuts” comic strips by Charles M. ...

The Bloated Military

NEW YORK — Donald Trump once wanted to cut military spending. Before running for president, he said Congress’ automatic “sequestration” cuts didn’t go far enough, that they were “a very small percentage of the cuts that should be made.” Then he ran for office and said he ...

Trump reinvents himself

WASHINGTON — For Republicans who have been concerned that President Trump has not been specific about his policies and about where he wants to take the country, Tuesday night’s address to Congress and the nation was a welcome relief. For liberals, however, it was a problem precisely because ...

Lavrov vs. McCain: Is Russia an Enemy

WASHINGTON — The founding fathers of the Munich Security Conference, said John McCain, would be “be alarmed by the turning away from universal values and toward old ties of blood, and race, and sectarianism.” McCain was followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov who called for a ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2017. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, “The Star-Spangled Banner” became the national anthem of the United States as President Herbert Hoover ...

Remember when facts were facts

FLINT — Doesn’t it seem like Trump has been in office for years already? Remember the good old days when facts were facts, Sweden, Bowling Green and Atlanta hadn’t yet been attacked, and 70 percent of the country wasn’t going, “Oh sweet Jesus, what have we done?” - OK, riddle me ...

Shirts vs. Skins 2017

WASHINGTON — Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without ...

How They Voted

House Bill 4001, Cut state income tax rate by 0.2 percent: Failed 52 to 55 in the House To cut the state income tax rate from the current 4.25 percent to 4.05 percent over two years. The tax could go down another .15 percent later but only if the state rainy day fund is allowed to exceed $1 ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 2, the 61st day of 2017. There are 304 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 2, 1867, Howard University, a historically black school of higher learning in Washington, D.C., was founded as it ...

Farewell thoughts and notes from a final column

ESCANABA - Retirement has taken place again but there were still a few items that had to be taken care of before I could officially depart. That is why you’re stuck with one more column, to go with several stories I put together the final couple of days. As mentioned earlier, it’s been a ...