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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 4, the 124th day of 2019. There are 241 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 4, 1961, the first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C. to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses ...

DNR heroes too often unsung

Editorial

In Monday’s edition of The News ran a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who posed for the photo holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, accoridng to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the ...

Water rate increase

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I have seen very few facts regarding the (water) increases. I have seen a lot of anger on the folks who are going to actually pay it. I have also heard several times that “the law” requires that we replace everything. I do not believe that it is a “law”. The DEQ has ...

America’s urgent need for baseball today

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WASHINGTON — In America today and in its capital city of Washington, D.C., we see, sadly, that with enough money and influence, the fix can be put in. A widely used passenger plane model — whose safety standards were certified by the manufacturer — had to be grounded after separate ...

Signs of the times

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WASHINGTON — It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2019. There are 242 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On May 3, 1937, Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, “Gone with the Wind.” On this date: In 1469, ...

Kid Count data worth considering

Editorial

Monday will mark the 39th celebration of Earth Day, and the date may be more important to recognize now than ever before. The latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book has been released, and it’s fairly good news for Marquette County. The county ranks 20th out of 82 counties for overall ...

Sucking up to corporations

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Bryant Gumbel’s show on HBO took a critical look at the so-far largely empty promises made by the Ilitch family in redeveloping a swath of downtown Detroit. When they built Little Caesar’s Arena, they got $324 million from Michigan taxpayers, money that was supposed to go ...

The Democrats’ economy problem

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WASHINGTON — How long can Democrats continue to claim the roaring economy should be credited to the Obama administration? How many, except the self-deluded, actually believe this? The latest bad news for the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is the 3.2 percent GDP growth in the first ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 2, the 122nd day of 2019. There are 243 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by elite American forces at his Pakistan compound, then quickly buried at sea after a ...

Michigan families urged to get children vaccinated

Editorial

Routine childhood immunizations protect children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by the age of two. During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to ensure their children are fully vaccinated on time for ...

Does the sheriff’s department really need more money?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I recently received a card in the mail from the Citizens for a Safe Delta County Committee. It is asking us to vote on two millage proposals. Both are renewals, one for Delta County Sheriff road patrol is also asking for an increase. It also uses the all to familiar tactics showing ...

A nation at war with itself

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has decided to cease cooperating with what he sees, not incorrectly, as a Beltway conspiracy that is out to destroy him. “We’re fighting all the subpoenas,” Trump said Wednesday. “These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are out to ...

Impeach or investigate? Democrats see no reason to choose

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happens next, don’t call it impeachment. House Democrats have been careful not to rush to impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump in the aftermath of Robert Mueller’s report, despite calls to do so by high-profile lawmakers and 2020 presidential ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 1, the 121st day of 2019. There are 244 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 1, 1707, the Kingdom of Great Britain was created as a treaty merging England and Scotland took effect. On this ...

The age of anything goes

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EDITOR: During the height of the Roman Empire, opulence and power were the only games in town. The Church was limited, and violence, abortion and self-will ran riot. Like other great empires, it also fell from within. Will we cave from within? No free society on earth has existed as long as ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 30, the 120th day of 2019. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. On this ...

Mueller report sheds light on Trump’s character

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BERKELEY — Democrats in Congress and talking heads on television will be consumed in the coming weeks by whether the evidence in the Mueller report, especially of obstruction of justice, merits impeachment. Meanwhile, the question of “wink-wink” cooperation with Russia still looms. ...

Nessel’s battle against puppy sale schemes justified

Editorial

We applaud Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and others in law enforcement and positions of advocacy in cracking down on illegal and inhumane puppy sale schemes. Nessel has said she plans to focus on the operations that include not only puppy mills but storefronts that sell sick or injured ...

Biden might offer restful break for weary voters

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WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...