Opinion

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 2, the 336th day of 2017. There are 29 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 2, 1942, an artificially created, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the ...

Great Lakes need to be protected

Editorial

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Protection of property rights

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am writing in response to Bart Hautala’s letter to the Daily Press titled, “Misinformation about Heritage.” I am a fourth generation farmer who has not signed a lease with Heritage Sustainable Energy. I am not for or against wind turbines. I just want to protect my property ...

‘Punching down’ is not American

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WASHINGTON — Americans have traditionally responded more positively to humor that “punches up” rather than “punches down.” To “punch up” means to make a joke at the expense of those who have more power, privilege or property than the audience or the humorist. “Punching down” ...

The return of virtue

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 1, the 335th day of 2017. There are 30 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 1, 1942, during World War II, nationwide gasoline rationing went into effect in the United States; the goal was not so much ...

What Cyber Monday does not offer

Editorial

On Monday, did your children or grandchildren get to tell a virtual Santa Claus what they want for Christmas? Did you try to guess how the magician you watched on your smartphone made the rabbit disappear? And, how about that ice skating app? Pardon our sarcasm, please. It is aimed, if you ...

High school mascots not changing

Local columns

LANSING — Our high school mascots are not changing Gladstone High School will remain the home of the Braves. The same goes for the Escanaba Eskymos and North Dickinson Nordics. Recently, a Democratic state senator from Detroit submitted legislation calling for the elimination of all ...

Things to be thankful for

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Last week I got my annual “What I’m Not Thankful For” list out of my system. Sorry. It had to happen. You ever try holding that many gripes and whines inside? Not easy or healthy. This week it’s time for a few utterly random things and people I’m thankful for. Such ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 30, the 334th day of 2017. There are 31 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 30, 1835, Samuel Langhorne Clemens — better known as Mark Twain — was born in Florida, Missouri. On this ...

Alabama Senate race gives GOP voters an uncomfortable choice

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HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — With two weeks to go until the Alabama election for U.S. Senate, Kathie Luckie of Hoover said she is “teetering” with her choice. A Republican, she usually supports the GOP candidate. But she said Roy Moore has always been “a little radical” for her taste, even ...

Anti-tobacco ads a long time coming

Editorial

Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies have to run ads in local and national media sources telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke. A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” ...

The US-Saudi Starvation Blockade

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WASHINGTON — Our aim is to “starve the whole population — men, women, and children, old and young, wounded and sound — into submission,” said First Lord of the Admiralty Winston Churchill. He was speaking of Germany at the outset of the Great War of 1914-1918. Americans denounced ...

Better late than never: Really?

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WASHINGTON — The English poet of the Middle Ages, Geoffrey Chaucer, is generally credited with coining the phrase that has been updated in modern English to read, “better late than never.” It means to do something or to arrive later than expected may not be good, but it is better than not ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 29, the 333rd day of 2017. There are 32 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 29, 1947, the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the partitioning of Palestine between Arabs and ...

Hauswirth a wise choice as new NTN executive director

Editorial

The people who run the Noquemanon Trail Network, by all accounts, parked one in the cheap seats recently in their hire of Lori Hauswirth as the organization’s new executive director. According to a written statement from the network, Hauswirth is a 20-year veteran trail advocacy and nonprofit ...

Right to the truth

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The goal of my letter about Ms. Kossow Nov. 8 letter was to demonstrate Ms. Kossow was factually wrong in her assertions and media bias. The definition of the word “opinion” was at the beginning of my letter and was very clear. Too bad some of you didn’t read it ...

A backlash against the bullies

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BERKELEY — Why are so many women now speaking out about the sexual abuses they’ve experienced for years? Is there anything unique about the time we’re now living through that has encouraged them to end their silence? I can’t help but think that their decisions are part of something ...

Bannon has House Republicans looking over shoulders for 2018

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon is telling people he’s not coming after mainstream Republicans in the House the way he’s targeting senators with anti-establishment disrupters in primaries. Many in the House are looking over their shoulders all the same. “I can’t read Mr. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 28, the 332nd day of 2017. There are 33 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 28, 1942, fire engulfed the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston, killing 492 people in the deadliest nightclub blaze ever. ...