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Opinion

Knowing it all at 16

Local columns

WASHINGTON — How much credibility should we give to a 16-year-old when considering her qualifications to lecture adults about science and an end-of-the-world scenario? Greta Thunberg has been dubbed by the media as a “climate change activist” and a teen “eco-warrior.” She was at the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2019. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 27, 1964, the government publicly released the report of the Warren Commission, which concluded that Lee Harvey ...

GOP must focus on Michigan first

Editorial

Republicans arrive on Mackinac Island to begin planning for what promises to be their toughest battle in decades: reclaiming the ground they lost in last year’s election, preserving their influence in Lansing and helping President Donald Trump repeat his unexpected 2016 win in ...

Playbook for all future hearings

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — After Corey Lewandowski did everything short of mooning the House Judiciary Committee during his rancorous testimony, Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler said he was so gosh-darn mad he was “considering” holding him in contempt. Considering? Why are Dems always ...

The Kavanaugh reboot

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When the Supreme Court, under a previous ideological majority, was handing down decisions favorable to the left, Democrats were fine with deferring to that third branch of government to achieve what they declined to produce in legislation. Some Democrats in conservative states ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2019. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1789, Thomas Jefferson was confirmed by the Senate to be the first United States secretary of state; John Jay, the ...

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over a success

Editorial

Law enforcement officers from 93 police departments, sheriff offices, and Michigan State Police (MSP) posts recently increased patrols across the state during the end-of-summer Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign Aug. 14–Sept. 2. Preliminary reports indicate officers made ...

Can Trump still avoid war with Iran?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran. America does not want war with Iran. Even the Senate Republicans are advising against military action in response to that attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities. “All of us (should) get together and exchange ideas, ...

A tribute to my mentors

Local columns

WASHINGTON — They are all gone now; the men (and one woman) who were major influences in my early journalism career. The last two died within weeks of each other. They were Jack Perkins and Sander Vanocur, both veterans of NBC News where I started as a copyboy. My list of mentors is long. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 25, the 268th day of 2019. There are 97 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 25, 1789, the first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ...

Donors of all blood types are needed

Editorial

The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood or platelets to help increase the diversity of the blood supply. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major blood groups. However, for patients with rare blood types or those who receive regular ...

A clear and present danger to America

Local columns

BERKELEY — In retrospect, what’s most disturbing about “Sharpiegate” isn’t Donald Trump’s clumsy effort to doctor a National Weather Service map or even his brazen move to get the same agency to lie on his behalf. It’s how utterly petty his motive was. We’ve had presidents try ...

Don’t smile for the camera

Local columns

WASHINGTON — A trial in Great Britain has just concluded with potentially dangerous implications for personal freedom here. Great Britain is currently the most watched country in the Western world — watched, that is, by its own police forces. In London alone, the police have erected more ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 24, the 267th day of 2019. There are 98 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 24, 1976, former hostage Patricia Hearst was sentenced to seven years in prison for her part in a 1974 bank robbery ...

Time again to get that flu shot

Editorial

It’s autumn. Days grow shorter, trees are starting to turn color. More mornings and evenings carry a chill. Birds are headed south. Another sign of the season: Flu shots are returning in the region. A number of area sites will offer annual flu vaccinations, beginning at the end of this ...

Local support needed for tunnel

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I learned recently that a growing number of county commissioners around the state are choosing to support resolutions that call on the governor, attorney general and other state policymakers to approve a tunnel for Line 5. Good for them. I’m happy that local officials – who know ...

Hong Kong’s resistance offers lessons for Taiwan

Local columns

TAIPEI, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4242, Appropriations: K-12 School Aid budget: Passed 21 to 17 in the Senate The conference report for K-12 school aid budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct 1, 2019. The bill appropriates $15.235 billion compared to $14.765 billion approved the previous year, of which $1.749 ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 23, the 266th day of 2019. There are 99 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 23, 1806, the Lewis and Clark expedition returned to St. Louis more than two years after setting out for the Pacific ...

Music festival was a great day

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Nick Nolde of Escanaba: I’d like to sincerely thank the citizens of Escanaba and the surrounding area for supporting the Lake Shore Live 2019 music festival. Our biggest crowd to date was able to enjoy a day full of great music, great food, and great fun ...