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Opinion

Schultz’s presidential run reckless

Local columns

BERKELEY — America is the only place in the world where any citizen over the age of 35 can run for president. No experience in government necessary. No support from a political party necessary. You don’t even have to have any ideas or policy proposals. Take Howard Schultz, the former CEO ...

Dems see opportunity, danger in Midwest

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump smashed the blue wall in his first White House bid, chiseling a path to the presidency through Midwestern states that hadn’t backed a Republican presidential contender in three decades. But as he gears up for his re-election bid, there are early ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 26, the 57th day of 2019. There are 308 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 26, 1904, the United States and Panama proclaimed a treaty under which the U.S. agreed to undertake efforts to build a ...

Key college aid deadline is near

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Supreme Court can undo past confusion

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WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment’s first words say, ...

How They Voted

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The legislature did not vote on any bills of general interest last week, although in the Senate a voice-vote was held on requesting the state Supreme Court to give an opinion on legislative actions related to two initiated laws enacted last fall. This report describes that request, and some ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 25, the 56th day of 2019. There are 309 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 25, 1986, President Ferdinand Marcos fled the Philippines after 20 years of rule in the wake of a tainted election; ...

Seek out qualified tax preparers

Editorial

Michigan taxpayers should choose a qualified tax preparer to ensure their individual income tax returns are completed correctly and appropriately, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. Under state law, taxpayers are responsible for the content within their tax returns and for any ...

Bogus gun research

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NEW YORK — Last week Rep. Nancy Pelosi warned President Donald Trump that if he declared an “emergency” to build a wall, “think what a president with different values can present... Why don’t you declare (the epidemic of gun violence in America) an emergency, Mr. President? I wish you ...

Back to Munich

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WASHINGTON — “There are none so blind as those who will not see.” One might think that after denying the evidence of Adolf Hitler’s rise and objectives that resulted in World War II, Europeans might be more attuned to modern threats. Last week on a visit to Munich (oh, the irony), ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2019. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1954, the first mass inoculation of schoolchildren against polio using the Salk vaccine began in Pittsburgh as some ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

Editorial

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Druganaba is a horrendous name

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: For much of my work career before retirement, I worked professionally as a counselor for children and young adults ages 7-25 in schools, the YMCA and 6 universities. Although I was not certified in substance abuse counseling, I did some of that with supervision and in teams. Connected ...

Three years and a bridge

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR Each time I cross the Mackinac Bridge I am more in awe of it. This magnificent structure was completed in three plus years over 60 year ago. Think about it. The project Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) on the Escanaba River Bridge has going will be into its third year soon. ...

Congress loses a man of courage and decency

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WASHINGTON — As on so many matters, former Republican Senate leader Bob Dole put it best when he said that almost all members of Congress love to make tough speeches; they just don’t like to make tough votes. Rep. Walter B. Jones Jr., the North Carolina Republican who died on his 76th ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2019. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1997, scientists in Scotland announced they had succeeded in cloning an adult mammal, producing a lamb named ...

Waiting for final Mueller report? It may be short on detail

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation has to end with a report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 20 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of ...

Only a bipartisan solution can solve education crisis

Editorial

It’s 2019, and over 50 percent of Michigan third-graders can’t read at grade level. The state no doubt is experiencing a ‘crisis in education and skills’ - as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in Tuesday night’s State of the State address. But it’s not a new problem. Michigan ...

In defense of teachers

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TRAVERSE CITY — I posted a cartoon to my Facebook page this week of a teacher at her desk wearing a t-shirt bearing the words “I support merit pay for politicians” on it. That’s funny, of course. But I couldn’t resist adding this: “I agree. And while we’re at it, let’s give them ...

The President and chilling free speech

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WASHINGTON — While the public discourse has been consumed over the realization that abortion physicians actually let viable babies who survive late-term abortions die — as well as whether President Donald Trump or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will blink first over the issue of congressional ...