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Opinion

One nation, many individuals

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NEW YORK — We celebrate the Fourth of July because that’s the day the Declaration of Independence was signed, 242 years ago. You might call July 4 America’s birthday. The Declaration didn’t just declare our independence from Britain; it vowed to create a government that respected ...

Trump supporters compared to cultists

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WASHINGTON — Bob Corker, the outgoing Republican senator from Tennessee, recently compared supporters of President Trump to members of a cult. The Washington Post quoted Corker as saying: “It’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? It’s not a good place for any party to end up with a ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 7, the 188th day of 2018. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President ...

Report possible threats to help stop mass killings

Editorial

The news last week that a gunman attacked journalists at a Maryland newspaper and killed five people was disconcerting to say the least. We know firsthand that people take things that are printed in a newspaper personally. We receive threats on occasion telling us if we run an item in the court ...

Keep an eye on fire danger this weekend

Editorial

As Independence Day holiday celebrations continue throughout the weekend, the public is encouraged to put fire safety first. Fire weather danger is expected to be particularly high today and Sunday, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast. The eastern Upper Peninsula east ...

This is a nation of laws

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is in response to the July 3rd letter entitled “Bad policies can take decades to heal.” I find this letter to be packed with half-truths, omissions and obviously left-leaning propaganda. It’s no secret that children have been separated from their criminal parents. If I ...

Support safer schools with Bill 6071

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: According to the FBI records (2018), statistics show that 141 people have been killed in a mass murder or attempted mass murder since 1999 at a school. School shootings are happening more and more and causing undue anxiety for families and students when going to school. 73 percent of ...

Odds and Ends

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WASHINGTON — Thanks to President Donald Trump’s 2017 tax cuts, we learned this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, an additional $2.3 trillion (with a “t”) will be added to our national debt over the next decade. Soon, for the only time since World War II, nearly ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 6, the 187th day of 2018. There are 178 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On July 6, 1957, Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to win a Wimbledon singles title as she defeated fellow ...

Pipeline spill plans should be public

Editorial

We appreciate the spirit behind the bills introduced by Reps. Tristan Cole and Lee Chatfield banning anchoring in the straits area to keep the pipelines running through there from dents, but are concerned with the secrecy they are including in their bills. Chatfield, R-Levering, Sue Allor, ...

Put trash where it belongs

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The annual Fourth of July festivities are fast approaching. I live within a block and a half of Ludington Park. Every year, the morning after the fireworks, we, as well as many others who leave near the park, have to go into our front yards and clean up all of the trash left by people ...

Things we can agree on

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Last week, I asked readers to send me examples of things, no matter how basic, that most people, no matter who they are, can agree on. I did this for me. I’ve been truly dispirited lately about how angry and divided the country seems to be right now - more so than any time ...

Back to the Constitution

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WASHINGTON — The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy from the U.S. Supreme Court is about to bring a 60-year battle to a head. For decades the country has witnessed a fight between those who believe the Constitution speaks for itself and others who believe it says whatever the judges ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 5, the 186th day of 2018. There are 179 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 5, 1947, Larry Doby made his debut with the Cleveland Indians, becoming the first black player in the American League ...

Conservation corps workers doing great work in flood relief

Editorial

Thanks to support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and other local and regional funding sources, the Superior Watershed Partnership was able to deploy additional crews from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps to assist the flood-ravaged communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Currently, a ...

A new idea for the Supreme Court

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: United States Supreme Court food for though, instead of being appointed for life why not try the following, You have nine seats on the Supreme Court. Example - Judge X is put in the number nine seat on the Supreme Court — next year Judge X falls to number eight seat on the ...

A view on climate change

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: So Kevin Crupl thinks that the global warming or cooling or whatever, is the cause of the floods in the Copper Country. Let’s take a look at some of his points. He says that it is a well-documented, increase in global average temperature. In the last hundred years the temperature, ...

No party for old white men

Local columns

WASHINGTON — For Nancy Pelosi, 78, Steny Hoyer, 79, and Joe Biden, 75, the primary results from New York’s 14th congressional district are a fire bell in the night. All may be swept away in the coming revolution. That is the message of the crushing defeat of 10-term incumbent Joe ...

Don’t spread aquatic invasive species

Editorial

The summer recreation season is in full swing, bringing boaters from all over to fish and float on Michigan’s lakes. When watercraft are on the move, though, that means aquatic invasive species — non-native plants and animals that spread rapidly and have negative effects on recreation and ...

Bad policies can take decades to heal

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: More than 2,000 children have been separated from their parents in recent weeks and placed in government-contracted shelters — hundreds of miles away, in some cases — under a “zero tolerance” policy toward families entering the U.S. Many are from drug - and violence - wracked ...