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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 7, the 341st day of 2018. There are 24 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii as part of its plan to conquer ...

Unions should pay for union work

Editorial

Among the fiscally smart measures Republicans failed to address during the eight years they held control of state government is ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for teachers who do union work while on the clock. They have another chance in lame duck, and they should take ...

Line 5 letter was incorrect

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In a letter to the editor Nov. 24, the writer made numerous incorrect assertions regarding the operation of Line 5. Foremost, Line 5 was constructed in 1953 as an option for transporting oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, transporting oil via pipeline has a safety ...

Hockey pucks and school shootings

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Oakland University is passing out hockey pucks to faculty and students to chuck at would-be mass shooters on campus. If that wasn’t so sad, it’d be funny. We seemingly will do anything to avoid re-instituting the assault weapon ban and taking other common sense steps to ...

George H.W. Bush: Man of character

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WASHINGTON — I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 6, the 340th day of 2018. There are 25 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 6, 1907, the worst mining disaster in U.S. history occurred as 362 men and boys died in a coal mine explosion in ...

Seventeen-year-olds are not adults

Editorial

It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful. On Wednesday, the Senate Government Operations committee did what everyone — the business lobby in particular — expected it to do and, on a party-line ...

Support renewable energy bill

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage our ...

Is Putin the provocateur in the Kerch crisis?

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WASHINGTON — On departure for the G-20 gathering in Buenos Aires, President Donald Trump canceled his planned weekend meeting with Vladimir Putin, citing as his reason the Russian military’s seizure and holding of three Ukrainian ships and 24 sailors. But was Putin really the provocateur ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2018. There are 26 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 5, 1994, Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades. On this date: In ...

Protect the Mackinac Bridge, not Enbridge

Editorial

A proposed bill would expand the mission and focus of the 1952 charter for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, giving it the ability to take ownership of a tunnel housing Line 5 for Enbridge, should be scrapped. The bill, dropped in early November into the state senate by Senator Tom Casperson — ...

Trump’s assault on the rule of law

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BERKELEY — The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into ...

Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite warning signs

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 4, the 338th day of 2018. There are 27 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 4, 1783, Gen. George Washington bade farewell to his Continental Army officers at Fraunces Tavern in New York. On this ...

Protect yourself from the flu this holiday season

Editorial

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan residents that it’s not too late to get the flu vaccine. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, promotes awareness about the importance of the flu ...

The Supreme Court jumps to unanimity

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WASHINGTON — Unanimity is elusive in today’s America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog’s partisans in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

How They Vote

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Senate Bill 1171, Initiated minimum wage law ‘re-do’: Passed 26 to 11 in the Senate To revise an initiated law enacted in September that increased the state minimum wage. The measure was brought to the legislature by a petition drive, and originally would have increased the current $9.25 ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 3, the 337th day of 2018. There are 28 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Dec. 3, 1984, thousands of people died after a cloud of methyl isocyanate gas escaped from a pesticide plant operated by a ...

Many helped make Northern Exposure XXV a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Bonifas Arts Center: The Bonifas Arts Center would like to thank the many sponsors who have made Northern Exposure XXV possible and the incredible artists whose art and talent make the U.P. a more vibrant and beautiful place to live. They would also ...

Casperson has done enough

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Our “Lame Duck” state Senator, Tom Casperson, has really kicked it into gear during the last weeks of his term in office. His Senate Bill 1196 will allow other states such as Pennsylvania or Wyoming to truck radioactive fracking waste to Michigan and dump it here. This bill ...