Opinion

Brighter outlook for U.P. energy future

Local columns

They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 6, the 310th day of 2017. There are 55 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 6, 1977, 39 people were killed when the Kelly Barnes Dam in Georgia burst, sending a wall of water through Toccoa Falls ...

Change smoke alarm batteries during time change

Editorial

As you set clocks back one hour and “fall back” to daylight saving time this weekend, adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. Eastern Standard Time officially begins on Sunday at 2 a.m. “The foam cushions and synesthetic fabrics in household ...

Get out and vote Tuesday

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I would encourage everyone to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7. So many times, we hear of low voter turnout. Let’s change that paradigm, starting with this election. Please take the time to research information about candidates and issues; you can do this by the following: listening to ...

Better healthcare needed

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I want to talk about insurance companies in general, and I mean “all” kinds. The medical insurance’s are taking advantage of the sick and dying people of our community. I’ve had so many experiences with the money hungry mongrels, I wouldn’t have enough space to write it ...

Communism turns 100

Local columns

NEW YORK — This year marks the hundredth anniversary of one of the worst mistakes ever made: the Communist revolution in Russia. Communist regimes went on to kill about 100 million people. Most died in famines after socialist tyrants forced people to practice inefficient collective ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 4, the 308th day of 2017. There are 57 days left in the year. A reminder: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2:00 a.m. local time. Clocks go back one hour. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 4, 1942, during ...

Don’t wait to get ready for winter

Editorial

With winter weather approaching, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michigan residents to make winter emergency preparedness a priority. Severe winter weather poses health and safety concerns with cold temperatures, ...

Everything old is new again

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — My adult kids like to tell me I’m old and not very hip. But as usual they’re wrong, and I have evidence in the form of the book “The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter,” published earlier this year by David Sax. I could kiss this man. His book is all ...

An American President and the World

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 3, the 307th day of 2017. There are 58 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 3, 1900, the first major U.S. automobile show opened at New York’s Madison Square Garden under the auspices of the ...

Drug take-back a success in U.P.

Editorial

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held throughout the U.P. was a success. The seven Upper Peninsula Michigan State Police (MSP) posts collected 193.86 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28. The MSP partnered with the ...

Wind farm concerns

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It appears that Heritage Wind Energy is once again attempting to stampede the public and its representatives into making hasty and ill-advised decisions. Heritage contends that it is a public utility and therefore can access the public right-of-way and possibly exercise eminent ...

Treat everyone with respect

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I want to write about the treatment of woman in our society. It has become “the norm” for men to abuse, rape, degrade, defame, and make woman feel they are beneath them in all aspects, such as work environments, wages, and feel they have the “right” to put their hands on ...

Can the feds prosecute foreigners?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — I am in Switzerland this week interacting with and lecturing to students and faculty at the University of Zurich. The subject of our work is the U.S. Constitution and its protections of personal liberty. In most countries, government has begrudgingly granted snippets of ...

Enbridge’s failure to fully disclose has damaged reputation

Editorial

It came as bad news late last week that an enamel coating on a section of the controversial twin petroleum pipelines that sit on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has sustained some degree of damage. It came as shocking news that the company that owns and operates the lines — Enbridge ...

It’s Trump’s party now

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “More is now required of us than to put down our thoughts in writing,” declaimed Jeff Flake in his oration against President Trump, just before he announced he will be quitting the Senate. Though he had lifted the title of his August anti-Trump polemic, “Conscience of a ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4805: Ban imposing “educational development plan” on home school students Passed 101 to 5 in the House on October 26, 2017 To prohibit officials from requiring the parents of a homeschooled student who is enrolled in a public school part time and taking some public school ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Nov. 1, the 305th day of 2017. There are 60 days left in the year. This is All Saints Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Nov. 1, 1512, Michelangelo’s just-completed paintings on the ceiling of the Vatican’s Sistine ...