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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 1, the 152nd day of 2018. There are 213 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On June 1, 1968, the cult British television series “The Prisoner,” starring Patrick McGoohan as an ex-secret agent who finds ...

More attention needed to prevent mass shootings

Editorial

In the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, there was a Keeping our Kids Safe Town Hall meeting held at Ishpeming High School on Sunday. The town hall, hosted by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, brought together members of law enforcement, school administrators and legislators to ...

Too much violence

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We have such a death culture in this country. We have last the value of life. In addition, we are too prone to violence being the first and only option. No wonder we have school shootings almost every single month. Mental illness is also a fig factor in these shootings. We need to ...

Some things in life are better

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — There are several popular business/self-improvement books out there now (“Factfulness” and “Enlightenment Now”) that make the case that the world is objectively a much better place than it has ever been. The authors don’t base their position on flaccid, ...

Trade agenda runs into reality of global geopolitics

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s hard-line views on trade, a staple of his message long before he entered politics, are beginning to collide with the cold realities of global geopolitics. Trade talks on China and the North American Free Trade Agreement have hit stumbling blocks, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 31, the 151st day of 2018. There are 214 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 31, 1921, a race riot erupted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as white mobs began looting and leveling the affluent black district of ...

Elections board is outrageous

Editorial

If you’re wondering why Americans expect only the worst from their government, consider the cowardly, conniving actions of Norm Shinkle, chairman of the Board of State Canvassers. The only item on the board’s agenda last week wasthe certification of the anti-gerrymandering proposal for the ...

Abortion issue

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: “Mommy, don’t”-— Baby girl, Anne, to Mom- - -”Please don’t end my life.” Baby boy, Peter- - -”Dad, don’t let mom kill me.” Baby girl, Andrea- - - “Mom, can’t you see my fingernails and eyes?” Some pro-lifers object to statements like- - -”Abortion ...

What have we become?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What have we become? I recently wrote a Letter to the Editor about the President of the United States calling undocumented immigrants animals. I titled it “What have we become?” Again, I ask the same question. Regardless of whether you support Trump or not, I believe that most ...

What Is America’s cause in the world today?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — After being sworn in for a fourth term, Vladimir Putin departed the Kremlin for Annunciation Cathedral to receive the televised blessing of Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church. The patriarch and his priests in sacred vestments surrounded Putin, who, standing alone, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 30, the 150th day of 2018. There are 215 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 30, 1958, unidentified American service members killed in World War II and the Korean War were interred in the Tomb of ...

Give business a say on regulations

Editorial

Environmentalists are pitching a fit in Lansing over the prospect that those most impacted by state regulations may have their views considered when the rules are weighed. That does not seem such an outrage. Despite the hysterical claims that the foxes “will be guarding the hen house,” ...

What happened to the flags on Ludington Street?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I want to know why the City of Escanaba did not hang American flags in observance of Memorial Day on our main street. Someone needs to answer for this lack of patriotism. There were flags down by the marina. There were flags on Lake Shore Drive where the neighbors got together several ...

Trump’s curious coalition

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump’s strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America’s white working class and the nation’s ownership class. It’s a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don’t respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even ...

The NFL isn’t through

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WASHINGT0N — It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 29, the 149th day of 2018. There are 216 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 29, 1953, Mount Everest was conquered as Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tensing Norgay of Nepal became the first ...

Reflect on the price of freedom

Editorial

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Day of remembrance

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day was first celebrated during the Civil War. The graves of those who were killed in battle were decorated to acknowledge that they had not been forgotten. The day was renamed Memorial Day in the late 1960s. In 1971, the last Monday in May ...

A soldier’s story

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: He walked onto the small field and motioned to our two mortar crews. We left the gun pits and gathered around. He wore no rank. Someone later claimed he was a major. His crumpled bush hat, olive drab t-shirt (no jungle jacket) and relaxed manner spoke ‘lots of combat experience’. ...

Trump stokes populism that Taft resisted

Local columns

WASHINGTON — No elaborate catechism is required to determine if someone is a conservative. A single question, as simple as it is infallible, suffices: For whom would you have voted in the presidential election of 1912? That year, a former president and a future president ran against the ...