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Opinion

Hope for the Dead

Local columns

WASHINGTON — What is the connection between personal freedom and rising from the dead? When America was in its infancy and struggling to find a culture and frustrated at governance from Great Britain, the word most frequently uttered in speeches and pamphlets and editorials was not ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 31, the 90th day of 2018. There are 275 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 31, 1968, at the conclusion of a nationally broadcast address on Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson stunned ...

We deserve to know what those lobbyist lunches buy

Editorial

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Yet, many Michigan lawmakers would have us all think as much. A report released last week by the Michigan Campaign Finance Network — a nonpartisan organization that logs and disseminates political finance information — showed lobbyists reported ...

We can each stop the hate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In reference to the letter March 27 “Standing with the kids.” I, too, stand with every kid. I pray that nobody gets killed. But we live in an evil time. So much hatred. Several of you signed onto the letter. Did you all not see the signs held by seventh and eighth graders that ...

How They Voted

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The Legislature is on spring break with no sessions scheduled until April 10. Rather than votes this report contains some noteworthy legislative proposals to amend the constitution. To become law these require a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate and approval by ...

Liberal Conscience AWOL?

Local columns

WASHINGTION — In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Good Friday, March 30, the 89th day of 2018. There are 276 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Passover begins at sunset. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 30, 1981, President Ronald Reagan was shot and seriously injured ...

Towns can’t ignore pot’s inevitability

Editorial

Capac Village President John Grzyb is in an awkward spot. So are most other local elected officials in St. Clair and Sanilac counties. They could have a bit of explaining to do in about seven and a half months. Under the latest iteration of the state’s troubled medical marijuana rules, ...

Gun safety deserves careful study

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Slow down... Easy.... When we are upset, we members of the human family are vulnerable to jump on a popular band wagon, especially if emotional speeches are made in their support. But the popular emotional argument is often wrong. According to the Daily Press, March 15, 2018, ...

Notice should have been given for tree cutting

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I live on M-35. Last week I went out to get the mail and discovered MDOT had cut down and chipped 13 mature trees on my property. I had received no advanced notice this was coming, not even a knock on the door on the day of the destruction or a chance to use the wood for my own ...

What is truth?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: ‘What is truth?’ asked Pilate as Jesus stood before him prior to his crucifixion. According to the Gospel of John 18:38, it seems that Pilate asked the question and then walked away not waiting to have Jesus answer. Christians and non-Christians still do that today. I am writing ...

Kids speak their mind

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Anyone who bashes “kids these days” for their supposed faults and flaws (all bunk, by the way — kids are smarter and better than ever) didn’t watch last weekend’s “March for Our Lives” protest in Washington, D.C. All I could say is “Wow.” Kid after kid, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 29, the 88th day of 2018. There are 277 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 29, 1943, World War II rationing of meat, fats and cheese began, limiting consumers to store purchases of an average ...

Businesses should lead school reform

Editorial

Business Leaders for Michigan joined the fray this week of groups calling for the state to become among the top 10 for its schools and talent development. The challenges and shortfalls facing Michigan’s K-12 schools are already well documented, but getting business to back reform efforts is ...

Is Trump assembling a war cabinet?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The last man standing between the U.S. and war with Iran may be a four-star general affectionately known to his Marines as “Mad Dog.” Gen. James Mattis, the secretary of defense, appears to be the last man in the Situation Room who believes the Iran nuclear deal may be ...

Budget contributes to national insecurity

Local columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump wants us to believe that the ridiculous 2,232-page spending bill passed by Congress, but unread by most members, is a matter of “national security,” because it has money to rebuild the military. He said he had to sign the bill for that reason, but promised ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 28, the 87th day of 2018. There are 278 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 28, 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court, in United States v. Wong Kim Ark, ruled 6-2 that Wong, who was born in the United ...

NMU hockey program comes back to life

Editorial

Even though the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship game did not end the way most Northern Michigan University fans had hoped for, the 2017-2018 season overall turned out to be a big success. The Wildcats finished with a home record of 17 wins and 4 losses. It is the first 25-win ...

Standing with the kids

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Some people have claimed (without evidence) that the “Marches for Our Lives” by teens and young adults across our nation on Saturday, March 24, were incited and sponsored by “violent radicals.” But the only reputable reports that we have seen that displayed anger or the ...

Easter resurrection, fake news?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: True story — years ago in a Massachusetts apartment complex lived a tomcat named Ugly — because he had one only one eye, a crooked gait, mange for fur and was, well, ugly. The adults would chase him away, shut doors on him, hose him down and throw things at him. The kids liked him ...