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Opinion

Liberty winning?

Local columns

NEW YORK — Do I live in an alternate universe? The media tell me my side is (SET ITAL)winning(END ITAL). Salon claims, “We all live in Kochland, the Koch brothers’ libertarian utopia.” Tucker Carlson says, “Our leadership class remains resolutely libertarian.” What? Who? ...

Unconstitutional debt and future generations

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WASHINGTON — Earlier this week, President Joseph R. Biden Jr. asked Congress to raise taxes and increase borrowing so his administration can spend $2.3 trillion — on top of the $1.9 trillion Congress authorized two months ago for so-called COVID relief — for thousands of projects he calls ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 1, the 121st day of 2021. There are 244 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. commando operation (because of the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, May 3, the 123rd day of 2021. There are 242 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On May 3, 1948, the Supreme Court, in Shelley v. Kraemer, ruled that covenants prohibiting the sale of real estate to Blacks or ...

Lakefront property is expensive but city should buy

Editorial

Mark Twain is credited with noting, approximately, Buy land, they re not making it anymore. Although it s not entirely clear in what context the esteemed author and humorist made the statement, it s hard to argue with its accuracy. The same must be said for waterfront property. When it ...

U.P. hospital leaders speak on pandemic

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ESCANABA — This is a message from your Upper Peninsula hospital leaders and health experts - fellow Yoopers who have endured the hardships of this pandemic alongside you. We’re proud to have the important job of caring for our families, friends, and neighbors. And having been on the front ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 30, the 120th day of 2021. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’ís Highlight in History: On April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended as the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon fell to Communist forces. On this ...

AP Fact Check: Biden skews record on migrants; GOP on virus

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking a swipe at his predecessor, President Joe Biden gave a distorted account of the historical forces driving migrants to the U.S. border, glossing over the multitudes who were desperate to escape poverty in their homelands when he was vice president. In his speech to ...

We need court cost reform

Editorial

A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that an Alpena County defendant must pay for the state‘s costs in administering his court case is now precedent. By publishing their opinion, the appellate justices said their ruling that Travis Johnson must pay $1,200 in court costs can be used as case ...

If all the world’s a stage, COVID-19 is writing the script

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WASHINGTON — The 9/11 attacks gave us the heightened security theater now on display in all U.S. airports. Day after day for the last two decades, Transportation Security Administration agents have patted down travelers from teens to the elderly, looking for weapons that nobody expects to ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 134, Authorize penalties for defrauding drug tests: Passed 33 to 1 in the Senate To make the manufacture, advertisement, sale, or distribution of synthetic urine or another adulterant for purposes of defrauding a drug test a crime subject to one year in prison and a $1,000 ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 29, the 119th day of 2021. There are 246 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges ...

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Editorial

Fall 2020 was a time of tragedy for Michigan’s road and bridge workers. In a matter of three months, five road workers had been struck and killed and three more injured in work zone crashes. As the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state begin ...

Trash concerns

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I can think of no better day to write this letter than on Earth Day, when people often volunteer their time to pick up trash along highways. However, it’s not just highways where trash dumping is a problem. Many of our rural roads in Delta County are littered with garbage, from ...

Masks and more

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EDITOR: It’s a fact that long after the Lone Ranger went off the air, Jay Silverheels who played Tonto, his sidekick, told Johnny Carson that he peeked under Kemosabe’s mask and found “nothing special.” Well, today that is no longer the case. Last Halloween a once-friend told me ...

Musk, Bezos have celestial plans but should do more for workers

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BERKELEY — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos want to colonize outer space to save humanity, but they couldn’t care less about protecting the rights of workers here on earth. Musk’s SpaceX just won a $2.9 billion NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon, beating out Bezos. The money isn’t ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 28, the 118th day of 2021. There are 247 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into ...

Lockdowns come with high costs

Editorial

We are pleased that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is not choosing to close down the state in response to the latest wave of the coronavirus  a response she s opted for during past surges. Shuttering large swaths of the economy is costly on many fronts, and has long-lasting impacts. A new report ...

Is America led today by Anti-Americans?

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WASHINGTON — How can America unite again to do great things if we are led by people who believe America suffers from a great sickness of the soul, an original sin that dates back to her birth as a nation? Consider. After his long night of prayer for “the right verdict” to be ...

Power back to the people

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WASHINGTON — “Power to the People” was a chant used by anti-war and civil rights protesters in the ‘60s. John Lennon wrote a song with that title in 1971. The idea flowed from the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution which begins, “We the people.” The concept behind that phrase was ...