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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2019. There are 168 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on the first manned mission to the surface of the moon. On this ...

Beat the heat during this week’s high temps

Editorial

With temperatures across the state expected to be in the 80s and above this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding all residents to stay cool to beat the heat. MDHHS routinely reviews emergency department (ED) data for heat-related illness. Since July ...

Democrats should nominate Bennet

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WASHINGTON — With a disgust commensurate with the fact, Michael Bennet, the Colorado Democrat, says that during 40% of his 10 Senate years the government has been run on “continuing resolutions.” Congress passes these in order to spare itself the torture of performing its primary ...

How They Voted

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The legislature is on break through July, with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 342: Ban police use of face recognition technology Introduced by Sen. Peter Lucido (R), to prohibit law ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 15, the 196th day of 2019. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1976, a 36-hour kidnap ordeal began for 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver as they were abducted near Chowchilla, ...

Pioneering peregrines could find new homes in Upper Peninsula

Editorial

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list, but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

Government bullies

Local columns

NEW YORK — The city of Dunedin, Florida, wants Jim Ficken’s home. Ficken’s mom died, so he went to South Carolina to take care of her estate. He asked a friend to look after his house. But then the friend died, and no one cut Ficken’s grass. When it grew to 10 inches, Dunedin ...

The Constitution, Census and Citizenship

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WASHINGTON — Late last month, the Supreme Court ruled on a challenge to a question that the Commerce Department announced it would add to the 2020 census. The census itself has been mandated by the Constitution to be taken every 10 years so that representation in the House of Representatives ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 13, the 194th day of 2019. There are 171 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 13, 1985, “Live Aid,” an international rock concert in London, Philadelphia, Moscow and Sydney, took place to raise ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Editorial

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

Hungary’s sound immigration policy

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WASHINGTON — Two summers ago on a visit to Budapest, I asked the spokesman for the Hungarian government about the growing problem of migrants coming into Europe. He told me Hungary doesn’t have a migrant problem because they don’t have welfare programs. So, he said, migrants continue ...

Ocasio-Cortez feud with Pelosi tests party

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WASHINGTON (AP) — They don’t talk to each other much, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But they’re lately speaking at one another in a way that threatens party unity and underscores broader tensions reshaping the Democrats. Their power struggle has spilled ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2019. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of ...

How the free press helped free America

Editorial

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” — — — This week, as I do every July 4, I pondered on the bravery and nobility of our ...

I don’t understand

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I don’t understand... Why adopting a child is so expensive. Why there is no law requiring drivers to use blinkers. Why NBC, Disney, Netflix, the NCAA, find it necessary to boycott Georgia over abortion laws. Why there is no stoplight at 30th Street and 3rd Avenue North. (I hear ...

Response to Heller column

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EDITOR I don’t usually read Andy Heller, but the title of his July 3rd op-ed, “Distinguishing News from Opinion”, caught my eye. The Newsweek article cited in Heller’s piece, “Trump Administration Argues Detained Migrant Children Don’t Need Toothbrush, Soap”, illustrates how ...

Politics and fireworks

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — This will not surprise you but I disagree with our tinhorn dictator about his Fourth of July celebration. Turning it into a military parade is so juvenile, so beneath us, so … Soviet. We’re better than that. Or used to be, anyway. - I like Michigan’s more restrictive ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2019. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1972, the World Chess Championship opened as grandmasters Bobby Fischer of the United States and defending champion ...

Enjoy the outdoors, but be wise with fire

Editorial

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

Look to the Declaration

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WASHINGTON — On this 243rd anniversary of the beginning of the best thing that ever happened — “The Great Republic” was Winston Churchill’s tribute — many of today’s most interesting arguments about America’s nature and meaning are among conservatives. One concerns the relevance ...