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Opinion

Policies matter in growing population

Editorial

The latest population numbers from the U.S.Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve. The fastest growing state in ...

Try to remember …

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WASHINGTON — Is anyone here old enough to remember the urgent warning issued in a speech to the National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in August 2002 by an American vice president who had artfully avoided the military draft during wartime? Dick Cheney, after acknowledging he was ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 10, the 10th day of 2020. There are 356 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 10, 1984, the United States and the Vatican established full diplomatic relations for the first time in more than a ...

Snowmobile safety campaign urges people to ‘Ride Right’

Editorial

As snowmobilers enjoy one of the state’s most popular winter outdoor activities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to ride at a safe speed, ride on the right side of the trail and ride sober. It’s all part of the DNR’s “Ride Right” snowmobile safety ...

No resolutions this year

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TRAVERSE CITY — I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year, but if I had it would have been: “I resolve to stop nagging myself all year long, every day, to incessantly improve at this or that.” The older I get, the more I’ve learned the value of telling that voice in my head to ...

If Baghdad wants us out, let’s go!

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WASHINGTON — Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country. Though nonbinding, the expulsion vote came after mobs ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 9, the ninth day of 2020. There are 357 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 9, 1945, during World War II, American forces began landing on the shores of Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines as the ...

Additional care, caution needed when on ice

Editorial

With the winter solstice officially behind us, the days have now started to slowly get longer (even though it doesnít feel like it, at all). But as most Yoopers already know, the grip of winter will still be around for months to come. With that under consideration, we must remember to use ...

Add Iran’s leadership to ash heap of history

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WASHINGTON — Addressing the British Parliament in 1982, President Ronald Reagan outlined a plan for placing the Soviet Union and Marxism-Leninism on the “ash heap of history.” It is an objective President Trump might pursue against the mullahs in Iran, who are subsidizing terrorism in the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 8, the eighth day of 2020. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 8, 1815, the last major engagement of the War of 1812 came to an end as U.S. forces defeated the British in the Battle ...

Scammers using fake letters in collections scam

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Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of an aggressive scam that is making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In the scheme, taxpayers receive what appears to be a government-looking letter about an overdue tax ...

Our real existential crisis — extinction

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WASHINGTON — If Western elites were asked to name the greatest crisis facing mankind, climate change would win in a walk. Thus did Time magazine pass over every world leader to name a Swedish teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg, its person of the year. On New Year’s Day, the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2020. There are 359 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 7, 2004, President George W. Bush proposed legal status, at least temporarily, for millions of immigrants improperly ...

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Editorial

Every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Analysis: What’s next after killing of Iran general?

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The unprecedented killing of Iran’s top general in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq has sent shockwaves across the Middle East, with Iran and its allies vowing revenge amid fears of an all-out war. But while they have vast arsenals and are within striking distance of U.S. troops ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2020. There are 360 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of “Four Freedoms”: ...

Church organist sets the bar high

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stephen Sprague of Grass Valley, Calif.: Wow. Just want you to know seeing that picture of Mr. Aronson at the organ blew my mind. 73 years? 73 years playing the organ on Sundays? 73 years, every Sunday, playing that organ? 73 years? Talk about being a ...

Three Tips for 2020

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NEW YORK — I learned three new things this year that made my life better! I share them with you here, hoping they make your 2020 easier. My “life hacks” are about popcorn, iPhones and butter. Weird? Maybe. Now I report on how politicians wreck just about everything, but at ...

Office Pool 2020

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WASHINGTON — 1) In 2020, President Donald Trump will... a. start a war with Iran. b. refuse to enforce Obamacare. c. retain the core of Obamacare because he will have a change of heart. d. be re-elected. 2) At the end of 2020... a. more American troops will be deployed around ...