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Opinion

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 15, the 259th day of 2020. There are 107 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 15, 1963, four Black girls were killed when a bomb went off during Sunday services at the 16th Street Baptist ...

Protect your older loved one from a fall

Editorial

One in four older adults falls every year! Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making ...

The Anti-Trump conspiracy

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The cable networks, including Fox News, could talk of little else Labor Day weekend but the Atlanticmagazine piece by Jeffrey Goldberg alleging President Trump had said Americans who have died in wars are “losers” and “suckers.” The comments allegedly were made two years ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 14, the 258th day of 2020. There are 108 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1901, President William McKinley died in Buffalo, New York, of gunshot wounds inflicted by an assassin; Vice ...

Stolen purse returned, except for the money

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Brenda Tibbetts of Garden: To the person who stole my purse: Thank you for having the decency to return it. I find it extremely unusual that a purse stolen in Escanaba would be brought down and dropped off at Garden’s Mini Mart parking area, unless of ...

China’s dark turn

Local columns

NEW YORK — “I’m more anti-China than you!” That’s a new theme of this election. Joe Biden says, “We will never again be at the mercy of China!” Donald Trump replies, “China would own our country if Joe Biden got elected!” It’s strange to hear competition, because just ...

Trump attacks the military

Local columns

WASHINGTON — I was appalled at the allegations against President Donald Trump leveled in a recent article in The Atlantic. The article claimed that the president referred to American soldiers killed in World War I and buried in France as “losers” and “suckers.” It also offered that ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 12, the 256th day of 2020. There are 110 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 12, 1962, in a speech at Rice University in Houston, President John F. Kennedy reaffirmed his support for the ...

‘Dark stores’ impact communities

Editorial

By now, many people have at least heard of the “dark store” theory. The practice — which entails “big box” stores using the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower their property taxes by 50% or more in some cases — has been going on for more than a decade. For example, Marquette Township ...

America’s most trusted ‘referee’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — What do presidential candidates George H.W. Bush, Michael Dukakis, Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Ross Perot, Al Gore, George W. Bush, John Kerry, Barack Obama, John McCain and Mitt Romney all have in common? On the biggest night each of their political careers, when they — live and ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2020. There are 111 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida hijackers seized control of four jetliners, sending two ...

Women reminded to avoid alcohol while pregnant

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan women about the importance of avoiding alcohol while pregnant in a recent message in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation ...

Trump, Biden run vastly different pandemic campaigns

Local columns

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina caps outdoor gatherings at 50 people to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but don’t tell that to President Donald Trump. He basked in a largely maskless crowd of several thousand supporters during a campaign rally in this critical ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 10, the 254th day of 2020. There are 112 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Sept. 10, 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a Black student. ...

State’s transparency about COVID in schools falls short

Editorial

Better late than never seems to be the best state health officials can do when it comes to providing basic information to Michiganders about COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Unfortunately, their late arrival means hundreds of thousands of Michigan families will make decisions about returning to ...

Open restaurants

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We. the people, are tired of drive thru and takeout food. Per the governor’s orders, restaurants in the Upper Peninsula can open for inside dining. Why, then, are so many restaurants still closed? I have talked to some fast food personnel who say it is a corporate decision. Really? ...

Too much hate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I know there are mixed feelings about the late Michael Jackson. However, I hope you can put those aside for just a couple of minutes and read the lyrics of a song that we ALL need right now. It’s called Heal the World. The first and last verses and chorus: There’s a place, in ...

In defense of the USPS

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The United States Postal Service (USPS) is so important to a functioning society that it was ensconced in the Constitution in 1789 (article 1, section 8). Like police and fire departments, it is a public good, which greatly enhances the well-being of society, especially those in rural ...

Stolen purse

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: To the person who stole my purse on Sept 3: The State Police are investigating as well as Menards. hope that you use the cash inside to pay your bills and feed your children. If your guilt feelings get the better of you, please use some of the cash you found to mail everything back ...