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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 19, the 262nd day of 2019. There are 103 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 19, 2008, struggling to stave off financial catastrophe, the Bush administration laid out a radical bailout plan ...

NMU continues trend of growing its overall enrollment

Editorial

There was positive news recently from the campus of Northern Michigan University. NMU continues to buck state and national trends by growing its overall enrollment, something most colleges and universities only dream of these days. According to the school’s all-important 10th day enrollment ...

After Bolton, Trump goals remain unrealized

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WASHINGTON — The sudden and bitter departure of John Bolton from the White House was baked in the cake from the day he arrived there. For Bolton’s worldview, formed and fixed in a Cold War that ended in 1991, was irreconcilable with the policies Donald Trump promised in his 2016 ...

When government runs health care

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DUBLIN — “When would you like to schedule your knee replacement surgery?” asked my American doctor before I left for Ireland? I gave him a date that works for me (I’m calling it the result of an old basketball injury, not advancing age). His office scheduled it for that date. Contrast ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 18, the 261st day of 2019. There are 104 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 18, 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol. On this date: In 1850, Congress ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in Michigan

Editorial

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

Rights of the many being trampled

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Here we go again: big corporation with deep pockets and legions of lawyers approaches farmers with large parcels of already cleared easily accessible land with the purpose of altering said parcels from agricultural to industrial in the name of “clean energy.” The corporations like ...

America will bounce back

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BERKELEY — If stagnant wages, near-record inequality, climate change, nuclear buildups, assault weapons, mass killings, trade wars, opioid deaths, Russian intrusions into American elections, kids locked in cages at our border, and Donald Trump in the White House don’t at least occasionally ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2019. There are 105 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 17, 1987, the city of Philadelphia, birthplace of the U.S. Constitution, threw a big party to celebrate the 200th ...

Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week starts

Editorial

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is reminding parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 15 -21. CPS Week is a national initiative to raise awareness about car seat use and ...

Theft of signs disturbing

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What kind of neighbors do you have? Are they friendly, helpful, trustworthy, and honorable? I applaud Ada Knauf for her recent letter in the Press. She pointed out the kind of people who live in Escanaba Township and the Flat Rock area. I am talking about most of the residents of ...

Hong Kong a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’

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HONG KONG — Physically diminutive, intellectually acerbic and with an eye for the ironic, Margaret Ng — lawyer, writer and former legislator — is, at 71, a member of the generation for which this city’s youthful protesters have scant patience. They say the elders have been too patient ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 343, Increase medical-related college loan subsidies: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To increase from $200,000 to $250,000 the maximum amount the state can give to doctors, nurses and some other medical professionals to repay their college loan debt in return for the individual ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Sept. 16, the 259th day of 2019. There are 106 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On Sept. 16, 2001, President George W. Bush, speaking on the South Lawn of the White House, said there was “no question” ...

Ladies Day at fair was special

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Patricia Hoffmeyer of Wilson: Although I always enjoy Ladies Day at the U.P. State Fair, this year was extra special for me. I was the lucky recipient of the 41st, 2018 annual quilt made from the 2018 quilt block contest. The theme was “Barns.” Living ...

No place for solar farm

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Sure we need solar energy, but not from a utility-scale solar power plant in our back yards in Escanaba Township. Would you allow that? This belongs in an industrial zone. Others are built on public lands brownfield lands. The definition for Brownfield Land is “Any previously ...

Better schools

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NEW YORK — With most services, you get to shop around, but rarely can you do that with government-run schools. Philadelphia mom Elaine Wells was upset to learn that there were fights every day in the school her son attended. So she walked him over to another school. “We went to go ...

Dealing with the Taliban devil

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PARIS — President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 14, the 257th day of 2019. There are 108 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key was inspired to write the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” (later “The Star-Spangled ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news

Editorial

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...