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Opinion

Does Sen. Ted Cruz really look like Texas?

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WASHINGTON — While glued to the coverage, both riveting and chilling, of the Senate trial of former President Donald J. Trump, and watching the House prosecutors and the Senate jurors, I kept wondering how much — or how little — our elected representatives look like the people and the ...

The Rush Limbaugh I knew

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WASHINGTON — The man who picked me up at an airport too many years ago to recall the date asked if I had ever heard of a guy named Rush Limbaugh. When I said I had not, he turned on the car radio and said, “listen.” After 15 minutes I was hooked. Limbaugh, who died of lung cancer on ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 19, the 50th day of 2021. There are 315 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 19, 1942, during World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the ...

Help the DNR with deer tests

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources needs more deer heads to avoid the possibility of burdensome new mandates imposed on area cow farmers. Through an agreement with the federal government, the state must collect a specified number of deer heads harvested from specific parts of the ...

$15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents’ house in Orlando, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 18, the 49th day of 2021. There are 316 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 18, 1970, the ìChicago Sevenî defendants were found not guilty of conspiring to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic ...

Keep Michigan budget focused on recovery

Editorial

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out her priorities for 2022 spending as the state moves on from a year dominated by job losses and other economic disruptions caused by lockdowns. While the budget is buoyed by a one-time influx of federal COVID relief dollars, the state can’t use that windfall as ...

It’s Biden who’s changing America

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BERKRLEY — While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, which ...

Andrew Cuomo’s deadly lie

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WASHINGTON — The people who hand out Emmy Awards should ask New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to return the one they gave him. Cuomo received an Emmy for what they called his “masterful” COVID-19 press briefings. The media lauded those performances, extolling his honesty and transparency. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 17, the 48th day of 2021. There are 317 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 17, 1815, the United States and Britain exchanged the instruments of ratification for the Treaty of Ghent, ending the ...

Right to Life of Delta County says thank you

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carol Carlson, Right to Life of Delta County: Right to Life of Delta County thanks each and every person, business, organization and Church who supported our annual signature ad in the Daily Press, January 22, 2021. The ad remembered the tragic “Roe V. ...

Socialism never works

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NEW YORK — Last week, I reported on two myths about socialism. My new video covers three more. Myth No. 3: Socialism works if it’s “democratic.” As the Democratic Socialists of America put it, “Society should be run democratically — to meet public needs, not to make profits for ...

A mind of winter

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WASHINGTON — It was around 8 o’clock on a recent Monday night, and my husband was yelling at the neighbors. “Jackie! Kate! Jackie! Kate!” “Honey, they can’t hear you.” “The lights are on.” “Yes,” I agreed. “Because it’s only 8 o’clock, and they aren’t 90. ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2021. There are 321 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, ...

Racism in the criminal justice system requires our attention

Editorial

Accusing anyone of racism is a sure way to elicit a defensive response. Suggest that institutional racism is rampant, and most white Americans will react with the same reflexive denial, insisting they neither practice nor condone it. But institutional racism isn’t an attitude, or a policy; ...

Hypocrisy on deficits and national debt

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WASHINGTON — On April 1, 2018, when Thad Cochran retired after 40 years as a U.S. senator from Mississippi, he made history; Cochran was the last Republican in Congress to have ever voted to increase federal taxes. He had done so on Dec. 19, 1990, when Republican President George H.W. Bush, ...

Biden avoids wading into impeachment debate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The searing images once again claimed center stage: a mob storming the U.S. Capitol, Trump flags held aloft as violent rioters fought with police and targeted lawmakers. But as the traumatic video footage from Jan. 6 grips viewers of the impeachment trial of former ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2021. There are 322 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1973, Operation Homecoming began as the first release of American prisoners of war from the Vietnam conflict took ...

Organ donation efforts are critical

Editorial

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made some aspects of volunteerism and donation more challenging, there are still many ways to contribute to your community and beyond. One wonderful example can be found with the Northern Michigan University School of Nursing, which is spreading the word about ...

We can stop wondering who the Republicans want to be

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WASHINGTON — When Marjorie Taylor Greene was a teenager, she — Oops, wrong age. When Marjorie Taylor Greene was barely into her 20s, she — I beg your pardon. Wrong decade. When Marjorie Taylor Greene was in her mid-40s, she clicked “like” on a Facebook post calling for House ...