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Opinion

Not wasting a serious crisis

Local columns

WASHINGTON — My sainted mother was a public school teacher until she married my father and immediately, as a married woman, was forced by local Massachusetts rules then in force to leave the classroom. (My own grade school teachers included Miss Galvin, Miss Harrington, Miss Donahue, Miss ...

Beware a government of fear

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WASHINGTON — “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” — Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) One of my Fox colleagues recently sent me an email attachment of a painting of the framers signing the Constitution of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 27, the 87th day of 2020. There are 279 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 27, 2006, Al-Qaida conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui (zak-uh-REE’-uhs moo-SOW’-ee) testified at his federal trial that ...

Guest editorial was misleading

Editorial

ESCANABA — A guest editorial by the Detroit News titled “Come together to stay apart” on Wednesday’s opinion page in the Daily Press contained outdated and misleading information. The editorial stated “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped short of ordering Michiganians to shelter in place to ...

Consider donating personal protective equipment

Editorial

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Life will return to normal at some point

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — When people think the sky is falling, there’s an obvious risk in saying “Yes, it is … but it’s also not.” I’m going to take that risk. Yes, the coronavirus is awful. It’s killed roughly 12,000 worldwide so far. But it could have killed more. Believe it or ...

A lesson from coronavirus

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America’s overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs. Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 26, the 86th day of 2020. There are 280 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 26, 1945, during World War II, Iwo Jima was fully secured by U.S. forces following a final, desperate attack by ...

Medical supplies needed

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We have seen the television images of ordinary Chinese citizens wearing sanitary masks. South Koreans, too, appear to be having no problem getting masks. Why, then, are health care workers in the most prosperous nation in the world having to do without? The White House cites ...

The richest country?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A few years ago someone said its a terrible thing to waste a crisis and was criticized but its true; that could be the best time to learn how to solve a problem. Already, we see from this crisis that myths have been exposed; myths that only those who want to believe will still ...

Are Americans all-in for a long coronavirus war?

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WASHINGTON — “It’s a war,” says President Donald Trump of his efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, and likening his role to that of “wartime president.” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed the president’s claim to his commander in chief role in the crisis and his ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 25, the 85th day of 2020. There are 281 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 25, 1931, in the so-called “Scottsboro Boys” case, nine young black men were taken off a train in Alabama, ...

Deaths rock U.P. communities

Editorial

Once again, in the space of less than a week, we find it necessary to use this space to help our community grieve the loss of one of its best, or in this case, two of its best. Just days ago, we lamented the terrible passing of Ben Lauren, a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire ...

How They Voted

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The Legislature met one day this week and has scheduled tentative sessions for one day per week during the coronavirus public health emergency, which will only take place if there is a specific need. In coming weeks the Roll Call Report will feature recently introduced bill of interest. House ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 24, the 84th day of 2020. There are 282 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 24, 1989, the supertanker Exxon Valdez (vahl-DEEZ’) ran aground on a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and ...

Healthy residents should donate blood

Editorial

As the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) continues to urge residents to practice social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), officials called on healthy residents to continue blood donations to help the state avoid a life-threatening blood ...

Freedom in a time of madness

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and in peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times and under all circumstances.” — Ex parte Milligan, U.S. Supreme Court (1866) During the Civil ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 23, the 83rd day of 2020. There are 283 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 23, 1933, the German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers. On ...

Grocery store workers deserve our thanks

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: Take a moment today to thank grocery store workers. Saying they have had quite a week is an understatement as huge numbers of people crowded stores to buy food and other necessities. Many other workers have the option to work from home or close their workplace to ...