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Opinion

Biden avoids wading into impeachment debate

Local columns

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 ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2021. There are 323 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 11, 2020, the World Health Organization gave the official name of COVID-19 to the disease caused by the coronavirus ...

Don’t chill speech in reforming elections

Editorial

On the heels of a contentious election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson isn’t wasting time in calling for sweeping changes to Michigan elections. She says she wants to work with the Legislature, and that’s where the discussions should take place. The package she proposes is a mix of ...

The spending addiction

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WASHINGTON — The problem with free money is that it leads to an addiction much like an addition to drugs. In the case of the $1.9 trillion “relief” bill that has no Republican support, Congress is the supplier, while those on the receiving end become increasingly addicted to government ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, the 41st day of 2021. There are 324 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 10, 1967, the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, dealing with presidential disability and succession, was ...

Winter storm reminds us where we are

Editorial

We’ve had fun. We sledded when we would’ve been chipping ice. We skied when we would’ve shoveled. We turned our faces to the sun multiple days in a row. The cynics among us said we’d have to pay the winter piper at some point. But we partied on in our 30-degree bliss. Now the ...

Housing need for a new group of workers

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: There was a very insightful Letter to the Editor recently from Mr. Alex Wellman which concluded that “It’s time for the Upper Peninsula to actively promote itself as a great place to live, work and raise a family among the growing number of people who suddenly have more freedom to ...

Ideological imperialism leading to a bad end

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WASHINGTON — When it was learned in 2016 that Russia may have hacked the emails of John Podesta and the DNC, and passed the fruits on to WikiLeaks to aid candidate Donald Trump, mighty was the outrage of the American establishment. If Russia’s security services filched those emails, and ...

AP-NORC poll: Americans are split on Trump’s impeachment

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans say former President Donald Trump bears at least some blame for the Capitol insurrection, and about half say the Senate should vote to convict him at the end of his impeachment trial. That’s according to a survey from The Associated Press-NORC ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 9, the 40th day of 2021. There are 325 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 9, 1825, the House of Representatives elected John Quincy Adams president after no candidate received a majority of ...

How They Voted

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Allocate federal Coronavirus relief money and more House Bill 4019, Allocate new federal coronavirus relief dollars to schools: Passed 59 to 50 in the House To appropriate $868.5 million in recently-approved federal coronavirus relief money, which is about 25% of the entire amount available ...

Kudos to the health department

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bonnie Westin of Gladstone: The employees of the Delta/Menominee Health Department deserve our gratitude. Right from the get-go of this pandemic, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We were tested early on because of an exposure and one of ...

Stay safe during cold weather

Editorial

With frigid temperatures expected to impact the entire state over the next week the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going outdoors. “The cold temperatures can cause serious injury and be potentially life-threatening,” said Capt. ...

Real socialism

Local columns

NEW YORK — People hate America’s big disparities in wealth. It’s a reason why, among young people, socialism is as popular as capitalism. The Democratic Socialists of America want a country based on “freedom, equality and solidarity.” That sure sounds good. But does socialism ...

Surveillance kills freedom

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WASHINGTON — “The makers of our Constitution undertook to secure conditions favorable to the pursuit of happiness. They recognized the significance of man’s spiritual nature, of his feelings, and of his intellect. They knew that only a part of the pain, pleasure and satisfactions of life ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2021. There are 328 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2021. There are 326 days left in the year. Todayís Highlights in History: On Feb. 8, 1952, Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed her accession to the British throne following the death of her father, King ...