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Opinion

Who gains from Trump’s refusal to concede?

Local columns

BERKELEY — Leave it to Donald Trump and his Republican allies to spend more energy fighting nonexistent voter fraud than containing a virus that has killed 246,000 Americans and counting. The cost of this misplaced attention is incalculable. While COVID-19 surges to record levels, there’s ...

Who needs faith advisers?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If I am deficient in my knowledge about chemistry, or a medical issue, or what kind of car to buy, I consult people who know more than I do on these subjects. When it comes to faith, though, I can handle that with a little help from my friends, meaning the writers of the Old ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Nov. 17, the 322nd day of 2020. There are 44 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 17, 1800, Congress held its first session in the partially completed U.S. Capitol building. On this date: In ...

Michigan election destined for the microscope

Editorial

A lot of mixed messages came through on Tuesday and Wednesday, from all sides. Stop. Hurry up. Be patient. Fight. Incumbent President Donald J. Trump threatened to file suit in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting our state’s 2-million-plus absentee ballots. He encouraged ...

Where should evangelicals go now?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Evangelical Christians have unquestionably been a loyal and largely unmovable base of support for President Trump since he has been in office and in some cases before. Should the election results not be overturned by recounts or court decisions, where do they go and what should ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Nov. 16, the 321st day of 2020. There are 45 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 16, 1933, the United States and the Soviet Union established diplomatic relations. On this date: In 1776, British ...

An act of kindness

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From K. A. Anderson of Escanaba A random act of kindness happened to me on November 11 at 9:54 a.m. at McDonald’s Escanaba. As I handed the cashier money for breakfast, she handed me a receipt saying the lady in the car ahead had just paid my bill! Never ...

Freeloader U

Local columns

NEW YORK — Yale University has fancy dining halls. They pay no property tax. Local restaurants struggle to compete, but their tax burden makes that hard. “We basically pay one-third of our rent in taxes!” complains Matt West, manager of Koon Thai Restaurant. “Yale is a money-making ...

Gina’s last kiss

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WASHINGTON — I hold it true, whate’er befall; I feel it when I sorrow most. ‘Tis better to have loved and lost Than never to have loved at all.” —Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) “In Memoriam” The death of a loved one is never easy. Three of my grandparents died during ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Nov. 14, the 319th day of 2020. There are 47 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 14, 1970, a chartered Southern Airways DC-9 crashed while trying to land in West Virginia, killing all 75 people on ...

Remember to buckle up every trip, every time

Editorial

To remind everyone about the importance of buckling up, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP)has launched a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 29. “Three out of four people ejected from a vehicle in a crash will die,” said ...

Amid White House win, a sobering fact

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WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has reason to be proud; in the last 107 years, only three American presidential nominees have managed to defeat an elected, incumbent president who was seeking a second term. Let history show that the winning trio were all politically gifted leaders who became ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Nov. 13, the 318th day of 2020. There are 48 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 13, 1982, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. On this date: In ...

Michigan electorate comes through with high voter turnout

Editorial

Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain about Michigan residents — we know how to make our voices heard, even in the face of a pandemic. More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to ...

Can Biden heal America?

Local columns

BERKELEY — In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald Trump still has not conceded, and some leading ...

Bipolar America

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If Joe Biden survives recounts and several lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign into what Trump says has been widespread vote-counting fraud (we await proof), do not expect him to be hounded over his and Hunter Biden’s business ties to China and Ukraine as President Trump has ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Nov. 12, the 317th day of 2020. There are 49 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Nov. 12, 1948, former Japanese premier Hideki Tojo and several other World War II Japanese leaders were sentenced to death ...

EV mandate is rooted in fantasy

Editorial

It likely was a slip of the tongue when Joe Biden declared America would rid itself of fossil fuels by 2025 during the presidential debate. But it was not far off the radical energy agenda Democrats hope to impose should they win total control of Washington. For proof, take a look at the bill ...

A soldier’s story

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I was in base camp when our company got into the firefight. I walked down to the battalion ammo bunker (I never saw that it was ever tended) and got what I figured I’d need. Shelves and racks in there held everything in the way of explosives and ammunition. Then I went to the ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 1185, Restrict epidemic-related lawsuits against medical service providers: Passed 21 to 13 in the Senate To establish in law that, “a health care provider or facility that provides health care services in support of this state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is not liable ...