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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 23, the 175th day of 2020. There are 191 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 23, 1888, abolitionist Frederick Douglass received one vote from the Kentucky delegation at the Republican convention ...

Be aware of fire risk this summer

Editorial

Weather across Michigan has been great leading up to the official start of summer — mostly warm, sunny and dry. But that means a higher risk of wildfires. So far this season, DNR fire staffers have fought more than 130 fires on nearly 600 acres. To further reduce the risk of fire: - Be ...

Blasier is accountable for his actions

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It would be greatly appreciated to have this editorial perspective published in our paper. Having endured the endlessly dangerous and malevolent public statements made by Ralph Blasier as an elected city councilman, I need to analyze what he has said and done and give an explanation ...

How They Voted

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House Resolution 277, Discourage local police defunding: Passed 79 to 29 in the House To discourage local units of government from defunding or abolishing their local police departments. Rep. Beau LaFave, R - Iron Mountain, Yes Senate Resolution 125, Denounce decision to put coronavirus ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, June 22, the 174th day of 2020. There are 192 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On June 22, 1940, during World War II, Adolf Hitler gained a stunning victory as France was forced to sign an armistice eight ...

Grant a big help to raptor center

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jerry Maynard, Chocolay Raptor Center: The Chocolay Raptor Center, and our birds, want to express our sincere thanks to AEP Renewables’ Apple Blossom Wind project, a subsidiary of American Electric Power and AEP Energy, for their recent $2,000 grant to ...

Bad cops — bad unions

Local columns

NEW YORK — For my internet video this week, my staff showed me clips of violent cops. It’s not just Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — it’s the other cops who just watch. It’s the Buffalo cops who floored a protester and simply walked by as ...

An opportunity for Trump in Tulsa

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday unveiled a plan to make reforms in police departments and acknowledged for the first time the existence of “systemic racism.” He also promised to meet with some African American families whose relatives have been killed by police officers. That is ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 20, the 172nd day of 2020. There are 194 days left in the year. Summer begins at 5:44 p.m., Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1837, Queen Victoria acceded to the British throne following the death of ...

Hazardous road conditions and increased fire risk

Editorial

Hiawatha National Forest officials strongly urge visitors and off-road vehicle users to use caution due to road and trail conditions and fire danger. Visitors and off-road vehicle users are asked to slow down and use extreme caution as recent weather events have pulled down trees, blocked ...

Cancel the U.P. State Fair

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Like other people in the area who have spoken about this issue, this letter is a call for the cancellation of the U.P. State Fair in 2020. To date there have been a number of annual events in this region which were called off due to the coronavirus, which we all know has swept across ...

The election is over?

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — “Well, I guess that’s it, it’s over,” said my back home pal Moon Dimple. “Some context would help,” I said. “You know. The election.” What I knew is I was being set up. He can be clueless sometimes but even he knows the presidential election isn’t for ...

A campaign year of less wisdom and less wit

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WASHINGTON — In the nine presidential elections between the 1952 victory of Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush’s 1988 win, just two Republicans won the White House: Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. One man was indispensable to the winning campaigns of these two very different ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 19, the 171st day of 2020. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1964, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was approved by the U.S. Senate, 73-27, after surviving a lengthy filibuster. On ...

Cutting Great Start doesn’t make sense

Editorial

We must be missing something here. We’ve now spent more than a week scratching our heads, trying to understand Traverse City Area Public Schools administrators’ decision to cut the Great Start Readiness Program. (For the uninitiated, it’s a free, state-funded preschool program that ...

Will Churchill’s statue be next to fall?

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WASHINGTON — On Gen. George Washington’s orders, the Declaration of Independence, signed in Philadelphia, was read aloud to his army. On hearing it, the troops marched to Bowling Green, decapitated and pulled down the statue of George III, and sent the remnants to be melted down into musket ...

The shame is ours

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WASHINGTON — It is a gift, as Robert Burns wrote, to see ourselves as others see us. One of those “others” is Caroline Glick, who writes on her webpage from Israel: “Americans are now expected to kneel for the Star Spangled Banner and disavow American history while swallowing whole a ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 18, the 170th day of 2020. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1983, astronaut Sally K. Ride became America’s first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard ...

Decisions in education should be made carefully

Editorial

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

Symptoms of a greater illness

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When I first heard what Mr. Blaiser suggested putting in a press release regarding shooting his fellow townsmen, I was alarmed, but not surprised. Mr. Blaiser makes his politics no secret. I have seen him about town, dressed in his political garb and very opinionated when it comes to ...