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Opinion

Congress caught doing something right

Local columns

WASHINGTON — They say the personal is political. The political is also personal. Spending hours under the Capitol dome as Congress negotiated a COVID-19 relief package, I saw personalities break through the hot air. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., literally walked in circles around the ...

Biden’s climate change litmus test

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WASHINGTON — From the looks of President-elect Joe Biden’s selections for cabinet positions and other high offices it seems belief in “climate change” has become a litmus test. Biden appears to have raised climate change to the level of a religious doctrine. In namingJohn Kerry a ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Dec. 30, the 365th day of 2020. There is one day left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1903, about 600 people died when fire broke out at the recently opened Iroquois Theater in Chicago. On this ...

Start planning on summer school now

Editorial

The pandemic has wreaked havoc in many aspects of our lives, but one of the greatest disruptions it’s caused is in the realm of education. Children across Michigan have lost months of learning this year, and it’s on our state’s school leaders to help them catch up. That should include ...

Are ‘Never Trumpers’ the future of the GOP?

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WASHINGTON — Denouncing the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill as a parsimonious “disgrace” and hinting at an Alamo-style finish on Jan. 6, when Congress votes to declare Joe Biden the next president, Donald Trump is not going to go quietly. The anti-Trumpers and “Never Trumpers” ...

The power of Christmas

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WASHINGTON — Of all the great and small events of 1991, the death of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” co-host Harry Reasoner probably rates near the bottom in the amount of attention afforded it by the public. Yet when a keen observer and a person of talent and grace leaves the planet, we are ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 29, the 364th day of 2020. There are two days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 29, 1890, the Wounded Knee massacre took place in South Dakota as an estimated 300 Sioux Indians were killed by U.S. ...

School closures right way to go

Editorial

The social interaction kids get in the classroom with their peers is as important to their learning and development as arithmetic and biology. Many kids just don’t learn well in the kind of environment offered by online courses. And many parents struggle to balance watching their kids at ...

Continuing education during COVID-19

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WASHINGTON — There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted childhood education. In many countries, kids have physically returned to school. In others, schools were never closed. Yet in the United States, many public schools have been closed since March, yielding disastrous ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 28, the 363rd day of 2020. There are three days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1612, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei observed the planet Neptune, but mistook it for a star. (Neptune wasnít ...

Help organizations that help the community

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the United Way of Delta County Board of Directors: COVID-19 has impacted all our lives in the U.P. in so many ways. Some have lost loved ones and dear friends. Some have suffered the trauma of illness. Many have lost their jobs or had their income severely ...

Solar farm project

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This letter is in response to the front page article “Solar Farm Project Scaled Down” dated Tuesday, December 16, 2020. If readers have been following the industrial solar project in the Daily Press, they would know that there were incorrect statements reported in Tuesday’s ...

Naughty vs. nice

Local columns

NEW YORK — Who should be on Santa’s naughty and nice lists this Christmas? *Naughty: I’d give lumps of coal to: Federal bureaucrats, whose rigid rules delayed COVID-19 tests. The CDC wouldn’t allow private companies to sell COVID-19 tests until the CDC’s own test didn’t ...

Christmas at the shelter

Editorial

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparkie — come ...

Gifts that keep on giving

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WASHINGTON — A phrase one hears this time of year is about gifts that “keep on giving.” Most store-bought gifts are soon forgotten, but are there some gifts with timeless value? I suspect most people want their lives to matter, especially to others. Is that achieved by personal success, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 24, the 359th day of 2020. There are seven days left in the year. This is Christmas Eve. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 24, 1814, the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 26, the 361st day of 2020. There are five days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 2004, more than 230,000 people, mostly in southern Asia, were killed by a 100-foot-high tsunami triggered by a ...

Keep safety in mind when enjoying the outdoors

Editorial

Where there is snow and ice, snowmobilers are on the trails and anglers are on the ice. It’s safe to say that winter has arrived in many parts of Michigan. Winter offers plenty of great opportunities to continue recreating outside. “This is the time of year when conservation officers ...

Wolf response

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In response to Ms. Warren’s letter of December 15; I would state that wolves are opportunistic predators, and contrary to what some believe, they do not kill only the sick and the old. A wolf will kill any prey it comes across, whether sick or not and a wolf will kill any time the ...

Trickle-down economics doesn’t work

Local columns

BERKELEY — How should the huge financial costs of the pandemic be paid for, as well as the other deferred needs of society after this annus horribilis? Politicians rarely want to raise taxes on the rich. President-elect Joe Biden promised to do so, but a closely divided Congress is already ...