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Opinion

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 ...

Almanac

Editorial

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 21, the 81st day of 2020. There are 285 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 21, 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. On this date: In 1871, journalist Henry M. ...

Why are people hoarding

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What for? For leaving no toilet paper for the rest of us, including us seniors (a handicapped vet and his wife — both in their 70s). I went to Elmer’s on the 18th of March to get what we needed ‚— toilet paper. Some greedy (one of the seven deadly sins) people cleaned the ...

Price gouging

Local columns

NEW YORK — “We don’t have any...!” Fill in the blank. People are stocking up on things, fearing that we will be stuck in our homes, under quarantine, without essential supplies. Some hoard toilet paper. A popular internet video features someone driving up to what appears to be a ...

The virus and what matters most

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Some years ago, I wrote a book titled “The Things That Matter Most.” It was a critique of the continuing impact the ‘60s generation has had on the country. The coronavirus pandemic, too, offers us an opportunity to consider what matters most in our nation and individual ...

Support our local restaurants

Editorial

Local restaurants were dealt a devastating blow this week when efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus promoted closure of restaurants and bars in Michigan with the exception of takeout orders. Although necessary for public safety, the move has resulted a huge blow to many. Restaurant ...

America doesn’t have a public health system

Local columns

BERKELEY — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and just about the only official in the Trump administration trusted to tell the truth about the coronavirus, said last Thursday: “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need ...

Hoarding, Price Gouging — and the virus

Local columns

WASHINGTON — As the saying goes, “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” I would add, “and anti-price gouging legislation in times of crisis.” Yet price increases in the face of sudden shortages are an important impetus to restore supply and demand market conditions that are closer ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 20, the 80th day of 2020. There are 286 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 20, 1854, the Republican Party of the United States was founded by slavery opponents at a schoolhouse in Ripon ...

Consumers warned to watch out for online coronavirus scams

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding Michigan residents to be aware of online coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) scams selling bogus products and providing false information on tests and treatments. Scams related to COVID-19 are climbing with the continued confirmations of ...

Why are people hoarding toilet paper?

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Remember in 2016 when you said “Don’t worry, he’ll grow into the job” and “Hey, he led a business, he can lead the United States”? And then, later, when you said, “The economy is doing great and the stock market is all him!” and “Yeehaw, look at my 401K! ...

The virus, the media and the economy

Local columns

WASHINGTON — A friend tweeted from Ireland (in time for St. Patrick’s Day), blaming President Trump for the major decline in the value of stocks. This same friend credited Barack Obama’s economic policies when the Dow Jones Industrial Averages approached 30,000. This — and more — is ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 19, the 79th day of 2020. There are 287 days left in the year. Spring arrives at 11:50 p.m. EDT, the earliest the vernal equinox has occurred in 124 years. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 19, 1966, the Texas ...

Predicting pandemics is impossible

Editorial

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 812, Clarify unemployment insurance “work search” requirements: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To require the state unemployment insurance benefits agency (the Michigan Employment Security Commission) to specify what an individual would have to do to be considered “actively ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 18, the 78th day of 2020. There are 288 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 18, 1940, Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini met at the Brenner Pass, where the Italian dictator agreed to join ...

Next steps for Washington, Lansing and your household

Editorial

Elected leaders, public health officials and ordinary citizens all have critical roles in combating the spread of COVID-19. But what should each of those players be concentrating on right now? Washington's first priority: More tests President Donald Trump keeps insisting that anybody who ...

Setting the record straight

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In honor of those who were awarded decorations for valor in combat and those who should have been awarded decorations for valor, I want to correct any misimpression Dr. Blasier may have given in his March 11 letter to the editor. Dr. Blasier referred to me as a “decorated U.S. ...

Will the coronavirus kill the New World Order?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of Congress, told a closed meeting of Senate staffers this week that 70 million to 150 million Americans — a third of the nation — could contract the coronavirus. Dr. Anthony Fauci testified that the mortality rate for COVID-19 will ...