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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 31, the 365th and final day of 2019. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 31, 1986, 97 people were killed when fire broke out in the Dupont Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Three hotel workers later pleaded guilty ...

Test your home during Radon Awareness Month

Editorial

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to ...

Is ‘Little Rocket Man’ winning?

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WASHINGTON — As of Dec. 26, Kim Jong Un’s “Christmas gift” to President Donald Trump had not arrived. Most foreign policy analysts predict it will be a missile test more impressive than any Pyongyang has yet carried off. What is Kim’s game? What does Kim want? He cannot want war ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 30, the 364th day of 2019. There is one day left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 30, 1922, Vladimir Lenin proclaimed the establishment of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, which lasted nearly seven ...

Elmer’s is a warm and caring store

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bell ringer and Salvation Army member Grace Davey: I’m writing this about a very caring store. I ring the bell at Elmer’s every day (almost) and love doing it. Yesterday the 18th was frigid, they heat the area for us, but yesterday it didn’t help ...

Give, don’t govern

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NEW YORK — This week, children may learn about that greedy man, Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge is selfish until ghosts scare him into thinking about others’ well-being, not just his own. Good for the ghosts. But the)way Scrooge addresses others’ needs matters. Today’s advocates of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Dec. 28, the 362nd day of 2019. There are three days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 28, 1945, Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance. On this date: In 1612, Italian astronomer ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

Editorial

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

Heraclitus was right

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WASHINGTON — Although I qualify for the senior discount at the movies, even I’m not old enough to have met Heraclitus, the wise Greek who lived some 25 centuries ago and whom we can thank for the timeless wisdom “Character is destiny.” Here in Washington, one elected national ...

Christmas in America

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WASHINGTON — What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? What if Christmas is the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 27, the 361st day of 2019. There are four days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 27, 2001, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld announced that Taliban and al-Qaida prisoners would be held at the U.S. ...

Michigan’s online gaming bet poses some risks

Editorial

Michigan lawmakers last week passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences. The legislation, which also lifts ...

Bergman plays key role to help rural communities

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Washington politics have become so polarized that it can be tough for Democrats and Republicans to come together to tackle big challenges. But that’s exactly what happened recently on Capitol Hill thanks to dedicated lawmakers like Representative Jack Bergman. Congressman Bergman ...

Spinners of tales

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Speaker Pelosi and Chairman of the inquisition, Schiff, managed to deliver their coup of an impeachment vote in the House. They seem elated. Not too much excitement here. How can a verdict that counts on hearsay, allegations without facts, and outright lies, amount to anything ...

Is impeachment backfiring on Democrats?

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WASHINGTON — “We’re gonna impeach the (expletive deleted).” Thus did the member from Michigan, Rashida Tlaib, declare last January to be the goal of the 2019 House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday night, Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the goods. The House impeached President Donald ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 26, the 360th day of 2019. There are five days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 26, 1996, 6-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey was found beaten and strangled in the basement of her family’s ...

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 ...

Why we need Christmas

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WASHINGTON — Merchants around the world depend on the Christmas season each year for 20 to 50 percent of their yearly sales. The travel industry from airlines to gasoline stations see a nice bump during the holidays. People are going to buy airplane tickets and buy gasoline. Grocery ...

Final Jeopardy for Democrats?

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WASHINGTON — While watching “Jeopardy” the other night, I had a fantasy. Suppose Alex Trebek had a Final Jeopardy category called “The Ultimate Impeachment Hypocrite”? Here’s how I thought it might go. Trebek: “We go first to Joe, who is in third place, and he wrote, ‘Who is ...