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Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 9, the 221st day of 2019. There are 144 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 9, 1945, three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, a U.S. B-29 Superfortress code-named Bockscar dropped ...

New MSU president must do four things

Editorial

Michigan State University welcomes its new chief executive, Dr. Samuel Stanley, Jr. He’ll be the newest in a long line of leaders who’ve helped to elevate MSU from its agricultural roots as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities into one of the world’s top research ...

Modern-day debates are useless

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I watched part of the big debate. Can you believe Hannah Brown picked that lousy dog-food jingle singer over the other guy? Hey, what can I say, “The Bachelorette” was way more educational than the first Democratic debate. At least with “The Bachelorette,” I ...

Donald Trump’s rhetorical race war

Local columns

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The idea of a race war has long animated white supremacists, who seem to think that such a conflict would result in a white victory, whatever that would mean. Dylann Roof — the white man-boy who murdered nine black parishioners during Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 8, the 220th day of 2019. There are 145 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 8, 1974, President Richard Nixon, facing damaging new revelations in the Watergate scandal, announced he would resign ...

New directive may not put Michigan jobs first

Editorial

This week Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued another executive directive dictating what kinds of companies the state can do business with, and while she wants to boost Michigan jobs, using state contracts to do so could have unintended consequences. This is Whitmer’s 15th directive this year. It ...

Fixing Baltimore: A plan

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Former South Carolina governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has urged President Trump and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) to stop exchanging insults over conditions in Baltimore. Haley scolded Trump for his recent tweet that appeared to mock Rep. Cummings for an attempted break-in ...

A tale of Zorro and Little St. Jeff’s

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WASHINGTON — The more we learn, the more Jeffrey Epstein resembles an evil comic book character for the developmentally arrested intellectual — the charming-but-lurid mastermind with a plot to take over the world by impregnating scores of women on a remote desert estate. Last Wednesday, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 7, the 219th day of 2019. There are 146 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 7, 1998, terrorist bombs at U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. On this ...

Make careful decisions on college loans

Editorial

As students prepare for the upcoming fall semester and start paying their college tuition bills, the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team is asking students and their families to be alert and informed when considering student loans. “Michigan students and families cover a ...

The Democrats and the 1919 World Series

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently ...

Smelling rats in Baltimore

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WASHINGTON — Calling someone “racist” has become the default position for liberal politicians and certain members of the media who wish to deflect attention from real problems. President Trump has (again) been called a racist for having the temerity to note that House Government ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 5, the 217th day of 2019. There are 148 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 5, 1962, actress Marilyn Monroe, 36, was found dead in her Los Angeles home; her death was ruled a probable suicide from ...

Criminal record expungement can mean a great deal

Editorial

Bravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to expunge the records of people convicted of petty offenses which now are standing in the way of them getting loans, jobs and entrance ...

Lots of free stuff!

Local columns

NEW YORK — Never before have presidential candidates offered voters so much “free” stuff. Kamala Harris wants you to “collect up to $500 a month.” Elizabeth Warren says, “We need to go tenfold in our research and development in green energy.” No one has tracked the cost ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The legislature is on summer break with no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 380: Authorize teacher college loan repayment grants Introduced by Sen. Rosemary Bayer (D), to give college ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2019. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 3, 1972, the U.S. Senate ratified the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty between the United States and the Soviet Union. ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Editorial

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, here are some safety tips suggested by the Upper Peninsula Power Company. Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed line or ...

Responsibility for Flint water crisis

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The writer of a July 25, 2019, letter to the editor, “Cut ties with Mr. Heller,” wrote, “So somebody in Flint decided it would be a good idea to save the city of Flint some money and switch where the city’s water came from.” The writer was in error. The person who decided ...

Check out flyball tournament

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: August 3rd and 4th will be the seventh annual Fly-Ball Tournament held in Escanaba at the Miracle of Life building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teams, consisting of a minimum of four dogs and four humans, come from all over North America for this competition — from as far as California, ...