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Opinion

The buck doesn’t stop here

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Dan Buck is a philosopher friend of mine with a rare gift for explaining the political world. Back when Ronald Reagan was an enormously popular president (carrying 93 out of a possible 100 states in two national campaigns), I marveled at how voters were so unfailingly tolerant, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 17, the 199th day of 2020. There are 167 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On July 17, 1944, during World War II, 320 men, two-thirds of them African-Americans, were killed when a pair of ammunition ...

Don’t become an accident statistic

Editorial

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, more than 80 percent of the time the pedestrian is killed or seriously injured. In Michigan, more than 100 pedestrians die each year. Most of these deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, with many fatalities occurring when pedestrians cross the ...

Support for Blasier

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I agree with and support Ralph Blasier. If someone is attempting to harm my family or is trying to either destroy my property or in some other way, cause me harm, I will do whatever it takes to stop them. I will not stand by and let the rioters (sorry, protesters, peaceful protesters) ...

Circulating recall petition

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’m writing this letter for a number of reasons. I am the person who filed the recall election petition concerning Councilman Ralph Blaiser. Some people in our community have turned this recall into a political battle. It was never meant to be that. I am not anti-conservative. I ...

Just wear the mask

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 130,000 of our brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, grandparents and friends have succumbed to COVID-19 so far. That’s already more souls — in five short months — than we lost in all of World War I, which lasted four years. At current pace, ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The legislature is out and not scheduled to meet before July 22. Rather than votes, this Roll Call Report describes some recent election-related bills of interest. Note: The next Weekly Roll Call Report will appear on July 24. Senate Bill 759: Count prisoners address as where they lived ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 16, the 198th day of 2020. There are 168 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo ...

More small business funding is good news for region

Editorial

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had major impacts on small businesses throughout Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, as many have had to endure the difficulties involved with fundamentally changing their operations or even closing their doors during the pandemic. While businesses ...

McConnell is Trump’s biggest enabler

Local columns

BERKELEY — Fate has been unkind to the United States. The nation is grappling simultaneously with a pandemic that has claimed the lives of more than 136,000; the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression; and mind-numbing police brutality, which has generated the largest ...

Roger Stone’s ‘cornerstone’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to commute the prison sentence of his longtime friend and political adviser Roger Stone just days before Stone was to begin a 40-month prison sentence - he and the president say he was falsely accused — reminded me of another man who was as loyal to ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 15, the 197th day of 2020. There are 169 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On July 15, 1799, French soldiers in Egypt discovered the Rosetta Stone, which proved instrumental in deciphering ancient ...

Not all virus aid is going to good use

Editorial

Members of Congress who are itching to send out more coronavirus relief dollars should take a deep breath and consider how some of the funding they’ve already allocated is being spent. It’s not all going to good use. From the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve cautioned our state and ...

The new ‘systemic racism’ that is coming

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Before our Black Lives Matter moment, one had not thought of the NBC networks as shot through with “systemic racism.” Yet, what other explanation is there for this week’s draconian personnel decision of NBCUniversal chairman Cesar Conde. According to Conde, the white ...

AP Fact Check: Trump team’s false comfort on schools, virus

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s aides are misrepresenting the record on kids and the coronavirus as they push for schools to reopen. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Monday inaccurately characterized what the chief of the Centers for Disease Control and ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 14, the 196th day of 2020. There are 170 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On July 14, 2016, terror struck Bastille Day celebrations in the French Riviera city of Nice (nees) as a large truck plowed ...

Catch children up on needed vaccines

Editorial

Fewer Michigan children are currently up to date on their routine vaccines because of postponed well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges families to get children and adolescents caught up on all recommended vaccines as ...

Who’s ‘divisive’?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — As near as I can tell it began in 1995, when Republicans won control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years and captured a Senate majority. By “it” I mean the accusation that Republicans and especially conservatives (not always the same) are ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 13, the 195th day of 2020. There are 171 days left in the year. Todayís Highlight in History: On July 13, 2013, a jury in Sanford, Florida, cleared neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman of all charges in the ...