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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 16, the 76th day of 2020. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 16, 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt ...

Outdoor spring cleaning a shared responsibility

Editorial

With several recent days in the 30s and 40s, many early signs of spring can be seen in Marquette County and around the Upper Peninsula. It can be delightful to watch the snow and ice melt away and expose dry ground as the air warms. However, soil and pavement are not the only things that ...

Heed precautions, but don’t panic

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: F.E.A.R. False Evidence Appearing Real! Oftentimes that is what FEAR is — irrational response to circumstances and events. Yes, the coronavirus is something to be concerned about for sure, but panic and freaking out help no one. Psychology experts make it clear that more than ...

Trump’s virus playbook offers US vs world strategy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a “foreign” virus, he says — one that can be fought by closing the nation’s borders to dangerous foreigners carrying scary disease. President Donald Trump has turned to a familiar playbook as he tries to grapple with the spiraling coronavirus outbreak, ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, March 16, the 76th day of 2020. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 16, 1926, rocket science pioneer Robert H. Goddard successfully tested the first liquid-fueled rocket at his Aunt ...

Handmade items benefit kids in foster care

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta County office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: Hats, pajamas. mittens, blankets, pillowcases and cinch bags! The Delta County office of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) would like to thank the ...

Government outlaws freelance work

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NEW YORK — Freelance jobs are “feudalism,” says California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. She persuaded California’s legislature to pass a new law reclassifying freelance workers as employees. That means many people who hire them must now give them benefits like overtime, ...

Can the government restrict travel to protect public?

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WASHINGTON — The issue of whether government in America can quarantine persons against their will, ostensibly for their own health and that of others with whom they may come in contact, requires a dual analysis — one of the powers of the federal government and the other of the powers of the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 14, the 74th day of 2020. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 14, 1794, Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin, an invention that revolutionized America’s cotton ...

Healthy individuals urged to give blood

Editorial

The American Red Cross is strongly urging healthy, eligible individuals who are feeling well to give blood or platelets to help maintain a sufficient blood supply and prevent shortages as concerns about the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, rise in the U.S. Cold and flu ...

Recognizing the voice of leadership

Local columns

WASHINGTON — We’re traveling in a crowded subway car somewhere under Manhattan when, without warning, the car comes to an abrupt halt in a tunnel in between stations. The subway car is plunged into darkness, and our own growing anxiety, along with that of our fellow passengers, is almost ...

Repeal the Patriot Act

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WASHINGTON — I have been writing for years about the dangers to human freedom that come from government mass surveillance. The United States was born in a defiant reaction to government surveillance. In the decade preceding the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the villains were the ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, March 13, the 73rd day of 2020. There are 293 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 13, 2013, Jorge Bergoglio (HOHR’-hay behr-GOHG’-lee-oh) of Argentina was elected pope, choosing the name Francis; he ...

A good time to make healthy food choices

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March has been declared Nutrition Month by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. As part of it, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is joining with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to remind Michiganders about choosing nutritious foods and ...

We can learn a lot from viruses

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — We can learn a lot from coronavirus. Lesson 1: Life is precious and we are all fragile, so take care of yourself and others, especially the very old and very young, for they are the most vulnerable. Lesson 2: Wash your damned hands, people, and not just after using the ...

The shame of Chuck Schumer

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WASHINGTON — Just when you may have thought that the low quality of political rhetoric in Washington could not get any worse, along comes Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to prove otherwise. At a pro-choice demonstration outside the Supreme Court, which is considering a Louisiana ...

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, March 12, the 72nd day of 2020. There are 294 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On March 12, 1980, a Chicago jury found John Wayne Gacy Jr. guilty of the murders of 33 men and boys. (The next day, Gacy was ...

Lawmakers, budget for coronavirus

Editorial

Now that the coronavirus has become a real threat to the U.S., Michigan has to be ready for an outbreak. To help prepare for the inevitable, the state should reserve some funds in the budget to deal with the virus, should it come here. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, says those ...

Gun debate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Richard Clark is a friend of mine and a respected colleague. He is a decorated U.S. Marine combat veteran. He wrote a letter to the editor, published on March 14, that was factually accurate and also misleading. He asserts that LaFave’s “owning” an AR-15 style weapon was not ...

Support the senior center

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: There has been a lot of talk in our community lately about the senior center acquiring grant funds for building improvements that would benefit the seniors of this county. We understand there was a point where they had completed an application and been given the indication that they ...