Opinion

Real X-Men

Local columns

NEW YORK — Soon, some of you will try to make “better babies.” Already, people pay labs to examine embryos so they can pick ones with DNA they like. Some screen for gender or eye color. Some screen out certain diseases. So far, they’ve been limited to selecting genes that exist in ...

‘20 Dems weigh in on whether to prosecute Trump

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a familiar chant, President Donald Trump’s backers regularly called for Hillary Clinton to be thrown in prison during the 2016 campaign. Now top Democrats are grappling with fraught questions about whether to lock HIM up. As Democrats in Congress press for continued ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, June 22, the 173rd day of 2019. There are 192 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 22, 1977, John N. Mitchell became the first former U.S. Attorney General to go to prison as he began serving a sentence ...

High water levels prompt reminders about boating safety

Editorial

Recent weather conditions means that many lakes, rivers and streams in Michigan are experiencing higher than normal water levels. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters, anglers and others to keep enjoying the water, but to do so with safety in mind and a clear ...

Trashing the Constitution again

Local columns

WASHINGTON — While the eyes of the political and media classes were on President Donald Trump as he commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day in the United Kingdom and in France last week, and then as we all watched for progress in the tariff war Trump started with Mexico, the Department of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, June 21, the 172nd day of 2019. There are 193 days left in the year. Summer begins at 11:54 a.m. Eastern time. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 21, 1964, civil rights workers Michael H. Schwerner, Andrew Goodman and James ...

Make sure to grill safely this summer

Editorial

Now that the Upper Peninsula has had at least a taste of summer this past weekend, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t happened already. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting ...

Enbridge’s fake news

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Well, Enbridge et.al, suffer from a serious case of fake news. Yep…fake news. Their full page ad contained enough baloney to make sandwiches for everyone in Michigan. But you better be careful. That baloney may actually be that new vegetable fake meat though. Apparently Enbridge is ...

Deeper and deeper in debt

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, “Americans’ debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, June 20, the 171st day of 2019. There are 194 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 20, 1921, U.S. Rep. Alice Mary Robertson, R-Okla., became the first woman to preside over a session of the House of ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Editorial

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Warren’s plan and economic nationalism

Local columns

BERKELEY — Trumpian economic nationalism is a zero-sum game in which the industries of the future are dominated either by China or by the United States. We win or they win. The loudest opposition so far has come from multinational American corporations and their Republican shills in ...

Democrats worry as Trump unleashes money on 2020 digital ads

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — While Democrats wage a wide open primary , President Donald Trump is blanketing battleground states with online advertising that could help set the narrative heading into the 2020 campaign. The blitz of ads run recently in states including Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2019. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War was over, and that all remaining ...

Legalization of recreational pot happened; start acting

Editorial

As Michigan cities and townships work to make decisions and craft ordinances relating to marijuana, they should keep in mind that 56% of voters at the polls in 2018 said yes to legalizing marijuana. We realize there are many details to be worked out regarding state and local ordinances for pot, ...

Are abortion and gay rights American values?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “My religion defines who I am. And I’ve been a practicing Catholic my whole life,” said Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. “I accept my church’s position on abortion as ... doctrine. Life begins at conception. ... I just refuse to impose that on others.” For four ...

Scarcities are excuses for expanding government

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Randolph Bourne (1886-1918) said, “War is the health of the state.” James Madison said, “War is in fact the true nurse of executive aggrandizement,” and the executive almos is the American state, Congress now being more theatrical than actual. Advocates of an ever-larger ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 18, the 169th day of 2019. There are 196 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 18, 1979, President Jimmy Carter and Soviet President Leonid I. Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation ...

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

Editorial

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

Swamp things storm the palace

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If there was “great love all around” during President Trump’s state visit to the United Kingdom, as he tweeted Monday, the participants royal and decidedly otherwise were deceptively discreet. From the coverage, one might have thought that Madame Tussauds had teamed up ...