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Opinion

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Editorial

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is a major problem in our nation. Statistics show that in 2019, 33,060 children were abused or neglected in the State of Michigan. A total of 90 children were abused or neglected per day. A ...

‘Safe’versus ‘not safe’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Dr. Ralph Blasier, Attorney Ralph Blasier, City Council member Ralph Blasier: In your recent letter to the press dated Thursday, April 22, 2020 you stated,”I am hiding out at camp because I am old, and I have heart disease.” I’ve been reading the obituaries in the Daily ...

Then and now

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Getting my parents and grandparents to talk about their experiences during the Great Depression and World War II was always difficult. They lived in the pre-Dr. Phil generation before people went public with their deepest thoughts. I have been thinking how they might have ...

The Bill of Rights Is above my pay grade

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The loss of liberty is at hand. Every day in America, mayors and governors — not one of whom is constitutionally or lawfully empowered to author laws and assign punishments for their noncompliance — are imposing new standards of behavior that nullify liberty in the name of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 30, the 121st day of 2020. There are 245 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 30, 1945, as Soviet troops approached his Berlin bunker, Adolf Hitler committed suicide along with his wife of one ...

Stop this country’s reliance on China

Editorial

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on China ...

One certain victor in the pandemic war

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “War is the health of the state,” wrote the progressive Randolph Bourne during the First World War, after which he succumbed to the Spanish flu. America’s war on the coronavirus pandemic promises to be no exception to the axiom. However long this war requires, the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 29, the 120th day of 2020. There are 246 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 29, 1945, during World War II, American soldiers liberated the Dachau (DAH’-khow) concentration camp. Adolf Hitler ...

Small biz groups supporting Whitmer executive order

Editorial

We join small business groups from across the state of Michigan in backing the tough decision made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to extend the ìStay Home, Stay Safeî executive order until April 30. Whitmer reportedly wanted a longer period while Republicans supported something shorter. What got ...

Cancer patients need access to treatment at home

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The coronavirus pandemic has impacted just about every part of our lives. For those battling cancer, the impact can be terrifying and life-threatening. A recent poll from the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network found of the over 1200 cancer patients and survivors surveyed, ...

Bail out people, not corporations

Local columns

BERKELEY — The coronavirus relief enacted by Congress more than three weeks ago is barely reaching Americans in need. Checks of up to $1,200 are being delivered through direct-deposit filings with the Internal Revenue Service. But low-income people who have not directly deposited their ...

Words for the Class of 2020

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There will be no graduation festivities this spring at dozens of American colleges and universities, including Ohio State, Brigham Young, Howard, Swarthmore, Notre Dame, Duke, UCLA and Yale. That means this year’s graduates and their closest relatives and friends will not have ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 28, the 119th day of 2020. There are 247 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 28, 1967, heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali was stripped of his title after he refused to be inducted into the ...

What can we learn from this?

Local columns

Some day, in the not-too-distant future, there will come a time to look back on the coronavirus pandemic and our response to it to try to figure out what we did well that should be repeated, what we did wrong we should try to overcome. The pandemic has revealed plenty of good things about ...

The Acela media

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has coined a new phrase: “the Acela media.” His reference was to the high-speed AMTRAK train that travels between Washington, D.C., and Boston. DeSantis was indirectly criticizing the major media that have headquarters along that ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 27, the 118th day of 2020. There are 248 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 27, 2011, powerful tornadoes raked the South and Midwest; according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

Community helps during virus pandemic

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group: OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group has received a $5,000 grant from the United Way of Delta County and a matching $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula to ...

Let’s make some good choices

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Coronavirus has done far more than kill a lot of people. It has exposed a lot about us as people and as a society. There’s the good, of course. Americans are great in a crisis. Always have been. We’ve seen oceans of kindness and sweat poured into preventing and beating ...

Death in slow motion

Local columns

WASHINGTON — During the past month, as Americans have been terrified of the coronavirus, another demon has been lurking ready to pounce. It is a demon of our own creation. It is the now amply manifested inability of elected officials to resist the temptation of totalitarianism. And it is ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, April 25, the 116th day of 2020. There are 250 days left in the year. Today’s Highlights in History: On April 25, 1945, during World War II, U.S. and Soviet forces linked up on the Elbe (EL’-beh) River, a meeting that ...