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Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 29, the 210th day of 2019. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in a glittering ceremony at St. Paul’s Cathedral in ...

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

Editorial

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU’s medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to ...

Stick to the issues

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Going into the 2020 elections, affordable health care, prescription drug prices, the minimum wage, immigration, climate change, the national debt and other issues that impact on the lives of Americans should dominate the national conversation. Trump’s racism is self-evident and ...

Wages war

Local columns

NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was just disrupted by campaign workers demanding the same $15 per hour Sanders demands government force all employers to pay. It serves him right. Years ago, the activist group ACORN faced the same problem. After fighting for a ...

The longest pleasure

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“Now hatred is by far the Longest pleasure; “Men love in haste, but they detest at leisure.” — George Gordon, Lord Byron WASHINGTON — When I was an undergraduate at Princeton University during the height of the Vietnam War, surrounded by fellow students who condemned it and even ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 27, the 208th day of 2019. There are 157 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 27, 1909, during the first official test of the U.S. Army’s first airplane, Orville Wright flew himself and a ...

NPS taking steps to improve rescue, safety

Editorial

We like the proactive steps being taken by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials to improve emergency rescue capabilities and services in and around the park. Through a partnership with the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals, the park has increased its technical rope rescue team ...

Stop looking for a Democratic Trump

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Our vote for president is the most “personal” vote we Americans get to cast. We’re far more likely to base our choice for the U.S. House or the Senate on issues — such as health care costs, immigration or the environment — than we are our presidential choice. In a ...

End immigration to mend it

Local columns

WASHONGTON — For safety reasons, fire marshals control the number of people who can occupy a building at any one time. We’ve seen what happens when crowds get too large and a fire breaks out, causing panic and often death. So why not control the crowd illegally entering America? We ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The legislature is on break through July, with occasional “pro-forma” sessions but no votes until at least August. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 352: Mandate social workers report animal abuse Introduced by ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, July 26, the 207th day of 2019. There are 158 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 26, 2016, Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party at the ...

Hazards of high Great Lakes water levels

Editorial

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly urges individuals to use caution around breakwaters, piers or jetties in the Great Lakes and to adhere to posted warning signs. Do not swim near or jump off any structure — the life you save may be your own. Many accidents and incidents near harbor ...

Unorderly township board

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Correspondence to the Maple Ridge Township Board: I am still trying to wrap my head around what I witnessed at the last Maple Ridge Township Board meeting. I witnessed ineptness, absurdity, immaturity, rudeness and just plain unprofessionalism. the board held a meeting with total ...

Cut ties with Mr. Heller

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A few years ago, Flint had some water problems. If you didn’t hear about it, go back to texting, Instagram, You Tube, or Facebook. 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. Big mistake. ...

The cavalry isn’t coming

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — For their health and well-being, if nothing else, Democrats and others who are horrified by Donald J. Trump have to stop doing two things: - Being shocked by him. - Expecting a savior to do something about him. The latest, greatest example is his stunningly racist ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, July 25, the 206th day of 2019. There are 159 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 25, 1960, a Woolworth’s store in Greensboro, North Carolina, that had been the scene of a sit-in protest against its ...

A babe in the woods

Editorial

Horror movies are set in the woods for so many reasons. They are dark. It’s hard to know exactly where you are. A branch cracks, and you’re not sure if it’s a squirrel or a bear that’s closing in. Now imagine being two years old, and lost in Michigan’s northwoods. We can’t, but ...

Delta Conservation District explaination

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This letter is in response to an article by reporter Jordan Beck on the committee of the whole meeting between the county and the Delta Conservation District. The reporter did a nice job in reporting what was said at the meeting, but upon public feedback, we believe further ...

Is a new US Mideast war inevitable?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur: “The Turks are the hero ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 24, the 205th day of 2019. There are 160 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 24, 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts — two of whom had been the first men to set foot on the moon — splashed down ...