Opinion

Open to global capital, not people

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BERKELEY — Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland, last week: “America is open for business.” We’re now a great place for you to make money. We’ve slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here. Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, ...

Lying, spying and hiding

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WASHINGTON — I have argued for a few weeks now that House Intelligence Committee members have committed misconduct in office by concealing evidence of spying abuses by the National Security Agency and the FBI. They did this by sitting on a four-page memo that summarizes the abuse of raw ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2018. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1778, during the American Revolutionary War, the United States won official recognition and military support from ...

Reasoning behind hunter pink defective, dated, derogatory

Editorial

Blue is for boys and pink is for girls, right? We thought this kind of thinking went out decades ago, but apparently that’s not the case. A memo recently submitted to the Michigan House Natural Resources Committee in support of pink hunting attire seems to suggest pink still is the ...

A champion of American individualism

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WASHINGTON — It was an assertion of hard-won personal sovereignty: Frederick Douglass, born on a Maryland plantation 200 years ago this month, never knew on what February day because history-deprivation was inflicted to confirm slaves as non-persons. So, later in life, Douglass picked the ...

A message for my evangelical friends

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WASHINGTON — “Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1) That verse, written by Paul the Apostle, is one of the most difficult for modern ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2018. There are 329 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 1918, during World War I, the Cunard liner SS Tuscania, which was transporting about 2,000 American troops to Europe, ...

Donations make InSHAPE possible

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Nicole A. Garrison of Escanaba: Thank you to the Escanaba Rotary Club and the Gladstone-Rapid River Kiwanis for their generous donations to the InSHAPE program, an evidence-based wellness program dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of individuals ...

Support the backpack program

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It was approaching winter break, most children are fidgeting restlessly awaiting the ring of the final school bell. They are anticipating the games they will play, hanging out with friends, dreaming of gifts they hope to receive, and relishing two whole weeks of sleeping in. ...

How They Voted

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House Bill 4787, Revise personal data details on ice shanties: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To revise the requirement that ice fishing shanties must have the owner’s name and address affixed to each side, by allowing either the owner’s drivers license number or fishing license number ...

Freedom Ranking

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NEW YORK — Is America the world’s freest country? Sadly, no. When researchers first started doing detailed international comparisons, the USA came in second or third. This year, however, we ranked 17th. The comparison I cite is the newly released Human Freedom Index, compiled by the ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2018. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II, the U.S. transport ship SS Dorchester, which was carrying troops to Greenland, sank after ...

Snyder should retire Line 5 beneath Mackinac Straits

Editorial

The Associated Press reported Monday that Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder refused to halt the flow of crude oil through twin pipelines in a Great Lakes waterway as they are inspected for gaps in exterior coating, saying there was no imminent threat of a spill. Snyder cited the potential for a ...

Patriotism on the cheap

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WASHINGTON — For the first two centuries of U.S. history — while Americans were proudly winning a war for independence, founding a nation, abolishing slavery, settling a continent and winning two world wars — the patriot was that admirable fellow citizen willing to sacrifice his own ...

The state of President Trump

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first State of the Union address set a new standard. For himself. If he lives up to that standard in future speeches, he may go far in changing his image from a blustering, ad-libbing “entertainer,” to someone who looks and sounds, shall I say it, more ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 2, the 33rd day of 2018. There are 332 days left in the year. This is Groundhog Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 2, 1943, the remainder of Nazi forces from the Battle of Stalingrad surrendered in a major victory ...

Trustees should drop anonymity and go on record individually

Editorial

Dozens of women and girls shed their anonymity this week during the sentencing hearing for convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar. They bravely stood in open court, putting their names and faces into the record as victims - or shall we say survivors - of the former doctor who assaulted them under ...

Disciplined fiscal approach vital for Michigan

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With the Michigan Legislature, Governor Rick Snyder has worked tirelessly over the last seven years to right the state’s budget and finances. This discipline has allowed us to reduce taxes for Michigan families and job providers, invest in important areas such as education and ...

How They Voted

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Senate Bill 749, Increase child care income tax credit: Passed 37 to 0 in the Senate To establish that an individual is entitled to claim the same child care tax credit against Michigan income tax as the credit authorized by the 2017 federal tax reform law. This is a means-tested credit that ...

Too many wars, too many enemies

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WASHINGTON — If Turkey is not bluffing, U.S. troops in Manbij, Syria, could be under fire by week’s end, and NATO engulfed in the worst crisis in its history. Turkish President Erdogan said Friday his troops will cleanse Manbij of Kurdish fighters, alongside whom U.S. troops are embedded. ...