Opinion

How merit-based college admissions became so unfair

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WASHINGTON — During World War I, chemist James Conant was deeply involved in research on what was considered the worst imaginable weapon: poison gas. During World War II, as a science adviser to President Franklin Roosevelt, Conant was so central to the development of the atomic bomb that he ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 15, the 15th day of 2018. There are 350 days left in the year. This is the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 15, 1943, work was completed on the Pentagon, the headquarters of the ...

Toys for Tots brightens holiday

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: The All Saints Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul sends a big thank you to Toys for Tots and the Marine Corps League for all of the toys donated to our Christmas baskets. We are also grateful to all others ...

Why does anyone care about the Royals?

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TRAVERSE CITY — What is it with some people and the British royal family? Some kid of one of them started preschool or something this week and they couldn’t get enough: “Look! How cute!” Cute, sure, but the kid’s just going to nursery school to finger paint and pull hair. So why does ...

Punish poor people

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NEW YORK — Store owner Kamal Saleh was just hit with thousands of dollars in fines. His crime? He sold three cigars for $8.89. “Too cheap!” say New York City bureaucrats. “The cigars should have cost 11 cents more.” Politicians want you to spend more for tobacco. They decided ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Jan. 13, the 13th day of 2018. There are 352 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 13, 1968, country singer Johnny Cash performed and recorded a pair of shows at Folsom State Prison in California; ...

Questions abound in prep athletic transfers

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(ALERT: The sports editor of The Daily Press has issued an advisory. Due to hazardous winter weather conditions canceling many area sporting events the past two nights, Mike Mattson was forced into an impromptu assignment. He fired up his laptop computer to produce an opinion on high school ...

Change needed for Pack to get back in title mode

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­ESCANABA — If many of you are like me you probably thought the Packers were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl entering this season or at least make the playoffs for the ninth straight year. That seemed to be true a quarter of the way through the season behind MVP-caliber ...

Outside agitators not needed to whip up protesters in Iran

Editorial

Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad may have enjoyed a good chuckle over an Iranian official’s warning on Monday. Others familiar with the situation may have thought it less humorous. Iran has been wracked by anti-government demonstrations during recent weeks. On Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad ...

A prophet who deserves a little honor

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WASHINGTON — Anyone who cannot resist the temptation to offer public predictions about public events invites and can expect public ridicule. Even pre-eminent 20th-century American columnist and public intellectual Walter Lippmann, who was courted by presidents and prime ministers, is ...

Office Pool 2018

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WASHINGTON — 1) In 2018, a. the Democrats will win control of the House of Representatives. b. the Republicans will retain control of the Senate. c. President Donald Trump will provoke the use of the 25th Amendment by his Cabinet to remove him temporarily from office. d. the key issue ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Jan. 12, the 12th day of 2018. There are 353 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 12, 1948, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Sipuel v. Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma, unanimously ruled that state ...

Use common sense when snowmobiling

Editorial

With Michigan’s snowmobile season in full gear, riders are reminded that safety is key to enjoying their sport. “Snowmobiling is a great way to spend the winter months,” said Lt. Tom Wanless, Michigan Department of Natural Resources recreational safety programs supervisor. “But when ...

Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What is National Catholic Schools Week? Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2018 is Jan. 28 - Feb. 3. Schools typically observe the annual ...

Bring back passenger trains

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Its time to bring back our old faithful steam engined passenger trains. The trucking industry made short work of our trains with government lobbyists to divert our subsidies from trains. Now we are “warehoused” in airports. Passenger trains, heavy ones, are needed — not ...

Are Trump’s accusers ‘mad’?

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WASHINGTON — “Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Jan. 11, the 11th day of 2018. There are 354 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 11, 1964, U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry issued “Smoking and Health,” a report which concluded that “cigarette ...

Attendance isn’t optional in our state government

Editorial

Showing up is an important part of just about every job, but it’s downright imperative for elected representatives. It’s pretty difficult to vie for constituents’ interest if those who voters select for public office don’t plant themselves in legislative chairs for the duration of ...

Fire bell in the night for the Ayatollah

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WASHINGTON — As tens of thousands marched in the streets of Tehran on Wednesday in support of the regime, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Corps assured Iranians the “sedition” had been defeated. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari is whistling past the graveyard. The protests that ...

Winfrey’s speech sparks talk of 2020 campaign

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Oprah Winfrey’s impassioned call for “a brighter morning even in our darkest nights” at the Golden Globes has Democratic Party activists buzzing about the media superstar and the 2020 presidential race — even if it’s only a fantasy. Even so, for Democrats ...