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Opinion

Trump isn’t willing to take on Big Pharma

Local columns

BERKELEY— Donald Trump promised to rein in drug prices. It was his only sensible campaign promise. But the plan he announced does little but add another battering ram to his ongoing economic war against America’s allies. He calls it “American patients first” and takes aim at what he ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 24, the 144th day of 2018. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1968, the Rolling Stones single “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was released in the United Kingdom by Decca Records. On ...

New state law would help victims to start over

Editorial

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...

Response to letter

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I read the letter to the editor by Teresa Ross and I felt compelled to respond. She started out, “Yesterday, Trump referred to undocumented immigrants as animals.” I see two problems with that sentence. No. 1, it is President Trump, not Trump. He was elected and the office ...

A Trump Doctrine for Singapore and Beyond

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WASHINGTON — After Pyongyang railed this week that the U.S.-South Korean Max Thunder military drills were a rehearsal for an invasion of the North, and imperiled the Singapore summit, the Pentagon dialed them back. The B-52 exercises alongside F-22 stealth fighters were canceled. But ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2018. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1618, the Defenestration of Prague took place as Bohemian Protestants angry over what they saw as a threat to their ...

Boaters, go slow for your neighbors

Editorial

High Great Lakes water levels do have some benefits, the experts say. High water levels are good for beach vegetation, which provides improved habitat for a variety of fish species and other aquatic animals. Improved near-shore habitat is good for fish that spawn in those conditions, which is ...

Simple solution for student safety

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Another shooting at a school…since the school year of 2018 started there has been about 22 school shootings that have made the front page news, not to mention those attempts that have been aborted. I don’t know about you, but as a Mom of three kids, I find this so disheartening ...

U.P. has a more reliable energy future

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LANSING — We were excited recently to celebrate a significant anniversary at the Michigan Public Service Commission. It wasn’t to mark the founding of the MPSC; for more than a century, we’ve been ensuring safe, reliable energy and telecommunications services at reasonable rates for all ...

Midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020

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ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you’ll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. The leading players — from established national figures such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2018. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the ...

Escanaba fortunate to have art collection visit

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Powell family of Gladstone: I left the Bonifas Arts Center last night full of pride for our community and thankful that the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) would provide such a collection to our town. The paintings are beautiful and I have not been ...

What have we become?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What have we become? Yesterday Trump referred to undocumented immigrants as animals (today his press secretary tried to spin this as he meant MS13 gang members — the same gang that many of these refugees are fleeing). In the past couple weeks we have heard about separating ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t pay for Nassar settlement

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Here’s a headline that ought to make your blood boil: “MSU’s $500M payout could mean tuition hike, using taxpayer money.” The reference is to the lawsuit settlement between the university and the 332 victims (to date) of serial molester and former MSU gymnastics ...

Amazon fights back

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NEW YORK — Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 19, the 139th day of 2018. There are 226 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 19, 1943, in his second wartime address to the U.S. Congress, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill pledged his ...

Illinois shouldn’t steer Asian carp prevention efforts

Editorial

Illinois just took a dive into planning efforts to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Gov. Bruce Rauner said his state is willing to help pay for a proposed $275 million project on the Des Plaines River near Chicago. The offer could bring results — or it may bog them down. Federal law ...

Which politicians look like their home state?

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WASHINGTON — West Virginia — which, between 2015 and 2016, was the only state to see both more deaths than births and more citizens move out than move in — could understandably be expected to be somewhat unwelcoming to the recent arrival who seeks public office. The Mountain State’s ...

The bitterness tour

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MELBOURNE, Australia — When you hear “world tour” you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia’s second ...

Almanac

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By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 18, the 138th day of 2018. There are 227 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 18, 1953, Jacqueline Cochran, 47, became the first woman to break the sound barrier as she piloted a Canadair F-86 Sabre ...