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Opinion

Michigan law enforcement joins anti-texting effort

Editorial

During April, law enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols for motorists who text while driving. The national U Drive. U Text. U Pay. high-visibility enforcement campaign has two goals: conduct enforcement of anti-texting laws and advertise these efforts with media and social media ...

Rapid River students got burned

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When Dr. Jay Kulbertis “cooked the books” as Ann Fix aptly called it, it wasn’t just the Gladstone Area Public Schools that took the hits. As Dr. Kulbertis is also superintendent of the Rapid River Schools, the same happened to their students in the Early Middle College (EMC) ...

Helpful hints for candidates

Local columns

WASHINGTON— Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year — and whether a gale-force blast is ...

Mueller’s Russia probe shows it pays to cooperate

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, taken by surprise by FBI agents at an airport last summer, now tweets smiling beach selfies with a Mykonos hashtag. Rick Gates, for weeks on home confinement with electronic monitoring, gets rapid approval for a family vacation and shaves down his ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 6, the 96th day of 2018. There are 269 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 6, 1968, 41 people were killed by two consecutive natural gas explosions at a sporting goods store in downtown Richmond, ...

2018 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Local columns

In observance of Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 10-16, the Daily Press will be publishing a series of editorials authored by local agencies that support local crime victims. — — — ESCANABA — National Crime Victims’ Rights Week runs April 8 -14. This year’s theme — ...

Take action to keep students safe

Editorial

The March for Our Lives on Saturday brought out hundreds of thousands of protesters (many of them young people) advocating for gun control and increased school safety. Protests were held in more than 800 locations, including in Michigan. While those events got significant media attention, ...

Equal Pay Day marks a fundamental unfairness

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Imagine two average U.S. workers, working at the same average U.S. job. They work and work all the way through to Dec. 31, 2017, then sit and consider their paychecks for the whole year. Because they’re average, they probably wish those paychecks were higher. The man sighs, ...

A food trend is born

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — It has long been my contention that farmers and chefs are in cahoots to get us to eat things that are not normally considered food. Brussels sprouts spring to mind first. I had the misfortune to confront a platter of these abominations the other day at a fancier restaurant ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today is Thursday, April 5, the 95th day of 2018. There are 270 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 5, 1764, Britain’s Parliament passed The American Revenue Act of 1764, also known as the Sugar Act, which was repealed in 1766. On ...

More groups need to volunteer

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Often I am asked by families in Escanaba about the possibility of their school-age children being eligible for a weekend food backpack. They regularly strike up conversations when they see me purchasing a large quantity of food for the Gladstone-Rapid River Schools food backpacks. ...

Does the Pope believe in Hell?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Pope Declares No Hell?” So ran the riveting headline on the Drudge Report of Holy Thursday. Drudge quoted this exchange, published in La Repubblica, between Pope Francis and his atheist friend, journalist Eugenio Scalfari. Scalfari: “What about bad souls? Where are ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 4, the 94th day of 2018. There are 271 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., 39, was shot and killed while standing on a balcony of the ...

Larry Nassar scandal fallout continues

Editorial

The fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal continues. A Michigan State University official who oversaw Nassar, the former MSU sport doctor who will serve the rest of his life in prison after molesting patients under the guise of treatment, is facing criminal charges. William Strampel, who ...

State must demand proof of Line 5 condition

Editorial

Seeing is believing and we simply haven’t seen enough to trust Enbridge’s statements regarding Line 5 where it runs through the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. For some reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seems content to continue green-lighting the pipeline ...

‘Common sense’ is not driven by fact

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The marketing process convinces people they want something they didn’t know they wanted. Purchase follows and hopefully, leads to “repeat purchase behavior”, the true end goal of marketing. Get people used to a product and discourage them from straying. This way their thoughts ...

Dollars for decency

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg — a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control — “whines about” being rejected by four universities to which he ...

Poll: Trump benefiting from economic policies

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing American economy and passage of a Republican tax overhaul appear to be helping President Donald Trump lift his approval ratings from historic lows, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Trump remains unpopular ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 3, the 93rd day of 2018. There are 272 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 3, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his final speech, telling a rally of ...

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Editorial

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” builds on the idea that our words can have an impact, and that what we say and do about sexual violence matters. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “We all have a unique role to ...