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Opinion

Stark differences evident in first Trump-Biden debate

Columns

CLEVELAND (AP) — Marked by angry interruptions and bitter accusations, the first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden erupted in contentious exchanges Tuesday night over the coronavirus pandemic, city violence, job losses and how the Supreme Court will ...

Michigan marking Manufacturing Week

Editorials

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared this to be Manufacturing Week to recognize Michigan’s more than 11,386 unique manufacturing firms, which account for 626,000 jobs and $98.64 billion of total output annually. “Michigan is home to hundreds of thousands of hardworking men and women who are ...

Trump facing devastating debt load? Experts say not so fast

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NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump reportedly must pay back more than $300 million in loans over the next four years, raising the possibility his lenders could face an unprecedented situation should he win a second term and not be able to raise the money: foreclosing on the leader of ...

A letter to my president

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A letter to my president — Dear President Trump, My wife, Diane, and I want you to know how much we appreciate your dedication to our fundamental Christian values. We pray for you daily that God will continue to strengthen you and your family in the upcoming days. Our hats are ...

Cleaning up public lands worth more than single day

Editorials

Saturday was National Public Lands Day, which is observed each year on the fourth Saturday of September. Since National Public Lands Day was established in 1994, it’s been marked by volunteers going out to restore and improve public lands throughout the nation. And although the COVID-19 ...

Trump, Biden to debate at a time of mounting crises

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CLEVELAND (AP) — In an election year like no other, the first debate between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, could be a pivotal moment in a race that has remained stubbornly unchanged in the face of historic tumult. The Tuesday night debate will offer a ...

Ethics experts see national security concern in Trump’s debt

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Revelations that President Donald Trump is personally liable for more than $400 million in debt are casting a shadow over his presidency that ethics experts say raises national security concerns he could be manipulated to sway U.S. policy by organizations or individuals he's ...

Slow down, drive with care through road work zones

Editorials

While fewer motorists may be on the roads due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the number of road and work zone fatalities in Michigan is on the rise, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. As of September, 730 people have died on Michigan roads, an increase of 58 deaths ...

NY Times: Trump paid $750 in US income taxes in 2016, 2017

Columns

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes the year he ran for president and in his first year in the White House, according to a report in The New York Times. Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, ...

Lockdowns fading, but GOP outrage isn’t in campaign

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When the coronavirus pandemic slammed the U.S. economy this spring, Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther became an overnight symbol of rebellion against lockdown measures, spending two days in a Texas jail for refusing to close her doors. Nearly $500,000 poured into a ...

DICSA did great job distributing commodities

Editorials

Bouquet: Kudos to the Dickinson-Iron Community Services Agency on Sept. 9 for distributing commodities to 600 vehicles from their warehouse in Kingsford. Employees from different departments within the agency came together to form a well-oiled machine team to pull this huge endeavor off. Thank ...

Probe into ‘discarded’ ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had been "discarded" by the local election office in a swing county of one of the most important presidential battleground states. All of them were marked for ...

IM cemetery looks great, except for the rough roads

Editorials

Bouquet and barb: Driving through the Iron Mountain cemetery in the ‘93 blue-green Ford Escort to pick up the flowers before the fall clean-up. Some of the roads in the cemetery are still in bad condition. Ideal for car repairs. Walkers and bikers use the roadways and when able for memorial ...

Reach out, speak up on suicide

Editorials

These things are always important, but September is Suicide Prevention Month, a time set aside to remember those we’ve lost to self-harm, to think about those among us struggling with depression, to check in on our own emotional well-being and to refresh our box of tools for combating mental ...

Rejecting Trump, both parties’ leaders foresee orderly election

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election drew swift blowback Thursday from both parties in Congress, and lawmakers were already turning to unprecedented steps to ensure he can't ignore the vote of the ...

Office for benefits help needed

Letters to the Editor

What if there was a place in Dickinson and Iron counties where people could get health care benefits assistance at no cost? Fortunately, there is — the Medical Care Access Coalition has been providing these services since 2004 in both counties. Specific services include helping people choose ...

LaFave should debate opponent

Letters to the Editor

Regardless of which political side one is on, there is always room for civil debate before an election. When an elected official refuses to debate his political opponent, it shows a lack of respect for our Democratic process and those he represents. Public debate between a state ...

Trump works to win over Catholic voters on abortion

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump promised Wednesday to sign an executive order that would require health care providers to provide medical care to all babies born alive as he makes an election-year push to appeal to voters who oppose abortion. The White House did not release ...

AP fact check: Trump’s baseless comment, Biden’s flub

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his Senate allies are misrepresenting the facts about Supreme Court nominations as he prepares to push ahead with a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Told about Ginsburg's dying wish to have the presidential winner in ...

Preventing pollution is everyone’s business

Editorials

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed Sept. 21 through 27 as Pollution Prevention Week to serve as a time to reaffirm Michiganders’ commitments to protecting the state’s environment and natural resources. “Michigan’s natural resources are important to our families, our ...