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Opinion

More options to come for returning bottles, cans in state

Editorials

Michiganders seeking their 10-cent deposit on bottles and cans will soon have more options for redeeming their deposits, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. With the beginning of Phase 2 on Oct. 5, all grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, gas stations and other ...

Trump, Biden fight to define campaign’s pressing issues

Columns

SWANTON, Ohio (AP) — President Donald Trump was interrupted twice during an Ohio rally this week by sign-waving supporters chanting, “Fill that seat!” “I will fill that seat,” Trump responded before launching into an extended riff on his plans to quickly nominate a successor to ...

Senate GOP plans vote on court pick before election

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election, launching a divisive fight over Democratic objections before a ...

Former Michigan justice emerges as finalist for US Supreme Court

Columns

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — One of the women on Donald Trump’s short list to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the U.S. Supreme Court got her first taste of politics as a college student stuffing envelopes for Democrat Joe Biden’s 1988 presidential run. But, by 1996, Joan L. Larsen was ...

UP sites among those dropped from national historic list

Editorials

It’s with regret that we report that a handful of sites in the state of Michigan — including several in the Upper Peninsula — have been removed from the National Register of Historic Places because, literally, they no longer exist. Specifically, the U.P. locations include the Beechwood ...

Trump’s slide in Ohio suburbs signals peril in industrial north

Columns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district. "It hasn't ebbed. It's crashed," said Lehner, who is not seeking reelection in the district of ...

Protecting older people from the risk of a dangerous fall

Editorials

Today through Friday is Fall Prevention Awareness Week. Each year, one in four older adults falls. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people age 65 and older. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed. The good ...

GOP hopeful Supreme Court battle will help shift election

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four years ago, the allure of conservative Supreme Court appointments helped persuade skeptical Republicans to support Donald Trump for president. Two years ago, a contentious clash over Trump's choice of Brett Kavanaugh for the court was credited with bolstering GOP gains ...

A Republican who backs Biden

Letters to the Editor

We are living in challenging times. Who can lead us through? Consider the debate on how to deal with a virus that is impacting our health, economy, and way of life. How big of a role should governments have with public health? What measures become government overreach? What constitutes good ...

Shout out to the Kingsford HS marching band

Editorials

Bouquet: I was fortunate Sept. 11 to be able to enjoy the Friday night Kingsford High School marching band’s performance at the Breitung Township Schools’ football field. Only a certain number of tickets were distributed to the band members in order to follow the governor’s COVID-19 ...

AP-NORC Poll: Majority plan to vote prior to Election Day

Columns

DENVER (AP) — A majority of President Donald Trump's supporters plan to cast their ballot on Election Day, while about half of Joe Biden's backers plan to vote by mail, a sign of a growing partisan divide over how best to conduct elections in the United States. Overall, 39% of registered ...

Need to show caution around school buses

Editorials

School buses are considered the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle or being driven to school in private vehicles. Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the ...

Trump campaigns in Mosinee, fifth Wisconsin visit in 2020

Columns

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump stepped up his rhetoric Thursday on cultural issues, aiming to boost enthusiasm among rural Wisconsin voters as he tries to repeat his path to victory four years ago. Making his fifth visit to the pivotal battleground state this year, Trump views ...

At town hall, Biden blasts Trump’s ‘criminal’ virus response

Columns

MOOSIC, Pa. (AP) — Joe Biden on Thursday went after President Donald Trump again and again over his handling of COVID-19, calling Trump's downplaying of the pandemic “criminal” and his administration “totally irresponsible." “You’ve got to level with the American people — shoot ...

Justice Department: Sedition may apply to protest violence

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a memo to U.S. attorneys Thursday obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department emphasized that federal prosecutors should aggressively go after demonstrators who cause violence — and even sedition charges could potentially apply. The sedition statute ...

US judge blocks USPS changes that slowed mail

Columns

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he ...

The wheels on the bus go bump, bump, bump

Editorials

Back in the day, schools taught the three Rs — reading, (w)riting and ‘rithmetic. We’d like to add three Ts to this year’s lesson plans — transparency, testing and tolerance. Traverse City Area Public School students logged on Sept. 8 for their first day of school, opening the ...

Voters see economy through political lens in polarized era

Columns

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — Nothing can shake Scott Rice’s faith that President Donald Trump will save the U.S. economy — not seeing businesses close or friends furloughed, not even his own hellish bout with the novel coronavirus. Rice reveres the president the way Wisconsin loves the Green ...

Farm Safety Week to offer ways to reduce the risks

Editorials

Production agriculture and the entire associated agricultural industry are key to our nation’s stability and way of life. However, agriculture is also a dangerous occupation. Farming, mining, and construction are the three most dangerous occupations and have been for decades. In particular, ...

Israel signs pacts with two Arab states: A ‘new’ Mideast?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israel on Tuesday signed historic diplomatic pacts with two Gulf Arab states at a White House ceremony that President Donald Trump declared will mark the “dawn of a new Middle East.” The bilateral agreements formalize the normalization of Israel’s already thawing ...