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Opinion

How dire projections, images dashed Trump’s Easter plan

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office. The projections were grim: Even if the U.S. were to continue to do what it was doing, keeping the economy closed and most Americans in their homes, the coronavirus could leave 100,000 to ...

ABC’s Karl calls Rubio’s tweet on media outrageous

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The president of the White House Correspondents’ Association on Monday called on Florida Sen. Marco Rubio to apologize for a tweet saying some media members “can’t contain their delight” at reports of Americans getting the coronavirus. Jonathan Karl, who is ABC ...

Spring brings back the threat of ticks

Editorials

It was a dark-humor joke that surfaced when COVID-19 emerged in the U.S.: combine the new virus with an existing tick-borne disease in the region and you have — Corona with Lyme. Now that spring has arrived, it’s not so funny, the Florence County Health Department warns. The fact that a ...

Virus response highlights some deepening partisan divides

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti has instituted a shutdown on a city of nearly 4 million people and threatened uncooperative business owners with power shutoffs and arrest. In Mississippi, home to nearly 3 million people, Gov. Tate Reeves has allowed most businesses to ...

Do the ‘stay home’ orders violate rights?

Letters to the Editor

One of things I can’t help but wonder in this state of emergency, with these shelter-in-place orders some governors and other officials have place upon their citizens, is their constitutional authority to override our basic rights. It’s an emergency, we hear, we can do whatever we want and ...

Wisconsin state representative notes efforts against virus

Editorials

Bouquet From Wisconsin state Rep. Jeff Mursau, R-Crivitz, 36th Assembly District: I hope this finds you well and that you are finding fun and creative ways to stay active and connected with loved ones during these unprecedented times. Nancy and I are doing well and while I’m staying ...

Beware of scams seeking to play off federal aid package

Editorials

The federal aid package to provide economic relief during the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t even gained final approval from the U.S. House — though that’s expected to come today, with President Donald Trump’s signature soon to follow — yet scams already have started aiming to take ...

Virus relief bill would vastly expand unemployment aid

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — With record-high numbers of Americans seeking unemployment benefits after losing their jobs because of the coronavirus, Congress is set to significantly enhance the program. The $2.2 trillion rescue package nearing final approval will, for four months, add $600 a week to ...

States, not Trump, have control on shutdowns

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has the biggest megaphone, but it’s governors and local officials who will decide when to begin reopening their economies after shuttering them to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Constitution largely gives states the authority to ...

Highlights of Trump-signed $2.2T economic relief package

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Highlights of a $2.2 trillion package to help businesses, workers and a health care system staggered by the coronavirus that President Donald Trump signed into law Friday after the House voted final congressional approval. — Loans and guarantees to businesses, state and ...

NMU doing well in communicating while out for virus

Editorials

How do you communicate to thousands of students about the situation that is COVID-19, a situation that seems to change by the minute? It’s a good thing we live in an online world. Northern Michigan University has been communicating to its student body the latest information at ...

Many businesses cautious about restarting economy amid virus

Columns

By MICHELLE R. SMITH and DEE-ANN DURBIN Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — President Donald Trump wants the country open for business by mid-April, but some experts warn it’s not as easy as flipping a switch: Economies run on confidence, and that is likely to be in short supply ...

A special day of recognition for Vietnam vets

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This was taken from an American Legion article: “Sunday, March 29, is Vietnam War Veterans Day. This is a day when we pay special tribute to the nine million Americans who served during the Vietnam War era, to the 58,000 names memorialized on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, ...

Aging adults need help coping with coronavirus threat

Editorials

The Aging and Adult Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michigan residents to consider how they can help older family, friends and neighbors in their community deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Older adults need our ...

Resources available for people affected by virus quarantine

Columns

While there’s no doubt this is a difficult time for people in our communities, we also must remember that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbors. I remain in close contact with state officials, hospitals, health experts, school groups, ...

Challenge for Biden: Breaking through with virus response

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is working to reassert himself in national politics three weeks after taking command of the Democratic presidential primary. Like most Americans, Biden has stayed close to home recently to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. That — and a slow shift to the ...

Time to show thanks to health care workers

Editorials

In Saturday’s edition came a letter to the editor from a reader who suggested we dress up our town in pink to show our support for our health care workers. We love the idea. Though these times are unprecedented, our health care workers are doing what they always do: Showing up, staying ...

US shames Afghan leaders’ obstinance as pandemic looms

Columns

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Washington’s unprecedented threat to cut $1 billion in Afghanistan funding — a response to the refusal of rivals in Kabul to work together to advance peace — comes at a time when the impoverished nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus ...

Trump says he wants country to reopen in weeks, not months

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As cases of coronavirus rise, President Donald Trump said that he wants to reopen the country for business in weeks, not months, and claimed, without evidence, that continued closures could result in more deaths than the pandemic itself. “We can’t have the cure be ...

Remembering times of polio

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It’s crazy how much we forget in our lifetime and even crazier how many of the crazy things we remember. Amid the hype and protection measures that are given about coronavirus, nobody seems to remember the polio epidemic. This was brought into my memory after talking with my cousin, ...