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Opinion

Trump eyes institutions for mentally ill as answer to gun violence

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — When shots rang out last year at a high school in Parkland, Florida, leaving 17 people dead, President Donald Trump quickly turned his thoughts to creating more mental institutions. When back-to-back mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, jolted the nation ...

A ‘lost’ generation?

Columns

There are people in every generation who believe the generation following theirs is either going to the dogs or will ruin the country. A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll lends credence to that way of thinking, especially where Generation Z/millennials (those born in the mid-1990s to ...

Time to support — and enjoy — the county fair

Editorials

While the Labor Day holiday might signal autumn is drawing near, a final full taste of summer can be enjoyed this weekend by taking in the Dickinson County Fair in Norway. This is not just the last of the region’s county fairs but offers the full experience, with livestock and live music, ...

Ten Democrats set for next debate as others miss cut

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Struggling Democratic presidential candidates are facing the bad news that they are not among the 10 who have qualified for the next debate, a predicament that is likely to spell doom for their campaigns. Hours ahead of a midnight Wednesday deadline to qualify, New York ...

Ex-Pentagon chief Mattis: Bitter political climate a threat to US

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is warning that bitter political divisions threaten American society, saying he views "tribalism" as a greater risk to the nation's future than foreign adversaries. The retired Marine general, who resigned in December 2018 in a policy ...

Addressing a world on fire

Columns

WASHINGTON — A question for this moment: If the Earth’s lungs were on fire and the doctor refused to treat it, would there be cause for a third-party intervention? This is a rhetorical query for now, but it surely nags the conscience of an outraged international community as the Amazon ...

Benson should speed up wait times at branch offices

Editorials

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson campaigned on a promise that the wait in line at Secretary of State branch offices would be no longer than 30 minutes, and she had a slate of good ideas to make it happen. Now, in her eighth month in office, wait times are consistently worse than ...

Trump: Federal Reserve loving US manufacturing troubles

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who last week suggested Fed Chairman Jerome Powell could be an enemy, is now saying that the central bank “loves” the troubles U.S. manufacturers are facing. The president’s tweet Tuesday appears to be his latest effort pressure the central ...

Tech firms struggle to police social media while avoiding bias

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Take the post down. Put it back up. Stop policing speech. Start silencing extremists. That’s just a sampling of the intense, often contradictory demands facing tech companies and their social media platforms as they try to oversee internet content without infringing on ...

Use caution on the roads for Labor Day travel

Editorials

The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the most traveled weekends during the summer — third behind Independence Day and Memorial Day. This year, as gas prices continue to drop, millions of motorists will hit the roads for the holiday weekend. As drivers set out on that last road trip of ...

The biggest challenge in high school sports comes from adults

Columns

Inappropriate adult behavior at high school athletic events has reached epidemic proportion. When more than 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a recent national survey what they like least about their job, 62.3 percent said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and ...

GOP Trump challengers won’t get much help from their party

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WASHINGTON (AP) — “Never Trump” Republicans are eager to see the president confront a credible primary adversary. But the party will likely erect structural barriers that make that kind of challenge exceedingly difficult. And for good reason: Every incumbent president for four-plus ...

Keep bus safety in mind as classes start in the region

Editorials

Today and Tuesday will mark the start of classes for many public schools in the Upper Peninsula. With that in mind, it seems timely to pass along advice from the Michigan State Police on making sure your children know about bus safety, while reminding motorists they need to share the road ...

Trade war shows reality of ‘America First’ in action

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WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in the 1830s in ...

‘Our bigger enemy’: Trump escalates attack on Fed chief

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched a furious and highly personal Twitter attack Friday against the Federal Reserve and Chairman Jerome Powell, fuming that the Fed once more “did NOTHING!” and wondering who is “our bigger enemy” — Powell or China’s leader. The ...

Don’t travel without an emergency kit

Editorials

With Michigan residents and visitors traveling this summer and upcoming Labor Day holiday, the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging motorists to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles. “Emergency planning is too often overlooked ...

World powers increasingly see icy Arctic as a hot property

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TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and ...

Trump, G-7 leaders to open summit focused on world economy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations will open their annual G-7 summit over the weekend by discussing the global economy. White House officials said Thursday that the session was added to Sunday’s schedule at the last ...

State urges children get vaccinated before going back to school

Editorials

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils and pens, check. What about vaccinations before going back into that virus-swapping arena called school? As the start of classes approaches, Michigan health officials have urged families to make sure children are up-to-date on all ...