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Opinion

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, ...

Trump vs Fauci: President’s gut sense collides with science

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a clash of gut instinct versus science, President Donald Trump and the government’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, are politely but publicly sparing over whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus disease. Trump is ...

Healthy residents should donate blood to avoid shortage

Editorials

As the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services continues to urge residents to practice social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus disease, officials called on healthy residents to continue blood donations to help the state avoid a life-threatening blood shortage. “I was ...

Working together — and apart — will get us through

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The world right now is in a crisis. The coronavirus is the cause, but we can lessen the damage that it causes. Instead of blaming governors for trying to keep you safe, thank them. I understand that some of the things they are doing seem extreme, but they are not. Look at China after ...

Likely Democratic nominee Biden faces long wait to clinch

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the three weeks since his blowout win in the South Carolina primary, Joe Biden has emerged as the Democratic presidential nominee-in-waiting. But, amid the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, put the emphasis on waiting. Biden holds an essentially insurmountable ...

Consumers warned to watch for online coronavirus scams

Editorials

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding Michigan residents to be aware of online coronavirus disease 2019 scams selling bogus products and providing false information on tests and treatments. Scams related to COVID-19 are climbing with the continued confirmations of positive ...

Amid decline, local newspapers press less for records in court

Columns

Shane Fitzgerald has pushed for public records in court to help his reporters uncover details of a destructive school fire, the police shooting of an inmate and a public defender who wasn’t doing much work. But there are many instances where his newspaper group in suburban Philadelphia has ...

Campaigns in 2020 go digital amid fears of coronavirus spread

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — No more rallies. No more door-knocking. And no more in-person fundraisers, raking in dollars from dozens of millionaires at once. The coronavirus has disrupted American life, and the 2020 presidential campaign is no exception. Amid calls for social distancing to stop the ...

Freeman home appreciated gift of fresh flowers

Editorials

Bouquet From Kat Kerley, director of social services for Freeman Nursing and Rehabilitation, Kingsford: A big thank you to the family that dropped off the beautiful flowers for Freeman Nursing and Rehab on Monday. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated during these times.

Order restaurant takeout for the greater good

Editorials

Want a way to help the community in this coronavirus-shadowed time? Order takeout food from a favorite area restaurant, on either side of the Menominee River. Really. Not only does it provide you with an easy meal, it gives some level of support to local small businesses that likely are ...

Fighting the coronavirus with truth and transparency

Columns

As the scope and threat of the coronavirus pandemic becomes clear, people all over the world hunger for two things: an effective vaccine and truthful information about the disease. The former may be more than a year away, but the latter is critical to stemming the pandemic in the ...

The weakness of identity politics

Letters to the Editor

When did the left start crying “racist”? To our credit and benefit, we have a diverse society of all different races. Each of them unique and important to God and our national heritage. Minorities are vulnerable to manipulators looking for votes … an opportunity for unscrupulous ...

Poll: Increasing concern about coronavirus infection

Columns

CHICAGO (AP) — Americans are increasingly worried they or a loved one will be infected by the coronavirus, with two-thirds now saying they’re at least somewhat concerned — up from less than half who said so a month ago. Still, a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

BBB warns about price gouging amid COVID-19 situation

Covid-19

As government officials, news outlets and health officials are keeping the public appraised of the COVID-19 situation, consumers are finding the cost of high-demand items, such as hand sanitizers, tissues, face masks and other products, skyrocketing. Better Business Bureaus Serving Eastern and ...

It’s time for the Michigan Senate to let the Sunshine in

Columns

Open government advocates have watched for years as the Michigan Senate has repeatedly held up any action on a series of House bills known as the Legislative Open Records Act or LORA. However, it now looks like the Senate finally is ready to act to expand the state’s Freedom of Information ...

AP VoteCast: A look at voters in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Associated Press surveyed voters in the three states that held Democratic presidential contests on Tuesday. Here's a snapshot of the voters in Arizona, Florida and Illinois — who they are and what matters to them — based on preliminary results from AP VoteCast. ...

Make sure seniors are OK during shutdowns for virus

Editorials

The rise of COVID-19 has Michigan and Wisconsin canceling classes both in public schools and colleges and advising people remain apart as much as possible. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer now has ordered all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in customers, effective at 3 p.m. today, to ...

Legislative tracker sounds alarm on anti-transparency bills

Columns

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Amid growing concern about the expensive incentives promised to Amazon to land its new headquarters, Kentucky lawmakers considered a bill to shield its largest city’s failed pitch from public scrutiny. To open government advocates, the effort to hide Louisville’s ...