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Opinion

Scam involving tax debt resolution vexing residents

Editorials

State and federal officials are reporting a dangerous scam that arrives in potential victims’ homes in official-looking envelopes asking recipients to dial a toll-free number as a first step in resolving a state tax debt. The letter aggressively threatens to seize a taxpayer’s assets — ...

Bolton says he would testify in impeachment trial if subpoenaed

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former White House national security adviser John Bolton said he is "prepared to testify" if he is subpoenaed by the Senate in its impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, a surprise statement that bolstered Democrats in their push for new witnesses. Bolton, who left ...

Schools, other bodies vulnerable to cyberattack

Editorials

Educators, including decision makers on university campuses, are in all likelihood closely watching events that unfolded in a small school district downstate last week. That’s because the district — the Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County — was hit with a sophisticated ...

Pompeo: US may hit more Iranian leaders if Iran retaliates

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military may strike more Iranian leaders if the Islamic Republic retaliates for the Trump administration's killing of Tehran's most powerful general last week by attacking Americans or American interests, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday. As Pompeo ...

Bergman vote supports Trump, Putin, not allies

Letters to the Editor

Recent reporting on Congressman Jack Bergman has omitted his votes in the U.S. House on two issues. The impeachment votes cast on Dec. 18 saw First District Congressman Jack Bergman in lockstep with the Trumpist Party — formerly the Republicans — that said, in effect, “it’s OK to ...

Shop with a Cop again a success, thanks to donors

Editorials

Bouquet: I would like to say thank you to the 67 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. Your donations led to another very successful year serving over 36 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming support in light of the difficult economic times. This ...

US long watched Soleimani but feared risks of a strike

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2007, U.S. commandos watched as a convoy carrying a powerful Iranian military leader made its way to northern Iraq. It was a prime opportunity to take out Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who had been accused of aiding Shiite forces that killed thousands of American troops in ...

McConnell, Pelosi give no signs of budging on impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress opened the new year with the Senate deadlocked over President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, leaving the proceedings deeply in flux as Republicans refuse to bend to Democratic demands for new witnesses. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell showed no signs ...

Federal, state laws can help navigate returning gifts

Editorials

The Better Business Bureau has tips for returning those gifts that fell short of expectations this holiday season. Federal and state laws can dictate how and when items can be returned. Knowing those laws will help in navigating an in-store or online return and whether it proves to be a ...

Poll: White evangelicals distinct on abortion, LGBT policy

Columns

White evangelical Protestants stand noticeably apart from other religious people on abortion restrictions and LGBT discrimination protections, two of the most politically divisive issues at play in the 2020 presidential election, according to a new poll. The findings point to an evangelical ...

In 2020, it will be crucial to remain informed, civil

Editorials

So 2020 arrives. A year with a number that seems to signal its significance — the start of a new decade, with a pivotal national election only 10 months away. Will 2020 bring clarity for the future, as in 20/20 vision? Or do the double numbers of 2020 reflect the deep divisions in our ...

Roberts: Judges working to promote civics, impartial courts

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal judges are taking up the challenge to educate Americans about how their government works at a time when false information can spread instantaneously on social media, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote Tuesday in his annual year-end report. With the impeachment trial ...

Education in life should never stop

Letters to the Editor

I am always surprised when I am out and about and someone recognizes me as a person who writes letters to this forum. How DO they know? In any case, the response I get is pretty much positive, so I shall persist. I had to send this letter today because of a response I got to a comment on ...

Test for unseen gas during Radon Awareness Month

Editorials

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long-term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to safe levels when it reaches the ...

Anti-Trump Christians risk a president with secular agenda

Columns

The battle between church and state is as old as church and state, as is the conflict within religious circles over who supposedly speaks for God. The latest dust-up occurred after the departing editor of Christianity Today magazine, Mark Galli, wrote an editorial in which he said President ...

Test shows citizenship question affects subgroups

Columns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Although a test showed that adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census wouldn’t have had an impact on overall response rates, it did make a difference in neighborhoods that were bilingual and had substantial numbers of non-citizens, Hispanics and Asians, the U.S. ...

Guest column: A Life’s Resolution

Columns

In a world of hate, chaos, and self-indulgence appears a simple but effective human act. It wears many guises. Most of the time, it comes at no monetary cost: easy to do, takes only a few seconds, and requires little physical effort (sometimes). However, the positive rewards extend far beyond ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

Editorials

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

After brain surgery, Jimmy Carter returns to church

Columns

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter publicly appeared Sunday at the Georgia church where he worships for the first time since undergoing brain surgery in November. The 95-year-old Carter and his wife of more than 70 years, Rosalynn, attended services at the Maranatha Baptist ...

2020 Watch: Messy primary finally meets election year

Columns

ATLANTA (AP) — The presidential politics calendar turned to 2020 nearly a year ago. This week, the actual date catches up. What we’re watching as the preseason closes and election year opens: Days to Iowa caucuses: 35 Days to general election: 309 THE NARRATIVE The ups, downs and ...