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Opinion

House retiree: Toxic politics, Trump White House, bad knees

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Cook served 26 years as a Marine and was awarded two Purple Heart medals for combat wounds suffered in Vietnam. But amid his seventh year in Congress, the aching and discouraged California Republican has decided he’s endured enough. At 76 and nursing brittle ...

In UN building, Trump sees a real estate deal that got away

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump visits the United Nations building in New York this week, he won’t be focused only on the global challenges facing the world body — he’s still reliving the real estate deal there that got away. More than a decade later, Trump vividly recalls ...

Final Adopt-A-Highway cleanup of year starts today

Editorials

Bouquet As summer gives way to fall, volunteers will soon fan out along Michigan state roadsides looking for trash during the year’s final Adopt-A-Highway pickup. Thousands of volunteers in the popular Michigan Department of Transportation program will be picking up litter today through ...

House intel chief says Facebook working on election threats

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the House Intelligence Committee said Friday he has been assured by the CEO of Facebook that the company is working on ways to prevent foreign actors from disrupting next year’s elections. Rep. Adam Schiff of California met with Mark Zuckerberg and said ...

Heating credit appreciated but sum is modest

Editorials

It may not be a whole lot of money but a fair number of Michigan households — 288,000 to be exact — are in line to receive an out-of-the-blue payment from the state government this month. The money, $22 per household, will be paid to those which received Home Heating Credits in 2018, ...

LaFave: Unwise executive action must be stopped

Columns

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave on Wednesday introduced a new measure to eliminate the governor’s ability to ban e-cigarettes without consent of lawmakers. “I am getting frustrated with the governor’s double-speak,” LaFave said. “First she said she was going to ban flavored ...

Key Senate panel approves $250M for election security

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million to help states beef up their election systems, freeing up the money after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came under criticism from Democrats for impeding separate election security legislation. The Kentucky ...

Paying fair share of taxes

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My momma told me that fair is a place where pigs are judged. Apparently, they were not fat enough this year — “Appeals settled in tax tribunal filings,” Sept. 14 issue of The Daily News. Property taxes pay for roads and services that are used by all contributors to the local ...

Time again to get that flu shot

Editorials

It’s almost autumn. Days grow shorter, trees are turning color. More mornings and evenings carry a chill. Birds are headed south. Another sign of the season: Flu shots are returning in the region. A number of area sites will offer annual flu vaccinations, beginning at the end of this ...

The calm voice of Reason

Columns

I rarely watch cable news anymore. It’s all hysteria, all the time. CNN: “We are destroying the planet.” MSNBC: “The middle class is disappearing!” President Donald Trump says drug trafficking “is worse than ever!” I’m glad my favorite magazine, Reason, cuts through ...

Tech execs say they’re acting faster on extremist content

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter told Congress on Wednesday they’ve gotten better and faster at detecting and removing violent extremist content on their social media platforms in the face of mass shootings fueled by hatred. Questioned at a hearing by the ...

Village wrong to ban all holiday-themed civic decorations

Editorials

Bah, humbug. That is the phrase to sum up the Village of Shorewood’s proposal to ban all religious decorations or displays that could be portrayed as secular from public displays. This stemmed from discussion about a menorah being put on public display in a park. At that point, the ...

Cokie Roberts, longtime political journalist, dies at 75

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Cokie Roberts, the daughter of politicians and a pioneering journalist who chronicled Washington from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump for NPR and ABC News, died Tuesday of complications from breast cancer. She was 75. ABC broke into network programming to announce her death and ...

Plan to end state mileage standards draws criticism

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California’s authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to ...

NMU continues trend of growing its overall enrollment

Editorials

There was positive news recently from the campus of Northern Michigan University. NMU continues to buck state and national trends by growing its overall enrollment, something most colleges and universities only dream of these days. According to the school’s all-important 10th day enrollment ...

NY Times faces questions over Kavanaugh story

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump ...

Trump given too much power

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Is the executive branch all that matters in the time of Trump? I understand that our Constitutional democracy has been eroded by the use of executive power by both main political parties, but it is hard to have imagined the extent it is now happening and the complicity of the ...

A week to focus on safely transporting children in vehicles

Editorials

This week aims to emphasize making sure the youngest and smallest of travelers are properly secured in vehicles. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reminds parents and caregivers about keeping children safe as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which extends through ...

States split by party on Purdue Pharma settlement

Columns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in ...

Need more here to ‘shop local’

Letters to the Editor

I am addressing the advertising in regard to shopping local. When I moved here in 2000, coming from Racine, Wis., I was more than thrilled with the people, the low crime rate and, at the time, where we could shop. There was JCPenney, Shopko, Walmart, Payless Shoe Source and Kmart. Besides that, ...