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Opinion

To ID or not to ID?

Columns

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

Protect kids against exposure to lead

Editorial

Michigan has begun to see an increase in the percent of children under age 6 with an elevated blood lead level (EBLL) from April through June 2016.Exposure to lead is higher in warmer months for a variety of reasons, including increased contact with lead dust from inside and outside the home ...

‘New Nationalism’ is white identity politics

Columns

To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I'm not so sure.In a fairly representative analysis, Politico's Michael Hirsh explained the "new nationalism" as "a bitter populist rejection of the status quo ...

Not the way to do minority outreach

Columns

In the nanosecond between Donald Trump's foot-in-mouth moments this week, just before he made headlines by announcing changes in the topless blender that is his senior staff, he gave what many consider to be the finest speech of the campaign.CBS' Major Garrett tweeted "Having been listening ...

Orphanage project took years, but was worth the wait

Editorial

The landmark structure we all know as the old orphanage in Marquette hit a major milestone last week, as developers held an official groundbreaking ceremony on the project that will transform the abandoned building into an affordable housing complex.The former Holy Family Orphanage, at the ...

A principal’s speech you’d like to hear given

Columns

OK, folks, let's put aside the outrageous political scene and the depressing daily news about shootings, knifings and suicide bombings that have become so ubiquitous we don't even raise eyebrows about them anymore - and concentrate for the moment on the better side of life.To begin: With ...

Plenty of stupid to go around

Columns

First off, I'd like to apologize for setting liberals' hair on fire the other day.I guess I just wanted to see what would happen. My bad.All I did was point out on social media that liberal Democrats like President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have said stupid things about guns and ...

Will Trump take down congressional Republicans?

Columns

On Friday, Republican National Committee and Trump campaign staffers held what one described as an "emergency meeting" at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. The obvious subject: what to do about Donald Trump's flagging campaign and how Republican down-ballot candidates can avoid the possible ...

Local newspaper is more than economic driver

Editorial

What's good for the community is good for the local newspaper.It thrives when the community thrives, because as a commerical enterprise, the local newspaper depends on advertising revenue resulting from the symbiotic relationship between commerce. Newspaper advertising is a valuable commodity ...

Choice is clear for president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A secretary of state can never be transparent, for confidentiality is essential, and that goes for your private emails. (Which the NSA tracks anyway!)The Benghazi event was over before Clinton could do anything to prevent it, yet for Hillary's 40 years of public service, that's ...

Vote for Trump to stop Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Attention Christians! I wonder if you know how important you are? In 2012, when Obama won, 17 million Christian voters failed to vote. Obama won by 4.9 million votes. If just 29 percent of these nonvoting Christians had voted, Obama would not be president. If you didn't vote, you ...

Get serious about election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Wake up, America. This isn't the third-grade class president we're voting for. It's time to get serious about this presidential election. The primaries are over and it's never been this bad. Let's have an honest look at Donald Trump.In my opinion, we have a real nut running for ...

Expiration dates on food items

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have gone into Pat's IGA on countless occasions for Bargain Ben's Super Shocker prices only to find the items have expiration dates either that day or the day after.All I can say is "shame on you" Bargain Ben for taking advantage of the good people in your community. ...

Let grasshoppers happily dance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Isn't it wonderful? After the November election, even more grasshoppers will get to dance, procreate indiscriminately and smoke dope. Imagine the fulfillment the hardy, brainy and objective ant will surely realize from experiencing the joy, the unselfish pleasure, of being of ...

Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge

Columns

An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: "Lies, damn lies and statistics." Now, however, we've been given an even-higher level of intentional deception: Policy speeches by Donald Trump.Take his recent highly publicized address outlining specific economic policies ...

New critics of Trump could rescue Hillary from defeat

Columns

A year ago, in August 2015, this column called "The Donald" the Democrats' Trump card. It is hard to imagine any other Republican candidate who could rescue a thoroughly discredited Hillary Clinton from a devastating defeat in this year's election.Now 50 prominent Republicans with foreign ...

1918 bird treaty was significant conservation policy

Editorial

A noteworthy event was celebrated Tuesday: the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Migratory Bird Treaty.Congress then passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act in 1918 to formally implement the treaty's provisions and prohibit the taking of any part, nest or egg of migratory birds by any ...

Running mates are more qualified

Columns

We've heard nonstop criticism of both the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates - for good reasons. So are their running mates any better?Yes.Trump's vice presidential pick, Mike Pence, has some good points. He supported a guest worker program. He opposed reckless spending, including ...

Local paper corners market on real news

Editorial

Social media allows people to get "information," if you want to call it that, being circulated within a community.That social media has become a source of local news is not a good thing, because nearly all of that content is anything but credible news.It is unverified, exaggerated, often ...

Key Ingredients grand success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Hancock's third annual Key Ingredients was a grand success. We would like to thank all the performers, businesses, and especially recognize the following individuals for their time and talent:Glenn Anderson, Manager, Bill Marlor, DPW Director, Karen Haischer, City Clerk, City of ...