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Are we canceling summer again?

This is becoming another summer that didn’t quite happen. It follows the bum summer of 2020, which was canceled by COVID-19. In the West this year, summer is literally going up in smoke. Wildfires from Southern California to Washington state are burning out of control and clouding skies as ...

As Biden seeks mask mandate, insurrection inquiry intrudes

WASHINGTON — In the cause of national public health safety, President Joe Biden should abandon confusing half measures by telling Congress and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mandate masking and vaccination for all Americans. It has become too dangerous to do anything else, ...

Wrong predictions don’t deter predictors

We have always had them among us: fortune tellers, diviners, readers of palms, tarot cards, tea leaves, stars, horoscopes, discerners of animal entrails, calling on gods of wood and stone, and all sorts of other “seers” who have attempted to convince the gullible that they have the power to ...

Cheney and Kinzinger may be too late to do much

I wish I could be a Cheney fan. I really do. Rep. Liz Cheney has conducted herself honorably for the past nine months. Her courage in telling the truth about the election and the insurrection of Jan. 6 has been punished by the Republican conference, which booted her from leadership and replaced ...

Banning lake access is a state overreach

Michigan residents have spent much of the last 16 months under top-down, blanket orders meant to protect their safety through restrictions. Apparently, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is following Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s example of ruling by fiat. The DNR is proposing to ban ...

Spike in HIV cases is an unsettling reminder

Kalkaska County shares a long list of similarities with Scott County, Indiana. They're both rural, Midwestern counties with rural Midwestern county challenges. Their economic and demographic statistics are like mirror images of one another slapped down on a map 500 miles apart along major ...