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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s shelter-in-place order to halt the spread of the COVID-19 is aimed at giving more teeth to her earlier edicts to restrict public interactions. But the order may create a lot of confusion without being much more effective than what’s already in place.

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We’ve been down this road before, too many times. In the 14th century, the Black Death provoked mass violence against Jews, Catalans, clerics and beggars; when syphilis spread in the 15th century, it was called variously the Neapolitan, French, Polish and German disease, depending on who was…

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After 9/11, Americans in every state rallied around our first responders. Today, with the coronavirus pandemic threatening the health and well-being of Americans in every state, our brave first responders and the nearly 5.3 million hospital workers across the country are again on the front l…

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Even if we are feeling legitimate anxiety about society these days, most people seem OK with keeping a few feet away from others, working from home, distance learning and washing their hands a lot — practices aimed at taking care of other people.

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The COVID-19 coronavirus crisis has brought out the compassion and good-heartedness of many Americans. Unfortunately, there is no crisis that scammers will not seek to exploit.

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The person credited with saving the most lives ever is Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine. The disease had a much higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus that is confining many people to their homes right now; about 80 percent of children and 60 percent of adults who co…

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As the first African-American woman ever elected to Congress and later the first African American as well as the first woman to run for the presidential nomination of a major political party, the late Shirley Chisholm more than once observed that she faced more discrimination in the politica…

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A few people have reached out to us about the coronavirus, asking if we’d lend our voice to the conversation.

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It’s hard to imagine now, but Grand Haven’s waterfront wasn’t so attractive prior to the vision of the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s from city leaders who led its transformation to what we enjoy today.

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A recent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for Kalkaska County officials’ emails, text messages, letters and memorandums about the point-of-sale septic inspections debate rang in at $396.90 for 95 pages.

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The caricature of The Librarian is rigid. The bun is pulled tight; the mouth a thin line. Strict organization and quiet reigns.

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Michigan Democrats seem to be forgetting that citizens now have more options to ease voting than ever before. Casting a ballot no longer has to wait to Election Day, so the idea that workers should get the day off to vote is obsolete.

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In a likely warmup for his coming pardon of Roger Stone, a president who howls about law and order while flagrantly flouting both has just wiped away former New York Police Department Commissioner Bernie Kerik’s federal corruption conviction and freed former Illinois governor and epically un…

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In her response to the State of the Union address earlier this month, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a favorite catchphrase of Democrats when she said “no one is above the law.” While she was referring to President Donald Trump, Whitmer should take her own words to heart.

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Local and state media have reported that cyber scammers are pilfering residents’ identities and using the theft to steal income tax returns. It’s happened in recent years all across Michigan.

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How many wide-eyed kids over the years rode over the Grand Haven drawbridge as their parents pointed out the tall chimney on Harbor Island as the place where clouds are made?

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads.” And after her first year in office – marked by opposition and inaction from the Legislature – she took matters into her own hands during last month’s State of the State.

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It ended quietly and mostly as expected last Wednesday, with a decisive vote in the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate that chose not to call witnesses or consider new evidence in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

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In turning to heavy borrowing to fix Michigan’s dismal roads, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is following the course that got the state into this mess in the first place.

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There’s no shortage of mordant fun to be had at the expense of the Democratic National Committee and Iowa Democratic Party after the fiasco of the inaugural 2020 presidential contest, which has yet to yield definitive results apparently as a result of coding errors in a tabulation app create…

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Since they don’t enunciate, we can’t say for sure, but probably there isn’t a dog, cat or any other nonhuman vertebrate that would freely board an airplane if it understood the implications. Even the number of humans who enjoy air travel has dwindled after years of heightened security and di…

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The news of Kobe Bryant’s death flashed early Sunday afternoon and immediately emptied the day. Bryant was a professional basketball superstar among superstars –an inspiration to people of all ages, an ambassador for the game and for his Los Angeles community.

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Don’t get too excited about the possibility of expanded school choice in Michigan – at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this month in a case that could break down barriers to educational freedom, even in this state. But plenty of roadblocks remain, regardless of how the …

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President Donald Trump rightly touted “America’s extraordinary prosperity” in his speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week. But his history of overlooking the global component of that success is wrongheaded, especially because transnational threats can reverse the …

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The more federal authorities investigate dangers associated with vaping, the more we discover how much we do not know about the dangers of this suddenly popular habit.

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The role of government in business and community efforts is often debated in Michigan, with some conservatives questioning whether the state should pick winners and losers. Now that it appears some of that economic development funding is being used as a political tool, taxpayers should weigh…

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I was born and raised as what I would categorize a beach bum, though I lived two hours away from any kind of shoreline. That did not deter my family. Every Friday in the summer we all hopped in the van and headed out for the weekend to go camping by the lake, and boy did I love this beach li…

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What family of a 35-year-old man wouldn’t welcome the news that he intended to leave home and make his own way in the world with his wife and son?

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Many of us dream about living near the edge of the lakeshore, overlooking the majesty of Lake Michigan. That dream for the few that do have homes and summer cottages on the shore is now turning into a nightmare.

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It’s great that the Arizona-based U-Haul company cares about the well-being of its more than 30,000 employees. It’s commendable that it has adopted programs and offered benefits to promote their nutrition, fitness and overall health.

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Whatever moral authority the United States had to justify the killing of Iran’s top general must not be squandered by President Donald Trump.

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Australia is on fire. Not all of it – but so far, flames have engulfed some 12 million acres, more than the land mass of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Inhabitants of the hot, dry continent learned long ago that coping with wildfires is a part of life. But the conflagrations that have s…