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Actions have consequences. So do inactions. Take the defense budget, which the White House is turning into a poster child for procrastination — a practice that threatens the security of all Americans.

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In a recent editorial a reader from Custer, a small rural town in Mason County with a population of less than 300 according to the U.S. Census, posed a question that if the vaccine isn’t a cure for COVID-19 why would you take it?

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In the nine elections between 1980 and 2012, candidates with one of three names — Bush, Cheney and Romney — appeared on the GOP’s national ticket nine times. Yet today, those names are all reviled by a party dominated by one man: Donald J. Trump.

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As I write this on May (1) about 36% of Michigan residents (older than) 16 have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 50% have received one dose of vaccine. This is good news but there has been a worrisome decline in the pace of new vaccinations.

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This column is about one of our special friends. You might remember him from my earlier writings. He has lived with us a long time.