Opinion

Safe travels this Thanksgiving

Editorials

More than 1.6 million people in Michigan are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 3.5 percent from 2016, according to AAA. The auto club says that would be the eighth consecutive year of growth for Thanksgiving travel in Michigan. Nearly 90 percent of those ...

CBS News, PBS cut ties to Rose after sex allegations

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS News and PBS both cut ties to Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. Both organizations stressed the ...

Big Tobacco’s anti-smoking ads begin after decade of delay

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades after they were banned from the airwaves, Big Tobacco companies return to prime-time television this weekend — but not by choice. Under court order, the tobacco industry for the first time will be forced to advertise the deadly, addictive effects of smoking, more ...

Take care when cooking this Thanksgiving

Editorials

Thanksgiving is almost upon us. When making the annual feast, be careful that turkey doesn’t find some posthumous revenge. This holiday leads all others for home cooking fires, Michigan State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer advised. The popularity of portable deep fryers is a major reason ...

Sorting through a sordid wave of groping revelations

Columns

WASHINGTON — It seems more than coincidence that the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency coincides with a trend that was heretofore unrecognized — groping. Gropers abound, it seems. From Harvey Weinstein to Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore to Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al ...

Health nominee earned millions as a pharmaceutical executive

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly disclosed financial records show that President Donald Trump’s nominee to become Health and Human Services secretary reaped big earnings during his tenure as a top pharmaceutical executive. As a top drug industry veteran from 2007 to 2017, former Eli Lilly and Co. ...

Governor should veto ballast bill to protect Great Lakes

Editorials

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

A moving experience

Columns

SAN FRANCISCO — Evidence that when Democrats rule taxes are never high enough can be found at any gas station in this once politically competitive state. Last month, the California gas tax was raised 12 cents a gallon. Regular gas at some stations is again approaching, and in some cities ...

Bush administration alums rising in Trump’s orbit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the lingering tensions between President Donald Trump and former President George W. Bush, Trump’s White House shares one thing in common with his Republican predecessor’s: People. Trump has installed more than three dozen veterans of the Bush administration, ...

Strong response to medical emergency made a difference

Editorials

Bouquet From Mary Larson, Sheboygan, Wis.: Monday, while at our second residence in Norway, my husband experienced a medical emergency with symptoms resembling a stroke. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and give accolades to all who responded so capably and found the cause of the ...

Trump quick to criticize Franken, silent on Moore

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is displaying selective outrage over allegations of sexual harassment against prominent men in politics, as his own tortured past lingers over his response. Trump moved quickly Thursday to condemn accusations against Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken ...

Pilot project on climate a good start to addressing issue

Editorials

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the Marquette region Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people from Iron River presumably drowned after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque ...

Forest products industry needs litigation reform

Columns

Michigan’s forest-products industry is having a hard enough time competing on a global market as demand for newsprint and magazine stock continues to decline amid the shift to digital media. The last thing we need to contend with is out-of-control litigation. We’re the largest industry in ...

Those who have wolves should decide on control

Letters to the Editor

In reply to Sarah Payette from Macomb on “Casperson ignores voters on wolves:” Senate Resolution 105 has passed through an unelected committee, with Senator Casperson as chairman. The committee is chaired by an elected official — our senator, our elected official in the U.P. You’re ...

Franken apologizes after woman says he kissed, groped her in 2006

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faced a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour. He was the first member of Congress caught up in the recent wave of allegations ...

Only trains should be on railroad tracks

Editorials

Most people live near a railroad crossing or tracks. It’s a reminder that before we had cars and airplanes, our most impressive mode of transportation, outside of horses, was by rail. Yet sometimes we remain challenged in dealing with trains in our lives. People persist in walking on ...

Sessions seeks balance in pondering Clinton probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance. He appears to be attempting to placate a boss who has repeatedly suggested Sessions’ own job might be in jeopardy for failing ...

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The sale of Uranium One, a Canadian firm with rights to mine U.S. uranium, to a Russian company is in the news again with the Department of Justice signaling it could appoint a special counsel to look into the matter. President Donald Trump and his supporters have ...

A good day to quit smoking

Editorials

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, when those who smoke are encouraged either to quit or at least make plans toward breaking the habit. And the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is ready to help. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature ...

The corruption of faith

Columns

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...