Opinion

Kids safety will be improved under police-bus program

Editorials

If motorists in the Marquette area are entertaining thoughts of passing that stopped school bus up ahead, the one with the blinking stop lights on it and the children around it, and the manifest danger of such activity isn’t enough to dissuade them, here’s another reason. A uniformed law ...

A primer on the figures in the Trump-related investigations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look ...

Let’s put ‘tree police’ in proper perspective

Columns

By: State SEN. TOM CASPERSON R-Escanaba I recently sponsored legislation that attempts to strike a better balance between local government authority and private-property rights around the state. Our state includes more than 1,700 local units of government — cities, townships and villages. ...

Tips to help keep holiday liquor sales safe and cheery

Editorials

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. With that in mind, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders — and a ...

Few of us prepared for demands of elder care

Columns

It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress. So I ...

Crime numbers used by both sides

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the Dec. 5 letter, “Is crime used as a political fraud?” Fraud is defined as deceit, trickery — the act of deceiving or misrepresenting. For the sake of argument, who runs the Justice Department? I believe that would be the person appointed by the president. ...

Online message aims to divide us

Letters to the Editor

On several occasions I have seen an online message that can be “shared” with others. It has two photos. The left one shows Muslim men at prayer in a mosque. The right photo appears to be a 1950s view of children standing with right hand over their heart, as if saying the Pledge of ...

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Editorials

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Movie tells the ignored story of ‘America’s biggest serial killer’

Columns

WASHINGTON — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to ...

GOP lawmakers play Scrooge on minimum wage

Letters to the Editor

It’s St. Nicholas Day and the Republicans in Lansing just outdid the Grinch and Scrooge with their unconstitutional passage of Senate Bill 1171, amending the 2018 Public Act 237, the so-called “Improved Workplace Opportunity Act, passed on Dec. 4 by a vote of 60-48, with our own state Rep. ...

Trump picks Army chief of staff as his next top military adviser

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would ...

Knights Tootsie Roll collection a success

Editorials

Bouquet: Every fall, the Bishop Baraga Council 1585 of the Knights of Columbus of Iron Mountain-Kingsford conducts a Tootsie Roll collection at various stores in the area. The response to the drive was great! As a result, the Knights of Columbus has distributed funds to these local ...

‘Dumb’ and ‘lazy’: Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, never known for taking criticism lying down, responded to unkind words from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Friday by calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell." During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday ...

A special thanks to those who drive the snowplows

Editorials

Bouquet: ’Twas the day before Monday When all through my house ... Things seemed very quiet — Until I looked out. The snow kept on falling, So fluffy and white. Surely it must have been snowing all night. I must get on my warm winter clothes; Outside I’ll be going to ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

Editorials

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

Columns

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal ...

Disputed race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’

Columns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It’s a ...

Urge support for carbon dividend bill

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage our ...

State police student training could save lives

Editorials

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood — just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

President George H.W. Bush: Man of character

Columns

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was just ...