Opinion

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Editorials

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multi-million-dollar utility company ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public. Sanders was ...

Separation of families must end

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday night, MSNBC broadcast that the Trump administration has created at least three “Tender Age Shelters” near the U.S. southern border. Call them what they are — prisons for toddlers or concentration camps for kids, akin to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in World War ...

How opponents feed Trump media machine

Columns

The time has come for Donald Trump’s critics to take a much-deserved vacation from all things Donald Trump. The media especially can use this time to work on dropping their compulsion to obsess on every lie, insult and provocation he crafts for their consumption. This invitation extends to ...

New measles case means make sure you’re vaccinated

Editorials

A second measles case in the state for 2018 has the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services again advising residents make sure they are vaccinated against this disease. This new case, detected June 12 at the Detroit airport, is unrelated to the first one for the year reported in ...

Conservative columnist, pundit Krauthammer dies

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died at age 68. His death ...

Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don’t believe Kim is serious about addressing the international ...

More understanding needed on behavior of those with OCD

Editorials

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a person’s well-being. Obsessive compulsive ...

Can Libertarian Weld restore conservatism?

Columns

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Nielsen’s career likely forever linked to family border separations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The 46-year-old former Bush administration official this week became known as the Cabinet member who skewed the facts at a press ...

Copper Country needs help to recover from flood damage

Editorials

The residents of the Upper Peninsula tend to be hardy folk, ready to withstand whatever the elements can dish out. Severe winters, when the snow piles up and temperatures plunge. Dry summers that might make for a bad fire season. Even the occasional tornado or straight-line windstorm that ...

Inhumanity rules the border

Columns

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for obedience to rules — no ...

No Garden Walk for 2018

Letters to the Editor

Over the past eight years, the area Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association has sponsored a Garden Walk featuring local gardens. It is with regret that the 2018 Garden Walk is postponed. Tentative plans are for a July 20, 2019, date for next year. We thank the many repeat attendees of ...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday ...

Casperson faces fight outside the political arena

Editorials

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

Columns

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and ...

Prevailing wage repeal bad idea

Letters to the Editor

So we are now to believe that the repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law is a GOOD thing. That having to pay union wages to skilled construction workers puts an undue burden on non-union construction companies. That bidding for government contracts on a level playing field is somehow unfair to those ...

Take steps to guard against West Nile threat

Editorials

Now that warmer weather is here, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents that the best way to protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites. The first West Nile virus activity for the state in 2018 recently ...

LaFave: We need real-world education for high school students

Columns

There are growing number of career-oriented opportunities available in the Upper Peninsula right now. And it’s overdue for Michigan to allow on-the-job exploration and training involving those good-paying opportunities to become an acceptable part of high school education. That’s why ...

Earlier letter inaccurate about Pinecrest facility

Letters to the Editor

I am the current chairman of the board of trustees for the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. I am responding to a Letter to the Editor printed in the Daily News last week regarding Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and Pinecrest Medical Care Facility. l would like to correct the ...