Opinion

High school students invited to explore college credit courses

Editorials

The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District will host a workshop next month to explain how students can earn college credits while still in high school. The May 22 workshop is part of a statewide series hosted by the Michigan Department of Education. “Students and their families will ...

Authors share their memories of friendship with Barbara Bush

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Sandra Brown knew she had a friend in Barbara Bush from the moment she heard the story about the 2000 election, when then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush was in a virtual tie with then-Vice President Al Gore for the presidency. “Laura Bush told me how they were all still counting ...

Austerity measures approved for Puerto Rico

Columns

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A majority of federal control board members approved new austerity measures for Puerto Rico on Thursday, saying they would help revitalize the economy and create more jobs amid the U.S. territory’s 11-year recession, while the island’s governor fired off a ...

US manufacturers seek relief from steel and aluminum tariffs

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising costs. Delayed shipments. A baffling bureaucracy. President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported aluminum and steel are disrupting business for American companies that buy those metals, and many are pressing for relief. Hundreds of companies are asking the Commerce ...

Focus on safety for a successful spring turkey season

Editorials

The snowbanks suggest it’s winter, but the calendar says spring. Likewise, spring turkey hunting is underway in Wisconsin, while the Upper Peninsula opener is Monday. Hunters may encounter snow, which is somewhat unusual, but the key factors for a happy season remain the same. “The ...

Cuomo could be contender

Columns

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an ...

Motivation to work

Columns

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Nominations invited for U.P. Service Awards

Editorials

Every day, volunteers across the Upper Peninsula give their time, talent, voice and resources to help make the U.P. a special place to live. Individuals, community groups and businesses play key roles in addressing critical community issues such as hunger, homelessness, the environment and ...

Supreme Court worries about abandoning online sales tax rule

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sounded concerned Tuesday about doing away with a rule that has meant shoppers don't always get charged sales tax when they hit "checkout" online. The justices were hearing arguments in a case that deals with how businesses collect sales tax on online ...

Ruled from below the bridge

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This message is directed to every citizen (Yoopers) in the state of Michigan and the state of Wisconsin (Green Bay north ). The message is that we “above the bridge” in the Upper Peninsula are at the mercy of those “below the bridge” in the Lower Peninsula. The fact is, we do ...

Fox’s Hannity shares lawyer with Trump

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Hannity shares a world view with President Donald Trump and on Monday it was revealed, with some reluctance, that he shares a lawyer, too. The Fox News Channel prime-time host is Trump's most vocal defender on television, and a week ago he was on the air criticizing ...

VA supports survivors of military sexual trauma

Editorials

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs uses this month to raise awareness of veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Military sexual trauma is not a diagnosis, but rather it is sexual assault or sexual harassment that a veteran ...

Auto insurance costs still rising

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Did you see the latest on car insurance costs. A whopping $192 dollars per car it will cost you for paying for extreme accident cases. Michigan is by far the highest and only state to have such a thing. We all should be contacting our representatives to finally get this changed ...

RNC committing $250 million to retain control of House

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee has committed $250 million to a midterm election strategy that has one goal above all else: Preserve the party’s House majority for the rest of President Donald Trump’s first term. Facing the prospect of a blue wave this fall, the ...

Trump, Comey in war of words

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In his scathing appraisal of the man who fired him as FBI chief, James Comey cited "some evidence of obstruction of justice" in President Donald Trump's actions and speculated that Russians might have dirt on the president. Trump struck back, branding Comey a ...

Give support to Senate Bill 464

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Suicide is the second leading cause of death in Michigan for ages 15-34 and the third leading cause of death for ages 10-14. Suicide rates among minors increased 57 percent in Michigan from 2004-2013. Among high school students, 17 percent (approximately 2.5 million ninth ...

Proposed watercraft fee won’t have desired impact

Editorials

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

Facebook won’t fix itself

Columns

Mark Zuckerberg in 2006: “We really messed this one up. ... We did a bad job of explaining what the new features were and an even worse job of giving you control of them.” Zuckerberg in 2010: “Sometimes we move too fast. ... We will add privacy controls that are much simpler to ...

Great participation in Iron Belle Challenge

Editorials

Bouquet From Ray Rustem, Michigan Department of Natural Resources youth programs specialist: More than 25,000! That’s how many miles that Scouts in Michigan have hiked during the first three Iron Belle Challenge events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. We’re asking Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl ...

US publishers worry about pricier newsprint with tariffs

Columns

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they’re dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs. The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. ...