Opinion

Key college aid deadline is near

Editorials

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Water tainted by former mine sites

Columns

RIMINI, Mont. (AP) — Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into surrounding streams and ponds without being treated, The Associated Press has found. That torrent is ...

Promises to be a good show

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On March 23 the Braumart Theatre will present an evening with an Elvis tribute Band. Anthony Shore, aka Elvis, is a family friend with a great professional voice, whether singing as Elvis or himself and his performances are wonderful. I would guess this will be a sold-out show, so ...

Snow day waiver could cheat students

Editorials

Snow days are great when you’re a kid. It’s an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It’s an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of ...

The new three amigas

Columns

WASHINGTON — By the Republican response to the three most-famous Democratic freshmen in Congress — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (or AOC) of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — you’d think these women were Shakespeare’s Three Witches rather than the three ...

Lower insurance could cost in end

Letters to the Editor

You’re stopped behind a vehicle at a stoplight on your motorcycle. Your left foot is on the floorboard, your right foot is on the pavement. A fast-approaching car from behind you has a driver searching for a charging cord and they never look up. The impact launches you from your seat. Your ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

Editorials

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Trump handicaps vast field of 2020 Democratic contenders

Columns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kamala Harris had the best campaign roll-out. Amy Klobuchar’s snowy debut showed grit. Elizabeth Warren’s opening campaign video was a bit odd. Take it from an unlikely armchair pundit sizing up the 2020 Democratic field: President Donald Trump. In tweets, ...

Knight Foundation doubling spending to boost local news

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The Knight Foundation says it will invest $300 million in local journalism over the next five years, seeding several programs designed to kick-start an industry decimated by layoffs and newspaper closures over the last 15 years. The plans, announced today, will double the ...

Trump lashes out at key officials in Russia probe

Columns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump is lashing out at key officials involved in the Russia probe, namely former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the current deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. In an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday, McCabe ...

Ways to stay safer while on the ski hills

Editorials

The rounds of snowfall did bring a few benefits — ski areas in the region likely are in prime condition. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers some advice on staying safe on the slopes. LARA oversees the state’s ski safety program, which ...

Michigan Dem leader won’t wait on presidential nominee

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — New state Democratic Party Chairwoman Lavora Barnes said the party will not repeat mistakes that possibly contributed to Donald Trump’s surprise victory in Michigan, pledging to build an organizing operation that will quickly benefit whomever is nominated to challenge ...

Taking note of Yooper ingenuity

Letters to the Editor

I was shopping in Iron Mountain and saw a little lady come out of the store to one of those “jacked up” pickup trucks. She opened the door and took out a step stool with a rope attaching it to the truck. She put the stool under the door opening and then she stepped on the stool, got in the ...

Socialism a classification that no longer classifies

Columns

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs!” — Karl Marx WASHINGTON — Norman Thomas was not easily discouraged. Running for president in 1932, three years into the shattering, terrifying Depression, which seemed to many to be a systemic crisis of capitalism, ...

Thanks to volunteer crews that helped at Crivitz Lumber fire

Editorials

Bouquet From George Kloppenburg, Amberg: To all the fire and rescue volunteers at the Crivitz Lumber Company fire Jan. 29, thank you. Everyone should be aware that most of the personal at all fires are volunteers — not paid, just dedicated, giving people. Every community has a volunteer ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new Republican divide

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

Editorials

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday that he moved quickly after his boss was fired to protect an investigation into President Donald Trump's potential ties to Russia and prevent it from being shut down in case he, too, was ...

When the darkness descends

Columns

It exists for millions of people in a shadowless world where sunlight is seldom revealed, where happiness and love are but hollow words only to be read or heard and rarely felt, where hope has once stood only to be swept away by endless despair, where it reveals its darkness not for a day or ...

Can Trump declare an emergency to build his wall?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted ...