Opinion

The drawback of lame duck sessions

Editorials

When one works at an unreasonably rapid pace, the quality of the results can sometimes suffer — and the Michigan legislation which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority looks to offer an example of this. The corridor authority was established to provide oversight for a new utility ...

Trump forms battle plan for post-Mueller probes: Just say no

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just say no. As House Democrats ramp up their post-Mueller investigations into President Donald Trump, his strategy for responding is simple: Resist on every legal front. The administration is straining to hold off congressional investigators, including their efforts to ...

Whitmer on right track with jobs training initiatives

Editorials

That rarest of political circumstances occurred not many days ago in Lansing when many — certainly not all — Democrats and Republicans found an issue they could agree on. OK, that’s something of an overstatement as the two parties do cooperate from time to time. But that cooperation is ...

Tension between Congress, 2020 Dems on impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some top Democrats vying for the White House in 2020 are clamoring for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, but many of their congressional colleagues — who would have to manage such efforts — are far more wary. The same day House Speaker Nancy ...

The harm done by parental alienation

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, April 25, is National Parental Alienation Awareness Day. “Parental alienation is when one parent gives a child permission to break the other parent’s heart,” Dr. Amy Baker said on an episode of “Dateline” this past fall. Baker is an expert on the long-term effects of ...

MSP sets Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday

Editorials

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

Mueller report: ‘It is finished’

Columns

WASHINGTON — Good Friday provided the language for a week that began with the terrible fire at Notre Dame Cathedral and ended with the long-awaited Mueller report: Jesus’ final words before perishing on the cross: “It is finished!” The fires have been extinguished and the great ...

TRICO work continues but not the wood shop operations

Letters to the Editor

The Board of Directors and I announced to our employees last week that TRICO Opportunities Inc. will soon cease production of commercial wood products in our wood products manufacturing facility. A stepped shutdown of the shop operations has been initiated and we implemented initial layoffs in ...

Line 5 tunnel not perfect solution but best option

Editorials

We see it as good news that Gov. Whitmer is rethinking her position on the replacement of the current Line 5, which carries petroleum in the straits of Mackinac. Enbridge is proposing to build a tunnel 100 feet below the lake bed to carry a replacement system to the current Line 5. We believe ...

High court to mull including citizenship question for census

Columns

WASHINGTON — The oral arguments the Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday will be more decorous than the gusts of judicial testiness that blew the case up to the nation’s highest tribunal. The case, which raises arcane questions of administrative law but could have widely radiating political ...

Sad to see many closed businesses in IM area

Letters to the Editor

As my husband and I traveled through the Iron Mountain area over the weekend, it is such a shock to see how many businesses have shut their doors. There is nothing here anymore to keep people in the area. What are these poor people doing for work? I say, pack up and get the heck out of this ...

After two years of Russia probe drips, are you numb to it all?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there’s been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet? The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump’s favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by ...

Chicks, ducklings and rabbits should not be Easter gifts

Editorials

If you’re thinking it might be cute to get the kids some chicks, ducklings or even a bunny for their Easter basket, for the animals’ sake please reconsider. Experts warn that, as with puppies and kittens at Christmas, the holidays are not a good reason to acquire a new pet. Chicks, ...

How Mueller made his no-call on Trump and obstruction

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a punt that will be examined for years, if not decades. Special counsel Robert Mueller found he couldn't exonerate President Donald Trump of obstruction of justice, but he wouldn't recommend charging him, either. In explaining the decision to eschew a "traditional ...

Former counsel may have saved Trump from himself

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don McGahn was barely on speaking terms with President Donald Trump by the time he left the White House last fall. But special counsel Robert Mueller's report reveals the president may owe his former top lawyer a debt of gratitude. McGahn, who sat with Mueller for about 30 ...

Help available for people dealing with Parkinson’s disease

Editorials

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that cannot be cured but can be effectively controlled for many years through medication, rehabilitative therapies and, in some cases, surgery. The primary symptoms are tremor ...

Poll: Many want Congress to probe Trump-Russia

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the nation awaited the release of the special counsel’s report today, a new poll finds that many Americans aren’t ready to clear President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation. Slightly more Americans want Congress to keep investigating than to set aside its ...

Harris, Booker miss most votes of senators running for president

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris and Cory Booker have each missed more than one-fifth of the Senate’s votes so far this year as they campaign for president, according to an Associated Press analysis of congressional data. With 16 missed votes of the 77 that the Republican-controlled Senate ...

AG right to stop discrimination by adoption agencies

Editorials

Michigan will no longer spend taxpayer dollars to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ parents. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the change in policy last month as part of the settlement to a lawsuit initiated in 2017 by two same-sex couples, one from Lansing and one ...

What won’t appear in Mueller report

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel’s Trump-Russia report will be out on Thursday for all to see. But not all of it. The Democrats’ demands for a full, unredacted version of Robert Mueller’s report are likely to prompt a political and legal battle that could last for months, if not ...