Opinion

SUPPORTERS OF THEN-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump hold signs during a campaign rally in October 2016 in Springfield, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, file)

Trump secrecy threatens ‘drain the swamp’ pledge

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. One of the president’s closest aides, Steve Bannon, ...

Upset about MDOT spending

Letters to the Editor

A couple articles in The Daily News about roads and bridges and the Michigan Department of Transportation recently drew my attention. Now that our plates and gas taxes have gone up, it seems MDOT officials have lost all common sense and spent it all on roundabouts. Why take out a $5,000 ...

Drug Take-Back Day on April 29

Editorials

Next week, on Saturday, April 29, communities will team up with law enforcement to host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of ...

Appreciated the help when stuck in mud

Editorials

Last Saturday, I had my granddaughter for the weekend. She loves to see beautiful unique scenery, so I took her to see the Sturgeon River hydraulic dam. As I was turning around to head home, I got stuck in the mud, and in deep, too. Some men came to help me out with a truck and ...

Without O’Reilly, Fox presses on

Columns

NEW YORK— Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday’s firing of defining personality Bill O’Reilly will be its toughest test yet. Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after ...

Time to enjoy Little League

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It’s not too early to start thinking about Little League baseball. A great organization where the coaches give of their time for the love of the game. Games are rotated between Iron Mountain, Kingsford, and Breitung Township. Most fields have bleachers but some do not. Perhaps ...

Will Trump’s order help US tech workers or not?

Columns

Let’s describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program. They took the jobs of American IT specialists who suffered the added indignity of having to train their replacements. The foreign workers ...

Murder while you watch

Columns

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

Controversy over Trump’s taxes hurts chances for reform

Editorials

Will President Trump ever release his tax returns? Quizzed on that issue earlier this week, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer responded, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” According to the president, an ongoing Internal Revenue Service audit prevents him from releasing his ...

AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

A pedestrian walks past the News Corp. headquarters building in New York displaying posters featuring Fox News Channel personalities including Bill O'Reilly, right, on Wednesday. O'Reilly has lost his job at Fox News Channel following reports that five women had been paid millions of dollars to keep quiet about harassment allegations. 21st Century Fox issued a statement Wednesday that "after a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O'Reilly have agreed that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.

O’Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

Columns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. Fired on Wednesday amid a ...

Huge: Trump inaugural drew slew of top-dollar checks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a ...

Time of year to be aware of fire danger outdoors

Editorials

The green of spring is coming — but not quickly enough just yet to prevent a thunderstorm, a carelessly flicked cigarette or sparks from a metal chain dragging behind a truck from potentially setting the fields or woodlands aflame. At this time of year, perhaps more than any other, the ...

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP gives a thumbs-up Tuesday after signing an executive order to tighten the rules for technology companies seeking to bring highly skilled foreign workers to the U.S. while visiting Snap-On Tools in Kenosha, Wis. (AP photo/Kiichiro Sato)

AP Fact Check: Trump overstates accomplishments in first 100 days

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s claim Tuesday he’s accomplished more than anyone at this point of a presidency flies in the face of history. A look at a few of his statements at a Wisconsin tool company and an earlier interview with Fox: TRUMP: “No administration has ...

Reform the tax code now

Columns

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like ...

Local support available for those with Parkinson’s

Columns

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Our Parkinson’s support group, The Parkinson Society of the Dickinson County Area, which meets at the First Presbyterian Church fellowship hall at 395 Hamilton Ave. in Kingsford on a monthly basis, is putting an extra emphasis to focus on ...

Know the drill when tornadoes threaten to strike

Editorials

In a week that started out with snow flurries, it’s a little difficult to think about tornado season being close at hand. Yet on Wednesday, Michigan will have a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week that extends through Saturday. The drill is set for noon ...

Pentagon’s Mattis discussing objectives in Mideast this week

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is looking to the Middle East and North Africa for broader contributions and new ideas to fight Islamic extremism as the Trump administration fleshes out its counterterrorism strategy. His trip to the region this week includes stops with ...

Using private email for public matters not recommended

Editorials

There seems to be a trend happening in our government where publicly elected officials are, perhaps, getting a little too comfortable with using their personal email accounts for official business. In our view, there is a serious problem with this. For one, it can most certainly be construed ...

A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

Columns

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the ...

Schumer makes no sense on tax code overhaul

Letters to the Editor

In an article “Dems: Trump’s tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul,” Sen. Schumer stated, “Trump is opening himself to second guessing about his motives for supporting different policies and that the average American will think he’s making changes because ‘it’s good for ...