Opinion

Washington trip stresses forest products issues

Editorials

Workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry traveled to Washington recently and had hundreds of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and administration officials to underscore concerns about public policies impacting the industry’s future. The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource ...

Rise in premiums lays bare two Americas on health care

Columns

WASHINGTON — Michael Schwarz is a self-employed business owner who buys his own health insurance. The subsidized coverage “Obamacare” offers protection from life’s unpredictable changes and freedom to pursue his vocation, he says. Brett Dorsch is also self-employed and buys his own ...

Immigration actions harming US world image

Letters to the Editor

When is a threat real? The question is particularly important in a time of news manipulation, fear, distrust of differences and exploitation of human cultural and social isolation. The common result of the above is exaggeration of the rare expectation and stereotyping generally to the ...

A failure to communicate

Columns

WASHINGTON — To sum up President Trump’s first month in office, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations. To those who opposed him, he’s worse than expected. To those who supported him, he’s done exactly what he said he would do and more. And everyone hates the media. Regarding ...

Citizen cub reporters sought for bear survey

Editorials

Got a trail camera or two out there? If one of them turned up a bear in 2016, especially a female with cubs, there’s a man from Marquette who wants to hear from you. Veteran outdoor writer Richard P. Smith is conducting his Michigan Bear Count for 2016 and needs the public’s help to make ...

Trump tries to get on to legislation

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump begins his second month in office, his team is trying to move past the crush of controversies that overtook his first month and make progress on health care and tax overhauls long sought by Republicans. Both issues thrust Trump, a real estate ...

Warmer weather prompts warnings on ice conditions

Editorials

As the unusually warm February weather continues, warnings are going out to those who would venture out on the ice in pursuit of a few fish. The state just had its free fishing weekend for the winter, apparently without mishap. But with temperatures even in the Upper Peninsula soaring into ...

Trump marks his first month with tweets, turmoil

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump’s White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked ...

Voucher cards not the answer for veterans

Letters to the Editor

I recently called the Disabled American Veterans Organization in Washington D.C., an organization of which I am a life member as a disabled veteran. I soon received some information on the voucher card program that so many politicians are promoting. You hear them say things like “let the ...

Florence County Red Kettle effort in 2016 a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Karen Wertanen, Spread Eagle, Wis., coordinator of the 2016 Florence County Red Kettle campaign: Dedicated volunteers, participating businesses and generous donors helped the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign reach a total of $5,185. A sincere thank you goes to all of our bellringers, ...

DNR officer’s actions saved life of Gladstone boy

Editorials

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Fact check on Trump’s case he ‘inherited a mess’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of ...

Trump taps billionaire to head review of intelligence

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on “illegal leaks” of classified information. Trump told reporters that Stephen ...

Beware the extra sugar in drinks for kids

Editorials

There was a time when mothers, especially in the South, were advised to give young children sugar or honey wrapped in cloth to suck on as a form of pacifier. Even today, a debate continues about whether sugar or sugar water can help alleviate pain in babies. For now, however, the majority ...

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump’s White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked ...

AP fact check: Trump shaky on autism

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research. Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such ...

Standing fast for truth in difficult times

Editorials

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Some walls do work

Columns

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Disappointed in LaFave event

Letters to the Editor

Shortly after arriving at state Rep. Beau LaFave’s first coffee hour in Iron Mountain, it became glaringly apparent that not much thought or planning was put into this event. With no designated area set aside, we found the least-congested place to wait for Rep. LaFave to arrive. Being in a ...

Russia cloud over Trump not likely to fade with Flynn exit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia are hardly going to disappear with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigations are underway, and more are likely by the new administration and on Capitol Hill. U.S. agencies, including ...