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Work to beautify Channing much appreciated

Editorials

Bouquet From Jean Bloom, Channing: Hats off to the Channing Beautify Committee. Several young ladies got together to convince all Channing residents to beautify their yards. This included getting rid of junk for which the committee had designated several “Junk Dumps,” throughout ...

Pope has given 18 years to Fumee Lake Commission

Editorials

Bouquet From Hager Anderson, Quinnesec: Wow — 18 years on the Fumee Lake Commission, with a conscientious attitude to keep Fumee a natural area. That describes Sue Pope and her many years of voluntary service to the residents of Dickinson County and surrounding area. Like many ...

Inauguration shows peaceful transition of power

Editorials

The era of Donald Trump starts today. Actually, the official process of ushering in the new American president began Thursday afternoon and the various procedures, protocols and celebrations that surround elevating a new commander-in-chief to office will not conclude until Saturday ...

DONALD TRUMP, WHO officially becomes president of the United States today, dons his “Make America Great Again” hat at a campaign rally in Sacramento, Calif., in  June. (AP file photo)

Even before he takes office, Trump has changed presidency

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump enters the White House today just as he entered the race for president: defiant, unfiltered, unbound by tradition and utterly confident in his chosen course. In the 10 weeks since his surprise election as the nation’s 45th president, Trump has violated ...

Donors needed to counter blood shortage

Editorials

Winter is a time — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footage or other factors of the season — when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home and hearth when possible. So perhaps it’s no surprise hospitals and blood banks struggle to get enough ...

Justices raise doubts over law barring offensive trademarks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a First Amendment clash over a law barring offensive trademarks, the Supreme Court on Wednesday raised doubts about a government program that favors some forms of speech but rejects others that might disparage certain groups. The justices heard arguments in a dispute ...

DeVos gun comment not out of line in Wyoming

Columns

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In grizzly country, comments by President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary that schools should have guns on campus to protect against the bears aren’t a punch line. Betsy DeVos’ remark Tuesday to a Senate committee that state and local ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

Editorials

A couple of years ago, the U.S. Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Poll: Young Americans fear being worse off under Trump

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what’s to come in the next four years. That’s according to a new ...

Climate change isn’t hypothetical

Letters to the Editor

Wisconsin state Sen. Tom Tiffany and Rep. Adam Jarchow do a commendable job of explaining the economic reasons why they take on the environmental left (Jan. 4 Guest column: “Bold change needed in natural resources policy”). However, environmental policies must also be based upon what is ...

DeVos pledges not to undo public education

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school ...

Region should remain on Central time

Editorials

Thanks, but no thanks. A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would put the entire state on Eastern Standard Time, including the four counties in the Upper Peninsula that border Wisconsin — Gogebic, Dickinson, Iron and Menominee. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Peter Lucido, is a ...

The Patent and Trademark Office’s assault on free speech

Columns

WASHINGTON — In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this Wednesday. The case concerns the name of an ...

Agrees too many hunting seasons

Letters to the Editor

I totally agree with Allan Peterson’s letter in the Daily News on Jan. 11 — there are way too many hunting seasons. We do not need a youth hunt. Some of those young children hunting can barely carry the rifle, let alone shoot it. It’s true the Department of Natural Resources does it ...

Trump, in flap with civil rights icon, meets with MLK’s son

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump attempted to navigate the fallout of his flap with a civil rights leader and colleague of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while also losing a member of his incoming administration to accusations of plagiarism. Trump on ...

Safety paramount when out on area snowmobile trails

Editorials

Whether you’re talking about sled sales, parts and maintenance, gasoline, lodging, food and clothing, snowmobiles comprise a significant portion of the Upper Peninsula’s wintertime economy. The economic health of a great many businesses — and employees of the businesses — literally ...

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump shake hands after their meeting Nov. 10 in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump stays true to style as he readies to take office

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — After 10 weeks, dozens of tweets and one rollicking news conference, Donald Trump’s transition into the White House has left little doubt the man Americans elected in November is the president they’ll get. The immense responsibilities of the office and the daunting ...

Balance needed in democracy

Letters to the Editor

It appears to me that maintaining a healthy democracy is much like balancing yourself on a beam, where multiple forces can drive you off. The two factors it seems to me for a healthy democracy are balancing the maintenance of a policy promoting the common good for all, and promoting individual ...

A good Christmas for Toys for Tots, thanks to region

Editorials

Bouquet From Michael Miller, Toys for Tots chairman, Iron Mountain: The Toys for Tots season has concluded and on behalf of all the Marines, Navy Corpsman and volunteers of this year’s Toys for Tots team, we want to thank everyone who helped make this one of our best. Whether you ...

Survey seeks opinions on law enforcement

Editorials

Want to give law enforcement a piece of your mind? Or a thumb’s up for a job well done? Maybe just make a suggestion? That chance now is available, from the comfort of your home computer . Starting Thursday, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, or MCOLES, began offering ...