Opinion

Michigan State Police mark 100 years of service

Columns

The Michigan State Police was established 100 years ago, and while many things have changed over the last century, some others have not. Troopers don’t ride around on horses much anymore, having swapped out the four-legged animal as the primary option long ago for much faster and more ...

Trump’s new message guru wants ‘a more positive mojo’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s new communications adviser says it’s time to hit the “reset button.” Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci pledged to begin “an era of a new good feeling” and said he hopes to “create a more positive ...

Public should have same health plan as Congress

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Trump and the Republicans in Congress placed a losing bet on repealing of the Affordable Care Act. Now they hope that it will fail, leaving millions of Americans without health insurance. Funny, they can’t agree on a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, but they have no problem ...

Wisconsin will lead a property rights revolution

Columns

The Murr family owns two adjacent lots along the Lower St. Croix River. The lots originally were purchased as two separate and distinct lots (Lot F and Lot E) in 1960 and 1963, respectively. In the mid-’90s, both lots were transferred to common family ownership. Unfortunately, for the Murrs, ...

Strong support in effort to end Alzheimer’s

Editorials

Bouquet - From Lindsay Juricek, regional manager, Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter Upper Peninsula Office, Marquette: Thursday, July 13, was a windy, cold and rainy evening, yet a bunch of people wearing purple seeking an end to Alzheimer’s met at Marion Park in Norway. ...

Trump needs to work on his numbers

Editorials

What is the president saying? During an interview with the New York Times this week, President Trump discussed an insurance plan that costs $12 per year. Puzzling. Apparently he was equating life insurance with health insurance, in a rambling, confusing way. The $12 per year reference ...

Poll: More see role for government in health care coverage

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans were never too thrilled with “Obamacare” and they definitely disapprove of Republican alternatives in Congress, so what does the public want to do on health care? A new poll suggests the country may be shifting left on this core issue, with 62 percent saying ...

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Cancer not silencing McCain in latest chapter of career

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — John McCain couldn’t bring himself to vote for Donald Trump — so he talked about writing in his best friend’s name for president. After the election, he’s been the leading Senate Republican critic of Trump’s posture toward Russia. And from his Arizona home, where ...

Bicyclists have rights to road, too

Editorials

This is in response to the Speak Out item, “Bicyclists bad on the road,” in The Daily News on Saturday. I am a bicyclist. Under the laws of both Michigan and Wisconsin, I have just as much right to use our roadways as motorists do. There are, however, rules bikers need to follow: — ...

Poll: Negotiate on health care plan, don’t just kill it

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans overwhelmingly want lawmakers of both parties to work out health care changes, with only 13 percent supporting Republican moves to repeal “Obamacare” absent a replacement, according to a new poll. Although a deep partisan divide endures over the 2010 ...

Simple solutions to problems in Washington

Letters to the Editor

I recently got a letter from U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. It seems he wants to cut funding to health research. That would be money for research to the people trying to cure cancer, diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and myriad other ailments. The reason he does not want to spend money on this is so we ...

Some tips for being safe when traveling abroad

Editorials

The summer travel season is well in swing, with July traditionally being the busiest and most popular month for Americans to visit other countries. If an overseas trip is in the works, the American Red Cross offers these safety tips when abroad: — Know which natural disasters are possible ...

GOP left frustrated after health care failure

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NEW YORK (AP) — Republicans are expressing embarrassment, fear and frustration as party leaders concede that their years-long promise to erase much of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act is all but dead. Conservative activists blamed establishment Republicans who control Congress. ...

What’s next? Senate GOP scrambles after health care flop

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Now what? Senate Republicans were scrambling to pick up the pieces Tuesday after their attempt to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law collapsed a second time. After working for months on a new health package, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., ...

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Need to proceed carefully with any sandhill crane hunt

Editorials

A proposal has been raised to add mourning doves and sandhill cranes to the list of game birds that can be legally hunted in Michigan. The Michigan United Conservation Clubs endorsed the move in June. Little argument can be made that a dove hunt would significantly dent their population, ...

Trump’s unique gift to US: Unifying a divided nation

Columns

BANNER ELK, N.C. — Even the least popular presidents sometimes do great things. What might Donald Trump’s great thing be? He has unified a divided nation. He has brought Republicans and Democrats together as only just wars can. He’s brought women, scientists, minorities, teachers, ...

Cameras turned off again for White House press briefing

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Cameras remained off Monday at the White House press briefing on orders of the Trump administration, sidelining one of daytime television’s most popular features on the same day that ABC announced new digital programming tied to it. The last on-camera White House briefing ...

Police, community came together in missing persons case

Editorials

Emotions were high this week for many in the Upper Peninsula as the details of a missing persons case unraveled. LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth and Eric Scott Ruska, who had been missing since Sunday, were found alive early Friday at a gas station in Munising. Our immediate thoughts are with the ...

US Congress won’t act on its war responsibilities

Columns

WASHINGTON — Predictably and sensibly, a three-judge panel of the nation’s second-most important court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, recently dismissed, unanimously, a lawsuit brought by a Yemeni man, two of whose relatives were collateral fatalities in a 2012 U.S. drone ...

Looking to 2018, Democrats divided on their core message

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NEW YORK (AP) — House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley hesitated when asked about his party’s core message to voters. “That message is being worked on,” the New York congressman said. “We’re doing everything we can to simplify it, but at the same time provide the meat behind ...