Opinion

The story and meaning behind Memorial Day

Editorials

Guest Editorial Some people think Veterans Day and Memorial Day are both reserved for veterans. In a sense they’re right, but in actuality they were formed as two separate holiday observations. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of ...

Sharing an extra honor from the Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On May 17, I was very fortunate to make the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Not only was it one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever made, but it also made me proud to have served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. What follows is a letter I received during this time. It’s ...

Some flags need to be retired

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Today, please check out the condition of the United States flag being flown by businesses in this area. A torn, soiled flag should have been removed immediately and prepared for proper disposal. The damaged flag is not left up until another flag is received as a replacement. I ...

Democrats try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

Columns

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge ...

Help support Conservation District’s work

Editorials

Bouquet From Pat Peterson, Norway: The Dickinson Conservation District recently completed their annual tree sale fundraiser. This fundraiser is a great deal of work and requires volunteer help. The goal is to raise funds to continue the operations of the local district office. There is ...

Focus on lower premiums may undermine benefits

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn’t come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, ...

Slow down when boating this weekend

Editorials

Memorial Day weekend usually is the unofficial start to boating season, when many in the region may get their first chance to tool around on area waterways. But please consider the time of year. This is breeding season as well for a host of waterfowl and other birds that can be vulnerable to ...

Poll: Medicare should pay for long-term care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as ...

Attend services on Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor

Please consider attending a Memorial Day service on Monday. I am not trying to guilt-trip you with this letter; I sincerely hope you want to attend a service. Memorial Day is meant as a day to remember and honor the men and women who died while fighting in our armed services. It is a day to ...

Senate promotes Trump pick for appeals court judge

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday filled the first federal appeals court vacancy in more than a year, promoting a trial court judge who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky was confirmed for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Teach kids to stay away from construction sites

Editorials

Area schools have less than two weeks left before recessing for the summer break. Kids are no doubt eager to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors as the days grow longer and the weather warmer. Summer also, famously, is construction season, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where ...

COPIES OF PRESIDENT Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget are laid out ready for distribution Tuesday on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Budget shows Trump has yet to figure out Congress

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, snubbed by some Republican allies, is just the latest example of an administration that seems at times clueless or indifferent toward Congress. Since becoming president, Trump has at times wrapped congressional Republicans ...

AP Fact Check: On no Medicaid cuts in Trump budget plan

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicaid is clearly in line for cuts under President Donald Trump’s budget despite assurances to the contrary from his budget chief. Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, while introducing the budget Tuesday: “There are no Medicaid cuts in the ...

As Michigan taxes go lower, so do personal incomes

Editorials

Had enough yet? This will not even be an issue raised in the next governor’s campaign, because all the “serious” candidates are in on this, but the powers that be are driving this state’s economy into the ground with a tax-cut-driven economic development strategy that has proven ...

Protesters too easy to bait

Columns

“Rising to the bait” is a fishing term. Anglers lure fish hiding in the deep by positioning bait on or near the surface. Fish that rise to the bait usually end up on someone’s dinner plate. Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an ...

It’s time for a redistribution of wealth

Letters to the Editor

I was talking with my congressional representative’s office today and during the conversation, the person asked if I wanted to see a redistribution of wealth. They have a way of making that sound like it would be a bad thing and I spent some time thinking of that. Then I decided that I did ...

Ensure healthy, safe swimming

Editorials

Though it hasn’t exactly felt that way this month or this spring, swimming weather should be right around the corner given that Memorial Day weekend — the unofficial start of summer — draws near. Swimming, in theory, should be a carefree activity with the opportunity to both cool off ...

Insurers seek stability as Trump delays on health care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Uncertainty over the future of health care for millions grew deeper Monday as insurers released a blueprint for stabilizing wobbly markets and the Trump administration left in limbo billions of dollars in federal payments. At the federal courthouse, the administration and ...

Facts about Michigan taxes

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Interesting article recently in Michigan’s Bridge magazine. Hard to believe, but today, Michigan’s total tax burden is among the lowest in the nation. Lot of numbers here, so stay with me, please. Michigan residents are paying 11 percent less in property taxes than they were ...

Tourism dollars good but economy must be diversified

Editorials

When it comes to natural attractions, there’s no denying we live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth, with acres upon acres of untouched forests, thousands of pristine lakes and waterways, and all sorts of unique and interesting sites to see. We were recently pleased to hear that ...