Opinion

Family physicians play crucial role in health care

Editorials

Chances are you grew up seeing a Dr. Somebody, as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe has treated three, even four generations of your family. But ...

Students may be solution

Columns

WASHINGTON — It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school. Via news apps, these survivors of Wednesday’s murderous rampage at a ...

Need ban on assault rifles

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Another slaughter in schools and the NRA and House Majority Leader Ryan think doesn’t want to say anything until all the facts are in. Here’s the facts, Ryan — 17 killed by AR-15 in a school. Field and Stream on July 21, 2017, had a “Ultimate Guide to Hunting Rifles.” The ...

As hackers disrupt, InfraGard may hold key to security online

Editorials

Guarding oneself against the unknown is an ancient concept, and one that has likely contributed to the survival of a number of species throughout history. The “unknowns” out there in this great world are plentiful, and many more than we’d ever expect are preying on the young, the old, ...

The war that never ends

Columns

There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called “war on poverty,” launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. While the poverty rate dropped from 17.3 percent to 11.1 percent in the ensuing decade, it ...

Cost for illegal immigrants

Letters to the Editor

My mom was a legal immigrant from Italy after World War II, as are two of my uncles and an aunt. All four of them were or are very prosperous, contributing Americans. They speak English and have assimilated into their communities. I only exist on this earth because of a legal immigrant. The ...

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take outsized role in office

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified. First he has to get elected. The 2012 GOP nominee for president ...

Name-calling does no good

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the call from Allan Peterson to give Donald Trump a chance. Well, he has had his chance, and he has demonstrated his true character. I do not have to watch the “liberal” networks to understand this man; I only have to read his tweets and listen to his speeches. ...

Group that combats invasive species seeks new partners

Editorials

The Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition, or WRISC, invites you to join us as a partner. WRISC was formalized in 2010 when the first round of partners signed a Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, signifying their support for regional cooperation on invasive species education and ...

Failure to avert school shooting adds to pressure on FBI

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure. Even before the startling ...

Help Flivvers hockey Pink the Rink on Monday

Editorials

If you haven’t heard, the Kingsford High School hockey team has a pretty good season going on at 14-6-1. That normally would be reason enough to take in a Flivvers hockey game. But Monday has added incentive to be at the Mountain View Ice Arena at 6 p.m., even for those who might not ...

Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions ...

Need to give Trump a chance

Letters to the Editor

I listened to the State of the Union address. What a shame — Democrats sat on their hands all night long, even when there was good news! The economy is good, unemployment is way down, black employment is up, taxes are going to be going down, yet they sit and are not happy even about what is ...

Keep fire hydrants, emergency exits clear of snow

Editorials

After it snows, the first thoughts usually are on clearing walkways, driveways and parking areas. Better add fire hydrants and emergency access points to that list, Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urged this week. When called on, rescue workers and firefighters can’t waste critical ...

GOP women chafe at mixed signals on abuse charges

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump White House’s handling of abuse charges against men in its midst is frustrating prominent Republican women as the party’s yearslong struggle to attract female voters stretches into the 2018 midterm elections. “It’s the mixed signals. They’ve just got to ...

Invest in real social issues, not a ‘wall’

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to a recent column “A way to build the border wall.” Although I agree with a few points, in that this project will help some individuals — water for towns, people, crops and possibility of retirement village — I will add some facts that will raise some ...

Ishpeming would do well to be on National Register

Editorials

We see only good things coming from Ishpeming’s downtown commercial district being included on the National Register of Historic Places. The city council recently approved a resolution supporting the effort, which can take as long as 18 months to complete. Architectural historian Jessica ...

A nation drowning in debt

Columns

In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the U.S. national ...

High-spending budget reverses GOP stance

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s own budget director says if he were still a member of Congress he probably wouldn’t vote for the very budget plan he hawked Tuesday before the Senate Budget Committee. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told the panel that ...

A week to tell veterans thanks

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The week of Feb. 11-17 is designated National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. This week, VA facilities across the nation are honoring these men and women we proudly care for and serve. Men and women who have given more than most to protect and preserve all we hold dear as Americans. ...