Opinion

Drier weather means take care when burning

Editorials

With an early onset to spring in the Upper Peninsula and the loss of snow cover, the dead grasses, leaves and other vegetation from last year is starting to dry out.This means the potential fire hazard already is rising in some counties, according to the Michigan Department of Natural ...

Supreme Court nominee Garland no ‘moderate’

Columns

Whenever I hear the words "centrist" or "moderate," especially when they come from The New York Times and The Washington Post, the words "liberal" and "cover-up" immediately come to mind.Since President Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a confirmed ...

Opposes Abood on tax tribunal

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Governor Snyder has submitted Judge Marcus Abood for reappointment to the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Judge Abood has served on the tribunal previously; in fact, he wrote the opinion on Menard's v. Escanaba, the "dark store" decision that is continuing to have severe financial repercussions ...

Letter off-base on sports team

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:This is in reply to the person who wrote the article about "Sports Story." You have insulted all the thousands of people who live in the North Central area schools. A story like this, the success of the North Central basketball team comes along once in a lifetime. The last time this ...

Snyder off base on tax tribunal appointment

Editorials

We strongly support the collaborative effort that's forming in opposition to Gov. Rick Snyder's appointment of Marcus Abood to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, an administrative court responsible for hearing property tax appeals.Last week, Marquette Township, which has had its financial situation ...

The GOP’s blocking of court pick is indefensible

Columns

WASHINGTON - The Republican Party's incoherent response to the Supreme Court vacancy is a partisan reflex in search of a justifying principle. The multiplicity of Republican rationalizations for their refusal to even consider Merrick Garland radiates insincerity.Republicans instantly responded ...

Government should function for everyone

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:The middle is the avoidance of extremes both via perception and in practice. This is the foundation in my view of a successful and sustainable democracy. It is the practice of the inclusion of differences, not just saying it.Democracy according to the Oxford Dictionary is: a system of ...

McBroom earns praise for open government work

Editorials

The Michigan Press Association has chosen state Rep. Ed McBroom of Vulcan as one of three legislators to receive a 2016 Sunshine Award for their efforts to improve access and transparency in government.McBroom, a 34-year-old Republican who will leave the state House after this year due to term ...

U.P. deer herd gets reprieve from winter

Editorials

El Nino to the rescue.The Pacific weather phenomenon could not have come at a better time for Upper Michigan's sadly diminished deer herd.Three prolonged, brutally cold and snow-laden winters had taken a wicked toll on the North Woods' deer population, especially its youngest members. ...

McNeilly: Pull curtain back on party bosses

Editorials

This week, good government advocates are observing Sunshine Week. It's an opportunity for state lawmakers to fix a broken transparency law that some of them have been hiding behind for years.Today in Michigan, neither the governor's office nor state lawmakers are subject to the state's Freedom ...

Crime and punishment approach not sustainable

Columns

By George WillWashington PostWriters GroupWASHINGTON - Sen. John Cornyn recalls visiting a Texas prison where some inmates taking shop classes could not read tape measures. Cornyn, previously a district court judge and Texas Supreme Court justice, knows that prisons are trying to teach literacy ...

Flint deserves more than it got

Letters to the Editor

Editor:So now can we stop telling ourselves that government should be run like a business? A business should be run like a business and a government should be run like a government.Whatever made us think that a CPA with no experience in government would be good at governing? True, he's been a ...

Crow’s eye

Letters to the Editor

SEATTLE (AP) - For nearly every step of his almost 12-mile walk, Darryl Dyer has company. Flocks of crows follow him, signaling each other, because they all know that he's the guy with the peanuts."They know your body type. The way you walk," Dyer said. "They'll take their young down and say: ...

Supreme Court pick meets with Senate Dems

Letters to the Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) - Merrick Garland has met with two supportive Senate Democratic leaders and spoken by phone to more of his Republican opponents. But he's moved no closer to weakening the GOP barricade against changing his status from Supreme Court nominee to justice.President Barack Obama's ...

EU, Turkey reach deal on migrant crisis

International News

BRUSSELS (AP) - The European Union and Turkey have reached a landmark deal to ease the migrant crisis and give Ankara concessions on better EU relations, The Czech prime minister announced today.Near the end of a two-day summit, Bohuslav Sobotka tweeted: "The deal with Turkey approved. All ...

N. Korea fires ballistic missile, ignoring UN ban

International News

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea ignored U.N. resolutions by firing a medium-range ballistic missile into the sea today, Seoul and Washington officials said, days after its leader Kim Jong Un ordered weapons tests linked to its pursuit of a long-range nuclear missile capable of reaching ...

Ebola flairs again in Africa

International News

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) - The World Health Organization deployed specialists to southeast Guinea today after two new Ebola cases were confirmed.The cases were announced just hours after Sierra Leone heralded the end of its recent Ebola flare-up, again dashing hopes that the deadly disease was gone ...

Superintendents question value of ‘high-stakes’ tests

Editorials

High-stakes testing -and whether once-annual tests are worth the time, effort and costs - has come under a great deal of scrutiny and question throughout our nation.Michigan recently changed from administering the MEAP test to grades 3-9 in the fall to the new M-Step exam, now given in the ...

Ways government can be made more accountable

Columns

The Flint water crisis provides a vivid and tragic reminder about the importance of open government. Whether the topic is the day-to-day conduct of government or its response to a crisis, it is natural and appropriate for people to expect accountability. One of the tools available to ...

County risks legal fight on 37-cent raise

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:After attending Monday's commissioner meeting, I left wondering what had just taken place, actually finding it hard to believe.On the agenda was a request from the county clerk to move a trained department assistant (level 6) to the circuit court clerk position (level 7), due to lose of ...