Opinion

Schuette says Medicaid law not going anywhere

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Bill Schuette said Wednesday that he wouldn’t undo Michigan’s expansion of Medicaid coverage if he were governor, refuting Democrats’ accusation that electing him would lead to hundreds of thousands of adults losing their government health ...

Papadopoulos says he’d testify in Senate

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WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign adviser who triggered the Russia investigation, is willing to testify before the Senate intelligence committee, Thomas Breen, his lawyer, said Wednesday. Now that the criminal case is resolved, Breen said, “we’ll make him ...

If Collins backs Kavanaugh, her opponent gets $1M

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A campaign urging Republican Sen. Susan Collins to vote against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has generated more than $1 million in pledges, money that would go to her opponent in 2020 if she decides to support the judge. The senator and her Republican colleagues ...

Adults need vaccinations, too

Editorials

Kids heading to school usually triggers thoughts of vaccinations to ideally protect them from some of the illnesses they might face mingling among other students. But mom and dad might consider their own vulnerability, experts with Aspirus Health Care advise. Being an adult doesn’t mean ...

TRICO adapts its work to meet new mandates

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KINGSFORD — As one would expect, there have been a lot of changes in how TRICO has worked to provide vocational rehabilitation and support services to our program participants and our community sponsors and partners over the past 50 years. With that said, however, a great deal has also ...

Don’t risk losing local hospital

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. I live in Crystal Falls, so I either have to drive 15 miles to Iron River or 30 miles to Iron Mountain for hospital care; some tests can be done locally at the Crystal Falls Clinic. Crystal Falls once had a community hospital — ...

Swimmer’s actions undoubtedly saved life at Black Rocks

Editorials

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

Poll: Voters open to candidates without deep religious faith

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NEW YORK (AP) — Religion’s role in politics and public policy is in the spotlight heading toward the midterm elections, yet relatively few Americans consider it crucial that a candidate be devoutly religious or share their religious beliefs, according to a poll released today by The ...

A case for priests staying celibate

Letters to the Editor

The Aug. 25 Speak Out about allowing Roman Catholic priests to marry was written without knowing the acronym B.I.B.L.E.: “Be informed before leaving earth.” Some of our politicians are married and abuse females. Daily news stories reveal more and more abusers. How about the three Jim’s ...

Stolen lifesaving equipment should be returned

Editorials

Although some might argue that there is a certain degree of inevitability in all of this, we were surprised — and troubled — to learn earlier this week that thieves had stolen marine lifesaving equipment from locations along M-28 in Chocolay Township. According to a press release ...

The government’s guidance on campus rape rates another look

Columns

WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department sent to colleges ...

A community center proposal

Letters to the Editor

I am a resident of Iron Mountain who is concerned about the welfare of the younger generation of our community. I have an idea for the two buildings next to the old Fontana’s. I am asking for help to possibly turn them into a type of community center, with pool tables, dart boards and a ...

For Sessions, Trump’s constant attacks may define his legacy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vigorously pushed President Donald Trump’s agenda at the Justice Department and, before that, spent 20 years championing conservative causes in the Senate. Yet as Sessions enters what may be the final stretch of his tenure, those ...

Annual Tour de Dickinson a great success

Editorials

Bouquet -- From Bob Werner, president, Dickinson County Bike Path Committee: The 12th annual Tour de Dickinson Family Bike Ride on Aug. 18, sponsored by the Dickinson County Bike Path, was another great success. Without about 50 volunteers, the community and the sponsors, it would not have ...

Leak hunting: President vows to find insider critics

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is vowing to root out the leakers who contributed to the White House insider accounts that contend some on his team question his judgment, competence and even rationality. A book by presidential author Bob Woodward and an anonymous New York Times ...

Car buyers will pay for new trade deal with Mexico

Editorials

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...

Upcoming redistricting a backstory of 2018 midterms

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The task of drawing new boundaries for thousands of federal and state legislative districts is still about three years away, yet the political battle over redistricting already is playing out in this year’s midterm elections. North Carolina’s congressional ...

GOP asks Trump to declassify Russia probe documents

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A small group of House Republicans on Thursday urged President Donald Trump to declassify documents related to the beginning of the Justice Department’s Russia investigation. Trump has already signaled he may do so, tweeting Thursday there may be “Declassification to ...

Suicide prevention, awareness of signs focus of event, month

Editorials

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. While a worthy cause, one month unfortunately seems inadequate to address an issue of such scope, complexity and, ultimately, tragedy as suicide. It’s likely each of us has known someone who took his or her own life, be it a friend, ...

Book ‘Fear’ sets up Trump-Woodward clash of titans

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WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s not clear whether President Donald Trump has much to fear from “Fear” itself. But the book of that name has set off a yes-no war between author Bob Woodward and the president, using all the assets they can muster. For Trump, that means denials from the pulpit of ...