Opinion

Saying thanks to those who raked his leaves for free

Editorials

Bouquet From Donald Lison, Florence, Wis: I am no longer considered young and while my head tells me nothing has changed, my body often corrects that viewpoint. Nov. 7, I complete my 74th year. Did I mention that I am also rated 100 percent disabled by the Veterans Administration, a ...

Trump claims video distributed by White House wasn’t altered

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Before hopping on a plane to Paris on Friday, President Trump insulted some more reporters, threatened that others may have their White House credentials pulled like CNN's Jim Acosta and disputed reports that his press secretary spread a doctored video of Acosta's encounter ...

Snow means slow down, get vehicle kits ready for winter

Editorials

Chances are that today amounted to the first real taste of winter driving conditions, with significant snow, for much of area. Though snow and ice are expected in November and residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin should be experienced dealing with such conditions, it still ...

Political antibodies strengthen the nation’s immune system

Columns

WASHINGTON — America’s body politic has recently been scarred by excruciating political shingles, and 2018 campaigning was equivalent to acid reflux. But Tuesday’s elections indicated that some political antibodies are strengthening the nation’s immune system. Tuesday was, on ...

Memoir: Michelle Obama had miscarriage, used IVF

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage 20 years ago and she and Barack Obama underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive their two daughters. “We were trying to get pregnant and it wasn’t going well,” Mrs. Obama, 54, writes ...

‘You are welcome’ program promotes inclusion in region

Editorials

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information recently issued by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Newly empowered Dems take aim at Trump business conflicts

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beyond trying to get their hands on the Holy Grail of President Donald Trump’s business dealings — his tax returns — House Democrats are prepared to use their new majority and subpoena power to go after financial records that could back up their claims that he’s ...

Not too late to check home smoke alarms

Editorials

When setting clocks back an hour this past weekend for the end of daylight savings time, did you adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the smoke alarm batteries? It not too late. “The foam cushions, synthetic fabrics and plastics in household furnishings today produce more heat, more ...

Analysis: Trump is fault line of widening divide

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A polarized nation is now more deeply divided. In a single flurry of elections Tuesday, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Republicans held their grip on the Senate. And the breach that divides Americans — urban from rural, white from black, ...

Democratic House victory could echo from Moscow to Riyadh

Columns

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Democratic victory in the U.S. House of Representatives could echo from Moscow to Beijing to Riyadh, with empowered Democrats now able to launch new investigations into President Donald Trump’s international business empire and his political dealings with the rest of ...

A full month to honor veterans, military families

Editorials

President Donald Trump recently declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and … celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and ...

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House winds through a few dozen districts, many of them suburban, in Tuesday’s election. Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in the Eastern ...

No respect for rules of the road

Letters to the Editor

Drivers not following the basic rules of the road have gotten out of control. Almost no one stops completely at stop signs, even when crossing traffic is present. Yield sign are not obeyed, either — some will tap the brake, but many treat them like they are not there at all. A block down ...

Time has come to go and vote

Editorials

Tuesday offers plenty of reasons on both sides of the border for Michigan and Wisconsin voters to make sure they get to the polls. U.S Senate and House seats will be decided in this midterm election, along with significant state government races, including governor in both states. Locally, ...

The four-letter word

Columns

Shed on thousands of battlefields, from countless skirmishes is the precious blood of our family, friends, and neighbors. Many live forever young in our minds, which hold dear the memories we have shared and created together. Others have returned home, only to deal with the psychologically ...

College basketball madness goes beyond March

Columns

WASHINGTON — Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

Democrats whiffed in 2016, so what if they fail again?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Democrats, the midterm elections have been a beacon in the dark, a chance to re-emerge from the political wilderness and repudiate a president they view as a dangerous force. But on the cusp of Tuesday’s vote, many Democrats are as anxious as they are ...

Be aware of signs, steps for prediabetes

Editorials

What hidden health disorder does one out of three Yooper adults and 50 percent of the U.P. elders have in common? They all have prediabetes, and only 10 percent even realize that they have a serious medical condition. Why should they care about prediabetes? Prediabetes puts them at high risk ...

Women marched, then ran: will they win in record numbers?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gender politics have been a defining issue of this election cycle, beginning back with the mobilization by women against the victory and inauguration of President Donald Trump. But it’s not clear whether the #MeToo movement — and the controversy that sometimes ...