Opinion

Questions loom over talks on GOP tax bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans’ massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? ...

Keep postal carriers, pets apart this holiday season

Editorials

It’s the time of the year when a certain someone is busiest, making deliveries to homes. Your postal carrier. The Postal Service estimates it will deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters, and packages this holiday season, including more than 850 million packages. And while you might ...

AP: GOP senator faults China on North Korea

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of an adversary than an ally on North Korea, according to a leading Republican senator and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who declared during a wide-ranging interview Thursday that Pyongyang’s push for an atomic arsenal actually benefits ...

House OKs GOP gun rights bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have rammed a bill through the House that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The House ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced to Isle Royale park

Editorials

Wildlife experts have been warning for years about the imminent collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that only a single wolf remains. “I ...

House votes to kill Democrat’s resolution to impeach Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to kill a resolution from a liberal Democratic lawmaker to impeach President Donald Trump as most Democrats joined Republicans in opposing the move. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump had associated his presidency with causes rooted ...

Governor’s awards to recognize volunteer work

Editorials

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you. The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and ...

Starving the beast

Columns

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big government beast. Reporting on the Senate vote early Saturday morning ...

Zinke: Claim Trump ‘stole’ public land a shameful lie

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday accused outdoor retailer Patagonia of lying when it said that President Donald Trump “stole your land” by shrinking two national monuments in Utah by some 2 million acres. An angry Zinke called the claim — made in large type ...

Bellin move to acquire DCHS makes sense

Editorials

The move by Bellin Health to acquire Iron Mountain-based Dickinson County Healthcare Systems would seem to make sense, at least initially. The announcement Monday morning came as no surprise. Rumors had been circulating for weeks. The Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin already has a clinic in ...

Flynn’s holiday cheer

Columns

WASHINGTON — At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian ambassador. First to pop a champagne cork was surely Matt Lauer, whose Icarus imitation put to shame ...

Present GOP has lost its credibility

Letters to the Editor

How low can you go? I ask this question in reference to the present state of the Republican Party. It seems to me they have lost any sense of credibility in the areas of financial responsibility and moral leadership. In financial responsibility, they use to be financial conservatives ...

GOP senator says estate tax comments misinterpreted

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top Republican senator said Monday his comments were misinterpreted when he defended GOP efforts to scale back the federal estate taxes because it helps those who invest rather than people who spend their money on “booze or women or movies.” “My point regarding the ...

Speak up for net neutrality

Letters to the Editor

In just a few weeks, the FCC will vote to determine the fate of net neutrality. The FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, formerly worked as a lawyer for Verizon. The elimination of net neutrality would be a win for major internet providers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast. It could be devastating for ...

State legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

Editorials

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Can a cake be considered protected speech as art?

Columns

WASHINGTON — The conversation about a cake lasted less than a minute but will long reverberate in constitutional law. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear 60 minutes of speech about when, if at all, making a cake counts as constitutionally protected speech and, if so, what the ...

‘Rent’ bad pick for production

Letters to the Editor

The Dickinson County Community Theater has been a mainstay of our community values and principles for more than 50 years. They focus on their mission of providing quality entertainment that reflects wholesome, family-friendly productions with local talent. Having been deeply involved in many of ...

Trump offers full support for Republican Moore in Alabama

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump endorsed embattled Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race today, looking past sexual misconduct allegations against the GOP candidate to argue that his vote is needed in Congress. Trump tweeted early today that “Democrats refusal to give ...

Cancer Unit Loan Closet says thanks to Bras for a Cause

Editorials

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those who made the recent “Bras for a Cause” such a success. We cannot thank the Iron ...

Flynn’s rise with Trump rapid, his fall even faster

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn was President Donald Trump’s favorite general, rapidly vaulted to prominence by his fiery speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention about jailing Hillary Clinton and by Trump’s decision to reward him with a plum job as his top national security ...