Opinion

Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with documents related to his firing, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf. The complaint filed Tuesday says the Justice Department has publicly defended the firing yet ...

Decision to restore wolves on Isle Royale makes sense

Editorials

For some in the Upper Peninsula, more wolves are never the right answer. Yet the recent announcement by the National Park Service that it will help restore gray wolves on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park merits support even from staunch opponents of this predator. Wolves had ...

Poll: Americans want more of what journalists want to report

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s substantial agreement on what Americans want from the news media and what journalists want to report, according to a pair of studies that also reveal a troubling caveat: a nagging feeling among both the ideal isn’t being met. Public suspicion about journalism is ...

Counties failing at Pinecrest

Letters to the Editor

Everything I am about to say concerns us, above the bridge versus those below the bridge. We above cannot do a thing unless we get the legal, lawful, or any other kind of permission needed from those below the bridge. This applies to our hospital in the past, present and future. Somebody from ...

Yes means yes but should it be taught in public schools?

Editorials

Should sex education courses taught to Michigan students require instruction on affirmative consent? That’s a question we may not have seen coming a few decades ago, but the times, yes, they are changing — and quickly. The #MeToo movement and the scandals and stories seeping out of ...

Does North Korea want to become Upper Volta?

Columns

WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the question is: Would ...

Many have their doubts about Trump-Kim summit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The self-proclaimed master dealmaker is facing doubts from multiple corners as he prepares to negotiate with Kim Jong Un. Ahead of President Donald Trump’s landmark summit this week with the North Korean leader, U.S. allies and many Republicans are raising concerns that ...

Rescue squad says thanks for AED donations

Editorials

Bouquet From Alan Barribeau, Goodman-Armstrong Rescue Squad: The Goodman-Armstrong Rescue Squad is happy to announce that the John and Melissa Besse Foundation has made a large donation to be used towards the purchase of our new Lifepak 12 monitor/defibrillators. The Besse Corp. operates ...

GOP risks fallout from Justice Department move on health law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to stop defending in court the Obama health law’s popular protections for consumers with pre-existing conditions could prove risky for Republicans in the midterm elections — and nudge premiums even higher. The Justice Department ...

A good weekend on tap in the Upper Peninsula

Editorials

This is shaping up to be a pretty great weekend in the Upper Peninsula. The weather sounds just about right, with lots of sun and highs in the 70s. Sure it could be a little warmer, but temperate days and cool nights make for ideal conditions to cruise around the lake or kayak down a river, ...

The politics of cake

Columns

Nothing appears beyond the reach of the social engineers, not even cake. In a 7-2 ruling, the Supreme Court said the Colorado Human Rights Commission had failed to take into account the religious beliefs of a Lakewood baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Justice Anthony ...

Prospect of Native congresswoman galvanizes American Indians

Columns

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico, a state with deep historical ties to American Indians whose images and symbols are rooted in everything from the state flag to town names, has moved closer to electing the first Native American woman to the U.S. House of Representatives. Deb Haaland’s ...

Bicyclists have rights on the road as well

Editorials

A reader who takes regular bike rides around Lake Antoine recently called with a request: Please ask motorists to be more aware — and tolerant — of those who travel the roads on two wheels rather than four. He said he’s been honked at, sworn at and, more dangerously, forced to swerve ...

Loose lips sank the Colorado baker’s case

Columns

WASHINGTON — “Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases. In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker ...

Prevailing wage repeal wrong

Letters to the Editor

Another attack on hard-working families is on the horizon. This time, the Republican-controlled legislature is going after the wages of our construction workers by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Enacted in the 1960s, Michigan’s prevailing wage law ensures that local union and ...

Aide who dismissed ‘dying’ McCain leaves White House

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A West Wing aide who dismissed the concerns of cancer-stricken Sen. John McCain could resurface in a new role after leaving her White House job. Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, told reporters Wednesday that former aide Kelly Sadler would be ...

Summer means be aware of dangers of heat

Editorials

While it might not exactly feel like it right now, Memorial Day weekend gave a taste of what summer heat can be like in the region, when temperatures hovered around 90 degrees. Wisconsin has designated today as Heat Awareness Day in the state, to remind even North Woods residents of the risks ...

How AP covered the RFK assassination 50 years ago

Columns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Here is some of the coverage by Associated Press Hollywood reporter Bob Thomas of the assassination of 42-year-old Sen. Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in June 1968, just after his victory in the California presidential primary and only five years after his ...

Take steps to grill safely this summer season

Editorials

Now that summer has taken hold in the region, the grill likely will get a workout. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting corn and vegetables. Best to be careful, however, and take some steps in ...

Coping with grief

Columns

It accompanies us in our journey down the pathway of life. It reminds us of its presence when we experience the loss of a loved one or friend. For some of us, like my friend who recently lost the love of his life — his wife — it is like a wave that ebbs and flows and is triggered, often ...