Opinion

Government transparency laws needed in Michigan

Columns

Cautious optimism is circulating among legislators, government transparency advocates and journalists this month as the Michigan House, for the third time in the past three sessions, votes on a series of bills called the Legislative Open Records Act, or LORA. The LORA bills, which would ...

In Dems’ ‘Medicare for All’ call, GOP sees ‘20 weapon

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Medicare for All” has become catnip for Democratic presidential candidates and many lawmakers, yet Republicans prepping for next year’s congressional races are also flocking to it — for entirely different reasons. GOP strategists say they’ll use proposals to ...

Sunshine Week shows importance of First Amendment

Editorials

The area chapter of the League of Women Voters is emphasizing freedom of the press by supporting Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive secrecy. “March 10-16, 2019, is Sunshine Week, and the Marquette County League of Women ...

Town by town, journalism fading away at local level

Columns

WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Five minutes late, Darrell Todd Maurina sweeps into a meeting room and plugs in his laptop computer. He places a Wi-Fi hotspot on the table and turns on a digital recorder. The earplug in his left ear is attached to a police scanner in his pants pocket. He wears a ...

Thanks to former Shopko pharmacy staff, pharmacists

Editorials

Bouquet: To the former Shopko pharmacists and staff — thank you, Greg Rigoni, Carrie Daffron and the tech staff for the many years of excellent service and care. You have given this community a resource for professional services, advice and information. Prescriptions were handled with ...

Trump says Cohen lied about not seeking pardon

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Friday he rejected a personal appeal from his former lawyer Michael Cohen for a pardon, the strongest assertion yet that Cohen may have lied under oath. Trump tweeted his claim after days of swirling questions about Cohen over the issue of ...

Theatre grateful for CU, community generosity

Editorials

Bouquet: On behalf of the Crystal Theatre board of directors, I would like to thank the CoVantage Credit Union of Crystal Falls for choosing the theatre as the 2018 recipient of the CoVantage Cares Foundation’s 2018 Giving 2sday campaign. The theatre was given the opportunity to raise ...

Michigan details leading consumer complaints for 2018

Editorials

Credit and financial concerns again lead the annual Top 10 list of consumer complaints in Michigan, released during Consumer Protection Week. The 2018 list, based on nearly 9,000 complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team during the year, is aimed at helping the ...

Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. The order creates a Cabinet-level task force that will seek to develop a national ...

The differences between the parties in the US

Letters to the Editor

There are stark differences that exist from political group to political group in our country. One group wants to allow infanticide (letting babies die after they are born) and partial-birth abortion (ending a baby’s life in the third trimester). The same group advocates for federal taxes ...

Democrats flex power by aiming at money in politics

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flexing their new majority, Democrats are moving to push through the House a comprehensive elections and ethics reform package they say will reduce the role of big money in politics, ensure fair elections and restore ethics and integrity to Washington. The legislation, ...

Drivers: Move over and slow down, please

Editorials

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Bibi and Trump agonistes

Columns

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing indictment on charges of fraud, corruption, breach of trust and bribery. He’s also running for re-election, and with less than six weeks until ballots are scheduled to be cast in Israel, some have raised suspicions of a political hit, not ...

Omar’s Israel remarks expose Democrats’ simmering divisions

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party’s simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Editorials

Isle Royale has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought already had happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale ...

Bill Clinton has advice, but few candidates seeking it

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 20 years after he left the White House, Bill Clinton is still sought after for advice by some Democrats running for president. But the names on his dance card in recent months underscore how much his standing in the party has changed. So far, none of the party’s ...

New US House election in NC to be Sept. 10

Columns

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials set a Sept. 10 date for a new election for the nation’s last unresolved congressional race after the November results were thrown out over concerns of ballot tampering. Parties will hold their primaries on May 14. The state elections board ...

Campaign aims to protect veterans from scams, fraud

Editorials

The National Consumer Protection Week that runs through March 9 will focus on veterans, as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the AARP Fraud Watch Network continue to promote “Operation Protect Veterans,” a joint national campaign to draw attention to vet-related scams and fraud ...

AP Fact Check: On Trump’s epic weekend speech at CPAC

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump uttered a dizzying number of false statements in his epically long weekend speech, to an audience that didn’t seem to mind at all. He reprised some of his most frequently told fictions and dusted off old ones, even going back to the size of his ...

Lawmakers not doing job on roads

Letters to the Editor

My wife and I took a bit of ride down to Crivitz, Wis., to have lunch with her parents one day this week. What a ride it was. Now, we did take my Ranger truck, which does have a truck suspension and rides a bit harder than the Explorer. With that as a given, all I can say is, what a ride it ...