Opinion

For the new year, consider giving blood

Editorials

Winter is a period — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footing or other factors — when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home when possible. So perhaps it’s no surprise hospitals and blood banks struggle during this season to get enough donors ...

Resolved: To speak English

Columns

“Why can’t the English teach their children how to speak?” asked Professor Henry Higgins in the musical “My Fair Lady.” It’s a good question for Americans, especially millennials. On a recent flight two young women sat behind me, chattering away rather loudly. In just one minute I ...

Looking to locate relatives

Letters to the Editor

My husband is 83, in ill health and was adopted in infancy. In the past year, through Ancestry DNA, we have learned his parents’ names and learned he had five brothers. The one gift he has wanted more than anything is to know from who and where he came; my daughter and I are trying to give ...

Romney criticizes Trump’s ‘character’ in op-ed

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Faced with biting public criticism from Republican Sen.-elect Mitt Romney, President Donald Trump pushed back today, reminding him that “I won big, and he didn’t.” Days away from joining the Senate’s Republican majority, Romney broadly criticized Trump’s policies ...

Know your rights when returning gifts

Editorials

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Want to try and get something better? The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you that savvy returner. Did you know that there are federal and state laws that dictate how and when you can return an item? Knowing ...

Military women, female veterans shifting from GOP

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It had been months since retired Lt. Cmdr. Michele Fitzpatrick paid attention to news coverage. She was turned off by President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms and attacks on critics such as the late Republican Sen. John McCain, a war hero. But as the November midterm elections ...

White House version of ‘The Apprentice’

Letters to the Editor

I am usually pretty quick on the uptake, but I will admit this one took me a day or so to figure out. The parts finally came together with a report on making “The Apprentice” television show, which starred Donald Trump. I have seen in the near past that one secretary after another have ...

Thank postal staff by expanding US Postal Service

Editorials

The United States Postal Service delivers for Americans all year round. But the vital role that the Postal Service plays in all of our lives is especially notable during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, postal workers will deliver roughly 15 billion pieces of ...

High court keeping a lower profile

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court began its term with the tumultuous confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, followed by a studied avoidance of drama on the high court bench — especially anything that would divide the five conservatives and four liberals. The justices have been ...

Governor 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 Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses ...

LaFave: Some highlights of legislation for the UP

Columns

As the Michigan Legislature’s 2017-18 session came to a close, the Upper Peninsula received a lot of good news to brighten the holiday season. From sports and recreation to rural broadband, investments were approved that will benefit Yoopers for years to come. I was honored to help lead ...

Defying pundits, Republican share of Latino vote steady under Trump

Columns

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he’s been heartened by the president’s steps to protect religious groups and ...

NMU goes extra mile in awarding winter degree

Editorials

Steven Donley didn’t plan to attend Northern Michigan University’s Dec. 15 commencement to receive his master’s degree in business administration, only so that two graduating seniors he supervises at the Best Buy in Marquette Township could enjoy the morning off to participate in the ...

Bin Laden was right

Columns

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and ...

Need to keep local hospital, ER

Letters to the Editor

At 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, my 35-year-old adult daughter had a severe attack of vertigo. We rushed her to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, where she received several tests, multiple medications and was observed for several hours before being released at approximately 4 ...

Trump struggles also means ratings slump for Hannity

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news’ most popular personality for the second year in a row, he’s been slumping in the ...

Recommendations for healthy New Year’s resolutions

Editorials

Now that Christmas is past, thoughts turn to the coming arrival of 2019 less than a week away. It’s the time when many make resolutions to change their behavior in the new year. With that in mind, the American Medical Association has offered 10 recommendations to help Americans make ...

The Grinch has lost his mind

Columns

WASHINGTON — ‘Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis — one of the last bulwarks against the president’s impulsivity — has cast a pall on the ...

Wisconsin DOT secretary must continue reforms

Letters to the Editor

One of the key appointments Governor-elect Tony Evers will be making soon is secretary of the Department of Transportation. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and my vote for confirmation will be based on a few considerations. There are innovative reforms that ...

Make the season about presence, not presents

Editorials

I’m not the first person to suggest the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single-parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I’ve ...