Opinion

Considering the skills of aging drivers

Editorials

Many of us have parents, grandparents, perhaps other family members or friends who are reaching an age when driving can be a challenge. We might even ourselves be experiencing some early signs, such as difficulty seeing at night. Yet how can you know when it might be time to step back from ...

The choice: hate or love

Columns

Picture this: the carnage of killing, maiming, racism, looting, and burning. Peaceful demonstrators march while being spat upon, and bottles and stones are being thrown at them. People who speak at forums are shouted down, just because they belong to another political party or have a different ...

‘Blackballed’ by township board?

Letters to the Editor

When I was elected to the Norway Township Board, I made it my goal to attempt to right some of the wrongs I observed occurring for years under the auspices of previous boards, many of which were an unnecessary financial burden to taxpayers in the township. After about three months as trustee, ...

Officials: Trump mulls calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital city

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is considering recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a highly charged declaration that risks inflaming tensions across the Middle East, officials said Thursday. The announcement would be a way to offset a likely decision delaying his campaign ...

Beware the scam of the tax collection call

Editorials

Yet another phone scam has surfaced in Michigan that seeks to intimidate residents by posing as a Michigan Department of Treasury official, insisting a tax debt exists that must be paid immediately. These scammers have grown more technologically sophisticated, managing to alter their ...

Fake news ‘will out’

Columns

WASHINGTON — The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so. Sometimes Truth needs a little nudge, as was the case recently when an anti-media organization, absurdly named “Project Veritas,” ...

Fact check: Anti-Muslim videos misrepresent what happened

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like much other propaganda, the anti-Muslim videos spread around by President Donald Trump mix grains of truth, fakery and shades in between, overlaid with a message meant to be a blunt hammer blow for a cause. Trump’s penchant for sharing doctored images and making ...

Little shelter in the land of the scam, home of the fleeced

Columns

A circle in hell has been set aside for financiers who fleece ordinary folks. This hot place has long rung with demands of death to the agency that protects working Americans from their pillage. President Trump is on the case as he tries to kill the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by ...

FBI deviated from its policy to alert computer hacking victims

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI deviated from its own policy on notifying victims of computer hacking when it left many U.S. officials and other Americans in the dark about Kremlin-aligned attempts to break into their personal Gmail accounts, The Associated Press has learned. FBI policy calls for ...

Michigan-Enbridge pact a small step in the right direction

Editorials

An agreement announced Monday between the state of Michigan and Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates petroleum pipelines in various places — including northern Dickinson County and, most famously, beneath the Straits of Mackinac — is progress, albeit modest progress that few outside ...

Consider taking part in Giving Tuesday today

Editorials

We’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, aimed at stimulating holiday shopping. Now comes a different day making a pitch to part you from your money. But this gift is not for family, or even yourself. In fact, you might never know exactly who benefited from your participation in #Giving ...

Trump tries to play both sides in Alabama Senate race

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing all sides in the Alabama Senate race, President Donald Trump has made it known he won’t set foot in the state on behalf of embattled Republican Roy Moore, even as he intensified his insistence voters must never elect Moore’s Democratic foe. In search of safe ...

House panel to weigh bill expanding gun rights

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans moved forward on legislation to expand gun owners’ rights, the first gun-related measure since mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas killed more than 80 people. The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a National Rifle ...

Rollbacks on net neutrality promise disaster

Editorials

They once called it the world wide web, but a move this week by federal regulators could slow — in some cases stop — our virtual travels. Imagine a scenario where a utility company is allowed to reduce the flow of electricity to a home because of the brand of appliances its owner ...

College basketball begins under odiferous clouds

Columns

WASHINGTON — Although it is plausible to suspect this, it is not true that the Credit Mobilier scandal of the late 1860-early 1870s (financial shenanigans by politicians and others surrounding construction of the Union Pacific Railroad) and the 1920s Teapot Dome scandal (shady dealings by ...

Justices ponder need for warrant to obtain cellphone tower data

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Like almost everyone else in America, thieves tend to carry their cellphones with them to work. When they use their phones on the job, police find it easier to do their jobs. They can get cellphone tower records that help place suspects in the vicinity of crimes, and they ...

Medical bills drive Michigan’s auto insurance premiums

Editorials

The problem with Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system is not unlimited personal injury protection. The problem is unlimited medical bills. Although legislative efforts to rein in escalating premiums appears dead for now, as sure as there will be a fender-bender on Pine Grove Avenue ...

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE member Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington in July. Viewed as a growing force among Democrats, Franken’s political future now is under question amid allegations he had physical contact with four women without their permission. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Franken’s rising political star obscured by accusations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Many of you have jobs, many of you have families,” Sen. Al Franken told Democratic leaders gathered on the eve of a hotly contested governor’s election in Virginia. After an expectant pause, he leaned into the microphone and added, “Ignore them.” Franken was ...

State scholarship programs can help with college costs

Editorials

These days, students can use all the help they can get in covering college costs. With that in mind — and with November being Michigan’s Scholarship Month — the state Department of Treasury has sent out a timely reminder about some of the various scholarships offered that might ...

Credibility at risk, media cuts stars loose over sex allegations

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The consequences came swiftly after the allegations emerged against Charlie Rose. Within hours, the veteran news host was suspended by CBS and his PBS interview show was pulled off the air. The next day, he was fired. Rose became the latest in a string of prominent ...