Opinion

True Christian behavior lacking

Letters to the Editor

For years now, I have heard about an “Evangelical Base” when talking politics. Now as I understand it, these Evangelicals claim to be Christians. Now, Christian comes from the base word “Christ,” which of course comes from the followers of Jesus Christ. If you have not heard of this ...

Getting ready for the worst during National Preparedness Month

Editorials

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

The letter in the old suitcase

Columns

Little did he realize the discoveries that would unfold and the stories that lay hidden for so many years in the old, dented suitcase. As his eyes scanned its contents, they fell upon several envelopes partially hidden under other folders. While selecting one of the envelopes, he noticed the ...

Problems with recent ‘real collusion’ letter

Letters to the Editor

My curiosity was aroused by a recent Letter to the Editor claiming the real collusion with Russia was perpetrated by the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. It seems the writer believes in a very, very deep conspiracy involving the Democrat left and every news organization other than ...

Young voters focus of $30M effort by Dems

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrats know who their voters are. They just have to figure out how to get them to the polls in November — and that’s where the puppies come in. Students returning to the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus this summer were greeted by therapy dogs for petting. ...

Tips to prevent childhood obesity

Editorials

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their lives. The following ...

Bipartisanship or caving in?

Columns

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood. Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: “representing, characterized by, or including members from two ...

Unfair to cancel federal pay raise

Letters to the Editor

On Thursday, just before Labor Day, Trump showed what he thinks of workers, particularly the 686 federal workers who take care of our veterans at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Trump said, “We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, ...

Election security measure backers say delay helps Russia

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months before the midterm elections, bipartisan legislation to try to prevent foreign hacking into U.S. election systems is stalled in Congress as the White House and some Republicans worry it could exert too much federal control over the states. Supporters of the ...

Besides being tasty, beer has big effect on economy

Editorials

You don’t have to like beer to appreciate its impact on the economy. The benefits of the beer industry here in Michigan can be seen in a whole heap of ways, from the jobs it provides directly, to the industries and other occupations it supports indirectly. The trickle-down effect is ...

Midterms more about candidate not on the ballot

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heading into the midterm elections, the most volatile candidate this year isn’t on the ballot. But President Donald Trump still loves to take his freewheeling political stylings on the road on behalf of his fellow Republicans and he’s raring to go for the sprint to ...

Need Democrats for the future

Letters to the Editor

A letter writer commends his neighbors for removing a tree that was blocking a waterway. While I think he is correct in his assumption that most of the homeowners on the Chain of Lakes lean Republican, his implied conclusion — that had those same neighbors leaned Democratic, they would have ...

Thanks to all who helped Iron County Fair livestock sales

Editorials

Bouquet From Don Wolf, Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council: The Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council would like to thank the following buyers who purchased a market livestock animal at the 2018 Iron County Fair: Rainbow Packing, Roy Polich, F.A. Industrial, Spudland Farms, ...

AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s

Columns

“Hope I die before I get old,” the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices ...

Tobacco-free the way to go back to school

Editorials

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

To Kavanaugh: Is government truly of, by and for ‘the people’?

Columns

“Why should we bother to reply to Kautsky? He would reply to us, and we would have to reply to his reply. There is no end to that. It will be quite enough for us to announce that Kautsky is a traitor to the working class, and everyone will understand everything.” — Lenin ...

Need to look at real collusion

Letters to the Editor

The real collusion in the 2016 election was not between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, it was between the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration. The law enforcement — FBI — and the intelligence arms of government were placed in the service of the Democratic presidential bid, ...

Government accuses Harvard of ‘racial balancing’ in admissions

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In its latest push to end the use of race in college admissions, the Trump administration on Thursday accused Harvard University of “engaging in outright racial balancing” and sided with Asian-American students who allege the Ivy League school discriminated against ...

McCain set fine example that all of us can follow

Editorials

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

Establishment loses, diversity grows in Tuesday’s primaries

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump got his man in battleground Florida, but he watched a prominent immigration ally fall in Arizona in what was another eventful night in the 2018 midterm season. Arizona and Florida had primaries Tuesday, both of which tested Trump’s influence. There ...