Opinion

Trump immigration policy both nasty and ineffectual

Columns

President Trump’s sound and fury on immigration has delivered close to nothing. Trump never lets up, thundering against “illegal aliens” as a criminal class while pushing his enforcers to treat the impoverished ones without mercy. But actually, illegal immigration is again rising — and ...

Be prepared for pets’ needs, too, when emergency strikes

Editorials

The Michigan State Police are reminding residents that June is National Pet Preparedness Month and that means preparing a plan that will see to the needs of the family pet in case of an emergency. “Being prepared for emergencies and disasters means having a plan for everyone in your family, ...

Ford: The president who wore power lightly

Columns

WASHINGTON — Within 17 days in the autumn of 1975 — first in Sacramento, then in San Francisco — two separate handgun-wielding women attempted to assassinate the president. Had either succeeded, and each was close enough to have done so, the nation would have had a third president in 14 ...

Stronger action needed on child sexual abuse

Letters to the Editor

It seems that far too often I read in The Daily News about another incident of sexual child abuse or child pornography in our area. It sickens me to think of any child being abused by these sick creeps. It is time we take a serious approach to this problem and let these sickos know that they ...

Costs of Snowden leak still mounting five years later

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whistleblower or traitor, leaker or public hero? National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid off U.S. government surveillance methods five years ago, but intelligence chiefs complain that revelations from the trove of classified documents he disclosed ...

Postal service food drive tops last year’s total

Editorials

Bouquet From Richard Anderson, secretary-treasurer, Branch 395 of The National Association of Letter Carriers, Iron Mountain: We wish to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to those in the community who donated to our annual food drive May 12. Your generosity provided 12,085 pounds ...

Ex-chemical industry lawyer to lead Superfund task force

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer tapped to lead a task force at the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing cleanups at the nation's most polluted places worked until recently for a top chemical and plastics manufacturer with a troubled legacy of creating some of those toxic sites. Steven D. ...

Give Michigan business a say on environmental rules

Editorials

Environmentalists are pitching a fit in Lansing over the prospect that those most impacted by state regulations may have their views considered when the rules are weighed. That does not seem such an outrage. Despite the hysterical claims that the foxes “will be guarding the hen house,” ...

Ireland makes wrong decision on abortion

Columns

The scientific, moral and theological battle between life as an “endowed unalienable” right and the evolutionary view that we are just material and energy shaped by pure chance in a random universe with no author of life, no purpose for living and no destination after we die has been won in ...

Trump mulls commuting Blagojevich’s term, pardoning Martha Stewart

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned a conservative commentator he claims “was treated very unfairly by our government!” and announced he’s thinking about clemency for Martha Stewart and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, among “lots” of other people. “What ...

How Mitch McConnell is winning the long game

Columns

WASHINGTON — Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he had created in Warm Springs, Georgia. Before then, Mitch McConnell living in Five Points, Alabama, began going there for treatment for the polio that struck him at age ...

Motorists need to watch for deer on the roads

Editorials

It’s the time of year to fear the deer. June typically sees a spike in deer activity, as females search for places to give birth and yearlings deal with being separate from their mothers’ guidance for the first time, according the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. That makes them ...

Poll: More young people say politicians care what they think

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t tell 20-year-old Nestor Aguilera he can’t effect change in politics. The Indiana University business major protested outside President Donald Trump’s recent appearance in Aguilera’s home of Elkhart, Indiana. And while he says he didn’t vote in 2016, he’s ...

Safety on, around water should be everyone’s priority

Editorials

Water is such an integral part of life here in the Upper Peninsula. But, unfortunately for some people, it can also be a part of death. Living on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michiganders are fortunate to have such an incredible attraction right at their fingertips. Lake Superior, or the ...

Putin’s mind in your brain

Columns

WASHINGTON — Facebook ads purchased by Russia during the 2016 campaign, and released by Congress earlier this month, reveal a clear intent to create havoc in the U.S. — and should make Americans both wary and embarrassed. They also sent a clear message to Americans compliments of Russian ...

Immigration accusations fly between opponents

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic critics traded outraged, sometimes plainly false accusations about immigration as the debate over “lost” children and the practice of separating families caught crossing the border illegally reached a new boiling point. The White ...

Don’t risk leaving dogs in vehicles as temperatures rise

Editorials

Do you love your dog? Likely the answer is an emphatic, unqualified yes. Perhaps that love even means taking that dog everywhere with you. But at this time of year, if you leave your furry companion in the car, SUV or pickup truck, you could love that dog to death. The onset of summer ...

The NFL isn’t through

Columns

It took two years, boycotts by fans, declining TV ratings, growing alarm among advertisers, a drop in the sale of gear and especially a public shaming by President Trump, but the owners of NFL teams have finally decided their players will not be allowed to kneel or make other protests during ...

Comparisons to Hitler unfair

Letters to the Editor

Stop comparing our presidents to Hitler. It just shows your ignorance. Why doesn’t the left compare them to Stalin, Mao, Castro, Pol Pot or Chavez? Oh wait, the left idolizes these mass murderers. Come on, people, these were socialist leaders that killed to remain in power. Reagan, Bush, ...

New swamp: Lobbyist tied to Perry seeks energy firm bailout

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a West Virginia rally on tax cuts, President Donald Trump veered off on a subject that likely puzzled most of his audience. “Nine of your people just came up to me outside. ‘Could you talk about 202?’” he said. “We’ll be looking at that 202. You know what a ...