Opinion

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 ...

Thanks to support, fundraiser for animal shelter a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Nancy Schaub, chairwoman, Almost Home Shelter Fundraising Committee: ValenTails, the Almost Home Animal Shelter fundraiser at Oak Crest Golf Course, was a success. We would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Nelson Paint Company, First Bank and Starship Enterprises; our ...

Eyeing 2020, White House steps up ‘socialism’ attack on Dems

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the White House gears up for the 2020 campaign, it’s pressing the case that Democrats are rallying behind what it’s calling the policies of “socialism.” Trying to portray Democrats as out of step with ordinary Americans, Vice President Mike Pence said in a ...

Plans for first UP shooting range good for region

Editorials

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...

A sweet deal for Big Sugar

Columns

When I hear “welfare payments,” I think “poor people.” But America’s biggest welfare recipients are often politically connected corporations — like America’s sugar producers. The industry gets billions of dollars in special deals while deceitfully running ads that say, ...

Science Says: People tend to believe informants like Cohen

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — We tend to believe informants like Michael Cohen, studies show and psychologists say. It doesn’t matter if the person is behind bars or has confessed to lying, as Cohen has: Juries usually believe an informant, said Jeffrey Neuschatz, a University of Alabama psychologist ...

Taking note of health care that serves the family

Editorials

Chances are you grew up going for health care to a Dr. Somebody as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe even has dealt with three, even four generations ...

Drafting women to end wars

Columns

WASHINGTON — Last week, a district court judge ruled that it is unconstitutional for only men to have to register with the Selective Service, opening the possibility that women might also have to register. The ruling may be fair in principle, but does it make sense? Would a universal draft ...

High court rules for death row inmate with dementia

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is ordering a new state court hearing to determine whether an Alabama death row inmate is so affected by dementia that he can’t be executed. The justices ruled 5-3 on Wednesday in favor of inmate Vernon Madison, who killed a police officer in 1985. His ...

Teen dating can risk more than a broken heart

Editorials

If you have a teenage daughter — or, really, a son — this is worth taking note. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. But our region at large, even across the border, needs to learn and recognize the signs of dating ...

The precarious perch of a potential Pentagon chief

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Shanahan, the former Boeing executive, was in a familiar place — aboard an airplane — when he got word of a bolt-from-the-blue political shot across his bow, an apparent blow to his chances of being nominated as the next secretary of defense. Sen. James Inhofe, ...

Knowing when a ‘sad mood’ is something more

Editorials

Ever have a downright terrible day? You’re concerned about financial problems at home, and your boss is pushing you to get that project done earlier than expected, then your car breaks down and you’ve got no way to take your kid to her basketball game. Sounds like a day that might make you ...

GOP, sensing campaign issue, push abortion vote in Senate

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a Republican bill that would have threatened prison for doctors who don’t try saving the life of infants born alive during abortions. The measure seemed doomed from the start but offered the GOP a chance to appeal to conservative ...

Help to prevent veteran suicides

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Suicide is a national public health concern that affects communities everywhere. Yet, it is preventable. While the VA has several suicide prevention initiatives and programs, the most important suicide prevention effort comes from those who are closest to the veteran. ...

New state mining legislation on the right track

Editorials

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

High court can undo past confusion on WWI memorial

Columns

WASHINGTON — For decades the Supreme Court has entangled itself in Establishment Clause decisions that have been, in the words of Alice in Wonderland, curiouser and curiouser. On Wednesday, it can leaven with clarity the confusion it has sown. The First Amendment’s first words say, ...

Survey: Half of business economists see recession by year 2020

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roughly half the nation’s business economists say they think the U.S. economy will slip into recession by the end of next year, and three-fourths envision such a downturn beginning by the end of 2021. The finding comes from the latest survey by the National Association ...