Opinion

Double standard for Trump

Columns

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...

Engebretson run shows character

Letters to the Editor

I spent part of Saturday with Margaret Engebretson. She is running for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives covering the Seventh District of Wisconsin, which in effect is the majority of far northern Wisconsin and includes Florence County. She drove over to Florence to meet me and hand ...

Trump accuses Google of bias in searches

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at U.S. tech companies Tuesday, accusing Google and others of suppressing conservative voices and “hiding information” and good news. He cited no evidence for the claim, which echoes both his own attacks on the press and a conservative ...

Students should be aware of fire safety at college

Editorials

Did you see one — perhaps more — of your kids off to college in the past week? It’s tough to let go, especially if it’s the first year, which might be the first time that child has lived away from home and your watchful eye. That doesn’t mean you can’t provide some reasonable ...

Poll: Few Democrats favor liberal cry to abolish ICE

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The rallying cry from some liberals to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn’t a likely winner this election year, as a new poll finds only a quarter of Democrats support eliminating the agency that carried out the Trump administration’s policy of separating ...

Conservatives get things done

Letters to the Editor

A very large pine tree fell into a channel on the Chain of Lakes and blocked over one-half of the passageway. Within a couple of hours, my neighbors and friends had cut it up and removed the branches from the channel, making the channel safe again to traverse. First, I would like to thank them ...

Under pressure, Trump re-lowers WH flag for McCain

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered American flags at U.S. buildings lowered to half-staff for Sen. John McCain until his burial Sunday. Trump’s proclamation came just hours after the White House flag had been returned to full staff, drawing ...

Remember safety when operating a UTV

Editorials

Looking to get one last great weekend of summer 2018 in during the long Labor Day holiday? Make sure it’s memorable for all the right reasons, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute advises. As utility vehicles, or UTVs, grow in popularity in rural, suburban and urban areas, it’s ...

McCain leaves legacy as ‘maverick’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For John McCain, a lifetime of courage, contradictions and contrarianism came down to one vote, in the middle of the night, in the twilight of his career. The fate of President Donald Trump’s long effort to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law hung in the balance as a ...

Good job by all on Carpenter Memorial event

Editorials

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: The National Anthem opened the dedication of the Bert Carpenter Memorial at the Upper Twin Falls Badwater Bridge in Breitung Township by the American Legion Carpenter Clash Post 363. The United States flag was raised on the Navy flagpole in the ...

A president who demands loyalty finds it fleeting in DC

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Et tu, Michael Cohen? Loyalty has long been a core value for President Donald Trump. But he's learning the hard way that in politics, it doesn't always last. Cohen, the president's former personal attorney, this week implicated the president in a stunning plea deal. Days ...

E-cigarettes carry risks, especially around children

Editorials

The use of electronic cigarettes — battery-powered products that typically deliver nicotine in the form of an aerosol — is growing, even as use of other tobacco products declines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared to smoking traditional cigarettes, they ...

Poll: Trump gets low marks, except on the economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump continues to receive poor marks from a majority of Americans on his overall job performance, even as he enjoys relatively good assessments of his handling of the economy. A new poll released today by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Micromanaging at Northpointe

Letters to the Editor

According to a Daily News article that cited minutes from the June meeting, the Northpointe Healthcare System Board of Directors voted 9-3 to give a 60-day notice to CEO Jennifer McCarty that her contract will not be renewed. McCarty was promoted to CEO in October 2015 after previously serving ...

Americans harbor doubts about Trump’s tariffs

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer than half of Americans expect President Donald Trump’s tariffs to do much to help the U.S. economy, but their widespread unpopularity hasn’t led most Republicans to stray from supporting the president’s trade policy as the 2018 midterm elections ...

Snyder has right idea with high-speed internet proposal

Editorials

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

GOP, and some Democrats, reject talk of impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Cohen’s guilty plea implicating President Donald Trump in a crime reverberated across the political landscape Wednesday, with Republicans rejecting talk of impeachment without evidence of Russian collusion. Democrats steered clear of the word, too, and zeroed in ...

Imperfect excuses for abortion

Letters to the Editor

I have a very dear friend who is the product of rape. A decision was made to save a life. I have another dear friend who is the product of statutory rape. A decision was made to save a life. With the science of medicine gaining more and more secrets of life using amniocentesis, we can now ...

IRS: Withholdings need to be checked under new tax law

Editorials

The 2017 tax cut likely added some extra money to the paycheck. Nothing wrong with that. But the Internal Revenue Service advises that taxpayers with children and other dependents check what’s being deducted — a “paycheck checkup” — to make sure the adjusted amount doesn’t leave ...

Kavanaugh tells senator Roe v. Wade is settled law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Tuesday he agrees that the Roe v. Wade decision on abortion rights is settled law, according to Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine who is a key swing vote on his nomination. Collins held a two-hour meeting with Kavanaugh ...