Opinion

Be on the lookout for political scams

Editorials

Scammers are opportunists. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that next week’s mid-term elections are likely to generate scammers pretending to be pollsters, campaign volunteers, fundraisers, and even candidates. Here are some common political scams and frauds to watch out ...

The choice is clear

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: There are important issues on the minds of voters this election: health care, roads and education to name a few. But to many Michiganders, preservation of our natural resources and outdoor recreation traditions is also important. On this issue, only Gretchen Whitmer is the candidate ...

Give GOP two more years

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Democrats claim to be the party of health care. Their signature accomplishment on health care is Obamacare but because it has failed so miserably, they now are advocating “Medicare for all!” The cost of this program is projected to be $32.6 trillion over 10 years or $23,000 ...

James would bring fresh perspective to Senate for Michigan

Editorials

Stagnation is not a path Michigan should follow. Unfortunately, it has become a familiar road in some aspects of government — particularly Michigan’s U.S. Senate delegation over the past few decades. Government is more polarized than ever and every actions seems to drive the political ...

Sometimes a ballot issue isn’t really about the issue

Columns

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The outcome of one of the nation’s most critical Senate races could come down to an unrelated question: how North Dakota residents feel about blocking noncitizens from voting — even though such voting is already illegal. Conservatives have placed the issue on ...

Mom thankful for son’s DCHS ER treatment

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My son, Gavin, was seen in the Dickinson County Memorial Hospital emergency room on Oct. 6 at about 10:30 p.m. We were visiting the area south of you in Wisconsin when my son had acute respiratory distress, Your hospital being the closest, we drove 50 minutes to your ER. We were ...

VA center in IM deserves its high rating for care

Editorials

Bouquet From Dale Fayas, Iron Mountain: My daughter emailed me from Baghdad, Iraq, this week about an article in the Military Stars and Stripes newspaper. The VA just finished the performance ratings on the VA hospitals and the Iron Mountain Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center has received a ...

Trump says he bears ‘no blame’ for actions of bomb suspect

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he knows the pipe bomb suspect was one of his supporters but said he bears “no blame” for the suspect’s actions. “There is no blame. There’s no anything,” Trump told reporters before leaving for a political rally in North ...

School Bus Safety Week a reminder to obey school bus laws

Editorials

This week marks National School Bus Safety Week, and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan is encouraging drivers to get a refresher on Michigan’s school bus laws. “With the start of school now in our rearview mirrors, drivers may have forgotten the rules when it comes to passing a stopped ...

Amid bombs scare, call for unity shelved for political barbs

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It didn’t last. With the country on edge over a widening pipe-bomb scare, talk of national unity quickly gave way to finger-pointing on Thursday. President Donald Trump cast blame on the media for fomenting anger in society while candidates across the country traded ...

Maintaining the health of forests

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The recent editorial, “Recognizing what forest products, jobs mean to the region” did a great job of highlighting the importance of active forest management in maintaining the health of the region’s forests and rural communities. The editorial also quotes the U.S. Forest ...

Guidelines for election letters

Letters to the Editor

The Daily News will print letters related to the Nov. 6 elections through Thursday, Nov. 1, with submissions due no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Letters should be no more than 250 words, preferably sent by email. To ensure all can have their say, new letter-writers will take priority ...

Cybersecurity must be priority in planners’ minds

Editorials

It wasn’t all that long ago that cybersecurity was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Politicians’ deceitful promise

Columns

Will you be able to retire? Maybe not. Will your state pay what its politicians promised? Almost certainly not. Politicians in Connecticut, New Jersey and Illinois are especially irresponsible when it comes to not funding pension plans, but most every municipality has promised more than ...

Prefers the kind of care at DCHS

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in support of a fully functioning, financially stable Dickinson County Healthcare System. My wife, daughter, granddaughter and I all have experienced excellent care there. The physicians and staff are second to none. The facilities are well maintained. Even though we live in ...

Congress needs more veterans

Letters to the Editor

In my last letter, I talked about H.R. 4556, a bill that had been introduced in the House of Representative that would have given dental care to all veterans enrolled in the VA Health System. I said I had not heard how my Republican U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy voted on it. I have now heard from him ...

Properly disposing of prescription drugs

Editorials

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

A plan for debt relief

Columns

As difficult as it may be to believe, there was a time when Republicans were known as the anti-debt and balanced budget party. Now, the GOP prefers to tout low unemployment as the debt soars and they are co-conspirators in its rise. It’s not that Republicans (and once-fiscally responsible ...

Single-payer health care the way to go

Letters to the Editor

I think Dickinson County has a population of about 25,000, give or take. Yet, in the roomy and comfortable Kingsford High School auditorium, there were fewer than a hundred attendees, including the candidates, for the recent candidates forum. Small wonder candidates don’t seem to prioritize ...

Poll: Majority of young people back single-payer health care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Large majorities of young Americans want to see an expansion of government services, including a single-payer health care program, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV. According to the poll, 69 percent of young ...