Opinion

The seen vs. the unseen

Columns

Sunday is the Super Bowl. I look forward to playing poker and watching. It’s easy to do both because in a three-hour-plus NFL game there are just 11 minutes of actual football action. So we’ll have plenty of time to watch Atlanta politicians take credit for the stadium that will host ...

Help Flivvers hockey to Pink the Rink

Editorials

The Kingsford High School hockey players again invite the public to join them in embracing their pink side as January comes to an end. If the weather allows, the Flivvers will have their third annual Pink the Rink night Thursday as they host the Escanaba Eskymos at 6 p.m. Central time at ...

Dems fear ex-Starbucks CEO Schultz run benefits Trump

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Some of the most influential forces in Democratic politics revolted Monday against former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s prospective presidential bid, insisting that an independent run would unintentionally help President Donald Trump win another four years in office. The ...

Poll: Trump’s marks on the economy slip

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The public continues to give President Donald Trump his best ratings on the economy, but a new poll finds the share who approve of how he's handling that issue has slipped since last fall. And as his promise of a U.S.-Mexico border wall brought a stalemate over funding to ...

Frozen water pipes also a risk in extreme cold

Editorials

One of the many problems that can come with such frigid conditions in the Upper Peninsula is frozen water pipes. Such numbing, subzero cold can penetrate deep into walls and the ground, clogging and bursting pipes, leaving a spewing, icy mess. To prevent that situation, the Michigan State ...

New Michigan Senate leader has tackled big legislation

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who have kept control of the Michigan Senate for 35 years are putting at the helm an engineer whose legislative career has been defined by two of the most consequential laws of the past decade. Mike Shirkey, whose father was a union steward, pushed early to ...

Fake news, fake politicians

Letters to the Editor

How long will we swallow this ______ (you fill in the blank) that politicians unload on us? “Mission Accomplished” said a Bush president, stepping out of a cockpit that he did not always show up to fly when serving in the active military. “ISIS is defeated!” boasts an overgrown ...

Happy birthday! Michigan marks 182 years as a state

Editorials

It was 182 years ago Saturday that the Great Lakes State became whole, when President Andrew Jackson gave his stamp of approval to make Michigan the nation’s 26th state. How many of you knew the Michigan Constitution was written in 1835, two years before the state was formally admitted to ...

Conservatives: Trump caved, but confident he’ll get wall

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — No retreat, no surrender is how President Donald Trump frames his decision to temporarily reopen the government while still pursuing a border wall deal. Some of his conservative backers have a different take: “pathetic” and “wimp.” Other Trump supporters seem ...

Real problem is teacher pensions

Letters to the Editor

I would like to remind the public and the local school boards of the huge cost of education in Michigan. For your information, it is NOT the actual cost of teaching that is the financial burden but in actuality it is the cost of teachers NOT doing their jobs — pensioners. Today, the pensioner ...

Story of three coyotes, one wolf

Letters to the Editor

About 12 to 14 years ago I was living north of what was called the Soo Line tracks on the Menominee River Bank in Faithorn. It was late December. During the night, we had gotten 3 to 4 inches of fresh wet snow. The morning was warm and the sun bright and cheery. I decided, the morning being ...

Disappointed by March for Life photo placement

Editorials

Barb From Mary Calo, Kingsford: I must say I was stunned when I saw the placement of the photo from the March for Life last Sunday, relegated to the last page of the Sports section in Tuesday’s Daily News. I don’t read the Sports section, so it took my husband to tell me where the photo ...

Q&A: How soon will the government start up again?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With the longest shutdown in U.S. history officially over, here’s a look at how the federal government will get back to regular business: WHEN WILL FEDERAL WORKERS GET PAID? It’s unclear at this time. The White House tweeted that it will be “in the coming ...

MSU must become a collective force to change culture

Editorials

The journey has been arduous and awful, but Michigan State University may finally be on a path toward a much overdue change in culture. Signs were evident at the special Board of Trustees meeting last week during which controversial interim President John Engler was shown the door — along ...

Going gaga over the ladies

Columns

The major media have gone gaga over the number of women newly elected to Congress and those announcing their run for the White House in 2020, with more female candidates likely to follow suit. But media’s bias — one of many — is revealed in their focus on mostly liberal women with ...

Make sure pets are protected from extreme cold, too

Editorials

The next few days are expected to be brutally cold, with highs stalling out in the single digits and painfully subzero overnight lows. For most humans, that means getting closer to the fire, perhaps grabbing a warm beverage, wrapping up in an afghan or adding another blanket on the bed. And ...

Why do people like Lindsey Graham come to Congress?

Columns

WASHINGTON — Back in the day, small rural airports had textile windsocks, simple and empty things that indicated which way the wind was blowing. The ubiquitous Sen. Lindsey Graham has become a political windsock, and as such he — more than the sturdy, substantial elephant — is emblematic ...

Federal workers deserve better than job limbo

Letters to the Editor

Are federal employees being treated with the respect due to free men and women? I believe they are not. It appears to me they are being treated like indentured servants by a master that can legally threaten their economic security, withhold compensation, and require work without pay at his or ...

Democratic Party turning to socialism

Letters to the Editor

Supporters of national Democrats such as Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and Tammy Baldwin are now supporting the radical left. The current group of Democrat presidential candidates, once moderate, are now on an apology tour retracting their beliefs of the past eight years. They all now believe in ...