Opinion

The crying-child Rorschach

Columns

WASHINGTON — Is there a psychiatrist in the house? Like so many Americans, this columnist longs for the voice of another, the great and good Charles Krauthammer, who died last week, leaving us mortals to plod through the darkness without the light of his reasoned guidance. A revered ...

Flooding shows climate change

Letters to the Editor

The torrential rains that caused extensive flooding in Houghton County on Father’s Day weekend could cost Michigan up to $1 billion, according to an editorial printed in the Marquette Mining Journal on June 19. This event should inspire all of us to support action to reverse human-caused ...

Use fireworks with caution, if at all, this July 4 holiday

Editorials

It’s roughly a week before Fourth of July, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday, if not already lighting them up this weekend. That can represent a colorful home show of lights and sound — or a potential danger to the person firing off those ...

Bigotry returns to Virginia

Columns

As a longtime resident of Virginia, I am well aware of its sordid history when it comes to slavery, racism and discrimination. I can still remember “colored only” restrooms, water fountains, poll taxes and African Americans forced to ride in the back of the bus. Virginia public schools in ...

Not the odd one in this situation

Letters to the Editor

There is a gentleman who used to walk around town carrying a log on his shoulders, exercising. Believe me, that is an excellent overall body exercise, if anyone is interested. I saw him one evening a while back, as he was walking past an alcohol establishment, and there were people inside at ...

Leak fight nixes Stormy Daniels meeting with Cohen investigators

Columns

Stormy Daniels’ planned meeting with investigators Monday in the federal probe of President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney was abruptly canceled just hours before it was to start after an ugly, finger-pointing spat between prosecutors and the porn star’s lawyer over who tipped ...

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Editorials

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multi-million-dollar utility company ...

Sanders says she was told to leave Virginia restaurant

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was booted from a Virginia restaurant because she works for President Donald Trump, setting off a fierce debate about whether politics should play a role in how administration officials are treated in public. Sanders was ...

Separation of families must end

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday night, MSNBC broadcast that the Trump administration has created at least three “Tender Age Shelters” near the U.S. southern border. Call them what they are — prisons for toddlers or concentration camps for kids, akin to the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in World War ...

How opponents feed Trump media machine

Columns

The time has come for Donald Trump’s critics to take a much-deserved vacation from all things Donald Trump. The media especially can use this time to work on dropping their compulsion to obsess on every lie, insult and provocation he crafts for their consumption. This invitation extends to ...

New measles case means make sure you’re vaccinated

Editorials

A second measles case in the state for 2018 has the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services again advising residents make sure they are vaccinated against this disease. This new case, detected June 12 at the Detroit airport, is unrelated to the first one for the year reported in ...

Conservative columnist, pundit Krauthammer dies

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from “Great Society” Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, has died at age 68. His death ...

Poll: Majority approve of Trump’s North Korea effort

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A majority of Americans now approve of President Donald Trump’s handling of U.S. relations with North Korea, a change that comes after his historic summit with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. But most don’t believe Kim is serious about addressing the international ...

More understanding needed on behavior of those with OCD

Editorials

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a person’s well-being. Obsessive compulsive ...

Can Libertarian Weld restore conservatism?

Columns

WASHINGTON — “This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the ...

Nielsen’s career likely forever linked to family border separations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The 46-year-old former Bush administration official this week became known as the Cabinet member who skewed the facts at a press ...

Copper Country needs help to recover from flood damage

Editorials

The residents of the Upper Peninsula tend to be hardy folk, ready to withstand whatever the elements can dish out. Severe winters, when the snow piles up and temperatures plunge. Dry summers that might make for a bad fire season. Even the occasional tornado or straight-line windstorm that ...

Inhumanity rules the border

Columns

WASHINGTON — Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for obedience to rules — no ...

No Garden Walk for 2018

Letters to the Editor

Over the past eight years, the area Northern Lights Master Gardeners Association has sponsored a Garden Walk featuring local gardens. It is with regret that the 2018 Garden Walk is postponed. Tentative plans are for a July 20, 2019, date for next year. We thank the many repeat attendees of ...

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is leaving the United Nations’ Human Rights Council, which Ambassador Nikki Haley called “an organization that is not worthy of its name.” It’s the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley said Tuesday ...