Opinion

A good day to quit smoking

Editorials

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, when those who smoke are encouraged either to quit or at least make plans toward breaking the habit. And the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is ready to help. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature ...

The corruption of faith

Columns

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...

Dianda: No-fault auto insurance reform still needed

Letters to the Editor

There’s no doubt that Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. I believe that seniors and families should be able to see a rate reduction without a loss in coverage — something that a recently rejected no-fault reform plan would have required. The plan did not ...

Will Trump try to push Moore out of Senate race?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won’t be so lucky on U.S. soil. The president returned to Washington on Tuesday night and walked straight into a party panic over the sexual misconduct accusations ...

Remembering Daily News staff writer Linda Lobeck

Editorials

The Daily News today said a last goodbye to Linda Lobeck. Lobeck, 57, had the second-longest tenure in the newsroom at 33 years, behind only sports writer and former sports editor Burt Angeli. Some of her longtime colleagues were asked to reflect on what they will remember most about Linda ...

Moore calls new sexual claims ‘false’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Roy Moore’s support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. “I can tell you ...

Make a call to fully fund the VA

Letters to the Editor

This weekend we had Veterans Day and praised, toasted and otherwise honored “the Vets.” The summer saw squadrons of motorcycles roaring for the vets, flags a flying. On television, we see heartwarming stories of Honor Flights to Washington and various entertainments at veterans or nursing ...

Rape kit tracking program a good use of state money

Editorials

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

Noting progress, problems for Homeless Awareness Week

Columns

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority is building on 50 years of advocacy and actions that enhance community and economic vitality through housing and historic preservation. They are mission-driven to develop new housing strategies to improve the quality of life for Michigan ...

Moore threatens lawsuit over story that threatens campaign

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama Republican Roy Moore says a lawsuit will be filed over the newspaper report carrying allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago and that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to see him win a special Senate election. While pressure ...

James Rice

At medical center, every day is Veterans Day

Columns

IRON MOUNTAIN — On Veterans Day, we celebrate the service, sacrifice, and enduring achievements of more than 21 million living Americans who served our nation in uniform so that we may enjoy the freedoms we cherish so much. On Nov. 1, President Trump proclaimed November as Veterans and ...

The origins and meaning behind Veterans Day

Editorials

Today is Veterans Day, when the country pauses to remember and give thanks for the service and sacrifice of those who helped guard and defend the United States. A reminder of the origins and meaning behind the day, reprinted from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: In 1921, an unknown ...

Jack Bergman

The story of service before self

Columns

I recently had the privilege of firing the starting pistol and greeting runners at the finish line of the 42nd annual Marine Corps Marathon. More than 40,000 people participated in the 10k and marathon. Those running, wheeling, and walking in this race all participated with purpose. Team ...

Tax split between House, Senate poses a big challenge

Columns

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate tax overhaul plans are broadly similar, but crucial differences are creating headaches for Republican leaders determined to keep myriad interest groups and factions of the GOP satisfied. And then there’s the ambitious timetable they’ve set of finishing in ...

DANIEL PAUL, ACCOMPANIED by Spc. Catlin Cone at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, examines the controls of a Blackhawk helicopter.

The highest obligation and privilege

Columns

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” —George S. Patton, Jr. The American soldier is quiet, resolute and extremely ...

Tips to make for a safer firearm deer hunt season

Editorials

It’s almost here — the unofficial holiday in the Upper Peninsula that is the opening of gun deer season Wednesday. And why not get excited? It’s a ritual that unites family and friends, with traditions — such as card games and consuming odd food items — that get passed down through ...

Dem wins: Anti-Trump surge or ‘not so fast?’

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Jubilant Democrats across America are declaring their big election victories in Virginia and New Jersey — their first of the young Trump era — mark the beginning of an anti-Trump surge that could re-shape the balance of power in Congress in 2018. Senate Democratic leader ...

Understand first, then judge

Letters to the Editor

Concerning the uproar over the NFL players protesting during the playing of our National Anthem: peoples’ anger and frustration are completely understandable. I don’t agree with the protesting during the anthem but also don’t follow the NFL or any pro sports as I used to, as it has ...

Hunters can help feed the hungry by donating venison

Editorials

Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Imagine trying to feed your family without the available means. That ...

GOP tax bill makes raid on university endowments

Columns

WASHINGTON — Such is the federal government’s sprawl, and its power to establish new governing precedents, mere Washington twitches can jeopardize venerable principles and institutions. This is illustrated by a seemingly small but actually momentous provision of the Republicans’ tax bill ...