Opinion

Thanks to volunteer crews that helped at Crivitz Lumber fire

Editorials

Bouquet From George Kloppenburg, Amberg: To all the fire and rescue volunteers at the Crivitz Lumber Company fire Jan. 29, thank you. Everyone should be aware that most of the personal at all fires are volunteers — not paid, just dedicated, giving people. Every community has a volunteer ...

Trump’s national emergency sparks new Republican divide

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are torn over Trump’s decision to invoke executive ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

Editorials

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

FBI official feared Russia probe would end after Comey fired

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview that aired Thursday that he moved quickly after his boss was fired to protect an investigation into President Donald Trump's potential ties to Russia and prevent it from being shut down in case he, too, was ...

When the darkness descends

Columns

It exists for millions of people in a shadowless world where sunlight is seldom revealed, where happiness and love are but hollow words only to be read or heard and rarely felt, where hope has once stood only to be swept away by endless despair, where it reveals its darkness not for a day or ...

Can Trump declare an emergency to build his wall?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency and take other executive action to allow construction of the president’s long-promised southern border wall, after bipartisan congressional negotiations provided less than a quarter of the $5.7 billion Trump wanted ...

Taking steps to make sure your heart is healthy

Editorials

Valentine’s Day makes February a natural choice to be Heart Month. If you’re going to offer someone your heart, after all, it better be healthy. Heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised. Unfortunately, it is turning up ...

Ginsburg illness casts spotlight on long-term court absences

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has missed a month of Supreme Court arguments as she recovers from lung cancer surgery. But she’s not the first justice to be away for a while and her absence hardly compares with those of some of her predecessors. The day before the Supreme ...

A different — perhaps better — kind of school

Columns

There must be a better way to keep kids interested in school than drugging them. Today, 1 in 5 school-age boys is diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Many are given drugs that are supposed to help them pay attention. “I was the rowdy kid, the bad kid,” says Cade ...

State offers tips for dealing with insurance companies

Editorials

Did the severe weather of the past couple weeks leave more of a mark on house or vehicle than ice and snow? If so, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services has some tips on dealing with insurance companies to file a claim and repair damages. “When working with insurance ...

McConnell wields Green New Deal against Democrats

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political ...

Iowa Democrats propose ‘virtual’ caucuses in 2020

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party on Monday proposed the biggest changes to the state’s famed caucuses in nearly 50 years by recommending Iowans be able to participate virtually. If approved, the measure would allow people to caucus using telephones or smart devices during ...

Isle Royale wolf project right move despite setbacks

Editorials

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

Trump’s speech: Less analytical, more sure than predecessors

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders are speaking far more simply and with more confidence than they did four score and seven years ago. Donald Trump’s speech has accelerated that trend. A new study says Trump talks less analytically, and more confidently, than all past U.S. ...

Bezos v. Pecker: A complexifying situation

Columns

WASHINGTON — As stories go, the face-off between Jeff Bezos and David Pecker (paging Charles Dickens) has all the elements of a 21st-century battle royale between good and evil, represented by the richest man in the world, who happens to own The Washington Post, and the pied piper of sleaze, ...

The need to use local businesses

Editorials

The news last week that Shopko plans to close almost 70 percent of its locations nationwide — including full-size stores in Escanaba, Marquette and Houghton in the Upper Peninsula — was disappointing yet, sadly, not surprising. Big-box retailers have been hard-pressed to keep pace in an ...

The state of what union?

Columns

Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of the divisive and ...

Showing weakness on abortion

Letters to the Editor

Thank you for carrying on Kathleen Parker’s well-written op-ed on Tuesday on the state of our country regarding the evil of abortion. Let me first say I applaud her powerful, insightful, and intelligent approach to the matter. Our world needs more people to bravely take a public stand in the ...

Trump tries to turn border debate his way with El Paso rally

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is trying to turn the debate over a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border back to his political advantage as his signature pledge to American voters threatens to become a model of unfulfilled promises. Trump will hold his first campaign rally since ...

DNR conservation officers step up in dangerous weather

Editorials

Bouquet: With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor ...