Opinion

Casperson faces fight outside the political arena

Editorials

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Redistricting changes headed to the ballot in several states

Columns

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday on redistricting lawsuits in Wisconsin and Maryland comes as several states already are considering changes to the criteria and processes that will be used to draw legislative districts after the 2020 Census. In most places, the state legislature and ...

Prevailing wage repeal bad idea

Letters to the Editor

So we are now to believe that the repeal of the Prevailing Wage Law is a GOOD thing. That having to pay union wages to skilled construction workers puts an undue burden on non-union construction companies. That bidding for government contracts on a level playing field is somehow unfair to those ...

Take steps to guard against West Nile threat

Editorials

Now that warmer weather is here, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents that the best way to protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites. The first West Nile virus activity for the state in 2018 recently ...

LaFave: We need real-world education for high school students

Columns

There are growing number of career-oriented opportunities available in the Upper Peninsula right now. And it’s overdue for Michigan to allow on-the-job exploration and training involving those good-paying opportunities to become an acceptable part of high school education. That’s why ...

Earlier letter inaccurate about Pinecrest facility

Letters to the Editor

I am the current chairman of the board of trustees for the Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers. I am responding to a Letter to the Editor printed in the Daily News last week regarding Dickinson County Memorial Hospital and Pinecrest Medical Care Facility. l would like to correct the ...

Praise for work done at North Elementary

Editorials

Bouquet: As a grandparent and busy teacher, I am not always able to attend school programs for my grandchildren, Jude and Eloise Johnson. However, I recently was able to be at their awards program at Iron Mountain’s North Elementary. As a high school teacher, it always amazes me when I walk ...

Justice watchdog report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington’s latest Rorschach test: President Donald Trump and his critics are cherry-picking what they want from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting a probe into his campaign and White ...

For Father’s Day, protect your kids by quitting smoking

Editorials

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

‘War games’ halt could weaken defenses in Korea

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend major U.S. military exercises in South Korea could weaken allied defenses, depending on the length and scope of the hiatus. But the potential for diplomatic damage seems even greater. The United States, South Korea and Japan ...

Safety always should be first when kayaking

Editorials

Earlier this month, a man drowned and another had to be rescued after their kayak overturned in rough waters on Lake Michigan near the Schoolcraft County mainland. According to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a DNR conservation officer was able to use a personal watercraft to ...

On the Army’s 243rd birthday, suggesting youth consider service

Columns

On this very day 243 years ago, the U.S. Army was born. Our nation was built on the backs of soldiers who fought for freedom, and for centuries, soldiers have continued to defend those freedoms. For the past four decades, the soldiers raising their right hands for the American way of life ...

Poll finds most parents, kids share same views on Trump, economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In some ways, President Donald Trump has brought Tammy Kennedy and her daughter, Sue Ann, together on politics. They don’t agree on every issue— Tammy supports abortion rights, for example, while Sue Ann opposes them. Even so, the two agree on most issues and ...

DCHS needs —and merits — the area’s support

Editorials

It was welcome news last week that Dickinson County Healthcare System may have another potential partner in the wings. After Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin Health backed away in May from a planned acquisition after months of negotiations, DCHS has looked for ways to better ensure its future in ...

US politicians take wait-and-see stance to summit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confusion, skepticism and a bit of optimism ricocheted around Capitol Hill on Tuesday as lawmakers tried to figure out what comes next after President Donald Trump’s historic summit with Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s nuclear program. Republicans and Democrats ...

Lawsuit says DOJ not providing documents to ex-FBI official

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has repeatedly refused to provide former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe with documents related to his firing, according to a lawsuit filed on his behalf. The complaint filed Tuesday says the Justice Department has publicly defended the firing yet ...

Decision to restore wolves on Isle Royale makes sense

Editorials

For some in the Upper Peninsula, more wolves are never the right answer. Yet the recent announcement by the National Park Service that it will help restore gray wolves on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park merits support even from staunch opponents of this predator. Wolves had ...

Poll: Americans want more of what journalists want to report

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — There’s substantial agreement on what Americans want from the news media and what journalists want to report, according to a pair of studies that also reveal a troubling caveat: a nagging feeling among both the ideal isn’t being met. Public suspicion about journalism is ...

Counties failing at Pinecrest

Letters to the Editor

Everything I am about to say concerns us, above the bridge versus those below the bridge. We above cannot do a thing unless we get the legal, lawful, or any other kind of permission needed from those below the bridge. This applies to our hospital in the past, present and future. Somebody from ...