Opinion

Guest column – Christmas requests: Who’s asking?

Columns

The following are two true stories about Christmas. Dear Santa, Love Amanda One day last Christmas while reading the Fort Campbell Army base newspaper, I found a section that included letters to Santa. Slowly, I read each letter. A specific letter that caught my attention was just a few ...

The season of giving to charity

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This time of year many of us give to a charity. If you are wondering which charity you should give your money to, I urge you to go to chartitynavigator.org. They have an impressive list of national and international charities with a breakdown of how they will spend your money. Great ...

Northwoods Animal Shelter says thanks

Editorials

Bouquet From Gerry Berezik, Northwoods Animal Shelter, Iron River: A big thank you to all the wonderful people in Iron County who made the Northwoods Animal Shelter Christmas Bake Sale a success. To those talented bakers who shared their specialties with us, thank you. To those who took ...

Cranky Congress still has work to do

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nothing says, “Is it over yet?” quite like Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer propping up his feet on the chair next to him. The casual vibe in the normally stuffy Senate was just one sign that the end of an ugly 115th Congress can’t come soon enough, even ...

A reminder to drive sober during the holidays

Editorials

This year, let’s make sure sweaters are the only thing ugly about celebrating the season. The holidays are a busy time to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. But it also is one of the deadliest times of year for drunken- and drugged-driving fatalities, authorities say. That is ...

Trump’s search for a new chief of staff has reality TV feel

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Serious contenders are hiding from view. Celebrity hangers-on are applying via Twitter. Fresh names circulate practically on the hour. And the man in charge is stoking much of the confusion. President Donald Trump’s hunt for a new chief of staff has taken on the feel of ...

Pelosi: Four-year maximum as House speaker ‘a long time’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Nancy Pelosi shrugged off suggestions Thursday that she weakened herself by agreeing to limit her tenure as next House speaker to a four-year maximum, a deal that clears the way for her to be elected to the post for the new Congress. “That’s a long time,” she ...

Tunnel for Line 5 a practical solution

Editorials

While it is hard for many people to accept, the world still runs on oil and gas. In fact, 60 percent of energy production in the United States in 2017 came from the two fossil fuels. It will be a long time before that reality changes significantly. Renewable energy sources are on the rise, ...

AP: Ivanka, Kushner could profit from tax break they promoted

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — At an Oval Office gathering earlier this year, President Donald Trump began touting his administration’s new “Opportunity Zone” program that offers massive tax breaks to developers who invest in downtrodden American communities. He then turned to one of the plan’s ...

Hatch laments loss of civility for Senate

Columns

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah bemoaned the disappearance of political civility, kinship and cross-party collaboration during a farewell speech Wednesday where he called the Senate a legislative body in “crisis.” Hatch, 84, will step down next month as the ...

Kids safety will be improved under police-bus program

Editorials

If motorists in the Marquette area are entertaining thoughts of passing that stopped school bus up ahead, the one with the blinking stop lights on it and the children around it, and the manifest danger of such activity isn’t enough to dissuade them, here’s another reason. A uniformed law ...

A primer on the figures in the Trump-related investigations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look ...

Let’s put ‘tree police’ in proper perspective

Columns

By: State SEN. TOM CASPERSON R-Escanaba I recently sponsored legislation that attempts to strike a better balance between local government authority and private-property rights around the state. Our state includes more than 1,700 local units of government — cities, townships and villages. ...

Tips to help keep holiday liquor sales safe and cheery

Editorials

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. With that in mind, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders — and a ...

Few of us prepared for demands of elder care

Columns

It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress. So I ...

Crime numbers used by both sides

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the Dec. 5 letter, “Is crime used as a political fraud?” Fraud is defined as deceit, trickery — the act of deceiving or misrepresenting. For the sake of argument, who runs the Justice Department? I believe that would be the person appointed by the president. ...

Online message aims to divide us

Letters to the Editor

On several occasions I have seen an online message that can be “shared” with others. It has two photos. The left one shows Muslim men at prayer in a mosque. The right photo appears to be a 1950s view of children standing with right hand over their heart, as if saying the Pledge of ...

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Editorials

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Movie tells the ignored story of ‘America’s biggest serial killer’

Columns

WASHINGTON — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to ...