Opinion

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

Editorials

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Analysis: Trump wants Dems to focus on deals, not probes

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address had a proposition for Democrats: Set aside investigations and make deals instead. “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” Trump said. The line landed with a thud — ...

A week to honor veteran patients

Letters to the Editor

The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, and VA facilities across the nation will be honoring the hospitalized men and women we proudly care for and serve. The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Editorials

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

Fact Check: Claims from State of Union address

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump laced his State of the Union speech with puffed-up numbers and partial truths Tuesday as he hailed an "economic miracle," warned of human traffickers flooding across the border and appeared to place Afghanistan in the Middle East instead of where it ...

Another way to see documentary

Letters to the Editor

In response to “Recommends seeing human trafficking film” that was published Jan. 31: For those interested, the documentary mentioned also may be viewed at https://documentaryheaven.com/chosen/

Why is IM post office closed?

Letters to the Editor

There is no reason why the U.S. Post Office in downtown Iron Mountain is closed on Saturday morning. Considering it’s located in the business district, it should be open. It’s very inconvenient to drive over to Kingsford to mail packages. All the carriers now are located out of the Iron ...

Holocaust, shooting survivor gets serenade

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a joyful, bipartisan moment, lawmakers briefly interrupted the State of the Union to serenade a survivor of October's Pittsburgh synagogue shooting with an impromptu version of "Happy Birthday." Judah Samet is also a Holocaust survivor and celebrated his 81st birthday ...

Don’t fret — yet — over Foxconn’s twists and turns

Editorials

Foxconn’s confusing explanations for what it plans to build in Racine County haven’t changed this reassuring fact: Wisconsin didn’t pay a dime to the Taiwanese company last year for jobs the technology manufacturer has pledged to create. That’s reassuring because it shows the ...

The banality of evil, 2019

Columns

WASHINGTON — C.S. Lewis was only partly right when he wrote: The greatest evil ... is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need ...

Maroon 5’s halftime show was, uh, OK

Columns

There are a number of words you could use to describe Maroon 5’s halftime show performance: Empty. Boring. Basic. Sleepy. Skippable. Unfulfilling. Unnecessary. And those who came to help save the day didn’t do their jobs: If you blinked you would have missed that Travis Scott and Big Boi ...

Grateful to have local hospital for birth in bad weather

Editorials

Bouquet From Erin Leaf of Niagara, Wis.: On Jan. 23, we had truly terrible winter weather between Dickinson County and Green Bay, Wis. My husband spent an extra hour on the drive to the airport. While he was driving, I was holding our brand-new son, safe and warm, with the wonderful staff at ...

Trump’s State of the Union to focus on ‘choosing greatness’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump heads into his State of the Union address dogged by bruising midterm losses and sinking poll numbers, wounded by a blistering standoff with Democrats. But for the stately speech, he plans to embrace unity — at least for the night. “Choosing ...

Keep fire safety in mind while staying warm at home

Editorials

Although this weekend is expected to provide a respite from the bitter cold that gripped the region this week, it’s unlikely winter itself will be over any time soon. The recent arctic conditions — and the battle to stay warm — has State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer advising the public ...

Klobuchar could break Minnesota’s losing streak

Columns

WASHINGTON — Surely the silliest aspirant for the Democrats’ 2020 presidential nomination is already known: “Beto,” aka Robert Francis, O’Rourke is a skateboarding man-child whose fascination with himself caused him to live-stream a recent dental appointment for — open-wide, please ...

Trump: State of Union address to stress ‘unity’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that “unity” will be the theme of his first State of the Union address under divided government and that he respects Stacey Abrams, who will give the Democratic response. “I hope she does a good job. I respect her,” Trump said ...

Energy providers must keep propane prices affordable

Editorials

As Michiganders endure extremely cold temperatures, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Agency for Energy have asked residents to report any propane price gouging during the state of emergency to help protect the state’s most vulnerable from those who seek to take advantage ...

Survey seeks input on severe weather plan

Columns

The M&M Area Community Foundation has joined four other Community Foundations in the Lake Superior/Upper Peninsula region to release an action plan designed to protect the water resources of the region by limiting the impact of extreme weather events. The “Resilient Future Project” ...

Recommends seeing human trafficking film

Letters to the Editor

After reading on the Jan. 25 editorial page of this paper the Caring House article about human trafficking, I can’t get it off my mind. I hope this information gets to all the schools, churches and social media. Every parent should attend the viewing of the documentary “Chosen” with ...

The seen vs. the unseen

Columns

Sunday is the Super Bowl. I look forward to playing poker and watching. It’s easy to do both because in a three-hour-plus NFL game there are just 11 minutes of actual football action. So we’ll have plenty of time to watch Atlanta politicians take credit for the stadium that will host ...