Opinion

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 ...

GOP lawmakers play Scrooge on minimum wage

Letters to the Editor

It’s St. Nicholas Day and the Republicans in Lansing just outdid the Grinch and Scrooge with their unconstitutional passage of Senate Bill 1171, amending the 2018 Public Act 237, the so-called “Improved Workplace Opportunity Act, passed on Dec. 4 by a vote of 60-48, with our own state Rep. ...

Trump picks Army chief of staff as his next top military adviser

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would ...

Knights Tootsie Roll collection a success

Editorials

Bouquet: Every fall, the Bishop Baraga Council 1585 of the Knights of Columbus of Iron Mountain-Kingsford conducts a Tootsie Roll collection at various stores in the area. The response to the drive was great! As a result, the Knights of Columbus has distributed funds to these local ...

‘Dumb’ and ‘lazy’: Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, never known for taking criticism lying down, responded to unkind words from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Friday by calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell." During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday ...

A special thanks to those who drive the snowplows

Editorials

Bouquet: ’Twas the day before Monday When all through my house ... Things seemed very quiet — Until I looked out. The snow kept on falling, So fluffy and white. Surely it must have been snowing all night. I must get on my warm winter clothes; Outside I’ll be going to ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

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. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

Columns

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal ...

Disputed race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’

Columns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It’s a ...

Urge support for carbon dividend bill

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage our ...

State police student training could save lives

Editorials

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood — just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

President George H.W. Bush: Man of character

Columns

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was just ...

Is crime used as a political fraud?

Letters to the Editor

Fraud is defined as deceit, trickery — the act of deceiving or misrepresenting. Donald Trump and the Republican Party claim crime was out of control during the Obama administration. President Trump claims that electing Democrats will increase the amount of crime. Those are just words. What do ...

‘Entity’ breached House GOP campaign arm in 2018

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race. The email accounts were ...

Protect yourself from influenza this holiday season

Editorials

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Michigan residents it’s time to get that flu shot. National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started Sunday and extends through Saturday, promotes awareness about the ...

Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

Columns

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision ...

Trump praises witness who won’t testify against him

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a key witness in the Russia investigation Monday for having the "guts" not to testify against him, and said his former lawyer — who cut a deal with prosecutors — should head straight to prison. In a pair of politically charged tweets, ...