Opinion

Pro-smoking government

Columns

E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco. Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause. Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping ...

‘Tis the season for holiday scams

Editorials

Shoppers looking for a good deal this holiday season should also be aware of increasingly aggressive and creative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan ranked 16th in the number of alleged scam ...

Trump, Pelosi form unlikely power relationship in Washington

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the ...

GOP senator’s opposition likely sinks Trump nominee

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator has said he will vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as a district judge in North Carolina, likely dooming the prospects of Thomas Farr filling the nation’s longest court vacancy. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP have ...

Take time to learn more about the dangers of meth

Editorials

One of the less-celebrated designated days in November comes Friday, which is marked on the calendar as National Meth Awareness Day. Far too many in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula need little reminder of the dangers this powerful drug can pose and the havoc it can ravage on users and their ...

Not just jobs riding on fate of GM plant after Trump promise

Columns

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors is moving to shut down as many as five North American factories in a major restructuring, but there are more than jobs riding on the fate of at least one of them: Ohio’s Lordstown assembly plant. Ohio and much of the rest of the industrial Midwest ...

Ivanka Trump says private email use not like Clinton’s

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump defended her use of a private email account as she was moving into an adviser’s position in her father’s administration, saying it cannot be compared to the flap over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and that “Lock her ...

Michigan should consider raising limits for deer hunt

Editorials

A cherished Michigan tradition ends Friday with the closing of the annual firearms deer hunting season in Michigan. While the number of hunters has declined steadily over the past two decades, deer hunting is an important piece of Michigan’s outdoors economy, generating more than $2 billion a ...

Manafort back in Russia probe spotlight

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation. On ...

Train show set for Dec. 8

Letters to the Editor

It is time again for the Florence County Library Train Show. This is our 10th year. How time flies. I remember the first year, when we were novices and had only a part of the idea. An elderly man won the train and shot out the door without so much as a thank you or telling us his name, leaving ...

Trump and turkey strutting

Columns

WASHINGTON — Strutting isn’t just for turkeys anymore. We’re reminded of this nearly every day, but Donald Trump outdid himself Thanksgiving Day when a reporter asked the president what he’s most grateful for. In a nutshell, with only a tiny bit of editing: himself. OK, he mentioned ...

Proposal 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Editorials

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone older than age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana ...

Michigan election: Whitmer win follows wake-up call for Dems

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer’s decisive victory was powered not just by places Democrats typically carry in a successful statewide campaign, strongholds like Detroit and suburban bellwethers such as Oakland and Macomb counties. She also won or made gains in ...

Mueller accuses Manafort of lying, breaking plea agreement

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel in the Russia investigation is accusing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, an allegation that could expose him to a lengthier prison sentence — and potentially more ...

Not hard to find a good cause for Giving Tuesday

Editorials

We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, all aimed at encouraging holiday spending. Now comes a different day making a pitch to part you from your money. But this gift is not for family, or even yourself. In fact, you might never know exactly who benefited from your ...

Democrats shun idea of Pelosi floor fight in speaker’s race

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the chaos theory for picking the next House speaker. Those Democrats trying to stop California Rep. Nancy Pelosi from reclaiming the job say they don’t need a rival candidate just yet. Instead, they plan to show that Pelosi lacks the votes to win the race. And ...

Memos to nobody: Inside a neglected fed agency

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Robbins gets to work at 8:15 each morning and unlocks the door to his office suite. He switches on the lights and the TV news, brews a pot of coffee and pulls out the first files of the day to review. For the next eight hours or so, he reads through federal workplace ...

Appreciated help at Community Connect

Editorials

Bouquet From Charlene Bigelow, Kingsford: Our family wants to extend a very sincere thank you for the recent Community Connect event on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Northern Lights YMCA. The information booths were very helpful on where to go to reach out for help. I came home and thoroughly read ...

Impeach the president? House Democrats saying not so fast

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever happened to trying to impeach President Donald Trump? As House Democrats begin laying out the vision for their new majority, that item is noticeably missing from the to-do list and firmly on the margins. The agenda for now includes spending on public works ...

Holiday gatherings a chance to learn family health history

Editorials

Family gatherings can provide the opportunity for more than just catching up on what’s happened for the year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages discussing chronic illnesses and other health problems that can run in families when together for such events as ...