Opinion

Governor to recognize volunteer work

Editorials

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you. The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses ...

LaFave: Some highlights of legislation for the UP

Columns

As the Michigan Legislature’s 2017-18 session came to a close, the Upper Peninsula received a lot of good news to brighten the holiday season. From sports and recreation to rural broadband, investments were approved that will benefit Yoopers for years to come. I was honored to help lead ...

Defying pundits, Republican share of Latino vote steady under Trump

Columns

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Pedro Gonzalez has faith in Donald Trump and his party. The 55-year-old Colombian immigrant is a pastor at an evangelical church in suburban Denver. Initially repelled by Trump in 2016, he’s been heartened by the president’s steps to protect religious groups and ...

NMU goes extra mile in awarding winter degree

Editorials

Steven Donley didn’t plan to attend Northern Michigan University’s Dec. 15 commencement to receive his master’s degree in business administration, only so that two graduating seniors he supervises at the Best Buy in Marquette Township could enjoy the morning off to participate in the ...

Bin Laden was right

Columns

Osama bin Laden predicted it and his prophecy appears to be coming true. In his book, “The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11,” Lawrence Wright quotes bin Laden as saying: “Look at Vietnam, look at Lebanon. Whenever soldiers start coming home in body bags, Americans panic and ...

Need to keep local hospital, ER

Letters to the Editor

At 11 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, my 35-year-old adult daughter had a severe attack of vertigo. We rushed her to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital’s emergency room, where she received several tests, multiple medications and was observed for several hours before being released at approximately 4 ...

Trump struggles also means ratings slump for Hannity

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The drumbeat of bad news for President Donald Trump hasn’t been good for his most prominent backer in the media. While Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity will end 2018 as cable news’ most popular personality for the second year in a row, he’s been slumping in the ...

Recommendations for healthy New Year’s resolutions

Editorials

Now that Christmas is past, thoughts turn to the coming arrival of 2019 less than a week away. It’s the time when many make resolutions to change their behavior in the new year. With that in mind, the American Medical Association has offered 10 recommendations to help Americans make ...

The Grinch has lost his mind

Columns

WASHINGTON — ‘Tis not the season to be jolly, thanks to Donald Trump. His sudden, unilateral decision to withdraw troops from Syria, forcing the resignation of Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis — one of the last bulwarks against the president’s impulsivity — has cast a pall on the ...

Wisconsin DOT secretary must continue reforms

Letters to the Editor

One of the key appointments Governor-elect Tony Evers will be making soon is secretary of the Department of Transportation. The appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate and my vote for confirmation will be based on a few considerations. There are innovative reforms that ...

Make the season about presence, not presents

Editorials

I’m not the first person to suggest the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single-parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I’ve ...

Trump’s reluctant backers grow sour on his policies

Columns

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jill Mott doesn’t like the tweets. The hard line on the border is too hard. And when asked whether she will vote for President Donald Trump a second time, she lets out a deep sigh. “That is the question,” said Mott, a Republican from suburban ...

State lawmakers ignore electorate

Letters to the Editor

Recently there were two initiatives brought successfully by voter petition drives in Michigan. Bills 1171 and 1175 increased the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 an hour by the year 2022 and mandated paid sick time for employees. Our legislature gutted both of these bills, ruling the minimum wage ...

Jake Menghini Museum grateful for support

Editorials

Bouquet From Judy Carlsen, Jake Menghini Museum, Norway: The Partners of the Jake Menghini Memorial Museum in Norway wish to thank the community for their support during their recent Taste of Chocolate fundraiser. In particular, we extend heartfelt appreciation to Norway’s senior citizens ...

Trump border wall by any other name … is steel slats?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “big beautiful wall” has now become “steel slats.” President Donald Trump is tweaking the words he uses to describe the barrier he’s hoping to build along the U.S.-Mexico border, in part because Democrats appear more amenable to approving money for ...

Alarming rise in vaping among teens nationally

Editorials

It was a mixed-bag of news from the medical and law enforcement communities Monday with the release of an annual report of teen drug use. The federally funded survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found that while overall drug use and abuse by teens seems to be declining, ...

Capitalists vs. capitalism

Columns

It’s bad enough when leftists smear capitalism. I hate it more when capitalists do it, too. I’d hoped for more from the world’s current richest man, Jeff Bezos. I love the service he created. Amazon lets me buy Christmas gifts right from my couch. Its prices are so low that the Fed ...

Remember the armed forces at Christmas time

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: A hundred years ago, a month after the war to end all wars ended, American regiments, including one from Michigan, were spending Christmas in harm’s way, sent to fight the Bolsheviks in Russia. So, once again this time of year, let us all remember those in the armed forces and ...

Whitaker rejected advice to recuse from Russia probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker chose not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation even though a top Justice Department ethics official advised him to step aside out of an “abundance of caution,” a senior official said Thursday. Whitaker’s past ...

Mnuchin: Market’s reaction to Fed ‘overblown’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the negative market reaction after the Federal Reserve’s rate hike this week was “completely overblown.” Mnuchin said the market overreacted, with computerized program trading taking over and driving stock prices down ...