Opinion

From children, with love

Columns

Many of us go through life either as parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Our lives are consumed with teaching children values, ethics and morals. We all have hopeful expectations of positive results, some of which are that the children will assimilate them into their lives as ...

Time for Schon to leave DCHS

Letters to the Editor

It is a sad day in Iron Mountain after the Dickinson County Healthcare System’s board announced its intentions of keeping John Schon as administrator. It’s sad when the system doesn’t work for the greater good of the people. I do not understand the strong hold the board has, most ...

Laws say keep a safe distance from bicycles

Editorials

Granted, the main season for cycling likely has passed in the Upper Peninsula. But as of this past Thursday, Michigan drivers must allow at least 3 feet of room while passing bicyclists on the road. The new Public Acts were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by ...

AP: How NAFTA 2.0 will shake up business as usual

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages. The North American trade agreement hammered out late ...

Bothered by Ford’s memory

Letters to the Editor

I watched the Senate Judiciary Committee struggling to understand Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s and Judge Kavanaugh’s conflicting stories about what happened about 36 years ago. Much pain and confusion. I cannot relate to Ford’s fuzzy earlier recall of details of the actual abuse. Both ...

UP is prime location to see autumn colors

Editorials

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

America should do away with the death penalty

Columns

WASHINGTON — Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the ...

Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed

Letters to the Editor

Melissa Lison wants to know what the rush is for Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment (Sept. 25 Letter to the Editor). Well, Melissa, I, like you, am an Independent but could be considered a Constitutionalist, meaning I believe that any and all laws passed by the federal government must be ...

Press secretary defends scarcity of daily briefings

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the scarcity of the daily press briefing. Sanders last answered questions from reporters in the White House briefing room on Sept. 10 — an appearance that followed a nearly three-week absence by ...

Flu season fast approaching

Editorials

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn and the Dickinson–Iron District Health Department is reminding residents now is the right time to consider getting seasonal flu shots. Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe illness, with ...

UP neurosurgeon’s life an example of strength, perseverance

Editorials

Becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study and hard work, and then staying a successful one means more effort. After all, there’s a reason people jokingly say, “It’s not brain surgery.” That implies that people who are brain surgeons are highly skilled, accomplished ...

Trump backs Kavanaugh

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Glued to high-stakes testimony on his Supreme Court nominee, President Donald Trump and his allies were shaken by Christine Blasey Ford’s emotional appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, but heartened by Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s forceful pushback against the woman who ...

We are up to the challenge

Letters to the Editor

These are difficult times in our community, as we all are witness to an event none of us could have imagined as few as five years ago: our community hospital is facing bankruptcy as its employees strive diligently to save both patients and their workplace. In the months ahead, as we work ...

Make Michigan a millennial talent hub

Editorials

Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That’s the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It’s a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state where young people once ...

Poll: Young people feel anxious about election

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Engaged? Check. Anxious? Check. With weeks to go until the November midterm elections, more young Americans are interested but, according to a new poll, they’re also feeling more anxious about the results. A poll released Wednesday by The Associated Press-NORC Center ...

AP: Few changes seen after mass shootings

Columns

Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a working group to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich appointed panel members who supported the Second Amendment and came from across the political spectrum. ...

Safety, patience needed around farm vehicles

Editorials

It’s harvest season. That means area farmers will be getting out to bring in the crops. It also means large machinery will be out on the rural roads, moving between fields or perhaps hauling in a load. These vehicles don’t exactly set land-speed records, and the pokey pace can be ...

Supreme Court process a maelstrom of insincerities

Columns

WASHINGTON — The current era of scorched-earth politics began five years after there was, according to Christine Blasey Ford, in 1982, an alcohol-soaked party in a suburban Washington home. There her 15-year-old self was, she says, assaulted by 17-year-old Brett Kavanaugh, who categorically ...

What happens to Mueller probe if Rosenstein loses his job?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The investigation into Russian election interference is often called the Mueller probe, but it’s Rod Rosenstein who oversees it. Rosenstein’s fate as deputy attorney general remains in the air after a revelation surfaced last week that he floated the idea of recording ...