Opinion

A case for preventing children’s scraped knees

Columns

WASHINGTON — When not furrowing their collective brows about creches and displays of the Ten Commandments here and there, courts often are pondering tangential contacts between the government and religious schools. Courts have held that public money can constitutionally fund the ...

Schumer makes no sense on tax code overhaul

Letters to the Editor

In an article “Dems: Trump’s tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul,” Sen. Schumer stated, “Trump is opening himself to second guessing about his motives for supporting different policies and that the average American will think he’s making changes because ‘it’s good for ...

Trump White House drops policy of identifying visitors

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking with the practice of President Donald Trump’s predecessor, the White House is keeping secret the lists of visitors to the building. The Trump administration cited privacy and national security concerns on Friday, but the decision angered government watchdog ...

Push on for ATV use in Kingsford

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Attention citizens of Kingsford: If you wish the right to ride your ATV or side-by-side on designated streets or alleys within the city limits, please show up at the council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. So far it has been stopped by the Planning Commission with the ...

Cutting Trump slack: Voters forgive reversals — to a point

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s wrong with being flexible? He’s only human. All presidents change their minds. President Donald Trump’s voters can be a forgiving lot — up to a point. “He thinks too fast and then makes decisions too fast,” says Miriam Naranjo in Miami Lakes, ...

Thanks to all who made book sale a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Beth Clark, American Association of University Women: The AAUW wish to thank Principal Brad Grayvold and Principal Joe Tinti of Norway Schools for letting us sort and store our books at Norway schools for our annual Book Sale. A special thanks to the young men who loaded the ...

Think about signing up as an organ donor

Editorials

Good Friday might be a good time to consider a way to perhaps sacrifice so others might be saved. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson this week recognized April as Donate Life Month by visiting St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, the winner of the Transplant Center ...

Powell a rising Trump national security figure

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The photo from inside Donald Trump’s makeshift situation room at Mar-a-Lago affirmed what White House insiders have recognized for some time — that Dina Powell has quietly established herself as a White House power. Though sandwiched between other administration ...

A poem on Good Friday

Letters to the Editor

A poem for Easter — I Believe I was not there when Mary cried. I was not there when Peter denied. I was not there when thorns were a crown. I was not there when He fell down. I was not there when they nailed Him to the board. I was not there when they crucified my ...

Accept Spicer’s sincere apology

Editorials

Credibility does matter. That’s the encouraging conclusion to draw from the brouhaha over White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s troubling Adolf Hitler gaffe. Spicer has apologized repeatedly after inexplicably telling reporters during a press briefing that Hitler “didn’t even ...

Fact Check: Do Trump’s Mar-a-Lago trips cost $3M?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump making his seventh presidential trip this weekend to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, government watchdogs and Democrats are once again seeing dollar signs: namely, $3 million. That’s a widely used estimate of what each journey costs ...

Government office to look at Trump’s transition

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government office is investigating whether President Donald Trump’s transition team followed ethical guidelines, including a review of communications with foreign leaders and use of public money. The Government Accountability Office agreed this month to probe the ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

Editorials

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next five years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

A rich, full life

Columns

Your arms now hold the person who once held you. Your hands now lift the person who once helped to raise you up. Your legs now steady the person who taught you to walk. You now dry the tears and comfort the one whom once comforted you. You now feed the person who once fed you. You now ...

The siren call of trying to solve the Middle East

Columns

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Dems: Trump’s tax secrecy complicates legislative overhaul

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Tuesday that President Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns is going to make this year’s promised overhaul of the tax code “much harder.” Sen. Chuck Schumer says Trump is opening himself to second guessing about his ...

A week to notice those who answer the 911 calls

Editorials

When calling 911, people rarely put much thought into who is at the other end of the phone. That’s not surprising, considering the circumstances — the focus rightly is on the emergency at hand. Still, it’s good to know you don’t have to worry about the reassuring voice handling that ...

AP Fact Check: Trump and lawmakers on Syria, jobs, court

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Before the U.S. attack on a Syrian air base, President Donald Trump accused his predecessor of doing nothing when Syria’s government used chemical weapons against its population in 2013. Trump is right that President Barack Obama issued what amounted to an empty threat ...

Experience America at the time of the Great War

Columns

“War is the health of the state. It automatically sets in motion throughout society those irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.” — Randolph Bourne ...

Leave wildlife babies where they belong

Editorials

The annual arrival of the next generation of wildlife is only weeks away. Birds soon will start nesting; some, like owls, already have chicks. Mammals big and small will give birth. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not ...