Opinion

Florence County Red Kettle effort in 2016 a success

Editorials

Bouquet From Karen Wertanen, Spread Eagle, Wis., coordinator of the 2016 Florence County Red Kettle campaign: Dedicated volunteers, participating businesses and generous donors helped the 2016 Red Kettle Campaign reach a total of $5,185. A sincere thank you goes to all of our bellringers, ...

DNR officer’s actions saved life of Gladstone boy

Editorials

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Fact check on Trump’s case he ‘inherited a mess’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday made a messy case that he “inherited a mess” from his predecessor. Economic stats and territorial losses of Islamic State insurgents don’t support his assertions about the problems handed to him on those fronts. A look at some of ...

Trump taps billionaire to head review of intelligence

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday his administration has asked a New York-based private equity executive to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community as he moves to crack down on “illegal leaks” of classified information. Trump told reporters that Stephen ...

Beware the extra sugar in drinks for kids

Editorials

There was a time when mothers, especially in the South, were advised to give young children sugar or honey wrapped in cloth to suck on as a form of pacifier. Even today, a debate continues about whether sugar or sugar water can help alleviate pain in babies. For now, however, the majority ...

A crush of crises all but buries the young Trump White House

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump’s White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and high-profile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked ...

AP fact check: Trump shaky on autism

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has weighed in on child autism, apparently without a complete grasp of the research. Trump in the past has promoted debunked theories linking vaccines to autism, and shortly before his inauguration was considering a commission on the matter. Such ...

Standing fast for truth in difficult times

Editorials

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Some walls do work

Columns

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Disappointed in LaFave event

Letters to the Editor

Shortly after arriving at state Rep. Beau LaFave’s first coffee hour in Iron Mountain, it became glaringly apparent that not much thought or planning was put into this event. With no designated area set aside, we found the least-congested place to wait for Rep. LaFave to arrive. Being in a ...

Russia cloud over Trump not likely to fade with Flynn exit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Questions about the Trump administration’s ties to Russia are hardly going to disappear with the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn. Investigations are underway, and more are likely by the new administration and on Capitol Hill. U.S. agencies, including ...

Council becomes veterans alliance

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Members of the old Dickinson Council Veterans Council met in January on forming a new organization, the Dickinson County Veterans Alliance. As envisioned, it will be made up of veterans, area service organization representatives, and neighbors who are not veterans, but who want to ...

Unfunded public benefit liability needs reform

Editorials

State government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and elsewhere say governments at all levels no longer can afford. Conservatives are pushing reform in the face of $14 billion in unfunded ...

AP fact check: How did Trump statements for week measure up?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of sound and fury from President Donald Trump, the commander in tweets. A look at how some of his statements fit with the facts: TRUMP made an unsupported assertion Feb. 4 that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported: “All over Europe it’s ...

Gorsuch merits consideration for Supreme Court

Editorials

Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, is now making the rounds on Capitol Hill, meeting with senators as is the usual procedure before confirmation hearings eventually begin. That Gorsuch is qualified is not expected to be an issue. On the surface, ...

Mexico gets Trump’s trade ire, Japan and Germany a pass

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump rages about unfair trading practices, he usually directs his ire at China and Mexico. By comparison, Japan and Germany get off easy. The focus on China is understandable: The U.S. trade deficit in goods with China ($347 billion last year) is ...

Senate should act quickly to confirm Gorsuch

Letters to the Editor

Our Senate has been given the most qualified individual for confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. Nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch is a man with an impeccable record and has a history of demonstrating integrity that adheres to the law. Judge Gorsuch was easily confirmed to the 10th Circuit Court ...

Q&A: Duke University expert Cox on SEC future under Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump has named Jay Clayton, a Wall Street attorney who worked on mergers and IPOs, to head the Securities and Exchange Commission. Last week Trump ordered a review of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, which reshaped regulation of the banking industry after the financial ...

A week to honor, thank region’s veteran patients

Editorials

Bouquet The week of Feb. 12-18 is designated National Salute to Veteran Patients Week. The employees and volunteers at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and its seven Community Outpatient Clinics across the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin salute America’s heroes ...

Flynn now not ‘certain’ on sanctions talk with Russia

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser addressed U.S. sanctions against Russia in his conversations with the country’s ambassador while President Barack Obama was still in office, a new report said, contradicting previous claims that the issue was not ...