Opinion

Wrong plan for Central School

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When money becomes most important, the best intentioned, honest and nice people become victims. In my opinion, such is the case with those supporting low-income housing in the old Central School building. I view this as a very bad decision for our community. This kind of ...

Trump’s Syria action unnerves GOP libertarians, Democrats

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s military strike against Syria drew strong pushback from an odd mix of libertarian Republicans, Democrats and the far-right conservatives who have long insisted on Congress’ constitutional authority for acts of war. Trump burnished an ...

Ortman worthy of Courageous Athlete Award

Editorials

Bouquet From C.T. Hallgren, Norway: Bouquets and congratulations to Norway’s Connor Ortman as you receive the Gil Heard Courageous Athlete Award. You are an outstanding athlete as well as a great example to others who might be dealing with a physical impairment. We are proud to call you ...

Public Health Week points up services for all

Editorials

For Public Health Week, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is reminding residents in the region of the services it and other agencies can provide. “There is a common belief that public health’s role is to provide health care for low-income people. But the truth is that public ...

Dems in Trump states pressed from both sides

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a rare and momentous decision — one by one, seated at desks centuries old, senators will stand and cast their votes for a Supreme Court nominee. It’s a difficult political call in the modern era, especially for the 10 Democrats facing tough re-election next year ...

The obfuscation game

Columns

WASHINGTON — If there is one operative rule in this city’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth — a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. Thus, the ...

Don’t give in to distractions while driving

Editorials

Once upon a time, not so long ago, phones weren’t wireless, much less portable. Instant messaging could be done by computer — but texting on phone, not so much. And distracted driving then might mean eating behind the wheel or fiddling with the radio, not trying to read what’s on the ...

Phone addiction has unleashed a deadly toll

Columns

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing. Thirteen died. The 20-year-old truck driver said he had been texting when he swerved across the center line in Texas Hill Country. Moments before, a good citizen following the ...

GOP health care bill good first try

Letters to the Editor

It’s easy to forget things, even important things, if we get distracted by challenges. That may explain why many have forgotten the compelling picture of the 7-foot stack of paper Sen. Mitch McConnell provided, representing Obama’s health care law, back in March 2013. According to the ...

Trump tells newspaper Obama aide might have broken the law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his predecessor’s national security adviser might have committed a crime when she asked government analysts to disclose the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports. Trump made the accusation in an interview ...

Consumers need to be vigilant on internet privacy

Editorials

President Trump on Monday signed a resolution that rolls back internet privacy regulations adopted in October under the Obama administration. The Federal Communications Commission rule, scheduled to take effect later this year, was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet ...

Poll: Young people say US should provide health care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans want any health care overhaul under President Donald Trump to look a lot like the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor, President Barack Obama. But there’s one big exception: A majority of young Americans dislike “Obamacare’s” ...

IRS to use private debt collectors

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The IRS is resuming the use of private debt collectors amid a wave of telephone scams in which fake government agents tell innocent taxpayers to pay up or face jail, the tax agency announced Tuesday. The IRS stopped using private debt collectors in 2009 after the agency ...

Equal Pay Day marks continued gap for women

Editorials

The American Association of University Women Iron Mountain-Kingsford Branch today will observe National Equal Pay Day, when women’s wages catch up with what men’s wages were for the previous year. In 2015, U.S. women working full-time, year-round were paid just 80 percent of U.S. men’s ...

Don’t look for Congress to quickly pass tax overhaul

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — After their loss on health care, Republicans in Congress could use a quick victory on a big issue. It won’t be an overhaul of the tax code. Overhauling the tax code could prove harder to accomplish than repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s health law. ...

Bothered by driver who deliberately hit muskrat

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I saw a disturbing incident 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the Walmart parking lot. I had just stopped for a moment to look through my glove box for a paper I needed when I looked up and noticed something little walking across the lot towards me. When it got right up close, I could see it was ...

UP War Memorial needs your help

Editorials

The Upper Peninsula War Memorial and Veterans Park on top of Pine Mountain is a work of beauty and splendor. It is magnificent in its appearance and significance. It is a memorial to all veterans from the Upper Peninsula and our neighboring communities in Wisconsin, honoring all who served in ...

Baseball numbers aren’t hard, but this quiz might be

Columns

Sportswriter: “You hit only two home runs all last year and already you’ve hit seven this year (1969). What’s the difference?” Reds outfielder Alex Johnson: “Five.” WASHINGTON — See? Baseball numbers aren’t difficult. But be precise: As players say after a close play, ...

Busy City Park a sign of spring

Letters to the Editor

This past week on one of the warmer and sunnier days, City Park was very busy, one of the best recreational areas in the city. As you enter the park, the bocce area was still covered with a little ice and snow. Kids on spring break were skateboarding, the playground area was very ...

AP Fact Check: GOP’s selective history on Supreme Court fight

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the Republican talking point of the Sunday talk shows: If Democrats delay Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the Supreme Court this week, Republicans said, it would be an affront to history — the first time a nominee to the high court had been filibustered. True? ...