Opinion

Administration weighs health insurance ‘stabilization’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Worried about the nearly 20 million people who buy their own health insurance policies, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans are weighing how to stabilize a wobbly market, government and industry officials say. The goal is to soothe jittery insurance ...

Purchase of solar energy good for future environment

Editorials

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...

Churches have better role than partisan politics

Columns

At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives the background ...

AP Fact Check: No evidence media ignores terror attacks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unsupported assertion Monday that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported. A look at the matter: TRUMP: “All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very ...

No oversight talk at White House meeting

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee met with Donald Trump on Tuesday, agreed with the president’s request not to talk about oversight and reiterated that it’s unlikely his panel will investigate the businessman’s sprawling empire. Rep. Jason ...

Knowing the drill if cardiac arrest happens

Editorials

Staff and students in schools across Michigan this week will have a different kind of drill, one that doesn’t focus on protecting themselves but on saving someone else if the need arises — and hopefully it never does. With February being American Heart Month, the state’s Department of ...

A coalition of the principled center will fight Trumpism

Columns

Here’s a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. “What’s the use?” the man said, gesturing at the filthy surroundings. “If people like us don’t ...

Fence town officials do look out for residents

Letters to the Editor

In regard to the letter by Fence Town Chairman Frank Smith in The Daily News on Jan. 30, I would like to present the facts. Chairman Smith states part of the reason he is not seeking re-election is the fire protection fee. This is likely a true statement, as Chairman Smith has fought this ...

Trump remarks latest evidence of health law repeal slowdown

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans insisted Monday they’re moving ahead on their effort to void the health care law, even as President Donald Trump’s latest remarks conceded that the effort could well stretch into next year. “Maybe it will take till sometime into next year, but we are ...

More notice needed in filling city council seat

Editorials

When it comes to government, there is a significant difference between what can be done by law and how it should be done as representatives of the public interest. Iron Mountain officials recently provided an example of something done legally, yet in many ways wrong in terms of public ...

Democrats likely to gain little by opposing Gorsuch

Columns

WASHINGTON — To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula — a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history. Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, ...

Polarizing Milwaukee sheriff on the rise in GOP

Columns

MILWAUKEE (AP) — With a brash, unapologetic personality reminiscent of President Donald Trump, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is positioning himself as an in-your-face conservative firebrand who has some Republicans swooning over his prospects for higher office. The tough-talking, ...

Nice gesture to veterans’ families

Editorials

Bouquet From Jeanette DeNell-Brazeau, Iron Mountain: My deceased husband, John, was the sergeant-at-arms for The Military Order of the Purple Heart for the state of Michigan. He was very proud of this. Thank you to the MOPH and the other veterans’ organizations for remembering the ...

The dangers posed by tipping furniture, appliances at home

Editorials

It was a chilling sight: Twin toddlers in a Utah home, caught on video in January trying to climb a dresser that topples over, pinning one underneath. One brother managed to free the other, avoiding a tragedy that has happened all too often with young children and heavy pieces of furniture, ...

Where Justice Scalia erred on the Constitution

Columns

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of government.” ...

Nordics deserved better coverage

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 19, the North Dickinson Nordics boys varsity basketball team had its biggest win in quite some time. The team from this small school district of 296 students was able to defeat a school district nearly nine times its size, with an enrollment of 2,562. This “Hoosiers” type of win ...

Trump rattles world leaders as new Cabinet tries to soften tone

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s spats with U.S. allies as close as Mexico and as unlikely as Australia are leaving his new secretary of state and others in his Cabinet to clean up a lot of potential damage. President Trump’s first two weeks on the job have rattled foreign friends and ...

A vaccine that prevents cancer

Editorials

People long have dreamed of a vaccine that could protect them against cancer. One does exist — for the human papilloma virus, or HPV, known to be a major cause of cervical cancer in women. It also can protect women and men — yes, men — against other cancers. Yet too few get this ...

Bannon’s power play in Trump’s Oval Office

Columns

Associated Press WASHINGTON — People are beginning to pay more attention to the man behind the curtain. It is a mark of Steve Bannon’s extraordinary sway in the Trump White House that a man who has spoken so little in public over the past two weeks is getting so much credit — and ...