Opinion

Sessions story takes different shape on different news outlets

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Reports about Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ two meetings with Russia’s U.S. ambassador became a textbook illustration of the vastly different shapes a story takes in today’s media world. The story moved with lightning speed Thursday across the media ecosphere, from ...

When gambling goes from fun to costly habit

Editorials

Residents of the Upper Peninsula and northeastern Wisconsin likely live within relatively close distance of at least one casino or gaming establishment. For those who don’t, playing the lottery can be as close as the corner convenience store. Most consider gambling an innocent amusement ...

Questions and answers as Sessions defends his remarks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has agreed to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The move comes after revelations Sessions twice spoke with the Russian ambassador during the campaign, a fact that seemingly ...

Fact Check: Black colleges not school choice pioneers

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is praising the country’s historically black colleges and universities as pioneers on school choice. She said in a speech Monday that African-Americans “took it upon themselves to provide the solution” when they were blocked from ...

Got paper? IRS prefers efiling returns

Editorials

Income Tax Day arrives on April 18 this year, due to April 15 being a Saturday and the observance of Emancipation Day in Washington D.C. on April 17. Those extra days will come in handy for taxpayers who file paper returns, as the Internal Revenue Service continues to require citizens to ...

Will he or won’t he? Trump’s mixed method on immigration

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump surprised congressional leaders when he suddenly suggested he was open to broad immigration reform. But while there is appetite on Capitol Hill for legislation, there is also skepticism, and the president’s hard-line rhetoric over the past two years ...

Wisconsin needs constitutional carry change

Letters to the Editor

It is time for Wisconsin to join 10 other states and allow our citizens to carry a concealed weapon without the need for a government issued permit. Under current law, any law-abiding citizen is allowed to carry a gun as long as it is in open view — such as in a holster on their hip. But if a ...

State may revive citizens committees for environment

Editorials

State legislative moves to reestablish a pair of citizen oversight committees to keep an eye on environmental enforcement have a lot of people talking — in and out of the capital. House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills in the respective chambers to set up panels to monitor the ...

Fact Check: Trump takes credit he hasn’t earned

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump boasted Tuesday night about corporate job expansion and military cost-savings that actually took root under his predecessor and gave a one-sided account of the costs and benefits to the economy from immigration — ignoring the upside. A look at some ...

Working toward better relations with the press

Columns

Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam war rally I ...

DNR seeks ORV safety instructors

Editorials

In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, off-road vehicles aren’t just for recreation but in many areas almost required equipment. Yet as with any motorized piece of machinery, learning proper and safe operation is essential. Even more so with ORVs, which because of size and speed can prove more ...

Poll: US teens disillusioned, pessimistic about politics

Columns

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In the days after President Donald Trump’s election, thousands of teenagers across the nation walked out of class in protest. Others rallied to his defense. It was an unusual show of political engagement from future voters who may alter America’s political ...

School closures will hurt students

Letters to the Editor

So Michigan has 38 schools on its closure list. The law, passed by the Republican legislature, ostensibly in response to the president’s “Race To the Top” initiative, requires all public schools in Michigan be tested and graded on their performance, and the bottom 5 percent will be ...

A place for voices from all sides and views

Editorials

Last week, several readers called to complain about an article that appeared in The Daily News. It was biased, they said. It was too negative against President Donald Trump and what he’s tried to do in his first month in office. It had no place in the paper, they said. We disagree. The ...

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

Columns

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad ...

Report: States face fallout if ACA repealed

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sobering report to governors about the potential consequences of repealing the Obama-era health care law warns that federal spending cuts probably would create funding gaps for states and threaten many people with the loss of insurance coverage. The Affordable Care Act ...

Thanks, Kiwanis Ski Club, for all the hard work

Editorials

Bouquet From Theresa Proudfit, staff writer, The Daily News: Kiwanis Ski Club members are some of the hardest-working, most dedicated volunteers you will ever meet. After covering ski tournaments for almost 20 years I have witnessed the behind-the-scenes preparation involved in hosting a ski ...

Some tips for having a Healthy Heart Month

Editorials

With foreshortened February winding down, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is getting in one last plug for Healthy Hearts Month by offering ways to lessen the risk for cardiovascular disease. “Heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases are the number one killer in ...

What has happened to conservative optimism?

Columns

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action ...