Opinion

A reminder to NYE revelers: Drink responsibly

Editorials

The end of 2016 is drawing near, and it’s a safe bet many area residents are planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve. According to Time Magazine’s top 10 Drunkest Holidays list, New Year’s Eve takes the cork. And while most will make it to their beds just fine early Sunday — or, if ...

Analysis: GOP divided on replacing health law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are united on repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law, but ideologically and practically speaking, they’re in different camps over replacing it. Getting the factions together won’t be easy. Some Republicans would revise and rebrand ...

Trump appoints Bush-era veteran, policy newcomer to advisor posts

Columns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump appointed an experienced hand from the George W. Bush era to his national security circle Tuesday and a figure from the Trump Organization to make international deals. Thomas Bossert will become as assistant to the president for ...

Take steps to avoid the gift of illness for the holidays

Editorials

It’s the holiday season. A time when families and friends get together to swap stories, food, presents, good cheer ... and whatever malady might be making its way through their  schools, universities and workplaces from whence they came. And likely, if it’s a sizable group celebrating, ...

AP poll: Americans hope for a better year in 2017

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Emotionally wrenching politics, foreign conflicts and shootings at home took a toll on Americans in 2016, but they are entering 2017 on an optimistic note, according to a new poll that found that a majority believes things are going to get better for the country next year. A ...

Trump says UN a ‘club’ to ‘have a good time’

Columns

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it’s just a club for people to “have a good time,” after the U.N. Security Council voted last week to condemn Israeli settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, The ...

Winter’s here so use additional care on roads

Editorials

Winter officially started Wednesday, though the region already has had its first rounds of significant snow and subzero temperatures. The spike in calls about skidding into ditches or other vehicles that seems to happen at the beginning of each winter driving season prompts some reminders ...

Recounts or no, US elections are still vulnerable to hacking

Columns

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Jill Stein’s bid to recount votes in Pennsylvania was in trouble even before a federal judge shot it down Dec. 12. That’s because the Green Party candidate’s effort stood little chance of detecting potential fraud or error in the vote — there was basically ...

GOP: Cut taxes, change brackets; but what about the deficits?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans are planning a massive overhaul of the nation’s tax system, a heavy political lift that could ultimately affect families at every income level and businesses of every size. Their goal is to simplify a complicated tax code that rewards wealthy ...

‘A lesson of Christmas’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My mom, the late O’Diel Newman, taught me a lesson of love when I was young. I call it a lesson of Christmas. Mom was the eldest of five children. When she was 7, her father passed away. It was during World War II and times were hard. Her mother, Edna, could not afford a lot, ...

Carolers came despite the cold and snowfall

Editorials

Bouquet From Jerry Johnson, Iron Mountain: On a night with temperatures hovering around zero and a recent snowfall covering the ground, a scene from a Norman Rockwell painting played itself out. I looked outside and saw two tractors pulling hay wagons with approximately 30 people on ...

Confidential help available for problem gamblers

Editorials

For problem gamblers, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. While social gambling isn’t a problem for most, for those facing a gambling addiction, it provides a sense of control and escape which, over time, can affect other areas of life. “As we gather with family and ...

Lawyer says Wahlberg movie unfair to Boston bomber’s widow

Columns

A lawyer for Katherine Russell, widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombers, says the new film “Patriots Day” is unfair because it suggests she knew something was up before the attack and then didn’t cooperate with the investigation afterward. “It’s just not true,” lawyer Amato ...

Luther’s message on ‘the real meaning of Christmas’

Columns

Familiarity doesn’t always breed contempt. Not if it’s a familiarity with Christmas. While America and much of the world are focusing attention on the coming of the new president, little attention is paid to a gift not even the world’s richest person could pay for and which is even ...

New MDOT tech making state roads safer for motorists

Editorials

The world has come a long way from simple snow shovels for removing snow. Now, connected vehicle technology is helping the Michigan Department of Transportation more quickly clear snow and ice from roads. GPS-based automatic vehicle location devices installed on its winter road maintenance ...

Be careful while shopping this holiday season

Editorials

Have a few more holiday gifts to buy? The Michigan State Police reminds shoppers in the Upper Peninsula that taking a few safety precautions this season can help ensure no Grinch manages to spoil the Christmas cheer. “A primary factor in crime prevention is being aware of your ...

Trump family drops access offered for charity donations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s children may see his move to the White House as a way to raise money for their favorite causes. Two recent fundraising pitches featuring the incoming first family were meant to benefit charities, but they also raised questions among ethics experts the ...

AP: No proof of voter fraud in Michigan

Columns

DETROIT (AP) — A widely shared story that claimed in headlines that Michigan had mass Democratic voter fraud and more than half of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s Detroit vote faces disqualification is false. State election officials say there is no proof to back up either ...

Revolt fizzles as Trump wins electoral vote

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for an Electoral College revolt. Despite weeks of lobbying and a day of protests, President-elect Donald Trump won all but two of the Electoral College votes he claimed on Election Day, ensuring he will become America’s 45th president. There were more protest ...

Time to accept Donald Trump as next president

Editorials

If it ever appeared in doubt after the Nov. 8 election, it became abundantly clear Monday: The United States does have a president-elect who will take the oath of office Jan. 20, and his name is Donald Trump. Texas, perhaps fittingly, put Trump past the 270 electoral votes Monday needed to ...