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Opinion

COVID ‘hub’ system a disaster waiting to happen

Editorials

Fox guarding the henhouse. Wolf in sheep’s clothing. A disaster waiting to happen. There are plenty of ways to accurately describe the plan that places Michigan’s nursing home residents in a position of unnecessary risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn’t take much common ...

Trump threatens social media after Twitter fact-checks him

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump today threatened social media companies with new regulation or even shuttering a day after Twitter added fact checks to two of his tweets. The president can’t unilaterally regulate or close the companies, which would require action by Congress or ...

Poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine

Columns

Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That's surprisingly low considering the effort going into the global race ...

Let’s hope we re-embrace reality

Editorials

Even before the pandemic, so much of our lives had moved from the real world and into the 10 square inches of our phone screens. We shop online. We read online. We communicate with friends online. We date online. Now, the coronavirus and the shutdowns meant to prevent its spread have forced ...

Trump honors fallen soldiers as nation battles against virus

Columns

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump honored America’s war dead in back-to-back Memorial Day appearances colored by an epic struggle off the battlefield, against the coronavirus. Eager to demonstrate national revival from the pandemic, Trump doubled up on his public schedule Monday, ...

Trump threatens to move RNC without governor’s assurances

Columns

President Donald Trump threatened Monday to pull the Republican National Convention out of North Carolina if the state's Democratic governor doesn't immediately sign off on allowing a full-capacity gathering in August despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Trump's tweets about the upcoming ...

Federal COVID-19 testing plan puts burden on states

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s new strategy for coronavirus testing puts much of the burden on states while promising to provide supplies such as swabs and material to transport specimens. The plan, which was delivered Sunday to members of Congress, drew harsh criticism ...

Poll: Many in US won’t soon return to gym or dining out

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the country remains unlikely to venture out to bars, restaurants, theaters or gyms anytime soon, despite state and local officials across the country increasingly allowing businesses to reopen, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for ...

Remembering for Memorial Day the sacrifices made

Editorials

Bouquet From students in fourth through eighth grades, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Norway: We hope that everyone will take a moment to think about Memorial Day. There are many moving images all around us in the news. It is easy to feel sad about the loss of life but instead we encourage ...

Memorial Day an opportunity to mark country, veterans

Editorials

Memorial Day in the Upper Peninsula is typically the official opening of spring. Campgrounds are packed, grills are brought out and dusted off, and the air is filled with the smell of barbecue. But as we know, 2020 is anything but a typical year. With today’s partial reopening of many ...

Trump slams mail-in balloting promoted by own campaign

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday railed against mail-in balloting that in some cases has been promoted by his own reelection campaign, alleging without evidence it leads to “total election fraud.” A day earlier, Trump threatened to pull federal money for states that ...

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Columns

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face ...

The time of year to fear the deer

Editorials

Late spring can be a time of year when deer become more dangerous. They’re moving more, as does begin looking for places to give birth — and shed themselves of caring for last year’s fawns, leaving those yearlings on their own for the first time. It can mean more deer on the roads, ...

Poll: Americans harbor strong fear of new infections

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Strong concern about a second wave of coronavirus infections is reinforcing widespread opposition among Americans to reopening public places, a new poll finds, even as many state leaders step up efforts to return to life before the pandemic. Yet support for public ...

Driver’s tests in the late 1950s

Letters to the Editor

For driver’s education, most of us had straight-arrow, hard-line, strict-disciplinarian, cut-you-no-slack instructors. We learned everything in the book, such as all the hand signals, which we had to use on the road. Also, we learned with an on-the-column, below-the-steering-wheel stick ...

Motorists asked to look twice, share road with motorcycles

Editorials

Even motorcyclists who have not yet ventured out in 2020 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and far northeastern Wisconsin likely will not be able to resist the sun and mid-70s temperatures expected over the next few days. Which is one reason why May is ideal as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month ...

Mnuchin, Powell push differing priorities to aid US economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the gravest U.S. economic crisis in decades, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell offered Congress contrasting views Tuesday of what the government’s most urgent priority should be. Striking a theme frequently pushed by ...

Democrats: Fired watchdog was looking into Saudi arms sale

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats say the State Department watchdog fired by President Donald Trump last week was investigating possible impropriety in a massive arms sales to Saudi Arabia last year, adding new questions to the watchdog’s abrupt dismissal. Democrats said Monday ...

Tips for staying safe during the summer storm season in area

Editorials

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company has suggested these safety tips — — Power lines: Always consider a power line to be energized ...