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Opinion

NMU continues trend of growing its overall enrollment

Editorials

There was positive news recently from the campus of Northern Michigan University. NMU continues to buck state and national trends by growing its overall enrollment, something most colleges and universities only dream of these days. According to the school’s all-important 10th day enrollment ...

NY Times faces questions over Kavanaugh story

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Between an offensive tweet and a significant revision, The New York Times’ handling of a new sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh attracted almost as much attention as the accusation itself. The story also gave President Donald Trump ...

Trump given too much power

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Is the executive branch all that matters in the time of Trump? I understand that our Constitutional democracy has been eroded by the use of executive power by both main political parties, but it is hard to have imagined the extent it is now happening and the complicity of the ...

A week to focus on safely transporting children in vehicles

Editorials

This week aims to emphasize making sure the youngest and smallest of travelers are properly secured in vehicles. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reminds parents and caregivers about keeping children safe as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which extends through ...

States split by party on Purdue Pharma settlement

Columns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in ...

Need more here to ‘shop local’

Letters to the Editor

I am addressing the advertising in regard to shopping local. When I moved here in 2000, coming from Racine, Wis., I was more than thrilled with the people, the low crime rate and, at the time, where we could shop. There was JCPenney, Shopko, Walmart, Payless Shoe Source and Kmart. Besides that, ...

A need for civil discourse

Letters to the Editor

I see Letters to the Editor from many parts of the socio-political spectrum regarding the state of our country today, both politically and culturally. Many of the issues are complex and we try to look at these issues and dissect them the best we can to discuss them. But issues can be like a ...

Thanks to Girl Scouts for ‘Cancer Care Backpacks’

Editorials

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, Kingsford: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank Girl Scout Troop No. 5190 for thinking of our cancer clients. These Girl Scouts gave of their time and money to assemble ...

Lawmakers ask tech companies for documents in probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers investigating the market dominance of Big Tech on Friday asked Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple for a broad range of documents, marking a step forward in Congress’ bipartisan probe of the companies. Letters went out to the four companies from the leaders ...

Coming for your AR-15? O’Rourke scrambles Democrats’ gun message

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke's "hell yes" moment at the Democrats' presidential debate is scrambling his party's message on guns. The Democrats have long contended their support of gun control laws does not mean they want to take away law-abiding citizens' firearms. But on Friday, ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in state

Editorials

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

Trump mocks Democrats, vows new tax cut on Baltimore visit

Columns

BALTIMORE (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to boost the spirits of Republican lawmakers, mocking Democrats and promising a new tax cut package, as he returned to the city he recently disparaged as a “rat and rodent infested mess.” Trump spoke Thursday to House Republicans attending ...

Poll: Majority disapprove of Trump’s climate change views

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at. While the administration has rolled ...

Foundation sets savings fund for kindergartners

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: When I read a story this week that the Boston school system was providing $50 savings accounts for every kindergartner in that city, I couldn’t help but smile from ear to ear. Through the newly-established Future Fund at the M&M Area Community Foundation, every kindergartner in ...

VA Medical Center recognizes Suicide Prevention Month

Editorials

In Suicide Prevention Month, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is bringing awareness to the #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues and veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult ...

Inside Bolton’s exit: Mongolia, a mustache, a tweet exchange

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Bolton was in Mongolia. More than 1,200 miles away, President Donald Trump orchestrated an image for the world’s front pages by becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, shaking hands with Kim Jong Un on the north side of the demilitarized ...

Remembering 9/11 on the 18th anniversary

Editorials

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

US commemorates 9/11 as its aftermath extends and evolves

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows today to “never forget” 18 years after the deadliest terror attacks on American soil. A crowd of victims’ relatives assembled at ground zero, where the observance began today with a moment of silence and ...

Guest column — On that day …

Columns

This poem is dedicated to all who lost their lives and were wounded on 9/11/2001, including the first responders, families, our armed forces, and for all others affected by the tragedy of that day. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts and prayers. On that day, families awoke and made ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

Editorials

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...