Opinion

Don’t travel without an emergency kit

Editorials

With Michigan residents and visitors traveling this summer and upcoming Labor Day holiday, the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging motorists to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles. “Emergency planning is too often overlooked ...

World powers increasingly see icy Arctic as a hot property

Columns

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — From a helicopter, Greenland’s brilliant white ice and dark mountains make the desolation seem to go on forever. And the few people who live here — its whole population wouldn’t fill a football stadium — are poor, with a high rate of substance abuse and ...

Trump, G-7 leaders to open summit focused on world economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world’s most industrialized nations will open their annual G-7 summit over the weekend by discussing the global economy. White House officials said Thursday that the session was added to Sunday’s schedule at the last ...

State urges children get vaccinated before going back to school

Editorials

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils and pens, check. What about vaccinations before going back into that virus-swapping arena called school? As the start of classes approaches, Michigan health officials have urged families to make sure children are up-to-date on all ...

Poll: Trump approval still weak despite US economy

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — About 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump’s overall job performance, according to a new poll released today by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, which finds some support for the president’s handling of the U.S. economy but ...

Too soon for deer baiting ban

Letters to the Editor

I must comment on the regional baiting ban the state has put in place. First, there was “one” deer found with chronic wasting disease, or CWD, in Dickinson County. Then during rifle season, they tested 1,700 more deer in this area — nothing found. This ban does not have to happen at ...

Protect election integrity in driver’s license debate

Editorials

Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls. State Sen. Stephanie Chang, Detroit, is proposing a bill that would give ...

The choice to sell an organ

Columns

Have you volunteered to be an organ donor? I did. I just clicked the box on the government form that asks if, once I die, I'm willing to donate my organs to someone who needs them. Why not? Lots of people need kidneys, livers, etc. When I'm dead, I sure won't need mine. Still, there are ...

Trump: Jews voting Democratic uninformed or disloyal

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” Trump’s claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the Republican president was trading in anti-Semitic ...

Can’t change what God laid out in DNA

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This past March, the suspect in a double murder from 1976 was identified through scientific analysis of DNA left at the crime scene. Results of the analysis of the DNA indicated the suspect was a male who had ancestry from northern Europe, had fair to very fair skin, blue eyes, ...

State initiative for international skiing in UP a great idea

Editorials

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other high-ranking folks in the sports world and business communities gathered Wednesday at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming to announce a major push to bring international skiing competitions back to Michigan, specifically the Upper ...

Upper Peninsula will benefit from new USMCA trade deal

Columns

In the 25 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, went into effect, trade with foreign markets has become a huge economic driver for job providers all across the Upper Peninsula. It should come as no surprise that our biggest trading partners are our neighbors, Canada ...

The other side of the same coin

Letters to the Editor

An Aug. 7 Letter to the Editor talked about the downfall of the Democratic Party. Allow me to use the same format as in that letter, with a few changes: “I wonder how many people understand that we no longer have a ‘Republican Party.’ The Trump/white supremacist wing of the Republican ...

Amash’s independence allows for choice

Columns

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan -- It is difficult to discourage and impossible to manage Justin Amash because he, unusual among politicians, does not want much and wants nothing inordinately. He would like to win a sixth term as congressman from this culturally distinctive slice of the Midwest. He does ...

Rise in whooping cough prompts vaccination advisory

Editorials

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is now circulating in several Upper Peninsula communities and public health is asking that all U.P. adults check their immunization status and that of their children. This is particularly important before students head to school, where it is even ...

Line 5 — Take the middle road

Columns

GRAND RAPIDS — Everyone living near the Great Lakes loves, respects and wants to protect them. The beauty and survival of America’s greatest water asset is non-negotiable. That said, common sense needs to be applied. Ultimately, the decision about what to do with Line 5 under the Mackinac ...

Trump wields sanctions hammer; experts wonder to what ends

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Call it the diplomacy of coercion. The Trump administration is aggressively pursuing economic sanctions as a primary foreign policy tool to an extent unseen in decades, or perhaps ever. Many are questioning the results even as officials insist the penalties are achieving ...

Thanks to all who turned out for Alzheimer’s event

Editorials

Bouquet From Wayne Backlund, Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s event coordinator and caretaker: The first person to walk this earth who has been cured of Alzheimer’s disease is still in the future. But local residents and fellow Yoopers did their part on July 11 to make the preceding ...

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but the territory is not for sale

Columns

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they’re definitely not warming up to the U.S. president’s talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. “We see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

Editorials

To recognize the tireless efforts of the child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners that support Michigan children and families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2019 as Child Support Month in Michigan. The Michigan Child Support ...