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Opinion

Blood center says thanks for donating

Editorials

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drives in the months of January and February. As a result of their efforts, we collected 19 pints of blood. I ...

Dems’ deal on jobless aid clears way for virus relief passage

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal late Friday over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party’s showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a ...

Poll: Majority in US approve of Biden, especially virus response

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden is enjoying an early presidential honeymoon, with 60% of Americans approving of his job performance thus far and even more backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. ...

A week in Michigan to celebrate how we measure up

Editorials

One of the key priorities of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, or MDARD, is to monitor weights and measures devices being used by retailers to ensure a fair playing field. MDARD this week is celebrating Weights and Measures Week in Michigan. These dates are ...

Grandpa’s antics while sledding

Columns

It occurs to all of us at various times in our lives. The feeling (sinking at the bottom of your stomach) that you may have stepped into something beyond your limitations. This emotion is derived from past similar youthful experiences, coupled with the aging process. So now, let us ...

By slimmest of margins, Senate takes up $1.9T relief bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is beginning debate on a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, after Democrats made eleventh-hour changes aimed at ensuring they could pull President Joe Biden's top legislative priority through the precariously divided chamber. Democrats were hoping for Senate ...

House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats passed sweeping voting and ethics legislation over unanimous Republican opposition, advancing to the Senate what would be the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation. House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of ...

Whitmer needs to fully consider restaurants’ proposal

Editorials

We’ll begin with this statement: We do not believe you can negotiate with a virus. Unlike most any other public policy issue, COVID-19 cares nothing for our political compromise or bipartisanship, and only science can tell us what will truly keep us safe. That said, one major weakness in ...

Line 5 isn’t worth the risk

Letters to the Editor

In 2010, an Enbridge pipeline ruptured, spilling 1 million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River. It was the largest spill in history and is still being cleaned up. Line 5 is 15 years older than that pipeline. So many residents of Michigan rely on our fresh water here in this special place we ...

Dems tighten relief benefits, firm up support for virus bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Democrats agreed to tighten eligibility limits for stimulus checks Wednesday, bowing to party moderates as leaders prepared to move their $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill through the Senate. At the same time, the White House and top Democrats ...

General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the ...

FBI chief Wray warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ growing

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — FBI Director Chris Wray bluntly labeled the January riot at the U.S. Capitol as “domestic terrorism” Tuesday and warned of a rapidly growing threat of homegrown violent extremism that law enforcement is scrambling to confront through thousands of ...

Budget nominee Neera Tanden withdraws amid stiff opposition

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s pick to head the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, has withdrawn her nomination after she faced opposition from key Democratic and Republican senators for her controversial tweets. Her withdrawal marks the first high-profile defeat ...

March declared Reading Month in Michigan

Editorials

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided an important reminder when she declared March as Reading Month in Michigan. Of course, we here at a daily newspaper believe every month should be Reading Month, but we always are pleased to have a special month for reading. Whitmer declared that throughout the ...

Energy emergency shows value of Line 5 pipeline

Editorials

Michigan doesn’t have a propane shortage, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of an energy emergency in late February. But it risks having one if the governor gets her way on shutting down the Line 5 petroleum pipeline. Whitmer, a spokesperson explained, joined 34 other states in ...

Ballot drive would subject governor, lawmakers to FOIA

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Advocates for open government said Monday that they will launch a 2022 ballot drive to subject Michigan’s governor and Legislature to public-records requests. Michigan is one of just two states that wholly exempt the governor’s office and is among eight states ...

Democrats struggle with how to respond to Cuomo allegations

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Democrats across the country celebrated New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the face of governing competence as President Donald Trump fumbled his administration's response to the exploding pandemic last year. Now, the Democratic governor is struggling through a sexual harassment ...

Firefighter’s service to his community never to be forgotten

Editorials

A fallen hero and his family were honored by the Marquette Elks Lodge 405 during a heartfelt ceremony last week. The Elks presented a medal of valor to the family of the late Benjamin Lauren — a 23-year-old Forsyth Township firefighter who was fatally injured while fighting a structure fire ...

Capitol rioters a blight on history

Letters to the Editor

First and foremost: Former Attorney General and ultra-conservative William Barr has stated that fraud did not play a part in the election of a new president. I think it’s fair to say he is a little more informed than most and is not part of any left-wing conspiracy. Considering the hooligans ...

Supreme Court could put new limits on voting rights lawsuits

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Eight years after carving the heart out of a landmark voting rights law, the Supreme Court is looking at putting new limits on efforts to combat racial discrimination in voting. The justices are taking up a case about Arizona restrictions on ballot collection and another ...