Opinion

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems a good idea

Editorials

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Blaine paid a price for bigotry, but children shouldn’t have to

Columns

WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more ...

In clash with Congress, weak legal case may still help Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For all of President Donald Trump’s talk of winning, his lawyers are using a legal argument that many scholars say is a pretty sure loser as his team tries to defy congressional attempts to investigate him. Yet they may end up delaying the investigations with their ...

Appreciates county stepping up for lift station at meal center

Editorials

Bouquet — Thank you, Dickinson County Board members, for allocating monies for the lift station at the Crystal Lake Community Center for the Meals on Wheels program. Thank you also to the drivers who deliver these meals rain or shine, ice or snow, on unplowed roads, sidewalks and driveways ...

Step by step: Democrats play the long game against Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came the sternly worded letters. Then the subpoenas. Now the votes to hold Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress. As House Democrats plod ahead investigating President Donald Trump, against unprecedented stonewalling by the White House, they are ...

Best to leave wildlife babies be

Editorials

The annual springtime wave of downy hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals is close at hand. Some might already have young in nest or burrow. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the ...

Democrats hold marathon reading of Mueller report

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Live, from a tiny parlor in the Capitol, Democratic lawmakers read aloud Thursday from nearly 400 pages of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in a marathon expected to stretch into the next day. More than two dozen lawmakers rotated into the shuttered House Rules ...

Schiff plans ‘enforcement action’ against DOJ, Barr over Mueller

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Thursday that his panel will vote on “enforcement action” against Attorney General William Barr or the Justice Department next week, yet another escalation in the standoff between Congress and President Donald ...

Put safety first during National Bike Month

Editorials

Bicycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights and reduce your carbon footprint. However, bicyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path. The number of deaths from bicycle incidents ...

White House escalates resistance to House probes

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sharply escalated its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump, notifying the House Judiciary panel Wednesday that it would refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the ...

Barr to Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results. The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Barr and Pelosi were in the crowd waiting for President ...

Author of flattering Trump biography gets pardon

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday granted a full pardon to Conrad Black, a former newspaper publisher who has written a flattering political biography of Trump. Black's media empire once included the Chicago Sun-Times and The Daily Telegraph of London. He was convicted ...

End-of-life planning not fun but needed

Editorials

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Thomas: Back to the past with Joe Biden, Democrats

Columns

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

AP sources: Subpoena sent after Trump Jr. declined interviews

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. after he backed out of two scheduled interviews as part of the panel’s Russia investigation, the chairman of the committee told his Republican colleagues last week as he tried to stem criticism from the ...

Justice Gorsuch follows Biden as chair of civic education group

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch is taking on a new role as the honorary chairman of a nonpartisan group devoted to education about the Constitution, replacing former Vice President Joe Biden. The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia said Tuesday that Gorsuch, ...

Take steps to prevent getting sick from ticks

Editorials

Spring finally seems to have arrived in the North Woods. As the trees leaf out and the days grow longer, the urge to get outdoors grows as well, looking for birds, hunting for morels, just enjoying a nice walk on a warm day after so many months of snow and ice, especially when the bulk of the ...

Dems in 2020 face challenge in Wisconsin: the economy

Columns

NEW BERLIN, Wis. (AP) — Business was good at the merchandise table as Republicans meeting at a suburban Milwaukee bowling alley picked out their Trump 2020 “Keep America Great” hats, now available in pink, blue and camouflage in addition to the trademark red. Bruce Kudick, a proud Donald ...

Biden open to breaking up Facebook

Columns

HAMPTON, N.H. (AP) — Joe Biden said Monday that he would be open to breaking up Facebook, a sign of the deep skepticism among many Democratic presidential contenders about the power of massive technology firms. In an interview with The Associated Press, the former vice president, who is now ...

Flags to raise awareness of need for foster families

Editorials

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...