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Opinion

A week to recognize Master Gardener volunteers in area

Editorials

Bouquet: The Wisconsin Master Gardener Program just celebrated Master Gardener Volunteer Week. Master Gardener volunteers are an important part of University of Wisconsin-Madison Extension-Florence County. Volunteers make a positive difference in Florence County lives and surrounding ...

Group to study more justices, term limits for Supreme Court

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has ordered a study on overhauling the Supreme Court, creating a bipartisan commission Friday that will spend the next six months examining the politically incendiary issues of expanding the court and instituting term limits for justices, among other ...

Precautions still needed to stem virus surge in Michigan

Editorials

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for more than a year now, and Michigan — and the rest of the world — has gone through many phases, from getting personal protective equipment, wearing masks and social distancing to testing and now vaccinations. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a tough ...

Biden issues gun control actions, but they show his limitations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden put on a modest White House ceremony Thursday to announce a half-dozen executive actions to combat what he called an “epidemic and an international embarrassment” of gun violence in America. But he said much more is needed. And for Biden, who ...

US suicides dropped last year, defying expectations

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. suicides fell nearly 6% last year amid the coronavirus pandemic — the largest annual decline in at least four decades, according to preliminary government data. Death certificates are still coming in and the count could rise. But officials expect a ...

Distracted driving can put yourself, others in danger

Editorials

Glance at phone messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle? Even worse, try to respond? That’s not just illegal in Michigan — it could prove to be deadly. Law enforcement agencies in the state and across the country will try to make the dangers of such behavior clear this week ...

Will US get out of Afghanistan?

Letters to the Editor

Today is the International Day of Action on Afghanistan. This day is to remind everyone that May 1, 2021 is the deadline for the United States to pull troops out of Afghanistan, per the U.S.-Taliban agreement, also known as the Doha agreement. Will the Biden-Harris administration abide by the ...

Biden open to compromise on infrastructure but not inaction

Columns

President Joe Biden drew a red line on his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan Wednesday, saying he is open to compromise on how to pay for the package but inaction is unacceptable. The president turned fiery in an afternoon speech, saying that the United States is failing to build, invest and ...

Drinking more than usual? So are a lot of other people

Editorials

One of the significant and largely untold stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic relates to the amount of alcohol Michigan residents consume. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the average Michigander consumed nearly 956 alcoholic drinks in 2020, an average ...

Senate gives Biden a big tool to work around GOP filibuster

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a powerful new tool, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has fresh options for potentially advancing President Joe Biden’s infrastructure package and other priorities past Republican obstruction in the 50-50 split Senate. Republicans still pledge to do all they ...

Refugee families urge Biden to keep promise to up admissions

Columns

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The families of refugees and their supporters, including 124 elected officials, sent President Joe Biden a letter Tuesday urging him to make good on his promise to boost refugee admissions to the United States during the current budget year, replacing the record low number ...

Whitmer and lawmakers need to get it together

Editorials

We were dismayed to see the headline in the March 27 edition of The News saying Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, had again vetoed $652 million in coronavirus relief as she and the Republican-controlled Legislature continue to battle over pandemic policy. Whitmer says the allocation ...

Vaccine skepticism runs deep among white evangelicals in US

Columns

The president of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest evangelical denomination, posted a photo on Facebook last week of him getting the COVID-19 vaccine. It drew more than 1,100 comments — many of them voicing admiration for the Rev. J.D. Greear, and many others assailing ...

After new law, McConnell warns CEOs to ‘stay out of politics’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it's a "big lie" to call the new voting law in Georgia racist and he warned big business to "stay out of politics" after major corporations and even Major League Baseball distanced themselves from the state amid vast public ...

All of us must do part to stave off fourth virus surge

Editorials

Philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears that many Americans are fitting the profile. President Joe Biden and a top health official warned March 29 that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early. ...

A measured response

Columns

It began for me suddenly and unexpectedly, when an individual, via texting, made an unsettling and disturbing remark. Before, I would have responded with unfiltered emotions such as anger, but things were different this time. This time, I delayed my response and disengaged, thus giving myself ...

Vaccine passports are latest flash point in COVID politics

Columns

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Vaccine passports being developed to verify COVID-19 immunization status and allow inoculated people to more freely travel, shop and dine have become the latest flash point in America's perpetual political wars, with Republicans portraying them as a heavy-handed ...

Food pantry says thanks for support

Editorials

Bouquet: To all the generous people in Michigan and northern Wisconsin who make our work possible: Thank you! Your dedicated effort to contribute financially, with food items and by volunteering your time in this problematic COVID-19 year are appreciated and very important to our mission of ...

Poll: Majority in US support making voter registration easier

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' proposals to overhaul voting in the U.S. won solid -- although not overwhelming -- support from Americans in a new survey measuring the popularity of major pieces of the sweeping legislation in Congress. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Biden’s ‘Jobs Cabinet’ to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task was clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to ...