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Opinion

Saddle club says thanks for support on project raffle

Editorials

Bouquet: The Northern Saddle Club would like to thank the community for its support in making our raffle a huge success. The raffle raised funds for the Fresh Water Project and other goals for improving the Halls Creek equestrian-friendly campground, trailhead and boat landing in Homestead on ...

GOP shows little desire for witnesses ahead of critical vote

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans in the Senate appear unmoved by the Democratic push for witnesses in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial despite persistent appeals from Rep. Adam Schiff and the other House prosecutors. Over three days of arguments, Democrats warned that the senators ...

Holocaust event reminds world, ‘Never again’

Editorials

Monday, which has been declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. On the Jewish Virtual Library website, it is stated that various estimates ...

Wisconsin Republicans dismiss nonpartisan redistricting plan

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ plan to create a nonpartisan redistricting commission to draw Wisconsin’s electoral maps may put pressure on the Republicans who control the Legislature to consider an alternative plan, but it won’t force them to do anything differently ...

‘NewsHour’ host and debate moderator Lehrer dies at 85

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Lehrer, longtime host of the nightly PBS “NewsHour” whose serious, sober demeanor made him the choice to moderate 11 presidential debates between 1988 and 2012, has died, PBS said Thursday. He was 85. Lehrer died “peacefully in his sleep,” according to PBS. He ...

A reminder to slow down, move over for emergency vehicles

Editorials

The sight of lights flashing atop an emergency vehicle ahead should prompt all motorists to move to another lane or slow down as they carefully pass by, AAA’s Auto Club Group advises. Michigan’s Slow Down, Move Over campaign is aimed at reminding motorists of the law to reduce deaths and ...

Senators flout impeachment rules just 24 hours into trial

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — So much for the Senate’s quaint rules and tradition. Almost immediately after Chief Justice John Roberts gaveled in Wednesday’s session of President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, bored and weary senators started openly flouting some basic guidelines in a chamber ...

DC: Inaugural spending enriched Trump family

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent more than $1 million to book a ballroom at the Trump International Hotel in the nation's capital as part of a scheme to "grossly overpay" for party space and enrich the president's own family in the process, according to a lawsuit ...

Biz development as political tool? No, thanks

Editorials

The role of government in business and community efforts is often debated in Michigan, with some conservatives questioning whether the state should pick winners and losers. Now that it appears some of that economic development funding is being used as a political tool, taxpayers should weigh ...

What you need to know as 2020 Census starts in Alaska

Columns

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The 2020 Census kicked off Tuesday in remote Alaska. U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham was there to conduct the first count in the Bering Sea community of Toksook Bay. WHY IS THE 2020 CENSUS STARTING IN ALASKA? With its sparse population and subzero ...

In reversal, Clinton says she’d back Sanders if he’s nominee

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an abrupt about-face, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday night that she would endorse her 2016 rival Bernie Sanders if he wins the Democratic nomination to face President Donald Trump in November. The former secretary of state had earlier refused to say whether she would ...

More in GOP back bill to end Wisconsin gerrymandering

Editorials

Make that six Republican lawmakers who now support the good-government bill to end gerrymandering in Wisconsin. The number keeps growing, creating bipartisan momentum for fair voting districts following the 2020 census. Congratulations and thank you to Reps. Loren Oldenburg of Viroqua, Jeff ...

What to watch in impeachment trial

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators like to float above messy politics in what's known by some as the dignified "upper chamber," home of Congress' cooler heads and lofty rhetoric. But as a court of President Donald Trump's impeachment, the Senate beginning today might seem more like the economy ...

Elections offer chance for we the people to be heard

Letters to the Editor

Have you driven about lately and noticed the vehicles on our roads? It seems we have evolved nearly beyond the sedan-type of car and replaced that with so called SUV types. Of course, those come in all sizes, as sedans did, but they follow a pattern that allows them at any size to be called ...

Pro-gun rally by thousands at Virginia Capitol ends peacefully

Columns

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thousands of gun-rights activists from around the country rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday, protesting plans by the state’s Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation that have become a key flash point in the national debate over gun ...

Age doesn’t improve safety in distracted driving

Editorials

Taking a peek at a cellphone while driving is hardly a rare occurrence, but the dangers of splitting our attention while behind the wheel have come into sharp focus in recent years, with Michigan reporting around 19,000 crashes and 77 fatalities in 2019 involving distracted driving. However, ...

Trump’s lawyers urge dismissal of ‘flimsy’ impeachment case

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's legal team asserted Monday that he did "absolutely nothing wrong," urging the Senate to swiftly reject an impeachment case that it called "flimsy" and a "dangerous perversion of the Constitution." The lawyers decried the impeachment process as rigged ...

Time to get rid of caucuses

Columns

“It is quite astonishing to see with what deadpan and neutral a tone our press and television report the open corruption — and the flagrantly anti-democratic character — of the Iowa caucuses.” I quote the late Christopher Hitchens because I couldn’t put it better. In a primary, ...

In the midst of grief, disrespect

Editorials

Barb From George Wiedenhoeft, Iron Mountain, and the family of Travis Wiedenhoeft: To the woman stopped at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and H Street on Monday while our four-vehicle funeral procession was turning towards the cemetery, I have a few things I would like to know. Was the ...

Trump assembles made-for-TV impeachment legal defense team

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has assembled a made-for-TV legal team for his Senate trial that includes household names like Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation two decades ago resulted in the impeachment of Bill Clinton. Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said ...