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Bouquet: Thank you to the staff at the Powers Printing facility in Powers who had to deal with three power outages this week but still managed to get both newspapers out each day. Their perseverance over these obstacles so our readers got a paper as expected is much appreciated. Also, thank you ...

White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee’s next impeachment hearing, a senior Trump administration official said Friday in another sign the president has accepted that he is likely to be impeached by the House. The decision came in a letter ...

‘Tis the season to get that flu vaccine

Editorials

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, so the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reminds Michigan residents it’s not too late to get that shot before gathering for the holidays. “The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your families against flu,” said ...

Biden clashes with voter at Iowa rally, gets Kerry endorsement

Columns

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — John Kerry, the former secretary of state and 2004 Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, buoying the former vice president’s argument that his international experience should be a deciding factor for voters in 2020. ...

Justifications for wolf control unfounded

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The decision to delist wolves should be based on the best available scientific evidence and research, not unfounded claims or politics. In his recent guest opinion, state Rep. Greg Markkanen argued for the federal delisting of wolves because, “Pet owners and livestock farmers ...

Take precautions before taking a shovel to that snow

Editorials

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season upon us, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or a serious health care consequence. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back challenges, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, ...

Impeachment inquiry takeaways

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next phase of the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with public hearings featuring professors of law who discussed the constitutional origins of Congress’ impeachment power. Three of the lawyers were ...

Wants to hear more on term limit change

Letters to the Editor

State Rep. Beau LaFave wants to change the constitutional amendment to extend house and senate term limits. Instead of representatives serving three terms of two years each, and senators two terms of four years, the measure would allow 14 years in either the house, the senate or some of ...

Meeting, sign-up Thursday for election redistricting panel

Editorials

In November 2018, Michigan voters backed an amendment to the state constitution to have a citizens’ panel rather than legislators handle drawing new district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. Now it’s time for those who fought for that ...

Court sides with Congress in battle for Trump’s bank records

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — A federal appeals court in New York handed President Donald Trump another legal defeat, ruling Tuesday that Congress can see his banking records for investigations into possible foreign influence in U.S. politics or other misdeeds. A panel of 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Trump pardons undercut military justice system

Letters to the Editor

Does it hurt the country when a president protects and exonerates U.S. military war criminals? I believe it does. From a military standpoint, it seriously undermines military law and respect for law, military command, military discipline and the military image develop over the years. The ...

Harris ends Democratic presidential bid

Columns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. "I've taken stock and looked at this from every angle, and over the last few days have come to one of the hardest decisions of my life," the ...

Ranked-choice voting fails to boost diversity

Editorials

In early November, the city of Eastpointe in Macomb County had Michigan’s first-ever ranked-choice election to select two City Council seats. This measure was complex, ineffective and unnecessary. The new election method, in which voters are required to rank all candidates on their ballot ...

Chick-fil-A chickens out

Columns

It is a truism that a blackmailer is rarely satisfied. Once the payoffs start, there often is no end to them. The Chick-fil-A fast-food chain is about to learn this hard lesson, far too late, as many victims of blackmail and extortion generally do. For conservatives and evangelical ...

Some suggestions for GivingTuesday

Editorials

From Ironwood to Pickford and everywhere in between, nonprofit organizations in the region are hoping to kick off the giving season on a strong note with GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it ...

Supreme Court to hear gun case, though disputed law has changed

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is turning to gun rights for the first time in nearly a decade, even though those who brought the case, New York City gun owners, already have won changes to the regulation they challenged. The justices’ persistence in hearing arguments Monday despite ...

Bullock halts Dem presidential campaign

Columns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced today he’s ending his Democratic presidential campaign, saying it’s become clear he won’t have a shot at being his party’s nominee. The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case he was the ...

It’s important to vote, take interest in government

Editorials

Bouquet: Now more than ever, each registered voter would do well to make your voice heard. At this recent “off cycle” election in the City of Iron Mountain, about 8.65% of registered voters turned out to place their ballot. The next four-year election in 2020 will no doubt show a larger ...

Supporting local shopping on Small Business Saturday

Editorials

After the excess of Thanksgiving and Black Friday specials, an event like Small Business Saturday might seem an afterthought. But for local stores fighting to secure a share of consumers’ dollars this holiday season against more massive national retailers — never mind the battle against ...