Grateful for White Birch neighborhood


Bouquet: Every day I count my blessings. And that so often includes the neighborhood in which I live. Although Iron Mountain lacks when it comes to shopping, the people here make up for it. However, Mr. Bill Neuens is changing a lot of that. He is bringing new life to this city. His creative ...

Praise for the Kingsford Memorial Day program


Bouquet: Thank you to the Kingsford Carpenter-Clash American Legion Post 363 members, the Kingsford High School Band students and directors, to the members of Scout Pack 510, to all those patriotic citizens who attended the Memorial Day ceremonies and stood with hands over hearts for “The ...

Disappointed in level of celebrity obsession today


Barb: A few months ago a woman wrote in to the Detroit Free Press and vented how tired she is of our celebrity-obsessed culture, like we should care about who they are dating, where they are vacationing, etc. Such as the focus on Prince Harry and the great royals of England, who, if I am not ...

Mixed messages in surprising US jobs report


WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s employers stepped up their hiring in May, adding a robust 339,000 jobs, well above expectations and evidence of enduring strength in an economy that the Federal Reserve is desperately trying to cool. Friday's report from the government reflected the job ...

Fort Bragg now Fort Liberty to erase Confederate name


FORT LIBERTY, N.C. (AP) — Fort Bragg shed its Confederate namesake Friday to become Fort Liberty in a ceremony some veterans said was a small but important step in making the U.S. Army more welcoming to current and prospective Black service members. The change was the most prominent in a ...

Blinken advises against cease-fire in Ukraine


KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that the United States and its allies should not support a cease-fire or peace talks to end the war in Ukraine until Kyiv gains strength and can negotiate on its own terms. As an anticipated Ukrainian counteroffensive ...