Opinion

Confusion as Trump’s July 4 plans remain a mystery

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — With three weeks to go, exactly what’s going to happen in Washington on the Fourth of July remains a subject of intense confusion because of President Donald Trump’s plans to reshape the nation’s premier celebration. Will Independence Day festivities be centered ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Editorials

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Democrats press to retain longtime abortion funding ban

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Capitol Hill Democrats are intent on preserving a four-decade ban on taxpayer-financed abortions despite calls from their party’s presidential candidates to abandon it, arguing that attempts to undo the longstanding consensus will fail and won’t be worth scuttling a ...

Ex-Virginia attorney general named to US immigration post

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — An outspoken supporter of President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration policies has been named acting director of the agency that manages legal immigration, despite deep opposition from key Senate Republicans. Ken Cuccinelli will oversee U.S. Citizenship and Immigration ...

College Board ill-suited as it attempts to solve social problem

Columns

WASHINGTON — The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...

Younger people deserve better pay

Letters to the Editor

I recently visited a local fast-food restaurant and I was waited on by an employee with no name tag. I asked this pleasant young woman if she just started and she affirmed that she did and her name tag was not ready yet. She also mentioned that while I might find her at the restaurant in the ...

Senators seek vote on Saudi Arabia arms sales

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Opposition to President Donald Trump's Saudi Arabia policy and use of executive power is building in Congress, where senators have introduced more legislation aimed at blocking the sale of weapons to the kingdom. Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, a Democrat, and Sen. Todd ...

Make sure to grill safely this summer

Editorials

Now that the Upper Peninsula has had at least a taste of summer this past weekend, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t happened already. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting ...

Father’s Day a great opportunity to quit smoking

Editorials

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Democrats, don’t try to impeach Trump. Please

Columns

Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I’ve been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? Similarly, some left-leaning writers are ...

Biden reverses position on federal dollars for abortions

Columns

ATLANTA (AP) — After two days of intense criticism, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden reversed course Thursday and declared that he no longer supports a long-standing congressional ban on using federal health care money to pay for abortions. “If I believe health care is a right, ...

Foster care an important service for children in need

Editorials

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May was Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

Passing D-Day memories down to children a priority 75 years later

Columns

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Anyone who lives long enough knows that children soak up memories that can stay with them forever. A hardy bunch of 90-somethings are counting on it. A group of French students joined 15 World War II veterans from the United States who returned this week ...

Remembering those who served during D-Day

Letters to the Editor

On this 75th anniversary of D-Day ... a moment to recognize the service of my father, Joe Parsons. When his number came up in the World War II draft, he departed Trout Lake, Michigan, by rail for Chicago. Mom reminded him over the years that he didn’t have to go when he did ... he had a ...

Support required to inspire future generations to serve

Columns

“Thank you for your service.” As a U.S. Army soldier living in Waukesha, Wis., I am grateful for these words, which I hear often when wearing the uniform in this community. What many people do not understand is that I am the one who is thankful. I am thankful for the camaraderie, the ...

Leave fawns where they lay

Editorials

It’s the annual time to remind residents of the region to leave the fawns they might find alone. The first week of June usually is near peak for fawns to be born in the Upper Peninsula. Like most prey species, deer tend to give birth at about the same time, a natural strategy that means ...

White House tells ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide documents to the House Judiciary Committee. The letters ...

Biden campaign says his climate plan failed to cite sources

Columns

Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign amended his climate policy plan hours after it was released Tuesday because a handful of passages did not credit some of the sources in the proposal. The changes come after The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet, reported that several ...

Anxious to see what new DNR office means

Editorials

Last week came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new DNR ...

Case of US man held as spy in Russia stalls without answers

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of a Michigan corporate security executive on espionage allegations in Russia seemed to his family like a horrible mistake, a misunderstanding that could be quickly resolved with help from the U.S. government. But it hasn’t worked out that way. Six months ...