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Opinion

Trenary Outhouse Classic a fun way to raise money

Editorials

The opportunity to make jokes is obvious when the Trenary Outhouse Classic is coming up. This Upper Peninsula favorite annual event comes up today, the 25th running of the outhouses, with this year’s theme of “25 Years Down the Crapper.” All kidding aside, the event not only benefits ...

Poll: People feel better about economy, not country

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chester Trahan’s grandchildren are working, so he’s feeling better about the economy these days. But his view of the country’s overall direction is pretty grim, darkened by what he sees as a surge in racism and violence fueled by President Donald Trump. “He ...

Budget cuts to Great Lakes protections are the wrong move

Editorials

We find ourselves, for the second year, having to write an editorial denouncing President Trump’s budget proposal, specifically its proposed funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Once again, the budget proposal includes huge cuts in funding for this vital budget item that ...

Interest groups press case at Trump’s properties

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Payday lenders got regulators to rethink rules on how closely to vet borrowers. E-cigarette makers got a delay in federal oversight of many vaping products. Candy makers praised a decision to hold off on more stringent labeling standards. And title insurers declared ...

Propane prices on the rise in UP

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is meant as a wakeup call to local, state and federal departments and persons who are responsible for seeing that those in need of propane and/or wood to heat their homes and are at the poverty level where they need help and not been getting it since October 2017 during the ...

Reported attack in Negaunee locker room disturbing

Editorials

It’s a scene most parents don’t want to think about: Their child being physically assaulted at school. Yet that reportedly happened at Negaunee High School — one male student assaulted another in a locker room Feb. 14, with the incident posted on social media. It’s bad enough that ...

With case on union fees, the court has a chance to correct

Columns

WASHINGTON — Overturning mistaken decisions is an occasional duty of the Supreme Court, whose noblest achievement was the protracted, piecemeal repudiation, with Brown v. Board of Education (1954) and subsequent decisions, of its 1896 ruling that segregated “separate but equal” public ...

Likes Casperson legislative efforts

Letters to the Editor

Senate Bills 100 and 101 were introduced this fall by state Sen. Tom Casperson of Escanaba. At present, they have passed the Senate and are in the House. These bills — named Equal Justice in Government, or as we like to call them, “Loser Pays” — tip the scales of justice for private ...

Northern Initiatives using common sense in lending

Editorials

One of the Marquette business community’s top leaders made some valid points last week during an address to the Operation Action U.P.’s annual get together in Marquette. Dennis West, who is president of Northern Initiatives of Marquette, served as keynote speaker for the gathering, the ...

Warning signs ignored again

Columns

Reaction to the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead and many more wounded begins at the wrong end. It’s not about passing more gun laws, which people intent on breaking existing laws will not obey; rather it is about heeding warning signs and doing something ...

Trump needs to denounce Russia

Letters to the Editor

I took Mr. Peterson’s request for us Democrats and Liberals to give our current president a chance very personally. I’m going to overlook your calling of Democrats and Liberals the “New World Order of Elites” and claiming we want to re-write the Constitution. Someone else already ...

White House: New policy won’t affect Trump’s son-in-law

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information ...

Family physicians play crucial role in health care

Editorials

Chances are you grew up seeing a Dr. Somebody, as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe has treated three, even four generations of your family. But ...

Students may be solution

Columns

WASHINGTON — It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school. Via news apps, these survivors of Wednesday’s murderous rampage at a ...

Need ban on assault rifles

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Another slaughter in schools and the NRA and House Majority Leader Ryan think doesn’t want to say anything until all the facts are in. Here’s the facts, Ryan — 17 killed by AR-15 in a school. Field and Stream on July 21, 2017, had a “Ultimate Guide to Hunting Rifles.” The ...

As hackers disrupt, InfraGard may hold key to security online

Editorials

Guarding oneself against the unknown is an ancient concept, and one that has likely contributed to the survival of a number of species throughout history. The “unknowns” out there in this great world are plentiful, and many more than we’d ever expect are preying on the young, the old, ...

The war that never ends

Columns

There is a war that has lasted longer than the one in Afghanistan. It is the so-called “war on poverty,” launched by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union address on Jan. 8, 1964. While the poverty rate dropped from 17.3 percent to 11.1 percent in the ensuing decade, it ...

Cost for illegal immigrants

Letters to the Editor

My mom was a legal immigrant from Italy after World War II, as are two of my uncles and an aunt. All four of them were or are very prosperous, contributing Americans. They speak English and have assimilated into their communities. I only exist on this earth because of a legal immigrant. The ...

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take outsized role in office

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney’s extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified. First he has to get elected. The 2012 GOP nominee for president ...

Name-calling does no good

Letters to the Editor

This letter is in response to the call from Allan Peterson to give Donald Trump a chance. Well, he has had his chance, and he has demonstrated his true character. I do not have to watch the “liberal” networks to understand this man; I only have to read his tweets and listen to his speeches. ...