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Opinion

Beware the invasive, nasty wild parsnip

Editorials

It looks very pretty alongside roadsides and fields, like Queen Anne’s lace but with brighter green stems and flat, round flower tops of daffodil yellow rather than white. As with road signs, yellow should signal caution with wild parsnip. This benign-looking invasive species packs a ...

Die-hard Trump supporters show no signs of straying

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — They wash their hands of neo-Nazis and wag their fingers at leftists. They denounce a press corps they see as biased and controversies they view as manufactured. But in the frenzied blame game over the deadly violence at a rally of white supremacists, Donald Trump’s loyal ...

Legion, VFW seeks public’s help on project

Letters to the Editor

American Legion Post 325 of Goodman, Wis., and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7444 of Armstrong Creek, Wis., are asking for help from the public. A mutual project has begun to identify all deceased veterans who were awarded Purple Heart medals and those who were POW-MIA. We have names in our ...

US demands big NAFTA changes, setting stage for tough trade talks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States won’t settle for cosmetic changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the top U.S. trade negotiator said, as negotiations to rework terms of the pact began. President Donald Trump has called the 23-year-old trade pact the “worst” in history ...

On distribution of wealth in US

Letters to the Editor

Though this may come as a surprise to those who read my letters, this time, I have an abbreviated thought. There are approximately 300 million people in this country. The richest one-tenth of 1 percent would be about 3,000 people. Now, I do not know the total amount of money in all forms ...

Be careful when going into the water

Editorials

The natural beauty of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would seem to make it the last place to have to worry about clean water in lakes and rivers. Yet even here, unfortunately, people need to be cautious about when and where they choose to go into the water — especially ...

Questions remain over Trump’s tax plans

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wants to close a frustrating 2017 with the first overhaul of the tax code in more than three decades. Yet after seven months of work, Trump’s plan remains little more than a rough sketch. Despite the haziness of the blueprint, administration ...

Prosecutors seek records related to Inauguration Day protest

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — An internet company is fighting what it says is a “sweeping” request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. The company says the government is seeking information about 1.3 million visitors to ...

Keeping in touch with classmates over the years

Columns

For a few minutes, turn back the hands of time and reflect on your years in school and your friends from the early years through graduation from high school. Remember graduation — that time, the hopes, dreams, and future that were ours to create. In search of these, many of us moved ...

Analysis: Trump’s slow walk to condemning white supremacists

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took President Donald Trump two days to do what both Republicans and Democrats said should have come fast and easy. In his carefully worded statement Monday, Trump condemned members of the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis and white supremacists as “repugnant.” He vowed that ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Editorials

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Editorials

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to suggest the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

Six months in, education chief still highly divisive

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Among the paintings and photographs that decorate Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ sunlit, spacious office is the framed roll call from her Senate confirmation. It’s a stark reminder of the bruising process that spurred angry protests, some ridicule and required the vice ...

A better deal needed on NAFTA

Letters to the Editor

In preparation of NAFTA negotiations starting Wednesday, the Trump administration released an official list of objectives for the new agreement that has some senators saying it looks like a “watered-down version of TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) proposals.” The president even recruited the ...

Another call for NAFTA overhaul

Letters to the Editor

Our community knows all too well that NAFTA is in need of a serious overhaul. Although President Trump has called it “the single worst trade deal in this country,” he has since said he only wants to “tweak” it. The lopsided trade arrangement benefits multinational corporations and ...

Thanks from youth coalition in Marinette, Menominee counties

Editorials

Bouquet The Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties recently was awarded $22,000 in proceeds from the fifth annual Hugh Bretl Drug Awareness Tournament to continue our prevention programming in the schools and community for our youth and their families. The event was held ...

Senate GOP rallies behind McConnell in Trump feud

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans on Friday rallied in support of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, pushing back against the onslaught of criticism from President Donald Trump. Republicans took to Twitter, their president’s preferred means of communication, to praise McConnell as a ...

Good day and reasons to call 811 before digging

Editorials

Today is Aug. 11 — an annual reminder to always dial before you dig. National 811 Day is observed on this date each year to stress the importance of calling that number before putting tools to ground, be it a professional excavator or homeowners. Millions of miles of cable, pipes and ...

Science Says: Trump team garbles climate science

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports. Even the federal government’s own reports — ...

Study: Fines for illegal pollution down under Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fines for illegal pollution have plummeted under President Donald Trump, according to analysis by an environmental advocacy group. The Environmental Integrity Project looked at civil penalties paid by polluters during the first six months under Trump. The group published ...