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Opinion

AP Poll: Most believe Trump trying to obstruct Russia probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans think Donald Trump did something illegal or at least unethical regarding ties between his presidential campaign and Russia — and they think he’s trying to obstruct the investigation looking into those possible connections. The deeply divided country is ...

Pipeline plan shows some potential shortcomings

Editorials

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline’s Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

House GOP criticize Mueller team for bias

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation. The criticism directed toward Deputy ...

Wife received poor treatment at DC hospital

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 20, at about 6 p.m., my wife yelled “Roger,” fainted, fell backwards and hit the back of her head on the kitchen floor with a tremendous bang and was temporarily knocked unconscious. The resulting bruise on the back of her head was the size of half a grapefruit. After she regained ...

For the holidays, get that flu shot

Editorials

As families make plans to come together this holiday season, it might be a good idea to get that flu shot. Word comes from Marquette that UPHS-Marquette and Bell hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place due to a recent spike in the rate of respiratory illness and the flu. Those who ...

No king but Caesar

Columns

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery’s ...

AP analysis: Trump bets on Moore and suffers stinging defeat

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rarely has a sitting president rallied behind such a scandal-plagued candidate the way Donald Trump did with Alabama’s Roy Moore. And rarely has that bet failed so spectacularly. Moore’s defeat Tuesday in Alabama — as stalwart a Republican state as they come — left ...

Too much at stake for delays in Asian carp study

Editorials

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop delaying an important study on upgrading a key waterway choke point is a way of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Some 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives — including U.S. Rep. ...

The martyrdom of Franken

Columns

WASHINGTON — With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office. The Minnesota Democrat’s remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women — half of them anonymous — alleged sexual ...

Zinke, House GOP escalate feud with Patagonia over monuments

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and House Republicans have escalated their feud with Patagonia after the outdoor retailer told Americans that President Donald Trump “stole your land” in his move to shrink two sprawling Utah national monuments. The dispute pitting the GOP ...

A safe and festive holiday

Editorials

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without the beauty of the lights, the decorated tree ... and, of course, more lights. Especially in the Upper Peninsula, when the darkness conveniently comes earlier in December to let those lights shine longer and that perfect fresh Christmas tree ...

How long will Congress remain a bystander on war?

Columns

WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity ...

Due process and taxation

Letters to the Editor

In today’s climate of sexual harassment it seems like due process is being thrown out the window. At present, I feel that the Democrats are eliminating due process by demanding current democratic politicians to step down due to accusations. What happened to “innocent until proven ...

Dems mourn Franken’s demise but see a 2018 election benefit

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties are glum and guarded after a shocking week of resignations on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say the way they’re handling the sexual misconduct issue will give them a valuable weapon for next year’s congressional elections. Republicans say that’s ...

United Way says thank you for another great year

Editorials

Bouquet From John Estes, Niagara, Wis., and the board of directors, United Way of Dickinson County: Because of the exceptional generosity of our community, our local United Way has been serving the Dickinson County area for more than 40 years. Starting out as an organization known as The ...

Questions loom over talks on GOP tax bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two questions threaten to snag the seemingly smooth trajectory of the Republicans’ massive tax legislation now in its final leg in Congress. How to satisfy demands of the rebellious GOP lawmakers from high-tax states who demand concessions over a cherished deduction? ...

Keep postal carriers, pets apart this holiday season

Editorials

It’s the time of the year when a certain someone is busiest, making deliveries to homes. Your postal carrier. The Postal Service estimates it will deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters, and packages this holiday season, including more than 850 million packages. And while you might ...

AP: GOP senator faults China on North Korea

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is more of an adversary than an ally on North Korea, according to a leading Republican senator and staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who declared during a wide-ranging interview Thursday that Pyongyang’s push for an atomic arsenal actually benefits ...

House OKs GOP gun rights bill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans have rammed a bill through the House that would make it easier for gun owners to legally carry concealed weapons across state lines, the first significant action on guns in Congress since mass shootings in Nevada and Texas killed more than 80 people. The House ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced to Isle Royale park

Editorials

Wildlife experts have been warning for years about the imminent collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that only a single wolf remains. “I ...