Opinion

Arbor Day — An annual salute to trees

Editorials

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. The tradition of planting trees on this day began in Nebraska in 1872. Soon, other states passed legislation to set up Arbor Day in their states, and the tradition began in schools in 1882. There are an estimated 3 trillion trees on Earth. ...

Trump says 100-day milestone not ‘meaningful’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For nearly 100 days, President Donald Trump has rattled Washington and been chastened by its institutions. He’s startled world leaders with his unpredictability and tough talk, but won their praise for a surprise strike on Syria. He’s endured the steady drip of ...

Fact Check: Misfires in Trump’s AP interview

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he’s achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that “contract” with voters. A look at some of his assertions in the interview ...

Bergman town hall less than ideal in format

Editorials

It took him awhile — long enough that even some Republicans started wondering — but U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman finally got around to holding what was billed as town hall meetings last week. The Upper Peninsula session, at Escanaba’s Bay College, was one of two the freshman congressman and ...

The ‘never mind’ president

Columns

WASHINGTON — In his first annual message to Congress, John Quincy Adams, among the most experienced and intellectually formidable presidents, warned leaders against giving the impression that “we are palsied by the will of our constituents.” In this regard, if in no other, the 45th ...

Battle looms for Trump on budget, health care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It’s all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall. The symbolic 100-day ...

Trump secrecy threatens ‘drain the swamp’ pledge

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump’s “drain the swamp” slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan. One of the president’s closest aides, Steve Bannon, ...

Upset about MDOT spending

Letters to the Editor

A couple articles in The Daily News about roads and bridges and the Michigan Department of Transportation recently drew my attention. Now that our plates and gas taxes have gone up, it seems MDOT officials have lost all common sense and spent it all on roundabouts. Why take out a $5,000 ...

Drug Take-Back Day on April 29

Editorials

Next week, on Saturday, April 29, communities will team up with law enforcement to host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of ...

Appreciated the help when stuck in mud

Editorials

Last Saturday, I had my granddaughter for the weekend. She loves to see beautiful unique scenery, so I took her to see the Sturgeon River hydraulic dam. As I was turning around to head home, I got stuck in the mud, and in deep, too. Some men came to help me out with a truck and ...

Without O’Reilly, Fox presses on

Columns

NEW YORK— Fox News Channel has thrived despite losing founding leader Roger Ailes and next generation star Megyn Kelly within the past nine months. Wednesday’s firing of defining personality Bill O’Reilly will be its toughest test yet. Fox moved quickly to install a new lineup after ...

Time to enjoy Little League

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It’s not too early to start thinking about Little League baseball. A great organization where the coaches give of their time for the love of the game. Games are rotated between Iron Mountain, Kingsford, and Breitung Township. Most fields have bleachers but some do not. Perhaps ...

Will Trump’s order help US tech workers or not?

Columns

Let’s describe the problem with an example. A few years ago, Southern California Edison employed 300 foreign tech workers through the H-1B visa program. They took the jobs of American IT specialists who suffered the added indignity of having to train their replacements. The foreign workers ...

Murder while you watch

Columns

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

Controversy over Trump’s taxes hurts chances for reform

Editorials

Will President Trump ever release his tax returns? Quizzed on that issue earlier this week, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer responded, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” According to the president, an ongoing Internal Revenue Service audit prevents him from releasing his ...

O’Reilly is out at Fox but influence endures; career too?

Columns

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. Fired on Wednesday amid a ...

Huge: Trump inaugural drew slew of top-dollar checks

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was huge. Big money from billionaires, corporations and a roster of NFL owners poured into Donald Trump’s inaugural committee in record-shattering amounts — to pull off an event that was considerably lower-key than previous inaugural celebrations. That leaves a ...

Time of year to be aware of fire danger outdoors

Editorials

The green of spring is coming — but not quickly enough just yet to prevent a thunderstorm, a carelessly flicked cigarette or sparks from a metal chain dragging behind a truck from potentially setting the fields or woodlands aflame. At this time of year, perhaps more than any other, the ...

AP Fact Check: Trump overstates accomplishments in first 100 days

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s claim Tuesday he’s accomplished more than anyone at this point of a presidency flies in the face of history. A look at a few of his statements at a Wisconsin tool company and an earlier interview with Fox: TRUMP: “No administration has ...

Reform the tax code now

Columns

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans had until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads like ...