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Opinion

Vote for CIA chief brings out rift among Democrats

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the confirmation vote for Gina Haspel as CIA director, as support from red-state senators facing re-election bumps up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids and rejecting the nominee ...

DNR advice for safer boating

Editorials

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend a little more than a week away, boaters will be out in force. Many already have taken to the waterway to enjoy the recent spring weather. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and neighboring northern Wisconsin are blessed with many local lakes and rivers that ...

Judge: Special counsel able to prosecute Manafort

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller was working within his authority when he brought charges against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, a federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday. The decision was a setback for Manafort in his defense against ...

Giuliani’s media work for Trump may backfire on his business

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s decision to join President Donald Trump’s legal team could backfire on the former New York mayor if potential clients of his international consulting business view him as too erratic and go elsewhere for representation, according to legal ...

Park service planners look for preservation, public use balance

Editorials

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Immigration crackdown focus shifts to employers

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration officials have sharply increased audits of companies to verify that their employees are authorized to work in the country, signaling the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigration is reaching deeper into the workplace to create a “culture of ...

Gaza bloodshed spurs global worry about US Mideast policies

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s prospects for brokering the Mideast peace “deal of the century” plunged ever deeper as the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opened amid bloodshed in Gaza. The day fueled global concern that U.S. policies are tipping the broader Middle East into ...

Area bats don’t deserve to be a target for vandals

Editorials

Bats already are struggling to survive in the Upper Peninsula. White-nose syndrome — so named for the frost-like fungus that bats with the disease develop around their nostrils — has so decimated populations at their wintering sites that some area caves where numbers had been 20,000 or ...

With Iran nuclear deal out, is containment the only option?

Columns

WASHINGTON — The path to today’s problems with Iran passed through the University of Chicago squash court where on Dec. 2, 1942, for 4.5 minutes physicist Enrico Fermi, making calculations on a slide rule, achieved the controlled release of energy from an atomic nucleus. Historian Richard ...

Pompeo: NKorea needs US security assurances for nuke pact

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is offering assurances to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un as it seeks to put in motion the potential for a sweeping nuclear deal ahead of President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with the North Korean leader. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. ...

Few teeth: Trump unveils plan to reduce drug prices

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's long-promised plan to bring down drug prices would mostly spare the pharmaceutical industry he previously accused of "getting away with murder." Instead he focuses on private competition and more openness to reduce America's prescription pain. In ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day in many ways

Editorials

Bouquet From Mary Lou Rabenberg, Kingsford: This upcoming day is quite an honor for all mothers and grandmothers. We all appreciate the hugs and kisses shared with us. There is something special about the way they say grandma, grannie, gram, nanna — or mom, momma, mother and ...

The season to guard bird feeders against bears

Editorials

The arrival of spring in the region means migrating birds are back, trees and greenery are coming back to life — and bears again are looking for an easy meal. Which means feeders for those birds may be a target, wildlife experts say. It’s the time of the year when those living in bear ...

Freeing predators to bilk little people hurts everyone

Columns

The most vivid takeaway from the financial meltdown of 10 years ago was nearly everyone got hurt. Stock investors took a beating. People who had carefully set aside money for retirement saw a third of their savings vanish. Consumer spending collapsed, pushing two of the Big Three U.S. car ...

Democracy, not capitalism, made America great

Letters to the Editor

Once again we are treated to a diatribe from the extreme right, from a person calling himself a “conservative.” What is it, exactly, that he wishes to conserve? Certainly not the last 100 years of social progress. And once again, he begins with a denial of any party affiliation and then ...

Ryan chides breakaway Republicans for seeking votes on immigration

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan mocked an effort by breakaway Republicans to force election-year votes on rival immigration proposals as a drive that would produce “show ponies,” not legislation the president would sign into law. Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday that since he’s been ...

Take steps to guard against nasty ticks

Editorials

April made for a rough start to spring 2018, with snow and cold hanging on through the month. May mostly has been kinder and gentler. But with spring finally asserting itself in the region, so too has come a return of ticks. While just plain icky parasites, ticks also pose a significant ...

VP Pence a model of governing by groveling

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. The oleaginous Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is ...

Advice for graduates

Letters to the Editor

In bestselling author Matthew Kelly’s book, “Resisting Happiness,” his research included talking to hospice nurses about the regrets the terminally ill spoke about before passing. At the top of the list was: “I wish I would have had the courage to just be myself.” Believe me, I ...

Be a part of Stamp Out Hunger effort

Editorials

This Saturday offers a good reason to go out to the mailbox early — and take some important first-class items that will be picked up by the U.S. Postal Service but not to be mailed. Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger event is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, coordinated for 26 years ...