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Opinion

Event offers chance to hear from your representative

Editorials

With the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, the region not surprisingly has a large percentage of veterans living on both sides of the Michigan-Wisconsin border. Knowing what government benefits those veterans rightly qualify for can be confusing, especially with new ...

Trump the head, Pence the tail

Columns

If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike Pence the tail. The president tends toward the bombastic to get people’s attention and make his points, while his vice president is calm and measured in his ...

Trump, McConnell insist they’re together for GOP

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged Monday to work together on the GOP goal of overhauling federal taxes, proclaiming that despite reports to the contrary their relationship is just fine. “We’re probably now closer than ever ...

Sex education bill is common sense approach

Editorials

A bill introduced last week in the state Senate would require Michigan schools to teach something called affirmative consent. Affirmative consent falls under sex education, and, in a nutshell, it means young people will receive instruction in knowing when yes means yes and no means no, as far ...

Trump is turning and turning in a widening gyre

Columns

WASHINGTON — With eyes wide open, Mike Pence eagerly auditioned for the role as Donald Trump’s poodle. Now comfortably leashed, he deserves the degradations that he seems too sycophantic to recognize as such. He did Trump’s adolescent bidding with Oct. 8’s pre-planned virtue pageant of ...

Time to support Trump proposals, presidency

Letters to the Editor

The Republican Party calls upon all members of Congress and the American people to support the proposals of President Trump for the economic revitalization of our country. This includes passing the budget he has proposed, bringing tax relief to the middle class and revising our trade agreements ...

Justices to hear government’s email dispute with Microsoft

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital-age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. The justices say today they will hear the administration’s appeal of a lower court ruling in favor of Microsoft. The court held the ...

Loan Closet grateful for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Editorials

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, Kingsford: What a wonderful community we live in. The Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet continues to be amazed at the generosity and compassion shown to our local residents battling cancer. The ...

Trump, unlikely religious favorite, now champion of Christian values

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's evolution from twice-divorced casino owner viewed warily by Christian conservatives to evangelical favorite defending religious liberty was on full display Friday as he promised conservatives a return to traditional American values, including ...

Police agencies lead in dealing with mentally ill

Editorials

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Why criticize Weinstein?

Columns

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” — Proverbs 29:18 Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey ...

A Constitutional right to protest

Letters to the Editor

Some thoughts about the NFL protests. A writer asks what gives people the right to kneel during the anthem? The answer, of course, is the First Amendment to the Constitution. The right of peaceful protest is enshrined in that document and has been repeatedly upheld by the Supreme Court. Seems ...

Kelly: Barring ‘change,’ he’s not quitting or being fired

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly insisted Thursday he’s not quitting or being fired — for now. “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired and I don’t think I’ll fire anyone tomorrow,” the retired Marine Corps general and former ...

Bill will add to awareness about concussion risks

Editorials

Is a football helmet always good enough to stave off a head injury? Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a ...

Glamorous past, opaque future for auto industry

Columns

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering ...

Republicans blame Senate GOP for stalled Washington agenda

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans know who to blame for inaction in Washington — Senate Republicans. The White House, hard-right conservatives and House GOP lawmakers all directed their ire at the Senate GOP this week amid the escalating feud between President Donald Trump and Republican Sen. ...

State has plan to promote breastfeeding

Editorials

Michigan now has a plan to get more mothers to breastfeed their babies. While the state has surpassed a federal goal for the percentage of infants who have been breastfed, Michigan needs to continue improving breastfeeding rates for specific demographic groups. Those are among the findings ...

Offering UP drivers choices on insurance will save money

Columns

I have walked through nearly every neighborhood in Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties, getting to know the people I represent in the state Legislature. Far too many homes have vehicles with Wisconsin license plates parked in the driveway. When I ask why, I always get the same answer: ...

Trump hits at ‘Liddle Bob Corker;’ others call for calm

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Bob Corker as “Liddle’ Bob Corker” on Tuesday, escalating a feud with the Tennessee Republican who’s dubbed the White House an “adult day care center” and charged that Trump could be setting the nation on the path toward ...