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Read what transcript?

Letters to the Editor

I saw a rally on television and the folks in the background all had nice, new T-shirts that said, “Read the Transcript.” Now this caused a bit of confusion for me. What transcript am I being asked to read? I believe I know what piece of paper they want me to read and I have seen it. The ...

Trump denies he wanted Barr to clear him

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday denied a report he wanted Attorney General William Barr to have a press conference to declare he broke no laws during a July phone call in which Trump pressed his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Democrats. Trump tweeted just after ...

Line 5 legal saga appears positioned to go on and on

Editorials

We’d like to think that last week’s court decision affirming the legal package behind Canadian company Enbridge’s efforts to built a tunnel in the bedrock beneath the Straits of Mackinac to house controversial Line 5 would be the end of the legal wrangling surrounding the issue. That ...

Dems flip Virginia; Kentucky governor race too close to call

Columns

Democrats took full control of the Virginia legislature for the first time in more than two decades while the race for governor in deeply Republican Kentucky was too close to call despite a last-minute boost from President Donald Trump. In Kentucky, Democratic challenger Andy Beshear had a ...

Equipment needs to be returned

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to the letter by Diane Schabo in Friday’s paper. What a sad thing to hear, that people who have been helped by this program do not appreciate it enough to return the equipment as requested. Good golly, that is stealing! And stealing from the community and others who are ...

Trump’s GOP has no answer for suburban slide

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The suburban revolt against President Donald Trump's Republican Party is growing. And if nothing else, the GOP's struggle across the South on Tuesday revealed that Republicans don't have a plan to fix it. In Kentucky, Trump and his allies went all in to rescue embattled ...

Disagrees with county spending

Letters to the Editor

The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners voted to pay $97,000 for electrical upgrades completed this year at the Dickinson County Fairgrounds. Things to think about — — This was an unbudgeted, unauthorized expense. — There were no repayment terms in the motion. — ...

Motorists reminded to be alert as clocks ‘fall back’

Editorials

Since clocks “fell back” to standard time Sunday, and it now gets dark one hour earlier, the Michigan Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch out for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists on the drive home. Research from the University of Michigan Transportation Research ...

One year out: Divided nation lurches toward 2020 election

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — One year from now, voters will decide whether to grant President Donald Trump a second term in office, an election that will be a referendum on Trump’s vision for America’s culture and role in the world. Much is unknown about how the United States and its politics will ...

Divisive political climate needs to be dialed down

Letters to the Editor

I’m a conservative person but have always voted for the person who I think has the best interests of the American people in mind, regardless of party. As such, I went to both of the political booths at the Dickinson County Fair in Norway this year to see what their future plans are for our ...

Wisconsin honors family caregivers during November

Editorials

Family caregivers shoulder an estimated 80 percent of all care in the state, according to the Wisconsin Family and Caregiver Support Alliance. The Alliance asks that people recognize the family caregivers in their lives during November Family Caregiver Month, as well as year-long. Gov. Tony ...

Mueller documents: Manafort pushed Ukraine hack theory

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort pushed the idea that Ukraine, not Russia, was behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee servers, Manafort’s deputy told investigators during the special counsel’s Russia probe. The ...

State needs to restore funding cut by vetoes

Letters to the Editor

On Oct. 11, the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners voted to send a letter to our state representatives detailing the financial impact from Governor Whitmer’s vetoes. The results of these vetoes to Dickinson County are devastating. The reduction in funding will necessitate layoffs of ...

IM 1952 grad congratulates football team

Editorials

Bouquet: Congratulations to the Iron Mountain Mountaineer football team on their 9-0 football record. I played football for the Mountaineers for four years, and I know how difficult it is to obtain a record like this year’s team did. I look forward to their championship game at Ford Field ...

Poll: More support than oppose impeachment probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Americans approve of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump than disapprove of it, though only about a third say the inquiry should be a top priority for Congress, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Recreational marijuana businesses not a good idea

Editorials

Barb: Will Iron Mountain become the marijuana capital city of the U.P.? What were the Iron Mountain City Council members thinking when voting for recreational marijuana? The city of Denver, Colorado, regrets their decision for allowing recreational marijuana because of the unbelievable ...

Prepare to ‘fall back’ by checking home detectors

Editorials

With clocks being turned back early Sunday for Daylight Saving Time and temperatures continue to fall, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reminds residents it also is the season to guard against carbon monoxide poisoning. “As it gets colder, we start seeing more carbon ...

Trump allies push to unmask whistleblower on Ukraine

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive allegations have been largely corroborated. The whistleblower’s identity is legally protected. But conservative allies of President Donald Trump are trying to unmask the intelligence community official whose complaint served as the catalyst for Democrat-led ...

County cancer loan closet needs help, cooperation

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: With the onset of the holiday season, I’d like to take a minute to first thank all who have donated in some way to the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet. Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated and has made our organization such a successful endeavor. We are here to help our ...

Domestic abusers face risk of federal charges on firearms

Editorials

Marking Domestic Violence Awareness month, U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge advises that domestic abusers are finding that their abusive conduct can have federal consequences. “Cases come to our attention due to domestic violence quite frequently,” he said. “And, whether the case involves ...