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Opinion

Unfortunately, licensed to fail

Columns

People who want to work should be allowed to work. That includes people who once went to jail. With President Donald Trump’s support, Congress spends your money giving ex-cons “employment assistance.” Why bother? State laws often make such employment impossible. Courtney Haveman ...

State offers tips for a healthier pregnancy, avoiding birth defects

Editorials

Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Analysis: Democrats strain for civility, contrasts burst through

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Electability questions persist. Anxieties about gender and sexism are resurgent. And three leading candidates are about to get yanked off the campaign trail for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Those deep uncertainties shadowed Tuesday’s Democratic debate, ...

What’s happening on Wisconsin voter purge?

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The ongoing fight over whether 209,000 people in Wisconsin should be removed from voter registration rolls has pit liberals against conservatives in the closely divided battleground state. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016 and it is expected to be one ...

Allowing cellphone use in Michigan courts a positive step

Editorials

The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access. As it currently stands, courthouses across Michigan have different standards and ...

Democratic race is wide open in Iowa as caucuses near

Columns

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For two decades, Iowa has had a solid record of backing the ultimate Democratic presidential nominee. A clear victory in its caucuses next month could set the tone for the races that follow in New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. But an inconclusive result or ...

IM’s Jewish community once thrived

Letters to the Editor

It was with sadness that I read about the sale of the building that was Anshe Knesseth, the Jewish synagogue in Iron Mountain. It had been founded in the late 1800s by a community of Jews who had fled persecution and anti-Semitism in Eastern Europe and Russia. They settled throughout the ...

Residents advised to beware of Social Security scammers

Editorials

Those who receive Social Security are warned to be wary of scammers, area officials advised. “Scammers go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information. We want to help you protect your information by helping you recognize a Social Security imposter,” said Edward Cariuty, ...

Ahead of impeachment trial, Trump suggests not having it

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the Senate should simply dismiss the impeachment case against him, an extraordinary suggestion as the House prepares to transmit the charges to the chamber for the historic trial. The Republican president is giving mixed messages ahead of the ...

Patient praises DCHS for care, professionalism

Editorials

Bouquet From Larry S. Unrein, Iron Mountain: I have been hearing a lot of gossip — key word being gossip — about the care given at our local Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. Comments like, “Take your service elsewhere, because they don’t know what they are doing or they don’t ...

AP Explains: Not all cyber threats equally worrisome

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia reported unusual cyber activity targeting its election systems. The Texas governor said the state was encountering attempted “attacks” at the rate of “about 10,000 per minute” from Iran. Information technology staff in Las Vegas responded to an ...

Ongoing debate over Marquette nickname must remain civil

Editorials

You wouldn’t think a potential name change would cause a lot of consternation, but that seems to be the case with the Redmen/Redettes controversy brewing in the Marquette Area Public Schools district, specifically Marquette Senior High School. At the Dec. 16 MAPS Board of Education meeting, ...

Are child public figures fair game for criticism from adults?

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn’t as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives. Those public lives often come with heaping ...

Area sites offer options for more recycling

Letters to the Editor

Have you noticed Iron Mountain is a city that has many alleys? On garbage day, many of the garbage containers in these numerous alleys are full. Having conquered the elusive science of weights and measures, the results are concerning: 55% of the volume of material put into and around these ...

Additional care, caution needed when on ice

Editorials

With the winter solstice officially behind us, the days have now started to slowly get longer (even though it doesn’t feel like it, at all). But as most Yoopers already know, the grip of winter will still be around for months to come. With that under consideration, we must remember to use ...

McConnell, Pelosi stand firm as impeachment remains frozen

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The standoff over President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial deepened as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said there will be “no haggling” with Democrats as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demands for more details and witnesses. McConnell’s Senate majority has the ...

Trump asks NATO to do more in Mideast

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he would ask NATO to step up its involvement in the Middle East, an unexpected request from a president who in the past has questioned the relevance of the transatlantic alliance and split with some member nations over his approach to ...

DNR: People need to ‘Ride Right’ when using snowmobiles

Editorials

As snowmobilers look to enjoy one of the state’s most popular winter activities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to ride at a safe speed, on the right side of the trail and stay sober. It’s all part of the DNR’s “Ride Right” snowmobile safety campaign, ...

Trump campaign seizes on killing of Iran general

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump once warned Barack Obama not to "play the Iran card" to boost his political prospects by starting a war. Eight years later, Trump is showing no reluctance to capitalize politically on his order to kill a top Iranian general, drawing accusations that he is ...

Trump backs off threat to attack Iranian cultural sites

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran retaliates against the U.S. for killing one of its top generals. Targeting cultural sites is a war crime. After first tweeting the threat and later reiterating it to ...