Opinion

NMU graduates ‘commencing’ to next chapter

Editorials

Time really seems to zip by, doesn’t it, because here we are again at Northern Michigan University’s graduation weekend. It seems like just the other day it was winter commencement, but in fact at 10:30 a.m. Saturday another set of graduates will grab their diplomas and set out to conquer ...

Barr besieged by allegations he’s being Trump’s protector

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never ...

Trump Fed choice Moore withdraws amid controversy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator whom President Donald Trump had tapped for the Federal Reserve board, withdrew from consideration Thursday after losing Republican support in the Senate, largely over his past inflammatory writings about women. Trump tweeted the ...

DNR’s good deeds too often go unsung

Editorials

The April 22 edition of The News had a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, according to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the sucker a good ...

Key takeaways from Barr’s testimony and Mueller’s letter

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was Attorney General William Barr’s testimony, but Robert Mueller’s words stole the show. In his appearance Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee , Barr was on the defensive after a letter from Mueller surfaced criticizing how the attorney general handled ...

Disappointed by cuts in Florence library hours

Letters to the Editor

I am writing in opposition to the decision to drastically reduce operating hours of the Florence County Public Library following the recent incident involving an intruder attempting to enter the school. I truly hope and pray that this is only temporary. As a patron of the library and a ...

Changes in state forfeiture law long past due

Editorials

Although some in the law enforcement community might take issue, we believe legislation that’s headed to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer making fundamental changes in Michigan’s forfeiture law is not only appropriate but long past due. Under the bill, which enjoyed rare bi-partisan ...

Wisconsin’s hidden debt

Columns

In Wisconsin, our natural resources are an essential part of who we are as a state. We value our outdoor traditions and the stewardship program has helped Wisconsinites preserve natural areas and expand access to recreational activities, all of which are beneficial. Despite being well ...

Many questions after Trump rally in Green Bay

Letters to the Editor

This past Saturday, at a rally in Green Bay, Wis., the President of the United States said babies are being delivered, found to be healthy and then wrapped in blankets and put into a bed. At that point, the mother and her doctor who delivered the child then sit down and discuss whether or not ...

Trump lawsuit tries to block subpoenas for financial records

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, his family and the Trump Organization filed a lawsuit against Deutsche Bank and Capital One in an attempt to block congressional subpoenas seeking their banking and financial records. The lawsuit by Trump, sons Donald Jr. and Eric and daughter ...

MSP warns about phone scam in area

Editorials

Grandparents, beware. That frantic phone call supposedly from a beloved grandchild likely isn’t anyone even remotely related to you, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The post issued the warning after several residents in the region reported getting calls claiming to be ...

Why Loyal To Local is so important in the community

Columns

Over the past few months, many citizens have raised concerns over local store closures. We thank them for sharing these concerns. Store closures are a very visible reminder that where we choose to spend our dollars really matters. This is exactly why Loyal to Local, an initiative of the ...

Cuts are coming — can Pelosi and McConnell make a deal?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell, Washington’s odd couple, have a limited set of mutual legislative interests in a capital beset by dysfunction and awash in presidential politics. But automatic spending cuts, the legacy of a budget ...

Stressing the importance of infant vaccinations

Editorials

This is National Infant Immunization Week. Michigan health officials and the I Vaccinate campaign are using the week to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also has declared this Infant Immunization Week ...

Sports can be a smart investment for high schools

Columns

We communicate on smart phones, drive smart cars, make purchases using smart cards and even drink smart water. But, really, how smart are we? Between college admission and internet privacy scandals, sexual misconduct investigations, stolen trade secrets and the growing concern about how we ...

Biden might offer a restful break for voters

Columns

WASHINGTON — Three days before Joe Biden dove back into the deep end of the political pool, a rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the terrorist who bombed the 2013 Boston Marathon, and everyone else in America’s prisons, should be allowed to vote, lest the “chipping away” of voting ...

AP-NORC Poll: Democrats more trusted on health care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are giving Democrats a clear edge on health care as the 2020 presidential race gears up, according to a new poll that also finds many Republicans backing one of their competitors’ top ideas: a government insurance plan people can buy into. But support for the ...

Appreciates support for Holy Tuesday Choral Service

Editorials

Bouquet From the Rev. Edward Laarman, Niagara, Wis.: As the treasurer of the Iron Mountain Area Clergy Association, I am writing to thank the community for your wonderful generosity. On April 16, the Dickinson County Community Chorus offered a stunningly beautiful Holy Tuesday Choral Service ...

Free speech means all should have the chance to comment

Editorials

Greg Lukianoff, author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, presented “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What to Do About It” on Monday at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall. Lukianoff is co-author, with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, of ...

In defense of Kate Smith

Columns

The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the ‘30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin’s song “God Bless America” and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in hindsight are viewed ...