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Opinion

Klobuchar deserves a look

Columns

Beats me why heartland Democrats running for president haven’t gained more traction. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan just left the race despite his success in part of the industrial Midwest that delivered the presidency to Donald Trump. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock continues to just hang on, arguing that ...

Poll: Trump approval stays steady

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's approval rating is holding steady as the House presses forward with an impeachment probe that could imperil his presidency, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. But there are warning signs in the ...

Almost time for the annual train show in Florence

Letters to the Editor

Some of the folks around here know my wife, Melissa, and I through our annual Florence Country Library train show that happens the second Saturday of December every year. This will be year 11! We started with one train set and a rather small gathering, with more old folks than kids in ...

Biden’s communion denial in SC highlights faith-politics conflict

Columns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest’s denial of communion to Joe Biden in South Carolina on Sunday illustrates the fine line presidential candidates must walk as they talk about their faiths: balancing religious values with a campaign that asks them to choose a side in polarizing ...

SHF an essential organization that supports community

Editorials

It’s easy to overlook the many organizations that live in Marquette County that, through one device or another, provide funding to deserving nonprofits that serve the population. They just always seem to be there when a need must be addressed. That’s how it is with the Superior Health ...

FBI offers ways to ward off cybercriminals

Editorials

Internet-enabled crimes and cyber intrusions are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Preventing them requires that every user of a connected device be aware and on guard. During National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the FBI joins in asking every user of a connected device to “Own IT. ...

White House official defies subpoena, deepening standoff

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former national security official defied a House subpoena Monday, escalating a standoff between Congress and the White House over who will testify in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. Charles Kupperman, who was a deputy to former national security ...

Hearing boos a rarity for shielded Trump

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The boos were loud. And for President Donald Trump, they may have felt unfamiliar. Trump was showered with jeers, boos and chants (as well as some cheers) when he attended a World Series game at Nationals Park in Washington on Sunday. It was a rare moment of in-your-face ...

Take steps to protect against lead exposure at home

Editorials

As part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Michiganders about the sources of lead in and around their homes, and how to protect their health. Lead can be found in soil, chipping and peeling paint, drinking water if ...

Weak political parties pave the way for demagogues

Columns

WASHINGTON — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and public manners are so low that a critical mass of people are jolted into saying “enough, already.” ...

Growing uncertainty looms over Democrat’s 2020 primary contests

Columns

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Look no further than Pearl City Station, a plain brick building set along the banks of the Mississippi River, to understand the growing sense of uncertainty seeping into the Democratic Party's 2020 primary contest. Inside, 200 Iowa Democrats recently sized up Joe ...

Goodman senior citizen appreciated volunteer fall cleanup

Editorials

Bouquet — On Saturday, Oct. 19, the senior citizens in Goodman and Armstrong Creek, Wis., had a special helping hand. Families from the two schools in Goodman, organized by Sally Kalkofen, came to rake leaves, clean out garages, wash windows and do small repairs for seniors. The family ...

Judge hands Democrats a victory in impeachment inquiry

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has ordered the Justice Department to give the House secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, handing a victory to Democrats as they gather evidence for the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. In a ...

RNC ‘wholeheartedly’ backs Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican National Committee moved Friday in an extraordinary vote to express that it "now more than ever wholeheartedly supports" President Donald Trump as he confronts House Democrats' impeachment probe. The national party's governing body expressed solidarity with ...

Don’t blindside drivers with state parks pass

Editorials

Legislation introduced in the Michigan House would make state park vehicle passes mandatory, unless drivers opted out. Michigan’s state parks and recreations areas are a tremendous resource, but this is a sneaky way to boost funding for their upkeep. If state parks are in need of additional ...

Trump 2020 targeting Hispanic vote in nontraditional places

Columns

YORK, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is making contrarian appeals in the most unusual places, trying to win over Hispanic voters in states not known for them, like Pennsylvania. His second campaign, far better financed and organized than his first, is pressing ...

Graham resolution condemns ‘closed’ House impeachment probe

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Senate ally of President Donald Trump introduced a resolution Thursday condemning the Democratic-run House for pursuing an “illegitimate impeachment inquiry” and demanding that Republicans be given more chances to question witnesses. The nonbinding resolution ...

Some ways to avoid accidental Halloween scares

Editorials

This weekend has a number of events leading up to the trick-or-treating to homes and neighborhoods for Halloween, which comes Thursday, Oct. 31. A few precautions can better ensure a fun and safe outing for those headed out in costume, state fire officials have advised. Making such choices ...

No linkage to CTE from playing high school football

Columns

When it comes to the long-term effects of concussions in sports, there is a wide range of information published — almost on a daily basis. Unfortunately, much of the media coverage as it relates to high school sports — and particularly the sport of football — is misleading. Last week, ...

While Trump rakes in cash, some Senate GOP lagging

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is raising record amounts of cash for his 2020 reelection. But that fundraising might isn't spilling over to the most vulnerable Republicans fighting to hold onto their seats in a narrowly divided Senate. During the third quarter, former astronaut ...