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Opinion

Youth service projects still possible, needed even amid pandemic

Editorials

While the world grapples with a pandemic that forces people to keep their distance from each other, youth community service opportunities may look different but are still an important part of development. The Michigan 4-H Youth Development Guiding Principles highlights the importance of youth ...

Trump defies states’ virus rules as campaign rallies grow

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is running as the "law and order" candidate. But that hasn't stopped him and his campaign from openly defying state emergency orders and flouting his own administration's coronavirus guidelines as he holds ever-growing rallies in battleground ...

Favors Metsa for 110th District

Letters to the Editor

It has been my pleasure to meet and talk with Janet Metsa on several occasions, and I am truly impressed with her knowledge and desire to serve the people of the U.P. Janet Metsa is not an ideologue; she is a problem solver who wants to work with all the citizens when she is elected to ...

State’s transparency about COVID in schools falls short

Editorials

Better late than never seems to be the best state health officials can do when it comes to providing basic information to Michiganders about COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Unfortunately, their late arrival means hundreds of thousands of Michigan families made decisions about returning to ...

Virus America, six months in: Disarray, dismay, disconnect

Columns

For years, Erin Whitehead has been a committed fan of the crisis-fueled medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” She has watched its doctors handle all manner of upheaval inside their put-upon hospital — terrifying diseases, destructive weather, bombs, mass shootings, mental illness, ...

Texans thank the UP electricians who came after Hurricane Laura

Editorials

Bouquet: Hi. I am from Orange, Texas. We are recovering from Hurricane Laura. The other day, riding around with my niece looking for food, we passed a lot of electric trucks helping our local energy company. The trucks are from Iron Mountain and some from Port Huron. My niece, Abby, asked why ...

Veteran US House incumbents cling to seats as districts evolve

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — As he logs another campaign season piloting his single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza around his vast, crimson-red Minnesota district, voters greet Rep. Collin Peterson by name. But something else is hauntingly familiar as the Democrat seeks a 16th term in Congress. "There are ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court action raises issues for November ballot

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to halt the mailing of absentee ballots raised concerns that it could cause delays and confusion in the presidential battleground state. The decision Thursday, 54 days before the Nov. 3 election, was only temporary. However, ...

State Senate should be proactive in ballot legislation

Editorials

It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Well, 2020 certainly qualifies, and state lawmakers are looking to address absentee ballot processing before it could become a major issue. A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ballots before ...

Trump revels in packed Michigan crowd

Columns

FREELAND, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump tried Thursday to refocus attention on his Democratic rival at a rally in battleground Michigan as he pushed to move past revelations he purposefully played down the danger of the coronavirus last winter. But the virus controversy followed him ...

State of country no surprise to him

Letters to the Editor

Quite honestly, what is transpiring in this country, pandemic aside — the chaos, uncertainty, etc. — does not surprise me at all. Approximately 10 years ago, I watched a news segment that showed how companies were having seminars for their managers on how to treat the new workforce ...

SC’s Graham says he helped set up Trump-Woodward interviews

Columns

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s top congressional allies, is denouncing an implication floated by a Fox News personality that he intended to sabotage the president by setting up a series of revelatory interviews with journalist Bob ...

Twitter to label or remove misleading claims on voting

Columns

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Twitter said Thursday that starting next week it will label or remove misleading claims that try to undermine public confidence in elections. The policy will apply to tweets that attempt to undermine people’s faith in the electoral process itself, such as false ...

Don’t ignore the other health threat this season — flu

Editorials

While the coronavirus pandemic has understandably dominated the headlines, health experts are warning not to neglect the other main contagion that looms on the horizon this time of year: flu. Concerns already have been raised about the threat of a “twindemic” — a severe flu season ...

Book: Trump said of virus, ‘I wanted to always play it down’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump talked privately about the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu and insisting the government had it totally under control, according to a new book by journalist Bob ...

By mail-in or otherwise, vote

Letters to the Editor

Here is today’s thought. Mail-in voting is the exact same thing as absentee voting. Both are safe and neither is prone to any kind of widespread fraud. If you do not believe me, try to get a ballot for a dead person or your dog. I have heard both of these thoughts coming from on high in a ...

906 Day reminds us what we have in common as Yoopers

Editorials

What unites Upper Peninsula residents? A love of plaid and pasties? A passion for euchre and cribbage? Maybe. But perhaps the most inclusive and obvious answer involves three digits: 906. These three numbers make up the area code that serves the entire Upper Peninsula, giving all of ...

US postmaster under fire over alleged campaign law violations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing increased scrutiny as House Democrats investigate allegations he encouraged employees at his former business to contribute to Republican candidates and then reimbursed them in the guise of bonuses, a violation of campaign finance ...

Country needs strong foundation

Letters to the Editor

President Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you …” and everybody listened. Why? Because they were scared to death of a nuclear confrontation with Russia, and Russia was building an arsenal in Cuba. What’s more, John F. Kennedy was right, and his statement was ...

The nation is at a crossroads

Letters to the Editor

Can this nation survive as a people united in a brotherhood of humanity? I believe we are at a crossroads. We have had almost four years of leadership focused on blind loyalty to President Donald Trump, the enrichment of the wealthy at the cost of the less well-off, stoking the divisions of ...