Opinion

Some big farms collect big from Trump aid package

Columns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around ...

Take care to guard against spreading invasive species

Editorials

Independence Day in the Upper Peninsula saw scores of people taking to the region’s waterways. Let’s hope those having fun on boats or other forms of watercraft in the Upper Peninsula region took care to make sure they didn’t have any foreign riders on board with them. This is Aquatic ...

Protecting Michiganders’ rights from government overreach

Columns

The government has no business deciding how Michiganders transport and carry out their constitutional right to bear arms on their own private property. Private property rights are in place for a reason. Michigan should be promoting greater personal freedom — not hindering it. That’s why I ...

Evangelicals on wrong side in treatment of immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Do the Republican Party and evangelicals support child abuse and neglect? In the past prior to Trump, this would have been a crazy question with a clear answer of no. In the Trump White House and Republican Senate and for a large majority of evangelicals, the answer now is yes, in my opinion. ...

The Maddow question: Should commentators moderate debates?

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — During her turn as moderator in last week's Democratic primary debate, Rachel Maddow briefly scuffled with Bernie Sanders and, with Pete Buttigieg, induced the campaign rarity of a politician admitting to a failure. But she didn't put to rest the issue of whether NBC News ...

The Declaration of Independence

Editorials

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the ...

When they were young

Columns

When they were young, their whole bright world, life and future was ahead of them. When they were young, for many, girlfriends, marriage, children and grandchildren were yet to be experienced. When they were young, they attended family gatherings, weddings, parties with friends and various ...

Trump Facebook ads use models to portray supporters

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, ...

AG’s Line 5 move sets state down wrong path

Editorials

We believe Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s move last week to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, saying they pose an “unacceptable risk” and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house replacement pipes, ...

Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

The US can do better treating migrant children

Letters to the Editor

The same administration that claims to protect the life of the unborn asserted through attorney Sarah Fabian to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the government has no obligation to provide toothbrushes, soap and hygiene products for children under terms of the Flores Settlement, which ...

Baptism by fire: Grisham has eventful first days

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — She is President Donald Trump's new top spokeswoman. But she said barely a word during what became her introduction to the world. Stephanie Grisham received a baptism by fire over the weekend as she accompanied the president on his high-stakes trip to Asia and threw her ...

For Fourth of July, more effort against impaired driving

Editorials

This Independence Day, law enforcement officers in Michigan wants the public to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday but with caution and a plan to get home safely. Stepped-up drunken driving enforcement will take place starting today through July 14 across the state — in other words, ...

Trump-Kim DMZ meeting mixes show, substance

Columns

PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — “Ok, let’s do it.” With those words, a deliberate step and a pat on the arm of Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea on Sunday as the two made history at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. ...

Past immigration debate makes today’s seem almost enlightened

Columns

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s per capita quantity ...

Trump dismisses Carter’s criticism on his legitimacy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed former President Jimmy Carter's swipe at the legitimacy of his presidency, calling it nothing more than a "Democrat talking point," while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old Carter. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in ...

Appreciates rehab at DCHS

Editorials

Bouquet From Bill Verrette, Iron Mountain: For the past 12 weeks I have been attending cardiac rehab sessions three times a week at Dickinson County Healthcare System. The nurses who operate the cardiac rehab facility did an outstanding job in leading me through the rehab ...

Senate GOP leader McConnell relishes role as ‘Grim Reaper’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper — the one who holds the scythe leading to the chamber where the desires of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House majority go to die. It is a role that can bring a pursed smile to his face. This week, he had ...

Think before lighting up those fireworks

Editorials

It’s less than a week until Fourth of July, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday. Some might even intend to shoot them off this weekend. If so, best be aware of what’s allowed in your community. A relatively new law in Michigan reduced from 30 to ...