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Opinion

Court’s LGBTQ discrimination ruling the right decision

Editorials

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people scored a major victory on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex also applies to sexuality and gender identity. Why wouldn’t it? Of course, some people won’t like ...

Bolton book says Trump asked China to help him get reelected

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump "pleaded" with China's Xi Jinping during a 2019 summit to help his reelection prospects, according to a scathing new book by former Trump adviser John Bolton that accuses the president of being driven by political calculations when making national ...

Cancer Loan Closet back on regular schedule

Letters to the Editor

The Cancer Loan Closet is happy to announce we are back to our regularly scheduled days and hours, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. These last few months have been a real challenge for us. Thankfully through the pandemic we have been able to assist our cancer clients as needed. We now ...

Reopening UIA regional offices should be a priority

Editorials

We join state Rep. Sara Cambensy and others who are asking that Unemployment Insurance Agency regional offices and phone lines be reopened with all due haste. The Marquette Democrat and a handful of Michigan House of Representatives members sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter asking as ...

Watchdogs: Trump admin limits oversight on virus aid

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government watchdogs are warning that a legal determination by the Trump administration could severely limit their ability to oversee more than $1 trillion in spending related to the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to four congressional committees, a panel of inspectors ...

Keeping the brain healthy and active

Editorials

Let’s hope during these trying times that people take care of their brains as well as their bodies. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Alzheimer’s Association is sharing 10 Ways to Love Your Brain to raise awareness of ...

Supreme Court rules that gay, transgender workers protected

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a landmark civil rights law protects gay, lesbian and transgender people from discrimination in employment, a resounding victory for LGBT rights from a conservative court. The court decided by a 6-3 vote that a key provision of the Civil ...

Decisions about education should be made carefully

Editorials

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

In time of crises, lands bill gives Senate a chance to unite

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — At a time of national crises, the Senate has been able to come together on a topic both parties celebrate: the great outdoors. While the country copes with the coronavirus, an economic downturn and a reckoning over racism, lawmakers have reached bipartisan agreement on an ...

Absentee voting a good option

Letters to the Editor

It’s nice to go to the polls and greet neighbors. But not during a pandemic. And not if you and two or three tired, cranky children are waiting in line after you’ve worked all day. Those closest to the door may have a chair, but often the line of voters stretches far beyond the line of ...

Treasury chief refusing to disclose recipients of virus aid

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Building ramparts of secrecy around a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program for small businesses, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has moved from delay to denial in refusing outright to disclose the recipients of taxpayer-funded loans. Mnuchin told Congress at a ...

The history and message behind Flag Day in US

Editorials

Bouquet From Robert Massicotte, post adjutant, American Legion Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post 50, Iron Mountain: Each year, our nation pauses to honor the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. In July 1908, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective ...

Poll: Americans claim they’re maintaining virus precautions

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most Americans say they are wearing masks. They are still by and large avoiding restaurants. And the vast majority are still staying at least six feet from others when out and about. Even as states and metropolitan areas throughout the country relax restrictions on ...

Health officials urge sticking with virus precautions

Editorials

After weeks under stay-at-home orders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted several measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, letting businesses and restaurants reopen and allowing some larger group activities. Unfortunately, some are taking relaxing these restriction as a green ...

Historical figures reassessed around globe after Floyd death

Columns

The rapidly unfolding movement to pull down Confederate monuments around the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of police has extended to statues of slave traders, imperialists, conquerors and explorers around the world, including Christopher Columbus, Cecil Rhodes and ...

Doing something about COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

Here I am again and this time with some fun for you. Picture a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent all jumping off a cliff together. Oh! They all crashed on the rocks below. Now why did that happen? Well, science is real and there is where we can find our answer. It was gravity that ...

Be safe when returning to the roads

Editorials

After months of staying at home because of COVID-19, drivers are beginning to get back on the road. AAA urges that motorists avoid falling back into dangerous driving habits. “The pandemic has highlighted the extent to which individual decisions and behaviors can impact the health and ...

Trump: No change at bases named for Confederate officers

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will "not even consider" changing the name of any of the 10 Army bases that are named for Confederate Army officers. Two days earlier, Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated that he was open to a broad discussion of ...

Can’t turn away from injustice, intolerance

Letters to the Editor

The murder of George Floyd by police officers calls for justice. Pope Francis at his general audience June 3 said, “Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of ...

Floyd’s death calls for broader police reforms

Editorials

Now that we’ve seen George Floyd’s full autopsy report, as well as the results of a private examination, there is no doubt that he died as a result of excessive force by the police. While reports conflict about whether asphyxia directly caused Floyd’s death, what happened at the hands ...