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Opinion

DIDHD: Take steps to avoid spreading COVID-19 in region

Editorials

The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department would like to remind the public to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. COVID-19 is spread mainly among people who are in close contact with one another. Approximately 30% of the COVID-19 cases in the Upper ...

Supreme Court ruling keeps Trump taxes private for now

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rejecting President Donald Trump’s complaints that he’s being harassed, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in favor of a New York prosecutor’s demands for the billionaire president’s tax records. But in good political news for Trump, his taxes and other financial ...

Court: Some employers can refuse to offer free birth control

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled broadly Wednesday in favor of the religious rights of employers in two cases that could leave more than 70,000 women without free contraception and tens of thousands of people with no way to sue for job discrimination. In both cases the court ...

Woman wrong to confront officer

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Recently, one of the four officers involved in the death of George Floyd Jr. was grocery shopping at Cub Foods in a suburb of Minneapolis when he was asked by a woman if he was indeed one of the officers involved. The officer admitted he was J. Alexander Kueng. The woman then ...

Keep the second wave of COVID-19 away from the state

Editorials

Will the state of Michigan, as well as the United States, enter a second wave of COVID-19? It remains to be seen. Photos of people not exactly engaging in the proper social distancing of at least 6 feet on local beaches made the rounds on social media over the Fourth of July ...

Trump invests big in attacks on Biden’s age

Columns

President Donald Trump has accused his Democratic rival Joe Biden of having connections to the “radical left” and has pilloried his relationship with China, his record on criminal justice, his plans for the pandemic and even his son’s business dealings. But the 74-year-old Trump has ...

Need to end digital divide for students

Editorials

Students and school districts had to adjust dramatically this spring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The transition from face-to-face education to remote learning was challenging enough, given how quickly it had to be enacted, but for many districts in rural areas, the transition was made ...

Trump increasingly turning to executive orders, more to come

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is setting a brisk pace lately in issuing executive orders and he’s just getting started as he tries to position himself as a man of action on everything from foreign policy to racial justice in an election year. The impact of some of the orders, ...

IM council should rescind support of BLM movement

Letters to the Editor

A recent front-page article announced that the Iron Mountain City Council passed a resolution affirming the Black Lives Matter movement. No doubt their intentions were good and they wanted to proclaim that racism is ugly and unwelcome in our community. Who wouldn’t agree with that? But I ...

Book by Trump niece offers scathing portrayal of president

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Mary L. Trump, a ...

Risky Fourth weekend reveling may hurt us all

Editorials

Brace yourselves. It appears we likely are set to receive a beating from the pandemic coronavirus that ground our nation, and much of the rest of the world, to a halt in recent months. Don’t be surprised if the coming wave arrives in parallel with renewed restrictions on our leisure and ...

Justices rule states can bind presidential electors’ votes

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a decision flavored with references to "Hamilton" and "Veep," the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states' popular vote winner in the Electoral College. The ruling, in cases in Washington state and ...

Nothing wrong with absentee voting system

Letters to the Editor

I have heard our president speaking this past week about a flood of ballots, fraudulent ballots, being sent in for the upcoming election from Europe and other places to slant our election process. When I heard this, I had to wonder how the president’s staff let him include such an ...

Neutral tuition impact should help NMU students

Editorials

Setting tuition rates and dealing with financial matters are challenging processes, even in the best of times. With the COVID-19 crisis, it‘s more difficult. That‘s why we’re happy that Northern Michigan University has found a way to possibly have a zero net increase for many students ...

Saying thanks to our heroes

Columns

Some people have labeled singers, actors and politicians as heroes in their occupation because they personify American values. My heroes are the men and women that have served in our armed forces since the start of our nation’s history. These generations of heroes have witnessed their ...

For nation’s birthday, Trump stokes divisions

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day meant for unity and celebration, President Donald Trump vowed to "safeguard our values" from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies. Trump ...

UP Blood Center says thanks for a successful drive

Editorials

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Bryan Laurila at First Lutheran Church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Tadych’s Family Market in Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drive in the month of June. As a result of their efforts, we ...

Only verified intelligence? A look at presidents’ briefings

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump was never briefed on intelligence that Russia had put a bounty on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan because there wasn’t corroborating evidence. But former intelligence officials say presidents are routinely informed about ...

Daily News photos don’t show virus precautions

Editorials

Barb: Pictures say a thousand words. I am very disappointed in the recent pictures in the paper of local interest that do not show people properly masked or socially distanced. You as a newspaper have provided a subtle message to the community that everything is back to “normal.” The new ...

Analysis: Trump’s two Russias confound coherent US policy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to Russia, the Trump administration just can’t seem to make up its mind. For the past three years, the administration has careered between President Donald Trump’s attempts to curry favor and friendship with Vladimir Putin and longstanding deep-seated ...