Opinion

Biden draws fire for words on segregationist senators

Columns

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is dismissing calls to apologize for saying that the Senate “got things done” with “civility” even when the body included segregationists with whom he disagreed. His rivals for the 2020 nomination, including the two major black candidates in ...

Balloon releases put wildlife at risk, become trash

Editorials

Ever wonder where released balloons go once they float over the tree line or horizon? We do, after all, release millions and millions of them each year, commemorating everything from birthdays and sporting events to business openings and anniversaries. Turns out a lot of them are coming down ...

Must we wage war with Iran?

Columns

“The Pentagon has released new color photos as proof that Iran was behind last week’s attack on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,” ABC News reported. Hours before that attack, Iranians launched surface-to-air missile at a U.S. drone monitoring the tankers. The missile missed. In ...

Reunion of Vietnam veterans

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am sending a photo of two old veterans and their wives who were reunited June 4 after nearly 51 years. Bob LeFleur of Florence, Wis., and I served in Vietnam with the 20th Engineer Battalion at Pleiku in 1968. We lost contact after Vietnam. After 50 years, I thought I’d try ...

Michigan Tobacco Quitline offers free aids to fight habit

Editorials

For any Michigander who has longed to quit tobacco products but lacked the resources to try some of the methods available, now might be the opportunity to give it a go. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced it can provide free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges ...

Trump officially launches 2020 campaign

Columns

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 as he kicked off his reelection campaign with a grievance-filled rally focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a possible second ...

Many Democrats happy to see Sanders trending down

Columns

History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time. The earlier assumption was that the 2020 Democratic race would boil down to a brawl between Sanders and Joe Biden. Now we see ...

Boating rules might work in the UP as well as downstate

Editorials

Many us have had a pleasant afternoon or evening on a Michigan river — boating, fishing or just drifting with the current — ruined by the drunks in the next boat over. Regrettable as it might be, these uncaring people make it miserable for everyone, including campers, by being loud, rowdy ...

US: Iran should still comply with nuke deal Trump slammed

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration found itself in the awkward position Monday of demanding that Iran comply with a nuclear accord that the president has derided as the worst deal in history. Iran announced Monday it would break a limit on uranium stockpiles established by a 2015 ...

High court upholds rule that allows federal and state charges

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding a constitutional rule that allows state and federal governments to prosecute someone for the same crime, a closely watched case because of its potential implications for people prosecuted in the Russia investigation. The court’s 7-2 ...

A reminder to properly secure trailers and cargo

Editorials

Getting ready to head out for a day or more of boating, camping or other recreation? Make sure the equipment being hauled gets to the destination without problems that can ruin that outing. As part of the June Law of the Month, the Wisconsin State Patrol reminds motorists to ensure that ...

To beat Trump, Democrats must practice a politics of modesty

Columns

WASHINGTON — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely ...

Trump calls NY Times report on Russia power grid ‘treason’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, saying it engaged in a “virtual act of treason” for a story that said the U.S. was ramping up its cyber-intrusions into Russia’s power grid. The Times reported on Saturday that the U.S. has bored into ...

Dems step up push on election security after Trump comments

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump’s willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package of bills in the ...

Good job done by departing IM superintendent

Letters to the Editor

Bouquet - From Bob Furno, Iron Mountain: Thank you, Raph Rittenhouse, for a job well done as Iron Mountain School District superintendent under difficult and trying circumstances for you and your family. To your credit, you have handled the adversity with class with malice towards none. You ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Editorials

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company offers these safety tips — — Power lines: Always consider a power line to be energized, even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed line or try to move ...

Call for WH aide Conway to be fired

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking unprecedented action, a federal watchdog agency recommended Thursday that President Donald Trump fire one of his most ardent defenders, counselor Kellyanne Conway , for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. The U.S. Office ...

Advice for graduates

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The greatest gift you can give to society and the human race is to help people realize their potential and how special they are as an individual, no matter their current situation. Every person inside themselves has a positive potential waiting to be awakened. Imagine what kind of ...

‘Deepfakes’ called new election threat, no easy fix

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Deepfake” videos pose a clear and growing threat to America’s national security, lawmakers and experts say. The question is what to do about it, and that’s not easily answered. A House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday served up a public warning about the ...

Recognizing women veterans every day

Editorials

Wednesday was Women Veterans Recognition Day in Michigan, as declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in recognition of the nearly 44,000 living women veterans in the state as well as the many more who served before them. While there’s nothing wrong with setting a day aside for women veterans, the ...