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Opinion

Legislators make classic power grab

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It appears that our legislators have gone on strike. They won’t approve any of the governor’s nominations because they don’t like the virus restrictions. The won’t release the FEDERAL education funds until they’ve wrested power away from the state Health Department. Oh, ...

Winter high school sports start, with some precautions

Editorials

While Michigan high schools were able to resume winter sports Monday after seeing the 2020 season shut down by the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, the look definitely is different. Under guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, athletes are required to wear masks ...

Trump Senate trial gets go-ahead after emotional, graphic first day

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House prosecutors on Tuesday wrenched senators and the nation back to the deadly attack on Congress as they opened Donald Trump's historic second impeachment trial with graphic video of the insurrection and Trump's own calls for a rally crowd to march to the iconic building ...

Propane supply availability in Michigan — ready for change

Columns

Propane supply to the Upper Peninsula has been a flashpoint in the debate about Line 5, a 67-year-old, Canadian-owned oil pipeline running along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac. The public deserves to have a realistic, clear understanding of whether the U.P. will have an adequate ...

Political climate isn’t improving, even after election

Editorials

Here’s a question we’d like someone to answer for us: When will the political climate improve in this country? Think it already has with the defeat of Donald Trump? Sorry, no. The impeachment trial of the former president is set to launch in the U.S. Senate today. Get ready for a torrent ...

Organ donation efforts critical amid challenging times

Editorials

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made some aspects of volunteerism and donation more challenging, there are still many ways to contribute to your community and beyond. One wonderful example can be found with the Northern Michigan University School of Nursing, which is spreading the word about ...

GOP senators still back Trump as impeachment trial to start

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s defenders in the Senate on Sunday rallied around the former president before his impeachment trial, dismissing it as a waste of time and arguing that the former president’s fiery speech before the U.S. Capitol insurrection does not make him responsible for ...

Reagan’s longtime Secretary of State George Shultz dies at 100

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State George P. Shultz, a titan of American academia, business and diplomacy who spent most of the 1980s trying to improve Cold War relations with the Soviet Union and forging a course for peace in the Middle East, has died. He was 100. Shultz died ...

Biden wants fast COVID aid, but minimum wage hike in doubt

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden laid out his case Friday for moving fast to pass $1.9 trillion in coronavirus relief, but even as he opened the door to proceeding without Republicans, he conceded that a key element of his plan — hiking the minimum wage to $15 per hour — was unlikely ...

Trump’s impeachment trial confronts memories of attack

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment trial of Donald Trump is more than an effort to convict the former president of inciting an insurrection. It's a chance for a public accounting and remembrance of the worst attack on the U.S. Capitol in 200 years. In the month since the Jan. 6 siege by a ...

CTE Month a great time to explore a career in the trades

Editorials

We wholeheartedly agree with a press release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office: Students should be encouraged to explore education and career pathways during Career and Technical Education Month. This week, Gov. Whitmer joined the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and ...

Dem-led House, drawing a line, kicks Greene off committees

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A fiercely divided House tossed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off both her committees Thursday, an unprecedented punishment that Democrats said she’d earned by spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories. Underscoring the political vise her inflammatory commentary ...

Prudent to keep mask mandate

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Thursday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed SJR 3, a resolution that formally repeals the governor’s COVID-19 public health emergency order, and, in turn, the extension of his statewide mask mandate. We are a group of legislators from northeast Wisconsin, writing this letter to ...

US rushes to catch up in the race to detect mutant viruses

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Despite its world-class medical system and its vaunted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. fell behind in the race to detect dangerous coronavirus mutations. And it's only now beginning to catch up. The problem has not been a shortage of technology or ...

House GOP keeps Cheney as No. 3 leader, stands by Greene

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans decided Wednesday to stand by two GOP lawmakers who have polarized the party, voting to retain Rep. Liz Cheney as their No. 3 leader and saying they’d fight a Democratic push to kick Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene off her committees. In a 145-61 vote by ...

As severe winter conditions set in, take some precautions

Editorials

With forecasts of snow, high winds and icy conditions today, followed by dangerously low temperatures through the weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency advises that individuals and families take precautions to protect against the hazards severe winter weather may bring. “Icy ...

Find safer ways to celebrate the big game this weekend

Editorials

With restaurants and bars opening up to 25% capacity Monday, some Yoopers might be making plans for watching the big game this weekend. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says when it comes to Super Bowl parties during the pandemic, people should “just ...

Biden flexible on who gets aid, tells lawmakers to ‘go big’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden encouraged Democratic lawmakers Wednesday to “act fast” on his $1.9 trillion COVID rescue plan but also signaled he's open to changes, including limiting the proposed $1,400 direct payments to Americans with lower income levels, which could draw ...

Not quite ‘Great Melting Pot’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I was just sitting here thinking that as far back as my grade-school days, which were the 1950s, I have heard that America is the “Great Melting Pot” as a nation. Wait a minute. Right now, today, this month, this year, I am seeing non-white people still being treated as less than ...