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Opinion

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

Editorials

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in politics and democracies around the world. The efforts outlined Monday include a special security tool for elected officials and ...

Think about family — give up smoking

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My wife passed away on Jan. 19, 2019, of stage 4 lung cancer. Yes, she smoked, but it is the cigarette companies I would like to go after. They make a poison, they know it, it kills, but there is big, huge money involved. Same with alcohol, addictive and it kills, and snuff. These ...

A week to think about teens driving safely

Editorials

Sunday through Saturday is National Teen Driver Safety Week. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in the United States for teens ages 15 to 18, ahead of all other types of injury, disease and violence. Inexperience and risk-taking behavior are factors that increase the danger ...

Mulvaney getting second-guessed on defense of Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Mick Mulvaney, the hits just keep on coming. First, President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff stirred up a tempest by acknowledging that the administration had held up aid to Ukraine in part to prod that country to investigate Democrats and the 2016 elections. ...

Chamber grateful for sponsors, help with Golf Scramble

Editorials

Bouquet — The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golf Scramble took place Aug. 22 at Pine Grove Country Club. This event is a great way for our community to get out and network with other like-minded people and it also benefits our younger generation by providing scholarships to ...

Shifting WH explanations on Ukraine aid draw GOP alarm

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance. Trump, in remarks at the White House, stood by his acting ...

Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign starts

Editorials

Autumn in Michigan includes tailgates and bonfires, along with Halloween parties. Officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police want to remind people to enjoy these activities and make safe driving choices this month as seat belt enforcement steps up ...

US picks Trump resort for G-7; critics call choice ‘brazen’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s suggestion that his Miami golf resort host next year’s Group of Seven summit became a reality Thursday, sparking an outcry from critics who called it the most blatant example yet of him using the power of his office to boost his business ...

Trump hails Syria cease-fire after he played role in crisis

Columns

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Donald Trump framed the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey as “a great day for civilization,” but its effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making. After hours of negotiation in Ankara, the two nations ...

MSP to host a Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 26

Editorials

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

US delegation to seek cease-fire with Turkey, Kurds in Syria

Columns

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A senior U.S. delegation led by Vice President Mike Pence pursued an uphill mission Thursday to persuade Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to call for a cease-fire in his fight with Kurdish forces in northern Syria. Pence and Erdogan wore dour expressions as they ...

Should Trump be above the law?

Letters to the Editor

Is anyone above the law? This requires we define what that means. It means that the justice system cannot investigate, charge/indict, try or convict a person for any suspected criminal act or activity. This has happened in some countries where the leader was viewed as ordained from a deific ...

Protect vulnerable in budget battle

Editorials

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer erred in putting funding for some of the state’s most at-risk populations on the line in her budget negotiations with the Legislature. Holding funding hostage for citizens who need it most isn’t helpful, and Republican lawmakers are right in trying to fix those ...

Takeaways: Warren under fire, 70s club ignores the age issue

Columns

A dozen Democratic presidential candidates participated in a spirited debate over health care, taxes, gun control and impeachment. Takeaways from the three-hour forum in Westerville, Ohio: WARREN'S RISE ATTRACTS ATTACKS Sen. Elizabeth Warren found Tuesday that her rise in the polls may come ...

Sondland prepared to deny he was warned about Ukraine work

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, is prepared to tell lawmakers this week that top White House national security officials never personally raised concerns with him about his dealings with Rudy Giuliani in Ukraine, a person familiar with his account ...

Harvest time means motorists should watch for machines

Editorials

Harvest season means a lot of large machines on rural roads, and big grain trucks coming in and out of fields and farm driveways. With more activity as the crops are brought in, drivers on all sides need to keep watch and share the road to stay safe, the Wisconsin State Patrol ...

The spiraling president adds self-impeachment to repertoire

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, an ongoing eruption of self-refuting statements (“I’m a very stable genius” with “a very good brain”), is adding self-impeachment to his repertoire. Spiraling downward in a tightening gyre, his increasingly unhinged public performances (Google the one with ...

Witness autumn’s splendor before it’s time to shovel

Editorials

While conditions these past few days have not been what autumn aficionados might hope for, with chilly temperatures and rain mixed with snow on the horizon, it’s not too late to soak up some autumn splendor. Sunny days might be a bit more ideal, but we are still hoping everyone finds at ...