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Opinion

A suggestion to reopen schools

Letters to the Editor

A plan for reopening school in our community: — Half of students attend school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Home school online on Tuesdays and Thursdays. — Second half attend school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Home school online on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This leaves room for ...

Lower child immunization rates troubling

Editorials

It’s not a secret that many routine trips to the doctor have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent report showed a worrisome trend: Fewer children in Michigan than usual are currently up-to-date on routine vaccines due to postponed well-child visits amid the COVID-19 ...

White House-backed campaign pushes alternate career paths

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump on Tuesday unveiled a White House-backed national ad campaign highlighting alternative ways to start a career, an initiative targeting students, mid-career workers and the millions who are now unemployed because of the ...

BLM movement mischaracterized

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is in response to the Letter to the Editor on July 8 from Ms. Trask. Ms. Trask admonished the Iron Mountain City Council on the resolution they passed affirming the Black Lives Matter movement. Ms. Trask stated that BLM’s “agenda is dangerous and includes leaders who threaten ...

DNR: New laws, rules in Wisconsin for ATVs, UTVs

Editorials

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to stay safe and be courteous to others by following the new All-Terrain Vehicle and Utility Terrain Vehicle laws passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature. The new laws, which took effect March 4, address passenger requirements, ...

Ready or not: Election costs soar in prep for virus voting

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The demand for mail-in ballots is surging. Election workers need training. And polling booths might have to be outfitted with protective shields during the COVID-19 pandemic. As officials prepare for the Nov. 3 election, one certainty is clear: It’s coming with a big ...

More small business funding is good news for region

Editorials

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had major impacts on small businesses throughout Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, as many have had to endure the difficulties involved with fundamentally changing their operations or even closing their doors during the pandemic. While businesses ...

Trump, Biden try to outdo each other with tough talk on China

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — China has fast become a top election issue as President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden engage in a verbal brawl over who’s better at playing the tough guy against Beijing. The Trump campaign put out ads showing Biden toasting China’s Xi Jinping, even though Trump ...

Trump will make the call on GOP convention

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of insisting that the Republican National Convention go off as scheduled despite the pandemic, President Donald Trump is slowly coming to accept that the late August event will not be the four-night infomercial for his reelection that he had anticipated. After ...

Good job on City Park mini-parade for Fourth of July

Editorials

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: Cheers to those who organized and participated in the mini-parade at City Park on the Fourth of July. You stepped up to the plate and gave back to the community a tribute to all veterans who served and those who are serving at this difficult time for ...

Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court’s most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas’ baritone was heard by the whole world when ...

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, ...