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Opinion

McCarthy faces choices as GOP divides over Cheney, Greene

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy met late Tuesday with hard-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene as Republicans wrestled over how to handle a bipartisan outcry over her embrace of outlandish conspiracy theories, including suggestions that mass shootings at the nation's ...

Glass recycling a great step taken by Ishpeming Township

Editorials

Congratulations are in order for Ishpeming Township and Jim Nankervis, who serves as township supervisor, for launching a new glass recycling program. Using $71,000 in grant money received from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy and The Recycling Partnership, glass ...

House team files its case against Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump endangered the lives of all members of Congress when he aimed a mob of supporters “like a loaded cannon” at the U.S. Capitol, House Democrats said Tuesday in making their most detailed case yet for why the former president should be convicted and permanently ...

Rebuttal to ‘wolf control needed’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In the letter, “Wolf control is needed in region” published Jan. 28, Allen Peterson stated he was bringing facts to the woman who wrote “Wolves are not a problem.” Below are the unsubstantiated claims he calls “facts,” along with the facts. Claim 1. In Hermansville, the ...

Wisconsin’s Johnson weighs future with 2022 election ahead

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After President Donald Trump lost his reelection bid, most Senate Republicans, his Justice Department and the courts dismissed or disputed his baseless claims about a “stolen election.” Not Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson. The GOP senator used his chairmanship of the ...

Despite some relief, Michigan restaurants remain in peril

Editorials

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has granted restaurants the option to operate with limited indoor dining, after months of having to survive on takeout and outdoor seating during a Michigan winter. Yet the damage thousands of restaurants have endured is likely to be lasting. The state restaurant ...

Some of life’s simple pleasures

Columns

It is said that the two things one cannot avoid are death and taxes. For discussion’s sake, let us take the former, death. It takes life from us in various ways, such as suddenly, maybe by accidents; or longer, through intense suffering; or quietly, in our sleep. We never know when exactly ...

Whitmer has record $3.5M in bank for reelection campaign

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reported having a record $3.5 million in the bank for her 2022 reelection campaign Monday, shattering what was raised by previous Michigan governors halfway through their first terms. Whitmer, a Democrat whose profile has grown nationally in the ...

Officials’ behavior an affront to the democratic process

Editorials

At a moment when discourse in our nation seems to have reached an all-time low, along came Ron Clous and his rifle. We, and probably many of the constituents Clous serves as a Grand Traverse County commissioner, had to do a double-take Jan. 20 as the elected official left view of his webcam ...

Biden invites GOP lawmakers to WH for virus relief talk

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to meet this afternoon with a group of 10 Republican senators who have proposed spending about one-third of the $1.9 trillion he is seeking in coronavirus aid, though congressional Democrats are poised to move ahead without Republican support. An ...

Thomas: Biden a liberal wolf in moderate sheep’s clothing

Columns

President Biden and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, have assured us he is a “devout Catholic” who “attends church regularly.” The question is not new but should be asked again and a credible answer demanded. How can one be devout about one’s faith and not comport with Scripture and ...

Iverson steps away as Breitung fire chief

Editorials

Bouquet: As of Dec. 14, Jeff Iverson has officially retired as chief of the Breitung Township Volunteer Fire Department. His retirement comes after 21 years serving as chief and 34 years total on the department. As well as being the chief, Jeff worked for Breitung Township’s Department of ...

Biden warns of cost of delay on $1.9T COVID relief plan

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden warned Friday of a steep and growing "cost of inaction" on his $1.9 trillion COVID relief plan as the White House searched for "creative" ways to win public support for a package that is getting a cold shoulder from Senate Republicans. In the age of ...

Biden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive orders

Columns

President Joe Biden and aides are showing touches of prickliness over growing scrutiny of his heavy reliance on executive orders in his first days in office. The president in just over a week has already signed more than three dozen executive orders and directives aimed at addressing the ...

Holocaust: Diligence needed to avoid a repeat of history

Editorials

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on many aspects of life, including the commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Week, which started Sunday, and Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was Wednesday. As detailed in a story in Thursday’s Mining Journal, people around the world found ways to ...

Rule-breaking politicians

Columns

After Joe Biden’s inauguration, he ordered everyone on federal lands to wear a mask. That night, he and his family posed for pictures at the Lincoln Memorial — none of them wearing a mask. California Governor Gavin Newsom told Californians it’s “essential” to avoid “mixing with ...

Michigan Sen. Peters to lead Dem efforts to expand majority

Columns

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, who won a tough reelection race in the fall, will lead Democrats' efforts in 2022 to expand their current razor-thin Senate majority. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announced Thursday that Peters will head the Democratic ...

With limited vaccine available, health officials ask for patience

Columns

This is a joint news release from Dickinson County Healthcare System and the Dickinson-Iron County Health Department. According to officials at the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department and Dickinson County Healthcare, our region is waiting for more COVID-19 vaccine to arrive. After ...

Biden issues new climate directives

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and ...