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Opinion

Greenland to Trump: Thanks, but the territory is not for sale

Columns

TASIILAQ, Greenland (AP) — Greenlanders are giving Donald Trump the cold shoulder. Although amused, they’re definitely not warming up to the U.S. president’s talk of buying the semiautonomous Danish territory. “We see it as an expression of greater interest in investing in our ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

Editorials

To recognize the tireless efforts of the child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners that support Michigan children and families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2019 as Child Support Month in Michigan. The Michigan Child Support ...

Tlaib declines to visit West Bank, citing Israeli conditions

Columns

JERUSALEM (AP) — Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib said Friday she would not visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, despite being granted an Israeli permit on humanitarian grounds, saying Israel’s “oppressive” conditions aimed to humiliate her. Israel barred Tlaib and another ...

Paralyzed Wisconsin lawmaker calls GOP leader’s remarks ‘sad’

Columns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday accused a paralyzed Democratic lawmaker of going public with his requests for accommodations to undermine the GOP legislator’s taking over as head of a national organization. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, in an ...

Study suggests carp would do well in Lake Michigan

Editorials

If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report just out in recent days should put a stop to those thoughts. The University of Michigan research paper found that the species would likely flourish if it ever made it to Lake ...

Biographer: Statue poem for migrants from ‘all places’

Columns

Long before a Trump administration official suggested the poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty welcomed only people from Europe, the words captured America’s promise to newcomers at a time when the nation was also seeking to exclude many immigrants from landing on its shores. A ...

Don’t move that mailbox

Letters to the Editor

It has been brought to my attention that members of our community are being asked to move their mailbox from where it currently sits. As a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service, this concerns me and I feel the need to make the public aware of their rights. Regulations make it very clear that ...

Trump suggests trade deal can wait for Hong Kong resolution

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that trade talks with China can wait until tensions in Hong Kong have eased, tweeting: "Of course China wants to make a deal. Let them work humanely with Hong Kong first!" Trump also praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, calling ...

Breastfeeding shouldn’t be discouraged

Editorials

It’s a practice many Americans seem uncomfortable discussing, much less seeing. But given all the known benefits for infants, it’s long since time we got over the seeming squeamishness about women breastfeeding in public. Really, no one cringes at seeing a doe nurse a fawn, cats with a ...

Law enforcement stress ‘Drive Sober’ for Labor Day

Editorials

As August winds toward the Labor Day holiday, the Michigan State Police wants people to savor what remains of summer safely, especially when behind the wheel. Law enforcement will continue to show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving during the three-week Drive Sober or Get Pulled ...

Analysis shows 2020 votes still vulnerable to hacking

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than one in 10 voters could cast ballots on paperless voting machines in the 2020 general election, according to a new analysis, leaving their ballots more vulnerable to hacking. A study released by the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law on Tuesday ...

Pensions real reason DCHS seeking $25M

Letters to the Editor

In my opinion, Dickinson County Healthcare System’s financial woe fiasco is nothing but an orchestrated train wreck. The evasive responses I have received from DCHS on my Freedom of Information Act requests have only confirmed my suspicions the financial dilemma was created and manufactured ...

AG Barr defends police, takes swipe at progressive prosecutors

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr staunchly defended the work of law enforcement Monday — promising to push for new legislation to swiftly carry out the death penalty for suspects who commit mass shootings or kill police officers, while also taking aim at prosecutors who ...

Keeping geese numbers at manageable levels

Editorials

In Alpena there is no goose who ever laid a golden egg. Instead, there are plenty of geese who have laid — well the polite term would probably be grease — wherever they land. This summer the numbers of geese in the city seems at one of the highest levels it has been in recent years. ...

‘National conservatism’ is ‘Elizabeth Warren conservatism’

Columns

WASHINGTON — Regimes, however intellectually disreputable, rarely are unable to attract intellectuals eager to rationalize the regimes’ behavior. America’s current administration has “national conservatives.” They advocate unprecedented expansion of government in order to purge ...

Changing federal courts could complicate gun control

Columns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, including a ban on the type of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. How long those types of laws will stand is a growing concern among gun control ...

Great job, fast response on dock repairs

Editorials

Bouquet From Mary Beth Weber, Kingsford: Bouquets to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department for their prompt action in repairing the boat guards on the dock at Badwater. I spoke with both Administrator Patrick Smith and a woman named Ashley on Tuesday, July 23, regarding the ...

Q & A: Are the Democrats starting impeachment or not?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The messages coming from House Democrats on impeachment in recent weeks are decidedly confusing. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said Democrats need to wait for court decisions before they decide whether to approve articles of impeachment. At the same time, the chairman ...

Negaunee man honored as UP Veteran of the Year

Editorials

Bernie Stanaway Jr., the current commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3165 in Negaunee, has been named 2019’s Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, and we believe there are few candidates more worthy of this recognition than him. When Stanaway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992, ...

Texas relaxed gun laws after other mass shootings

Columns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church in Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with their eyes on new gun laws. The goal was ...