Opinion

‘Call me,’ Trump tells Iran as tensions flare

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a message for Iran's leaders as tensions flare over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program: "Call me." The softer line marks a clear shift, at least rhetorically, from the administration's tough approach to Iran, which has included moving some of ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

Editorials

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth since becoming the dominant species. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United Nations’ ...

End of everything — or not

Columns

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — A new United Nations report projecting the extinction of one-eighth of all animal and plant species should rattle the cages of any remaining skeptics regarding climate change and the central role humans have played in Earth’s accelerating destruction. The report is ...

Troubling signs in US leadership

Letters to the Editor

These 14 points were written by Laurence Britt, based on his research on fascist regimes of Hitler, Mussolini, Franco, Suharto and Pinochet. For your edification, I list them here: 1. Powerful and continuing expressions of nationalism (ostentatious flag displays, bunting, lapel pins, ...

Motorcyclists have rights to the road as well

Editorials

While snow still is a possibility in the Upper Peninsula even in May, it’s likely safe to finally have that motorcycle taken out of storage or the garage. Perhaps it’s already been out on the road for a ride in 2019. Which means other motorists need to be aware — and respect the rights ...

Cherishing every minute spent with grandchildren

Columns

Many of us have or are experiencing the following pleasure: The minute the car door slams shut, you can hear the laughing and excited talking of children reverberating into the house. Then comes the footsteps clambering onto the porch, and the calls of “Grandpa and Grandma, we’re here!” ...

Can US, China salvage talks and end trade war?

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Heightened trade tensions between the United States and China are spooking financial markets and putting a chill on prospects for the global economy. Chinese officials are heading to Washington to try to salvage negotiations aimed at breaking an impasse between the ...

Hepatitis Awareness Month in May stresses need to get tested

Editorials

The number of new Hepatitis C virus diagnoses among young adults has increased substantially over the past decade, largely as a result of the opioid epidemic, and approximately half of these new infections have been identified in females. From 2007 to 2018, the number of women of childbearing ...

House committee moving ahead with contempt vote for Barr

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee is poised to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress — the opening salvo in what could be a lengthy, acrimonious court battle between House Democrats and President Donald Trump’s administration over special counsel Robert Mueller’s ...

Ex-prosecutors: Trump would have been charged if not president

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of former federal prosecutors have signed a letter saying President Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were anyone other than the president. The letter was signed by former Justice Department prosecutors who served under both ...

Be aware of the risks of wildfires

Editorials

Though the greening of spring continues, it’s not enough yet to ward off the worry about fire. Saturday was Wildfire Preparedness Day, pointing out that conditions in May and June can be ideal for fire to spread. Michigan’s wildfire fire season often is hottest during May and June, but ...

Justice Clarence Thomas’ moment may finally have arrived

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clarence Thomas has been a Supreme Court justice for nearly three decades. It may finally be his moment. Many Americans know Thomas largely from his bruising 1991 confirmation hearing, when he was accused of sexual harassment charges by former employee Anita Hill — ...

County needs to help fund repairs at senior center

Letters to the Editor

I am a user of the senior citizens center at Crystal Lake in Iron Mountain. There are hundreds of seniors who use the center daily, for pinocle, smear, cribbage, poker, mahjong, quilting, crocheting, knitting, woodcarving, pool, monthly dancing and other social activities. I am extremely ...

‘Heartbeat bills’ are wholesome provocations in abortion debate

Columns

WASHINGTON — While constitutional lawyers, ethicists and theologians — in descending order of importance in the abortion debate — have been arguing in the 46 years since the Supreme Court attempted to settle the debate, some technologists have been making a consequential contribution to ...

What’s known on surveillance of Trump campaign aides

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a London bar three years ago, a young foreign policy adviser for Donald Trump’s campaign told an Australian diplomat something astonishing: Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton. Within months, the adviser, George Papadopoulos, was proven right as stolen emails ...

NMU graduates ‘commencing’ to next chapter

Editorials

Time really seems to zip by, doesn’t it, because here we are again at Northern Michigan University’s graduation weekend. It seems like just the other day it was winter commencement, but in fact at 10:30 a.m. Saturday another set of graduates will grab their diplomas and set out to conquer ...

Barr besieged by allegations he’s being Trump’s protector

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr portrayed himself as an apolitical elder statesman at his confirmation hearing. He declared he'd rather resign than be asked to fire special counsel Robert Mueller without cause and insisted the prosecutor he'd known for decades would never ...

Trump Fed choice Moore withdraws amid controversy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Moore, a conservative commentator whom President Donald Trump had tapped for the Federal Reserve board, withdrew from consideration Thursday after losing Republican support in the Senate, largely over his past inflammatory writings about women. Trump tweeted the ...