Opinion

Be wise when using fire in the outdoors

Editorials

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

Trump raises eyebrows in touting environment record

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared himself a champion of the environment Monday, working to boost his standing on climate change and pollution issues in advance of the 2020 election despite having launched some of the most sweeping rollbacks in air, water and other protections ...

US government faces default in September

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lower than expected tax revenues now mean there is a "significant risk" that the federal government will run out of borrowing authority in the early part of September, according to a new analysis by the Bipartisan Policy Center, a Washington think tank and advocacy ...

Powell says bank stress tests need to keep evolving

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the Fed's annual stress tests of the nation's largest banks will need to evolve to keep pace with a changing financial system. Powell called the tests, which determine whether a bank could survive a severe economic ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Editorials

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

DHS official defends conditions at Border Patrol stations in Texas

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, a trademark issue for his ...

Hear the other cries for help

Letters to the Editor

Why are so many Americans outraged about the illegal immigration on the Mexican border? Why are they so concerned about saving the children and the effect it will have on the United States? Is it because we see all of them on TV, and it is heartbreaking? But wait. We have an even more ...

Thanks to those who helped with Memorial Day

Editorials

Bouquet From Denise Formolo, veteran service officer, Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs, Iron Mountain: The Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs Office would like to give a special “thank you” to everyone who helped to make the Memorial Day program a success. We ...

Some big farms collect big from Trump aid package

Columns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump’s administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming operations had no trouble finding legal ways around ...

Take care to guard against spreading invasive species

Editorials

Independence Day in the Upper Peninsula saw scores of people taking to the region’s waterways. Let’s hope those having fun on boats or other forms of watercraft in the Upper Peninsula region took care to make sure they didn’t have any foreign riders on board with them. This is Aquatic ...

Protecting Michiganders’ rights from government overreach

Columns

The government has no business deciding how Michiganders transport and carry out their constitutional right to bear arms on their own private property. Private property rights are in place for a reason. Michigan should be promoting greater personal freedom — not hindering it. That’s why I ...

Evangelicals on wrong side in treatment of immigrants

Letters to the Editor

Do the Republican Party and evangelicals support child abuse and neglect? In the past prior to Trump, this would have been a crazy question with a clear answer of no. In the Trump White House and Republican Senate and for a large majority of evangelicals, the answer now is yes, in my opinion. ...

The Maddow question: Should commentators moderate debates?

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — During her turn as moderator in last week's Democratic primary debate, Rachel Maddow briefly scuffled with Bernie Sanders and, with Pete Buttigieg, induced the campaign rarity of a politician admitting to a failure. But she didn't put to rest the issue of whether NBC News ...

The Declaration of Independence

Editorials

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the ...

When they were young

Columns

When they were young, their whole bright world, life and future was ahead of them. When they were young, for many, girlfriends, marriage, children and grandchildren were yet to be experienced. When they were young, they attended family gatherings, weddings, parties with friends and various ...

Trump Facebook ads use models to portray supporters

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, ...

AG’s Line 5 move sets state down wrong path

Editorials

We believe Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s move last week to shut down twin 66-year-old oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac, saying they pose an “unacceptable risk” and the state cannot wait five to 10 years for Enbridge Inc. to build a tunnel to house replacement pipes, ...

Poll: Trump not boosted by strong American economy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The solid economy is doing little to bolster support for President Donald Trump. Americans give Trump mixed reviews for his economic stewardship despite the growth achieved during this presidency, according to a new survey by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

The US can do better treating migrant children

Letters to the Editor

The same administration that claims to protect the life of the unborn asserted through attorney Sarah Fabian to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the government has no obligation to provide toothbrushes, soap and hygiene products for children under terms of the Flores Settlement, which ...

Baptism by fire: Grisham has eventful first days

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — She is President Donald Trump's new top spokeswoman. But she said barely a word during what became her introduction to the world. Stephanie Grisham received a baptism by fire over the weekend as she accompanied the president on his high-stakes trip to Asia and threw her ...