Opinion

Past immigration debate makes today’s seem almost enlightened

Columns

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s per capita quantity ...

Trump dismisses Carter’s criticism on his legitimacy

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump on Saturday dismissed former President Jimmy Carter's swipe at the legitimacy of his presidency, calling it nothing more than a "Democrat talking point," while offering his own digs at the 94-year-old Carter. Speaking to reporters at a press conference in ...

Appreciates rehab at DCHS

Editorials

Bouquet From Bill Verrette, Iron Mountain: For the past 12 weeks I have been attending cardiac rehab sessions three times a week at Dickinson County Healthcare System. The nurses who operate the cardiac rehab facility did an outstanding job in leading me through the rehab ...

Senate GOP leader McConnell relishes role as ‘Grim Reaper’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calls himself the Grim Reaper — the one who holds the scythe leading to the chamber where the desires of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House majority go to die. It is a role that can bring a pursed smile to his face. This week, he had ...

Think before lighting up those fireworks

Editorials

It’s less than a week until Fourth of July, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday. Some might even intend to shoot them off this weekend. If so, best be aware of what’s allowed in your community. A relatively new law in Michigan reduced from 30 to ...

Takeaways from night two of the Democratic debate

Columns

MIAMI (AP) — The roster for Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate demonstrated some of the party’s major divisions — even before candidates started talking. BAD MOMENT FOR BIDEN Former Vice President Joe Biden entered Thursday’s debate with the most to lose. In one ...

Court decision could set up fights over race gerrymandering

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — When North Carolina drew its most recent political maps, state leaders split a historically black university in Greensboro into two congressional districts that critics say diluted the voting power of African Americans on campus. Lawmakers defended it as partisan ...

An important week in the Line 5 drama

Editorials

As any Michigan student will know from their studies, in 1837, before Michigan was admitted to the union as a state, a dispute with Ohio had to be worked out. When the smoke cleared from that dispute, a contested strip of land that includes the city of Toledo was deeded to Ohio. In exchange, ...

Democratic debate takeaways

Columns

MIAMI (AP) — Democrats hoping that Wednesday night’s first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign would be clarifying probably came away disappointed. There were no major stumbles but few standout moments as 10 candidates vied for the nation’s attention. Takeaways from the prime-time ...

When it comes to electrical power, times are changing

Editorials

Remember a few years ago, when the Upper Peninsula’s energy picture was just a little bit murkier? The pending closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette still loomed over the region, with some calling for its immediate shutdown and others saying it must remain operating to keep ...

Breakouts, burns and zingers: What to watch in the debates

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixty seconds for answers, a television audience of millions and, for some candidates, a first chance to introduce themselves to voters. The back-to-back Democratic presidential debates beginning Wednesday are exercises in competitive sound bites featuring 20 candidates ...

Stakes high for NBC News as debate host

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week’s inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it’s likely, one tweeting president. While the event is obviously important for ...

Bernie Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo

Columns

WASHINGTON — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical comedy.” Already a ...

Memories of climbing the school flagpole

Letters to the Editor

Many years back, when I was a kid about 8 or maybe 9, there was a very, very tall flag pole in the school yard. One sunny and hot Saturday, I decided to climb to the top, just because it was there — not a good idea. There was no rope or flag on the pole, so all the better, I thought. I ...

US not main offender behind climate change

Letters to the Editor

The world is going to end in 12 years, unless we do something about global warming. The problem is that an ignorant statement by a millennial does not make it so. Scientific evidence proves that at the advent of humans on the planet, Earth was 15 degrees warmer than it is now. Yet many ...

Scammers targeting northern Michigan in collections scheme

Editorials

No matter what the season, tax scams seem to persist. The latest in northern Michigan again threatens the target with dire consequences if they don’t resolve what’s claimed to be unpaid state taxes, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. An Emmet County taxpayer received what ...

Cambensy mining bill a step in right direction for industry

Editorials

Although the matter was somewhat in doubt, it now appears the bill introduced back in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy relative to mining practices in Michigan will become law. House Bill 4227 would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. It would be responsible for making ...

Auto insurance rate relief on the way in Michigan

Columns

When I first started representing the interests of the western Upper Peninsula at the state Capitol in January, the top complaint I got from residents was about our high car insurance rates. I listened to everyone’s concerns and vowed to fix the broken system that results in our ...

Trump postpones mass deportations nationwide

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Saturday delayed a nationwide immigration sweep to deport people living the United States illegally, including families, saying he would give lawmakers two weeks to work out solutions for the southern border. The move came after House Speaker ...