Opinion

Impeach Trump? Most 2020 Democrats sidestep the question

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress have argued that impeaching President Donald Trump is a political mistake as the 2020 election nears. Most of the candidates running to succeed him seem to agree, for now. Fewer than one-third of the 23 Democrats vying for the nomination are ...

Students in Florence again turn out to help

Letters to the Editor

We wrote a letter in the fall about some students from the Florence High School coming to help us rake our yard. When offered money, they said they didn’t want to get paid, that they did it because they just wanted to help. We were so impressed with them we decided to make a donation in ...

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Editorials

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Trump, Obama, Congress to blame for poor Iranian policy

Columns

WASHINGTON — Difficulties with Iran will recur regularly, like the oscillations of a sine wave, and the recent crisis — if such it was, or is — illustrates persistent U.S. intellectual and institutional failures, starting with this: The Trump administration’s assumption, and that of ...

Show respect for Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor

Memorial Day is upon us once again. Millions of hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages will be consumed across our nation. Many look at this day as the “official” start of summer. As we enjoy the blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, let’s not forget the true meaning of ...

Arguments over rape, incest divide abortion opponents

Columns

Even as the anti-abortion movement celebrates the sweeping bans passed in several states, it’s divided by a widening rift over whether those prohibitions should apply to victims of rape and incest. The debate pits those who believe any abortion is immoral against those who worry that a ...

Lake Antoine help appreciated

Editorials

Bouquet From Allison Lucier, Norway: The Lake Antoine Park Partners of Dickinson County would like to thank the volunteers who helped prepare the park for the upcoming camping season. A special thanks to the Menominee Range Gliders, the City Park Disc Golf Club, Dickinson County Correctional ...

Salmon in the Classroom a great addition to schools

Editorials

It’s easier to understand how fish grow when you actually watch them. Throughout the school year, area schools have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the fish eggs, and the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout ...

Democratic pledges against big money come with an asterisk

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders wants to crack down on outside groups that do political spending, though one is allied with his presidential campaign. Elizabeth Warren has vowed no untraceable “dark money” will help her White House bid, despite being backed by an organization that ...

In money we trust?

Columns

Look at the dollar bills in your wallet. They say they are “legal tender for all debts.” But are they? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth anything? Each bill says, “In God We Trust.” But God won’t guarantee their value. The $20 bill depicts the White House. Congress ...

Ways to stay healthy, safe while swimming

Editorials

Though the recent cool weather and high water conditions don’t exactly beckon going for a swim, the time likely will come when getting into the water will seem like a great idea on a hot day. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages residents to ...

Three minutes: Trump meeting with Democrats goes bust fast

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. And President Donald Trump came and went in three minutes, never stopping to sit down or shake hands. Trump’s angry walkout Wednesday left behind a shattered bipartisan infrastructure effort and ...

Lansing take note: Parents want better schools in Michigan

Editorials

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

A better way for the future

Columns

The Joint Finance Committee has started taking votes to craft the biennial state budget. Among the first votes the committee took was to remove non-fiscal policy, items that were non-starters for the legislature and over a billion dollars in tax and fee increases. Full Medicaid expansion was ...

GOP frowns on but does not punish Amash’s impeachment call

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top House Republican Kevin McCarthy pushed back Tuesday against Rep. Justin Amash and his call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, saying the Michigan Republican is out of step with others in the party and with Americans. But the most conservative group of House ...

DNR offers safety tips for National Safe Boating Week

Editorials

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and roughly 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. Saturday marked the start of National Safe Boating ...

Cohen: Trump lawyer shaped false statement to Congress

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress it was Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who suggested he tell lawmakers that the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, even though they continued for months after that. The ...

Make calls for climate policy

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing to urge your readers to call our U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman to ask him to co-sponsor H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, on June 5, a national call day promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby group. Passage of this bipartisan, revenue-neutral legislation will ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems a good idea

Editorials

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Blaine paid a price for bigotry, but children shouldn’t have to

Columns

WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more ...