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Opinion

Group effort grants a veteran his final wish

Editorials

Bouquet From Carol Pilot, Iron Mountain: This was written by a special friend of mine, Peggy Merrill. I thank her for putting the story into words — On March 2, Bruce Martin was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay. March 7, the family received news from his caregivers that ...

Rediscovering gratitude

Columns

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of Life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie As of today, we are close to two ...

Postal Service vital, deserving of support, stimulus assistance

Editorials

The economic crisis caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected countless businesses but the U.S. Postal Service as well. Due to the pandemic, it is estimated that mail volume and revenue may drop by 50% or more in the coming months. The Postal Service has advised ...

Biden answers sexual assault claim: ‘it never, never happened’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden today categorically denied allegations from a former Senate staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, saying “this never happened.” Biden’s first public remarks on the allegation by former staffer Tara ...

Questioning the governor’s moves not ‘hindering’

Letters to the Editor

“Those who hinder versus those who help,” the title of Saturday’s Speak Out column, is itself a sad commentary on an unnecessary dichotomy. The point made in Speak Out was, essentially (no pun intended), if you’re not for the stay-at-home strategy as concocted by Michigan Gov. Gretchen ...

Keeping connected with family, friends helps with stress

Editorials

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal, every-day ...

Michigan’s response to mental health needs during COVID-19

Columns

As the CEO of a Community Mental Health agency, it is imperative that I follow what is occurring in our state related to legislative changes and the spread of infection due to COVID-19. Our CMH has approximately 260 employees who serve more than 1,200 people from Dickinson, Iron and Menominee ...

Trump won’t extend social distancing guidelines

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the federal government will not be extending its coronavirus social distancing guidelines once they expire Thursday, and his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, predicted that by July the country will be "really rocking ...

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays aims to get people moving

Editorials

Feeling a little confined during the stay-at-home restrictions in Michigan? The Michigan Fitness Foundation provides resources for families to stay active during the COVID-19 requirements. MFF and the Michigan Department of Transportation have launched Walk and Wheel Wednesdays to give ...

Worried about virus, US House won’t return to Washington

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the stark, startling reality that Congress may not be able to fully resume for a year, House leaders are desperately reaching for work-from-home options after a revolt from the ranks over the health risks of convening during the coronavirus pandemic. House ...

Watch for exploitation attempts as stimulus payments are dispersed

Editorials

As stimulus payments continue to roll in for the Michiganders who qualify, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding everyone to remain on high alert — especially for individuals looking to exploit vulnerable adults. “With the widespread knowledge that these relief payments are ...

Poll: Rising support for mail voting amid virus pandemic

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump's public campaign against vote by mail may be resonating with his Republican ...

Consider donating stimulus funds to others in need

Letters to the Editor

Food and medicine: necessities of life. Like many others, this week I received a one-time stimulus payment from my fellow taxpayers. It’s nice. I might put part of it toward some needed home repairs. But had I not received it, I could still eat. I could still fill my prescriptions, and if I ...

Stay-home Congress eyes change

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — They long for what's being lost: the ability to publicly question officials at committee hearings, to chat across the aisle, to speak from the House and Senate floor for all of America, and history, to hear. Congress wants its voice back. With no real plan to reopen ...

Saying thanks for good deed done

Editorials

Bouquet: I would like to say a big thank-you to a lady I met at the Dollar Store on Wednesday. I don’t know her name, but I want to acknowledge the gift she gave me. There are still good people in the world.

Coronavirus relief pushing US deficits to staggering heights

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spend what it takes, Washington said as it confronted the coronavirus. Well over $2 trillion later, it’s unclear where that spending will end. One of the lasting legacies of the coronavirus pandemic will be staggering debts and deficits on the U.S. balance sheet, with ...

Trump: US Postal Service must charge Amazon more, or no loan

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won’t approve a $10 billion loan for the U.S. Postal Service unless the agency raises charges for Amazon and other big shippers to four to five times current rates. “The Postal Service is a joke because they’re handing out ...

More coronavirus testing needed before state reopens

Editorials

Many business owners are losing patience with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” order to limit the spread of COVID-19. They have no or little income coming in, putting their livelihoods in jeopardy. Even people who don’t own businesses probably are feeling a little ...

In defense of Trump’s actions to combat coronavirus

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is in response to Walt Brey’s letter Monday, “Stop politicizing virus response.” People who take cheap shots at President Trump over the coronavirus are displaying their own ignorance. If Trump had listened to Dr. Anthony Fauci early on, he would have thought the virus ...