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Opinion

Texas relaxed gun laws after other mass shootings

Columns

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After dozens of people, including toddlers and teenagers, were gunned down in separate mass shootings at a church in Sutherland Springs and a high school in suburban Houston, Texas Republicans came to the Capitol this year with their eyes on new gun laws. The goal was ...

Democratic Socialism has benefitted US

Letters to the Editor

Well, I had no plans to write any Letter to the Editor tonight, but, after reading so much confusion in Allan Peterson’s letter on Wednesday, I simply must bring the facts to light about our Democratic Socialism, as he isn’t the only one with so much misunderstanding. I have even heard ...

Enough is enough: Don’t fix roads with classroom dollars

Editorials

Rumors continue to swirl that Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, plans to offer the idea to securitize the state’s pension funds or delay the repayment of debt to find dollars for the state’s roads. This isn’t a real solution. If adopted, this idea would not only push ...

The fading sounds of summer

Columns

The slight chill in the night air, slowly falling temperatures, dotted colors among a sea of green leaves, and long days of sunlight slowly drifting away. Coupled with this are the sounds of laughter among collective groups of children as they prepare for another year of school. These are ...

Mayors urge Senate to return for gun bill vote

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 mayors, including two anguished by mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, are urging the Senate to return to the Capitol to act on gun safety legislation amid criticism that Congress is failing to respond to back-to-back shootings that left 31 people dead. In a ...

Propane users should plan now for coming winter

Editorials

For those who use propane — and almost 20% of residents in the Upper Peninsula do — summer is the right time to consider locking in propane fuel prices for the coming winter, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. The MPSC urges Michiganders to shop around to find the best ...

Democratic Party vanishes

Letters to the Editor

I wonder how many people understand that we no longer have a “Democratic Party.” The liberal/socialist wing of the party have taken them over. The moderate members that are still there are afraid of them and do not speak up — cowards. These people are hell bent on destroying the America I ...

Changing the channel on the bad rerun of shooting coverage

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Revulsion over the weekend's twin mass shootings and the nagging sense that it's all an inconclusive rerun has frustrated the news media and those who rely upon it — and triggered the stirrings of a new debate over how such tragedies should be covered. "It's time for ...

New MSU president faces challenges, ‘deficit of trust’

Editorials

Michigan State University recently welcomed its new chief executive, Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. He’ll be the newest in a long line of leaders who’ve helped to elevate MSU from its agricultural roots as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities into one of the world’s top research ...

Lashing back, China lets yuan drop, halts US farm purchases

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — China decided Monday to meet President Donald Trump’s latest tariff threat with defiance, letting its currency drop to an 11-year low and halting purchases of U.S. farm products. The moves, which came four days after Trump threatened more taxes on Chinese imports, ...

Gun control the wrong answer

Letters to the Editor

I saw the news coverage of two mass shootings this weekend —At least only two as I write this. And I saw the televised media broadcasting the calls for “gun control” again, as usual. Wow. Everyone says “We need to fix this problem” (the killings) and then they launch off into the gun ...

US Coast Guard always ready when needed for rescues

Editorials

Visitors and residents of the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin are blessed to have ready access to one of the Great Lakes for pleasure or commerce, or some combination of the two. Further, we are blessed to have the U.S Coast Guard to step in and lend emergency assistance, as it was recently for ...

Trump tweets, stays out of sight for hours after shootings

Columns

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As the nation reeled from two mass shootings in less than a day, President Donald Trump spent the first hours after the tragedies out of sight at his New Jersey golf course, sending out tweets of support awkwardly mixed in with those promoting a celebrity fight and ...

Trump comments misconstrued

Letters to the Editor

I have been reading with dismay the cries of “racist” against President Trump about a recent statement that he made. As you recall, he told U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her colleagues (and I quote): “So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally ...

Wisconsin remains a prohibition state on marijuana

Editorials

Marijuana is legal for recreational use to the east and north of Wisconsin in Michigan, and in six months will be legal to the south in Illinois. It's also permitted for medicinal use to the west and southwest in Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin is surrounded by more permissive states that grant ...

Vaping cessation program offered for Michigan teens

Editorials

Nearly 5 million teens across the United States are vaping and using tobacco, with very few programs designed to help them quit. In an effort to help teens quit the habit, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the National Jewish Health and eight other states ...

Republicans are silent

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Is cancer growing in the Republican/Trump Party? When Mueller said that there was evidence of criminal behavior, Trump denied and the Republicans were silent. When Mueller said the President could not be charged with any crime (above the law), the Republicans were silent or ...

CBS comedy deals with immigration

Columns

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Chuck Lorre is bringing his take on immigrant life in America to CBS, and claims it has nothing to do with President Donald Trump’s hardline stance on the crisis at the southern U.S. border. The creator of such hits as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young ...

The Democrats and the 1919 World Series

Columns

Watching Democratic presidential aspirants is like watching, a century ago, the 1919 World Series, when discerning spectators thought: Some of the White Sox are trying to lose. Michael Boskin, chairman of President George H.W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers and currently at Stanford’s ...