Opinion

Can Americans get back to a happier state of mind?

Columns

America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so. Our downward trend in happiness precedes the election of Donald Trump, but sadly, there’s little in his agenda that would reverse this trend. On the contrary. That’s because a boost in economic growth, though nice, wouldn’t ...

Trump pullback on climate accord opens door to Chinese leadership

Columns

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s pullback from a global climate pact could accelerate China’s unlikely ascent toward leadership in stemming global warming and promoting green technology, and on global matters far removed from the ...

Pipelines keep energy flowing

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: If we want to see more manufacturing jobs in Michigan, we need to make sure our energy is affordable and reliable. The backbone of Michigan’s energy infrastructure is a strong network of oil and natural gas pipelines that keep our economy moving. I can’t understand the activists ...

Essay contest offers disabled a way outdoors

Editorials

An organization that works to help veterans and others with mobility challenges enjoy the outdoors is launching an essay contest, named after a downstate resident. Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors has announced the David Pollie Classic essay contest. Pollie was injured in a childhood ...

Who really benefits from separation from Europe?

Columns

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has had enough of President Trump. Speaking last Sunday in a Munich beer hall, Merkel suggested that Europe may no longer be able to rely on the United States as a faithful ally and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.” I had ...

Tweet That: #covfefe signals @realDonaldTrump is back

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Covfefe (cuv-fey-fey) noun: A sure sign that President Donald Trump has regained control of his Twitter account. For more than a week, the tweets from @realDonaldTrump were, well, boring. Throughout his first big foreign trip last week, Trump’s tweets had the vibe of a ...

Special services provided to military members, veterans

Editorials

Michigan has about 634,000 veterans, representing more than 6 percent of the state’s total population. Dickinson and Iron counties have more than 4,000 veterans, making up about 11 percent of its residents, according to the U.S. Census. Michigan also lists 2,160 active duty military ...

Restoring self-reliance

Columns

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting. ...

‘Redistribution of wealth’ is no solution

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter “It’s time for a redistribution of wealth” by Donald Lison (May 24). Donald, I can understand your frustration. I am somewhat in the same situation as your wife. When I was young I had an opportunity to enter a trade. It took hard work serving two ...

USAA says it will reinstate ads on ‘Hannity’

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The USAA financial services firm is reinstating its advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program after receiving heavy criticism for its initial decision from many of the military members and veterans that it serves. The San Antonio, Texas-based company said ...

On drug tests for Medicaid applicants

Editorials

Fourteen states now have some type of drug screening or test as part of their public benefits programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The majority of these screenings target recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal program that gives states ...

On terrorism, world seems stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’

Columns

The terrorism scenario is always the same. Events repeat themselves, like in the film “Groundhog Day.” First the video of screaming innocents, as in Manchester, England, where an Islamist detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing at least 22 people, many of them ...

Two issues with Michigan budget

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is a response to the article by News Editor Jim Anderson, “Dickinson takes issue with state budget,” in the May 23 Daily News. Every person in the Upper Peninsula should be aware these people are talking about two entirely different parts of legislation and two different ...

McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, ...

The story and meaning behind Memorial Day

Editorials

Guest Editorial Some people think Veterans Day and Memorial Day are both reserved for veterans. In a sense they’re right, but in actuality they were formed as two separate holiday observations. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of ...

Sharing an extra honor from the Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On May 17, I was very fortunate to make the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Not only was it one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever made, but it also made me proud to have served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. What follows is a letter I received during this time. It’s ...

Some flags need to be retired

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Today, please check out the condition of the United States flag being flown by businesses in this area. A torn, soiled flag should have been removed immediately and prepared for proper disposal. The damaged flag is not left up until another flag is received as a replacement. I ...

Democrats try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

Columns

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge ...

Help support Conservation District’s work

Editorials

Bouquet From Pat Peterson, Norway: The Dickinson Conservation District recently completed their annual tree sale fundraiser. This fundraiser is a great deal of work and requires volunteer help. The goal is to raise funds to continue the operations of the local district office. There is ...

Focus on lower premiums may undermine benefits

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn’t come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, ...