Opinion

Cyber safety must remain priority in minds of parents

Editorials

Parents can’t always be with their kids to watch out for them. It’s always been that way, but the digital age is making their jobs even tougher. Even if they keep up with technology, often kids are more internet-savvy than their parents. That’s why public talks from groups like the ...

Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

Columns

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P ...

Analysis: Dem loss in Georgia underscores party’s challenges

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans just got a big argument for sticking with President Donald Trump and pushing forward with dismantling former President Barack Obama’s health law. And Democrats are struggling to translate the energy of their core supporters into actual election ...

The best way to honor Stanchina

Editorials

It’s understandable when a promising young life is cut short, as with Bryan Stanchina, to question how and why this all came to pass. Stanchina, 17, drowned June 13 in the Menominee River after jumping in to help a friend caught in the swift current. He was not the only one to go in. ...

Why so much rage?

Columns

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” (Psalm 2:1 KJV) That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of ...

Senators focus on free speech at college campuses

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Are the nation’s students and professors intolerant when it comes to free speech on college campuses? Students and academics insist the golden rule is for the speech to go on as long as violence can be prevented as a Senate panel examined whether free speech on college ...

Snyder right to keep cabinet members, for now

Editorials

In previous opinion pieces, The Mining Journal has taken a hard stance relative to the Flint water crisis and Gov. Rick Snyder’s role in it. We believe Snyder and his team should have done more and done it sooner to safeguard the health and safety of people consuming Flint water. But now, ...

Trump’s legal plan built in his image: Fight, fight, fight

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, whose combative instincts are to lash out and never retreat, appears to be shaping a legal team in his own image. His clear directive: Fight, fight, fight. In aggressively worded statements and confrontational TV appearances, Trump’s personal ...

Be aware of what can incite

Letters to the Editor

Some people are inspired by books, some by plays and many by movies. During World War II, our government used movie shorts before full-length movies to glorify and inspire many to join the military. Many movies have been written to inspire morality and kindness to one another. Action films are ...

‘Boxed In’ did fine job on dark store tax issue

Editorials

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Should 16- and 17-year-olds be prosecuted as adults?

Columns

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When potential employers conduct a background check on Olivia Brown, they see a 17-year-old who was cited for assault and having a weapon on school grounds — both misdemeanors from when she pepper-sprayed a girl during a fight at school last year. What the employers ...

Former judge opposes granting Alsteens parole

Letters to the Editor

This letter to Michael Eagan, chairman of the Michigan Parole Board, is being re-run due to errors in the original. As the person who prosecuted Edward Alsteens for the murder of Kenneth Moraska please be advised that I oppose the granting of parole to Mr. Alsteens. The conviction of Mr. ...

Standing vigil during the night

Editorials

Bouquet From Glenn A. Anderson, Iron Mountain: During the day on June 15, I watched a newborn fawn about 20 feet from my home under a large maple tree. It remained still all day. That night, a car with its lights on from the parking lot at East Elementary shined a light to help protect ...

GOP weighs options as health bill faces hurdle on abortion

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans working on high-stakes health care legislation are anticipating problems with abortion restrictions that their House counterparts have already passed. As a result, they’re considering ways to channel new financing for health insurance through existing ...

Pipeline needs more monitoring

Editorials

The news could bring a sigh of relief to some and more suspicion to others. Enbridge reported an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac has passed pressure tests, which took place Saturday on one pipeline that’s part of Line 5. The tests were required in a Justice Department ...

Poll: Little support for Trump’s firing of Comey

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into whether Russia meddled in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll released Thursday shows. Just 1 in 5 support his decision to oust ...

Area judges oppose parole for Alsteens in cop’s death

Letters to the Editor

These letters were sent to Michael Eagen, chairman of the Michigan Parole Board: As the person who prosecuted Edward Alsteens for the murder of Kenneth Moraska please be advised that I oppose the granting of parole to Mr. Alsteens. The conviction of Mr. Alsteens of second-degree murder was one ...

Help keep bears at a safe distance

Editorials

The bears seem to be particularly bad news in the region this year. A number of residents have reported bears tearing into bird feeders and other enclosures they suspect might harbor something edible, or otherwise being destructive pests. A trap has been set in the Kingsford area to try to ...

Key takeaways from Sessions’ testimony

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave more than two hours of sometimes heated testimony to Congress, with Democrats demanding details of matters including conversations with President Donald Trump, interactions with the Russian ambassador and the firing of FBI Director James ...

Some in GOP say threats of violence ignored

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Whatever the motive of the shooter at a congressional baseball practice, some Republicans say in the era of President Donald Trump, they’re being threatened like never before. They point to a virulent backlash against Trump that they say has gone beyond the bounds of ...