Opinion

Parole board must consider the message to police

Editorials

Word came last week that a parole board in July will consider releasing Edward Alsteens, in prison for more than four decades in the 1971 fatal shooting of Norway Officer Kenneth Moraska. Alsteens, then 23, gunned down the 26-year-old officer as Moraska responded to a domestic disturbance on ...

Get shovels in the ground

Columns

WASHINGTON — Sensing that his Scottish enemies had blundered at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, Oliver Cromwell said, “The Lord hath delivered them into our hands.” Philip K. Howard, were he the exulting type, could rejoice that some of his adversaries have taken a stand on indefensible ...

Trump wages battle against regulations, not climate change

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — While President Donald Trump’s beliefs about global warming remain something of a mystery, his actions make one thing clear: He doesn’t consider it a problem for the federal government to solve. Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal was just ...

Enjoyed ‘Annie’ by Dickinson Theatre group

Editorials

Bouquet From Christine Spigarelli, Iron Mountain: Dickinson County Community Theatre is to be commended for the professional productions they provide for our communities. It is their 50th anniversary ... bravo! I have nothing but compliments for the director, production crew, financial ...

GOP shrugs off Comey claims, sticks with Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI chief he fired called the president a liar, but the response from many Republicans was a collective shrug. The GOP still needs Donald Trump if it has any hope of accomplishing its legislative agenda and winning elections, and it’s going to take more than James ...

Deer, roads and motorists intersect too often in June

Editorials

In 2016, 11 people died in Wisconsin in crashes caused by an encounter with deer. All were motorcyclists. Deer can be a hazard for all drivers, no matter what the size of the vehicle. But there’s no denying motorcyclists can be especially vulnerable when a deer leaps the wrong way. This ...

Oh, Lordy! Fired Comey fires back in testimony

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — He came with a score to settle. Ramrod straight and with barely a blink, fired FBI Director James Comey sat before Congress and the nation Thursday and all but called the president of the United States a liar. Comey spoke without a script and wasted no time getting to ...

Expanded access to guns unwise

Letters to the Editor

According to the Gun Violence Archive, a not-for-profit corporation that provides online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence, 6,509 deaths and 12,767 injuries have been caused by gunfire in the United States in 2017. The response has been the removal of restrictions ...

AP Fact Check: Trump’s dodgy data on health care, stimulus

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump sought Wednesday to give new life to a Republican health-care bill that’s facing uncertain prospects in Congress, using a speech about infrastructure in Cincinnati to go after “Obamacare,” too. He mangled some facts and repeated familiar ...

Self-driving into the future

Editorials

At first glance, it doesn’t seem possible, but who knows? By 2030, electric self-driving cars will dominate our roads. That’s according to a report from RethinkX, an independent research group that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its ...

Russia probe saps time for Washington’s to-do list

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — You’ve probably heard all about what’s happening in Washington. This is a story about what isn’t. The rapid-fire revelations about the Trump campaign and its Russia connections that are heating up this city are having a chilling effect in plenty of other ...

Comey and Trump face off over dinner

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The setting: the Green Room, dinner for two. No witnesses but the Navy stewards shuttling in and out with food and drinks. The president demands loyalty. The FBI director offers honesty. The two extricate themselves from a "very awkward conversation" by agreeing on ...

Have fun safely on free ORV weekend in state

Editorials

This weekend in Michigan is not just open to free fishing but also one of two in 2017 designated for free off-road vehicle use. That means both residents and out-of-state visitors can ride about 3,660 miles of routes and trails designated by the state Department of Natural Resources for ORVs ...

A look at Comey’s notable moments on Capitol Hill

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — James Comey’s appearance Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee, during which he’s expected to describe his encounters with President Donald Trump in the weeks before he was fired as FBI director, is one of the most anticipated congressional hearings in ...

Trump uses misdirection on pace of confirmations

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is accusing Senate Democrats of slow-walking his nominees, but his blame is misplaced. It’s the president who is lagging behind his predecessors in naming candidates for key government posts during his first five months in the office. Trump has so ...

Taking proper steps for safe hauling of loads

Editorials

Perhaps proving every topic does indeed have its day, today officially is Secure Your Load Day in Michigan — as declared by Gov. Rick Snyder — and in more than 40 other states. In this case, it’s a timely reminder that people setting out this summer for vacation or hauling materials ...

Trump’s accidental call to action on climate accord

Columns

WASHINGTON — A curious thing happened on President Trump’s way out of the Paris climate accord. American mayors, governors, corporate leaders and others immediately committed to meeting the agreement’s terms, anyway. All politics is local, they say, and personal responsibility begins ...

The debate on privatizing air traffic control

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. air traffic control system, the world’s largest and most complex, is in the midst of an era of unsurpassed safety. There has not been a fatal crash of a domestic passenger airliner in the U.S. in eight years. Now President Donald Trump is looking to shift ...

Prepare an emergency plan for pets, too

Editorials

Though the list of potential disasters in the Upper Peninsula is, thankfully, short — no hurricanes here, for example — every household should have a plan in place if forced to flee their homes due to weather or perhaps a human-caused emergency. This month, authorities are stressing that ...

Dealing with demons

Columns

The tragedy of the screams, yelling and crying, coupled with anger, sadness, rejection and hopelessness, echo through so many families dealing with alcoholism and/or addiction. These diseases affect the personal psyche of all involved: friends, family, and co-workers. By personal psyche, I ...