Opinion

Viral hepatitis illnesses on the rise

Editorials

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can ...

Immigration argument collides with famous poem

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — When senior White House aide Stephen Miller disputed the significance of Emma Lazarus’ poem on the Statue of Liberty, he wasn’t stating a new opinion. Members of the far-right community, including such white supremacists as David Duke and Richard Spencer, have harshly ...

Fox News hit with new charges to its credibility

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — Things had started settling down following a tumultuous year at Fox News Channel before it was hit with a cover headline in the New York Daily News, “Fake News Channel,” and questions about the independence of its journalists on Wednesday. A defamation lawsuit filed ...

Inspiring and infuriating

Columns

One day (Marine Theodore Wallace) saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. “Sir, what are you doing?” he’d asked. “He’s probably supplying the (North Vietnamese Army),” the officer said. “What’s he doing out here ...

Eagle Mine seeks Upper Peninsula minerals leases

Editorials

Intriguing. That’s how we’d characterize a request from Eagle Mine to lease the mineral rights on thousands of Upper Peninsula acres including a small number of acres in Marquette County. According to Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser at Eagle Mine, most of the Marquette ...

Social Security ‘borrowing’

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I am not a Republican or Democrat I’m an Independent. To me this is ridiculous. The government under George Bush “borrowed” from the Social Security funds. To me the phrase “to borrow” means at some point in time the funds will be returned with appropriate interest. The ...

No lie, says Sanders: Trump got praise

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fake news or fib? Two phone calls described by President Donald Trump that didn't actually happen represent the latest chapter in a long-running series of disputes revolving around the president's rocky relationship with facts. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on ...

Proposals sought to keep invasive carp out of Great Lakes

Editorials

Asian carp were introduced into Southern fish farm ponds in the 1970s and have since spread across the United States. They are now on the verge of invading the Great Lakes. Once established in an ecosystem they are virtually impossible to eradicate, according to the National Wildlife ...

Lessons from ‘Dunkirk’

Columns

The movie “Dunkirk” recounts an astounding story of courage and self-sacrifice, without which Hitler might have won World War II. One can draw a straight line from Britain’s heroic solidarity in the war to the welfare state that emerged in peacetime. Set in 1940, the movie features two ...

Senate Republicans slowly turning their backs on Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — There wasn't a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump. They defeated an Obamacare repeal bill despite Trump's pleas. They're ignoring his Twitter demands that they get ...

Trump is not the enemy

Columns

The Establishment, a construct of Democrats and Republicans that rules in Washington no matter which party controls government, appears to be over its fainting spell following Donald Trump’s election. It is now throwing everything at him from a daily — make that hourly, even minute by ...

School panel has important assignment

Editorials

Two of 24 teachers from districts across the state selected to serve on a committee to guide implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act are from the Upper Peninsula. Chris Woods is from Calumet while Gina Pepin is from Escanaba. They will join 22 others from K-12 public schools in ...

Spending more, but getting less

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Recently I attended a town hall meeting with a lower Michigan Republican congressman. He made the statement that every member of Congress gets a campaign contribution from Blue Cross. Other health insurance companies, I suspect, have also bought and paid for our Congress. Of the 35 ...

McCain continues to show heroism

Editorials

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Michigan vets shut out of camp

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This letter was sent to state Rep. Beau LaFave, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman and U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin — For the past five years our veterans group from the Oscar G. Johnson veterans hospital in Iron Mountain, Michigan, has been ...

Clinton lost, but Republicans still want to investigate her

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election to President Donald Trump, but some Republicans in Congress are intensifying their calls to investigate her and other Obama administration officials. Their demands come as investigations into Russian meddling and possible ...

St. Mary cancels salad luncheon

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The good ladies of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway announce with regrets the annual Garden Salad Luncheon will be cancelled this year because of a sewer back-up in the kitchen due to construction. The rectory has also suffered some damage. Relocating this time-consuming work ...

House heads home facing a long to-do list in September

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers left Washington for their weeks long August vacation, promising to return in September to tackle tax reform and finally claim a major legislative win that has so far eluded President Donald Trump and Republicans in charge. Senators are staying behind for a ...

Appreciate all who made way for tractor ride

Editorials

Bouquet From Vance Jones, Randville: A special thank-you to the Kingsford and Iron Mountain police departments for help with traffic during our annual tractor ride to the VA. Also to the public for watching out for our slow-moving tractors. We do this ride to honor our veterans and this ...

A week to learn how to STOP invasive species

Editorials

Emerald ash borer. Round goby. Purple loosestrife. Rusty crayfish. Zebra mussel. Glossy buckthorn. Wild parsnip. Phragmites grass. Only a short part of a very long — and, unfortunately, still growing — list of species not native to Michigan that have more than managed to make themselves ...