Opinion

State on target in wanting to improve veterans homes

Editorials

We generally like what’s being discussed above and below the bridge relative to improving the delivery and overall quality of veterans’ care in the state of Michigan. Presently, the state operates two large-scale veterans homes, one in Grand Rapids and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans ...

New ag leader supports renegotiating trade pact

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who last week helped persuade President Donald Trump not to abandon the North American Free Trade Agreement, said Wednesday that the administration would renegotiate the pact with Canada and Mexico with a focus on what has worked and what ...

Dems shift financial debate to Trump empire

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican drive to overhaul financial regulations Wednesday turned into a contentious debate over Democratic efforts to cast a spotlight on President Donald Trump’s business empire and his refusal to release his tax returns. House Republicans are working to undo ...

Time again to watch for ticks

Editorials

Spring has been somewhat slow in establishing itself in the Upper Peninsula this year, with snow and freezing nights lasting into May. The region might better tolerate such lingering cold if it could at least delay one unwelcome, dangerous part of being outdoors from returning — but that ...

Getting together with family in Italy

Columns

This past April was my most recent visit to my family in northern Italy. During that time, as I was attending one of the many family gatherings and meals, I felt extremely moved. By that, I mean they noticed how quiet I had become and asked me why. I proceeded to explain to them that at that ...

Obama follows recent trend of cashing in

Columns

The headline in the March 5, 1929 edition of the Chicago Tribune read, “Plain Citizen Coolidge Shuts Desk and Quietly Goes Home.” Calvin Coolidge would write a newspaper column from Northampton, Massachusetts, for which he presumably was paid a pittance, but other than that he refused to ...

Employers urged to prevent falls in workplace

Editorials

In Michigan, 43 people were killed on the job last year, the state’s highest number of workplace fatalities in a decade. According to the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration 22 of those deaths were due to falls — three times as many as in 2015. Gov. Rick Snyder has ...

Deduction for mortgage interest unlikely to go away

Columns

WASHINGTON — Attempting comprehensive tax reform is like trying to tug many bones from the clamped jaws of many mastiffs. Every provision of the code — now approaching 4 million words — was put there to placate a clamorous faction, or to create a grateful group that will fund its ...

Garden Club adds color to community

Editorials

The month of May means the Northwoods Garden Club soon will be busy planting flowers in several prominent locations in Iron Mountain and Kingsford. The Garden Club is a perennial in its beautification efforts. If you’ve enjoyed the blooming colors at such sites as the Dickinson County ...

Past first 100 days, Trump faces further challenges

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — After more than three months in office without passing any major legislation, President Donald Trump faces a week that offers the possibility of averting a government shutdown and progress on health care. Trump has spent his first 100 days coming to terms with the slow ...

WH press dinner goes on absent glitter, Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Prominent Washington journalists, if not Hollywood stars, celebrated the First Amendment during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an event that lacked the glitter of past years because of the absence of the president of the United States. With President ...

Grateful for care at VA hospitals

Editorials

Bouquet From Dane Paquette, retired U.S. Air Force, Iron Mountain: To all the staff, nurses, orderlies, food service, doctors and everyone else at the Iron Mountain VA Hospital, I would like to thank you for all the service I received when I was there for five weeks, recovering from my knee ...

Thinking of safety, sacrifice on Workers Memorial Day

Editorials

Today is Workers Memorial Day, aimed at honoring the sacrifices some have made in trying to do their job and make a living. According to the AFL-CIO, on this day, “working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and renew our struggle for safe ...

LaFave: Transparency should be common sense

Columns

Meeting people’s expectations as a new state representative is extremely important, and that’s why I make sure to listen to what Upper Peninsula residents tell me and work toward those expectations. I’ve been able to follow through on one of those key issues already, joining my ...

Isle Royale moose hunt impractical

Letters to the Editor

This is in response to Mr. Kesler’s “Hunt, not wolves, best answer for Isle Royale moose” letter in the April 26 Daily News. I’m afraid you don’t understand the logistics of hunting on Isle Royale. You pose this as a choice between feeding wolves and feeding people. You could, of ...

Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s plan to overhaul the nation’s tax code could provide significant tax cuts for the working-class voters who elected him, but the unknowns could end up hurting many of these core supporters of the president. A look at how Trump’s tax plan could ...

Threats win over free speech in Coulter cancellation

Editorials

If you favor free speech, the fact that conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter was dissuaded from speaking at the University of California-Berkeley today should be anything but cause for celebration, no matter what your views. Coulter was contracted to appear at UC Berkeley today by ...

Shutdown showdown in Washington — again

Columns

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump approaches the 100-day marker of his first year in office, he has defined himself not as the Dealmaker in Chief but as The Backdown President. What a deliciously strange irony that until Monday night he set the stage for a government shutdown over, of all ...

GOP redefines Trump’s border wall

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have a new talking point about President Donald Trump’s border wall: It’s not really a wall at all. Instead, the wall is “a bit of a metaphor as to border security,” in the words of Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida. Or, a “quote, ...

Federal study on steel imports good first step

Editorials

We’re going to look forward to the results of a federal study into whether imported steel is placing U.S. national security in jeopardy. A lot of people, businesses and units of government no doubt will, too. The review will be conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department under the direction ...