Wisconsin Senate leader acknowledges ‘rocky start’


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate’s new majority leader acknowledged Thursday that he got off to a “rocky” start after he ran afoul of Assembly Republicans on a COVID-19 relief bill earlier this year. Senate Republicans elected Devin LeMahieu of Oostburg as majority leader in ...

Focus on vaccines; avoid shutdowns


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has the right instincts in response to the latest surge of COVID-19 in Michigan — go full speed on vaccinations and avoid another broad shutdown of the state. Michigan is in a baffling situation. It is among the nation leaders in new cases of the virus and is home to ...

US expels Russian diplomats, imposes sanctions for hacking


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced Thursday the U.S. is expelling 10 Russian diplomats and imposing sanctions against dozens of companies and other people, holding the Kremlin accountable for interference in last year’s presidential election and the hacking of federal ...

Michigan needs surge in vaccines to battle virus surge


It’s not at all clear why the federal government isn’t putting the pedal down to get Michigan as much vaccine as it needs, given COVID-19 cases are going through the ceiling across the state. Statewide hospitalizations have quadrupled in a month and are nearing peak levels from last ...

Stinging report raises more questions about Capitol security


WASHINGTON (AP) — Shields that shattered upon impact. Weapons too old to use. Missed intelligence in which future insurrectionists warned, “We get our president or we die.” As Congress pushes for a return to normalcy months after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, a damning internal ...

Something needs to change

Letters to the Editor

This is not a letter to point fingers or to figure out who’s right and who’s wrong, but can we take an emotional step backwards and ask the question: What are we doing to ourselves? Riots in Kenosha, riots in Oregon ... etc., etc., etc. Attack on the Capitol. Have we brought this on ...