Opinion

Tweet That: #covfefe signals @realDonaldTrump is back

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Covfefe (cuv-fey-fey) noun: A sure sign that President Donald Trump has regained control of his Twitter account. For more than a week, the tweets from @realDonaldTrump were, well, boring. Throughout his first big foreign trip last week, Trump’s tweets had the vibe of a ...

Special services provided to military members, veterans

Editorials

Michigan has about 634,000 veterans, representing more than 6 percent of the state’s total population. Dickinson and Iron counties have more than 4,000 veterans, making up about 11 percent of its residents, according to the U.S. Census. Michigan also lists 2,160 active duty military ...

Restoring self-reliance

Columns

WASHINGTON — When in the Senate chamber, Ben Sasse, a Nebraska Republican, sits by choice at the desk used by the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan. New York’s scholar-senator would have recognized that Sasse has published a book of political philosophy in the form of a guide to parenting. ...

‘Redistribution of wealth’ is no solution

Letters to the Editor

In response to the letter “It’s time for a redistribution of wealth” by Donald Lison (May 24). Donald, I can understand your frustration. I am somewhat in the same situation as your wife. When I was young I had an opportunity to enter a trade. It took hard work serving two ...

USAA says it will reinstate ads on ‘Hannity’

Columns

NEW YORK (AP) — The USAA financial services firm is reinstating its advertising on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program after receiving heavy criticism for its initial decision from many of the military members and veterans that it serves. The San Antonio, Texas-based company said ...

On drug tests for Medicaid applicants

Editorials

Fourteen states now have some type of drug screening or test as part of their public benefits programs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The majority of these screenings target recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, a federal program that gives states ...

On terrorism, world seems stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’

Columns

The terrorism scenario is always the same. Events repeat themselves, like in the film “Groundhog Day.” First the video of screaming innocents, as in Manchester, England, where an Islamist detonated a suicide bomb at an Ariana Grande concert, killing at least 22 people, many of them ...

Two issues with Michigan budget

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: This is a response to the article by News Editor Jim Anderson, “Dickinson takes issue with state budget,” in the May 23 Daily News. Every person in the Upper Peninsula should be aware these people are talking about two entirely different parts of legislation and two different ...

McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, ...

The story and meaning behind Memorial Day

Editorials

Guest Editorial Some people think Veterans Day and Memorial Day are both reserved for veterans. In a sense they’re right, but in actuality they were formed as two separate holiday observations. Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day celebrates the service of ...

Sharing an extra honor from the Honor Flight

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: On May 17, I was very fortunate to make the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Not only was it one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever made, but it also made me proud to have served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. What follows is a letter I received during this time. It’s ...

Some flags need to be retired

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Today, please check out the condition of the United States flag being flown by businesses in this area. A torn, soiled flag should have been removed immediately and prepared for proper disposal. The damaged flag is not left up until another flag is received as a replacement. I ...

Democrats try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

Columns

By BILL BARROW Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge ...

Help support Conservation District’s work

Editorials

Bouquet From Pat Peterson, Norway: The Dickinson Conservation District recently completed their annual tree sale fundraiser. This fundraiser is a great deal of work and requires volunteer help. The goal is to raise funds to continue the operations of the local district office. There is ...

Focus on lower premiums may undermine benefits

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans trying to dismantle former President Barack Obama’s health care law have run into the same problem that bedeviled him: Quality health insurance doesn’t come cheap, especially if it protects people in poor health, older adults not yet eligible for Medicare, ...

Slow down when boating this weekend

Editorials

Memorial Day weekend usually is the unofficial start to boating season, when many in the region may get their first chance to tool around on area waterways. But please consider the time of year. This is breeding season as well for a host of waterfowl and other birds that can be vulnerable to ...

Poll: Medicare should pay for long-term care

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. That option is unlikely to gain much traction as ...

Attend services on Memorial Day

Letters to the Editor

Please consider attending a Memorial Day service on Monday. I am not trying to guilt-trip you with this letter; I sincerely hope you want to attend a service. Memorial Day is meant as a day to remember and honor the men and women who died while fighting in our armed services. It is a day to ...

Senate promotes Trump pick for appeals court judge

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday filled the first federal appeals court vacancy in more than a year, promoting a trial court judge who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar of Kentucky was confirmed for the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

Teach kids to stay away from construction sites

Editorials

Area schools have less than two weeks left before recessing for the summer break. Kids are no doubt eager to get out of the classroom and into the outdoors as the days grow longer and the weather warmer. Summer also, famously, is construction season, especially in the Upper Peninsula, where ...