Opinion

Reunion highlighted Sawyer’s history, importance

Editorial

On the website for the K.I. Sawyer Museum, there is a patch for sale that serves as an important reminder to our area. It reads: K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan, Gone But Not Forgotten. It has been more than two decades since the base closed in 1995 and of course, it’s still an active, living ...

Who determines ‘universal values’?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Is it any of Canada’s business whether Saudi women have the right to drive? Well, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland just made it her business. Repeatedly denouncing Riyadh’s arrest of women’s rights advocate Samar Badawi, Freeland has driven the two countries close ...

Prison reform: An unlikely GOP issue

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Prison reform has normally been an issue embraced by Democrats, not Republicans. But, perhaps, like so many other things in the Trump administration, this, too, is about to change. Last Thursday, President Trump held a roundtable discussion at his Bedminster, New Jersey, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Aug. 15, the 227th day of 2018. There are 138 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 15, 1945, in a pre-recorded radio address, Japan’s Emperor Hirohito announced that his country had accepted terms ...

Time to shine light on ‘dark money’

Editorial

With the Michigan primary election fresh on people’s minds, it’s a good time to consider some of the disturbing trends that emerged the past few months. Transparency should be the goal in political spending. Especially when “dark money” crosses the line into unsanctioned activity, ...

Advice for the president

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Dear Mr. President, “Would you take this advice I hand you like a brother”? It’s a song lyric from the musical “The Pajama Game,” but fitting here. There is a way you can hang onto your base, keeping them engaged, energized, without the constant Twitter assaults on ...

On enthusiasm, Democrats have advantage

Local columns

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since President Donald Trump took office, an Associated Press analysis found, giving party leaders hope that even a series of narrow losses in GOP territory bodes well for them ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Aug. 14, the 226th day of 2018. There are 139 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. On this date: In 1848, the ...

All American remains need to come home

Editorial

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The Legislature remains on a summer and primary season break, with a tentative session scheduled for Aug. 15, and regular sessions resuming Sept. 5. Rather than votes this report contains some interesting or noteworthy recent bill introductions. Senate Bill 1061: Require state to allow some ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 13, the 225th day of 2018. There are 140 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 13, 1961, East Germany sealed off the border between Berlin’s eastern and western sectors before building a wall that ...

Little League All Stars say thank you

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars: The Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars would like to thank the community of Escanaba for all of your support while we represented our hometown and finished second in the state of Michigan. A special thank you ...

Ignorant Sanders

Local columns

NEW YORK — Sen. Bernie Sanders is all over the internet! New York Magazine says he is “quietly building a digital media empire.” Mic.com calls it “one of the most powerful progressive media outfits in America.” This matters because bettors rank Sanders one of the top four ...

GOP candidates motivate with anxiety

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s a border crisis in Pennsylvania. The radical left is surging in New Jersey. And Nancy Pelosi is a threat to New York. Republican candidates in the nation’s premier midterm battlegrounds have embraced a central message in their fight to maintain the House ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 11, the 223rd day of 2018. There are 142 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 11, 1965, rioting and looting that claimed 34 lives broke out in the predominantly black Watts section of Los ...

mBank steps up, helping battle hunger in area, region

Editorial

mBank has pledged to underwrite three Mobile Food Pantry distributions — one each in Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie — this summer. The $9,500-plus contribution from mBank is being made to Feeding America West Michigan, which provides food to 160 local hunger-relief ...

Pro-life, mixed-life and anti-life

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: My great nephew DJ is a bright cookie. When in seventh grade, he came home one day and told me he had learned about evolution in school and that he did not believe in it because he was a Christian. He added, “Therefore, Uncle Mike, you are not a monkey’s uncle.” When we think ...

Should Trump voluntarily talk to Mueller?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — When federal prosecutors are nearing the end of criminal investigations, they often invite the subjects of those investigations to speak with them. The soon-to-be defendants are tempted to give their version of events to prosecutors, and prosecutors are looking to take the legal ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2018. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 10, 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries (TWEE’-luh-reez) Palace, where King ...

Loans, grants needed for infrastructure

Editorial

If there’s water and sewer infrastructure, there are bound to be upgrades. Since those typically don’t come without a price tag, it’s beneficial for municipalities to acquire funding. So, the good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to ...