Opinion

Despite setbacks wolf program beneficial

Editorial

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

Virginia unreal

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Politics is not brain surgery; it’s not that complicated. Politics is about addition, not subtraction. Show me a political party that is openly seeking and welcoming “converts” to its side and is finding common ground and I’ll show you a growing, healthy and, yes, winning ...

Parkland anniversary highlights Dem. shift on guns

Local columns

By Nicholas Riccardi Associated Press In the final weeks before the 2008 election, Barack Obama’s campaign sent mailers to Florida voters reassuring them that he supported the Second Amendment. In the opening days of the 2020 Democratic primary, it’s hard to imagine any candidate feeling ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 15, the 46th day of 2019. There are 319 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 15, 1961, 73 people, including an 18-member U.S. figure skating team en route to the World Championships in ...

A step in the right direction

Editorial

Momentum. Traction. Whatever you want to call it, there is movement on Michigan’s abysmal accountability practice when it comes to state government. Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a directive last week at the Michigan Press Association meeting that: Requires state agencies to appoint ...

Too many Queen songs

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I’m curious what others thought of Consumers Energy’s Super Bowl apology commercial. Nice of them? Self-serving? Sincere and heartfelt? Insult to injury, in that you and I will end up paying for whatever they spent on the spot? Where do you come down on this? If I’m ...

How They Voted

Local columns

The first substantive roll call vote of the 100th Michigan legislature was held last week not on a bill but on a resolution disapproving an Executive Order signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. This is explained below. Just one bill has been advanced from committee for consideration by the full ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2019. There are 320 days left in the year. This is Valentine’s Day. Today’s Highlights in History: On Feb. 14, 2018, a gunman identified as a former student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

Editorial

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Has Trump found the formula for 2020?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If the pollsters at CNN and CBS are correct, Donald Trump may have found the formula for winning a second term in 2020. His State of the Union address, say the two networks, met with the approval of 76 percent of all viewers — 97 percent of Republicans, 82 percent of ...

Abortion and the right to stay alive

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Much has been made lately of language in a recently enacted New York state statute that permits abortion up to the time of birth if necessary to preserve the life or health of the mother. New Jersey has had the same provision for two generations via a regulation of the Board of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 13, the 44th day of 2019. There are 321 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 13, 2016, Justice Antonin Scalia, the influential conservative and most provocative member of the U.S. Supreme Court, ...

The State of the Disunion

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump promised that his State of the Union address would focus on “unification.” But Trump advocating national unity is like a pyromaniac promoting lighter fluids. His goal is, and has always been, disunion. The man thrives on divisiveness. It’s how he keeps himself ...

The state of what union?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Eloquence is not a characteristic associated with President Donald Trump, but in his State of the Union address Tuesday night, the president not only rose to the occasion, he also delivered a message that was beautifully crafted by his speechwriters, a speech devoid of much of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 12, the 43rd day of 2019. There are 322 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 12, 1999, the Senate voted to acquit President Bill Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. On this date: In ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

Editorial

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

National Salute to Veteran Patients Week

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The week of Feb. 10-16 is designated as National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, and VA facilities across the Nation will be honoring the hospitalized men and women we proudly care for and serve. The employees and volunteers at the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center and its seven ...

Limited government requires limited president

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Soon, in a federal court that few Americans know exists, there will come a ruling on a constitutional principle that today barely exists but that could, if the judicial branch will resuscitate it, begin to rectify the imbalance between the legislative and executive branches. It ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2019. There are 323 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 11, 1990, South African black activist Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in captivity. On this date: In 1531, ...

February is American Heart Month

Editorial

February is American Heart Month and includes the celebration of Valentine’s Day. These national observances present a great opportunity to celebrate love and to focus on heart health. Staying active, eating healthy, and living a tobacco-free life help to keep the heart healthy. ...