Opinion

Quick action saved boy’s life

Editorial

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Trump should not be president

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Donald Trump does not have the intellect, temperament, or moral compass to be president of this country. We did however end up with this P.T. Barnum master showman with equal amounts of arrogance and incompetence and a twitter account. Trump was schooled in his early life by the ...

Some old school advice on tattoos

Local columns

FLINT — A news story I just read said young people are starting to have their tattoos removed and their piercings spackled over (or however it is doctors fix such things.) “Many are seeking to reverse the impulsive, perhaps keg-fueled decisions of their not-quite-lost youths,” the ...

President Trump – Keep Us Out of Syria

Local columns

By Dr. Glenn Mollette WASHINGTON — President Trump must not authorize troops on the ground in Syria. Once our troops are moved to a country they never leave. Iraq and Afghanistan are cases in point. Part of our economic despair in our country can be traced to the trillions of dollars we’ve ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 23, the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 23, 1942, the first shelling of the U.S. mainland during World War II occurred as a Japanese submarine fired on an oil ...

Paramedics numbers rising in state

Editorial

Sorry if this spoils your dreams, but we have a bit of career advice for you: Don’t become an actor. You would starve. There are tools available that can predict whether a given career choice will lead to full-time employment and a full-sized paycheck. The federal government’s Bureau of ...

Fact denying president shouldn’t get a pass

Local columns

ESCANABA — You hired a contractor to remodel your living room. Together you measured the living room. The tape read 10 feet by 20 feet. With no explanation the contractor insisted the living room was 15 by 25 feet. The contractor did not waiver and insisted the room was 15 feet by 25 feet. ...

Trump and the media: Demolition derby

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump’s insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: “Newspapers Aim to ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 22, the 53rd day of 2017. There are 312 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 22, 1732 (New Style date), the first president of the United States, George Washington, was born in Westmoreland County ...

More reform needed on property seizures

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder began the new year by signing legislation to make it easier and cheaper for Michigan citizens to get back property seized by police. It was an important step, but the state still must do more to fix its civil asset forfeiture law. The new law prohibits the state from charging ...

Trump’s many claims

Letters to the Editor

DITOR: At the recent dinner for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and his wife at Trump’s Florida retreat, the officer carrying the Nuclear Football, the device used to launch nuclear missiles was in attendance, mingling at the party. His picture was taken as he posed with the container ...

A non-news story

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Friday, Feb. 17, all of the news stations started out with the story about the National Guard being a “deportation force”. By noon, it was obvious that this was a non-news story that somebody thought would hurt President Trump. By mid-afternoon, the so-called “deportation ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 21, the 52nd day of 2017. There are 313 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 21, 1947, inventor Edwin H. Land publicly demonstrated his Polaroid Land camera, which used self-developing film to ...

Trump’s war on the courts, press and states

Local columns

BERKELEY — With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why ...

VP Pence deserves better treatment

Editorial

Several presidents have treated their vice presidents notoriously and sometimes irresponsibly badly. The late President Harry Truman knew all about that. When he took office upon the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he had to be told about the atomic bomb. Roosevelt had kept him in the ...

Response to poster letter

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In response to Sue Hurley’s letter, Feb. 15, I will take on the questions that were raised by the poster she referenced in what seemed to be a thinly veiled attack on the Trump administration. 1. Powerful and continuing nationalism. I am very proud to be an American! I want a ...

An adult voice amid childishness

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, ...

How They Voted

Local columns

No bills of general interest were voted on by the full House or Senate this week, which is not unusual for this point in a new legislature. Appropriations committee members have been receiving detailed briefings on a proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1. Legislative ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 20, the 51st day of 2017. There are 314 days left in the year. This is Presidents Day. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 20, 1942, Lt. Edward “Butch” O’Hare became the U.S. Navy’s first flying ace of World War ...

Support Walk for Warmth Feb. 25

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Julie Moberg and Cathy Pearson of the Community Action Agency in Escanaba: We have a big event Feb. 25 in Escanaba — perhaps our biggest event of the year. Our Walk for Warmth raises money, helping residents who have fallen on hard times, heat ...