Opinion

Put a lid on violence before it escalates

Editorial

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Wind farm response

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I’m writing in response to Stuart Craig’s letter titled “Wind Farm Opposition” that was recently published. HSE has repeatedly and tirelessly defended itself against atrocious assumptions continuously made by the uninformed. I’d go so far to say some intentionally mislead ...

Regarding race relations…

Local columns

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — Ignorance is bliss and “some of my best friends are (Black, Indian, Asian, etc.)” probably isn’t going to cut it anymore. As a darker skinned person, I can attest to experiencing racism and discrimination directly. Members of my tribe experienced it directly ...

Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vladimir Putin is more trusted than Donald Trump to do the right thing for the world among citizens of numerous U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members, according to a survey released Wednesday. Both leaders scored poorly overall in the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Aug. 21, the 233rd day of 2017. There are 132 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 21, 1858, the first of seven debates between Illinois senatorial contenders Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas took ...

Going above and beyond to help others

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sharon Neumann of Escanaba: On a recent morning as I and my helper (Tom Ammel) came out of Elmer’s County Market with my weeks supply of groceries, we found the car had a flat tire. Both of us have health issues, so we couldn’t change a tire and just ...

Men and women are different

Local columns

NEW YORK — Why aren’t there more women criminals?! Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn’t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no ...

Armageddon postponed

Local columns

WASHINGTON — North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un appears to have blinked and President Trump can claim a foreign policy victory and justification for his strategy. Reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s “peace through strength” approach to deterring adversaries, President Trump stood ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Aug. 19, the 231st day of 2017. There are 134 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 19, 1942, during World War II, about 6,000 Canadian and British soldiers launched a disastrous raid against the ...

Cool heads needed in dispute with N. Korea

Editorial

Someone needs to turn the heat down on the rhetoric flying between Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and Pyongyang and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Threatening each other on nearly a daily basis with destruction, nuclear and otherwise, is doing little to promote peace and ...

Tragedy in Charlottesville

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white ...

Take steps to protect trees from forest pests

Editorial

The Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin already has endured the onslaught of spruce budworm and the recently arrived and still spreading emerald ash borer. With August being national Tree Check Month, state and federal officials now advise to be on the lookout for the next potentially ...

Creativity drives a community

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Is creativity depreciated or simply misunderstood? This was a question posed by John Dragoon, a senior vice president, chief marketing officer and channel chief at Novell (a leading ...

The chicken and the tax returns

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Nope. Don’t even try to come up with something better. I’m declaring right here, right now the best news story to be the giant inflatable Trump Chicken staring at the West Wing from outside White House grounds. It was put there by protesters who are still trying to shame ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 17, the 229th day of 2017. There are 136 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 17, 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip ...

What Trump said about Virginia protesters

Local columns

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump has defended his response to Saturday’s racially-charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in a winding, combative exchange with reporters that at times mischaracterized the message and purpose of event. In his remarks, Trump described the rally ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 18, the 230th day of 2017. There are 135 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 18, 1587, Virginia Dare became the first child of English parents to be born in present-day America, on what is now ...

Give tiny homes a little policy consideration

Editorial

Tiny homes represent a sizable break from residential construction trends seen in the United States during the past few decades. There’s no universal set of size measurements that would define a home as “tiny,” but some see the category including dwellings of up to 400 or 500 square ...

After the coup, what then?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to Trump family and campaign associates. The ...

Support for charter schools drops over past year

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released Tuesday. Trump campaigned on a promise to dramatically improve school ...