Opinion

Don’t compare U.S. to Russia

Editorial

Donald Trump is president in part because many Americans disliked his predecessor’s habit of refusing to recognize the exceptional nature of our government and the American people. Too often, former President Barack Obama cited our nation’s challenges — and there are many — in ...

Trump’s takeover of the truth

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press — finding the truth, reporting it and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press ...

Be careful what you wish for

Local columns

WASHINGTON — At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, President Trump promised to “totally destroy” the so-called “Johnson Amendment,” a law that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates at the risk of losing their tax-exempt status. Politifact.com gives ...

Exposing Republican code-speak

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to ‘’PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to ‘’working right now with the Congress,’’ ‘’working very ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 8, the 39th day of 2017. There are 326 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 8, 1942, during World War II, Japanese forces began invading Singapore, which fell a week later. On this ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Feb. 7, the 38th day of 2017. There are 327 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 7, 1817, America’s first public gas street lamp was lighted in Baltimore at the corner of Market and Lemon streets ...

Trump’s claim terrorism ignored unsupported

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump made an unsupported assertion Monday that terrorist acts in Europe are going unreported. A look at the matter: TRUMP: “All over Europe it’s happening. It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported. And in many cases the very, very ...

Workable plan for wolf management needed

Editorial

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Where Justice Scalia was wrong

Local columns

WASHINGTON — With an asperity born of exasperation, Justice Antonin Scalia once wrote, “If you want aspirations, you can read the Declaration of Independence,” but “there is no such philosophizing in our Constitution,” which is “a practical and pragmatic charter of government.” ...

The President and immigration

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Recently, we all saw massive public outrage in major cities throughout the country. It was directed at the Jan. 27 issuance of an executive order, signed by President Donald Trump, addressing immigration. With the executive order, the president ordered the suspension of entry of ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Feb. 6, the 37th day of 2017. There are 328 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 6, 1952, Britain’s King George VI, 56, died at Sandringham House in Norfolk, England; he was succeeded as monarch by ...

Children of President are off limits

Editorial

What part of the president’s young children are off-limits do some entertainers not understand? The often-maligned news media gets it, and has for many years. Presidents and their grown sons and daughters are fair targets for journalistic coverage. But small children who happen to live in ...

Trump bubble bursts

Local columns

NEW YORK — No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks ...

The narrative

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2017. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. On this date: In 1783, ...

It’s the White House calling

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2017. There are 331 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 3, 1917, the United States broke off diplomatic relations with Germany, which had announced a policy of unrestricted ...

Defending public schools

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In re: Articles “DeVos Should Have Said” by John Stossel and “Feeling Good (So Far)” by Cal Thomas ( Jan 28, 2017) one has to ask where they get their information. It is tiring to keep hearing the same old criticism of the public schools, schools that have educated all those ...

Remember to stop, because trains cannot

Editorial

It should be obvious by now that a car or truck stands little chance against a train if they collide. Yet drivers still seem willing to risk just such a collision. After a train last week clipped the pup trailer on a loaded logging truck in Menominee Township, Menominee County Sheriff Kenny ...

Where are voices for American veterans?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: For the life of me I can’t figure out why some Americans seem so willing to protest and lobby for the rights of illegal aliens and refugees from the Middle East and yet these same people did nothing and continue to do nothing to lobby for the rights of American veterans, who have ...