Opinion

U.P. artists have a place of their own

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jason Lantagne of Goshen, Ind. As an artist and an Upper Peninsula native who also grew up in the Gladstone/Escanaba area I want to express my sincere thanks to Pasqua Warstler for all of the effort she has put into showcasing Upper Peninsula artists at Art ...

Stupid hostile media

Local columns

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist’s Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, July 15, the 196th day of 2017. There are 169 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 15, 1997, fashion designer Gianni Versace (ver-SAH’-chay), 50, was shot dead outside his Miami Beach home; suspected ...

The time has come to curb North Korea

Editorial

If there ever was a time when North Korea’s bullying militarism could be curbed without great loss of life, it probably passed decades ago. That should not blind world leaders to the reality that the regime’s lethality grows by the week — and cannot be ignored forever. A new North ...

Support for coach

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: You just fired Ken Hofer/Menominee, Paul Polfus/Carney, Joe Reddinger/North Dickinson, Chris Hofer/Kingsford, etc. Chad Brandt, your football coach and AD is on his way to join that list of all time greats. Here’s the guy who’s the face of all your programs, the one positive ...

California and the President

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has new words for an old song: ‘’California, here I don’t come.’’ The president has made it to Eastern Europe, but he hasn’t made it to Hollywood. Something tells me he’d rather sit down with Vladimir Putin than with California’s extremely ...

Three-quarters in US say they lack influence

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Linda Bell, a beekeeper and farmer who makes about $11,000 a year, feels Washington power brokers have no intention of making health care affordable. “They don’t care about people like me,” says the Bosque County, Texas, resident. Three-quarters of Americans agree ...

The state is not God

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Anyone looking for another reason not to leave life-and-death issues to the state need look no further than the conflict between the British government and the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard. Governments, including the British courts and the European court of human rights ...

Be responsible, pick up your trash

Editorial

The attraction to public spaces - such as parks, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, beaches and more - depends on good behavior from those who use them. Many of these spaces don’t have a budget; there is no access to cleaning staff or equipment and they often rely on support of community ...

Happy with fireworks

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Oh my gosh. Now we have a councilperson saying “Most of us think” the fireworks were too long. Did you conduct a survey? If you did think they were lasting too long — a simple solution — you leave. Our family was so happy the fireworks started a little earlier, perhaps because ...

President Trump’s vision

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Where there is no vision, the people perish...” (Proverbs 29:18) In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at ...

White House, Dems trade jabs on nominees

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House complained that Senate Democrats are obstructing President Donald Trump’s qualified nominees. Democrats countered that the administration has only itself to blame for the slow pace of filling vacancies. The Senate has confirmed only 48 of 197 presidential ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2017. There are 172 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 12, 1967, rioting erupted in Newark, New Jersey, over the police beating of a black taxi driver; 26 people were killed ...

State isn’t done with pension reform

Editorial

Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state’s school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list. A report presented to the West Michigan Policy Forum last ...

Attacks on the press can’t be tolerated

Local columns

BERKELEY — On Sunday morning, Donald Trump seemed to promote violence against CNN. He tweeted an old video clip of him performing in a WWE professional wrestling match, with a CNN logo superimposed on the head of his opponent. Trump is shown slamming the CNN avatar to the ground and ...

A place where civility once ruled

Local columns

PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin Coolidge, a ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 11, the 192nd day of 2017. There are 173 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 11, 1767, John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States, was born in Braintree, Massachusetts. On this ...

Drivers reminded to ‘Lock It or Lose It’

Editorial

A vehicle is stolen every 45 seconds in the United States, and surprisingly nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or the keys were left in the ignition. In addition to locking your vehicle and taking your keys with you, there are many other precautions you can take to ...

Reining in Medicaid’s ‘mission gallop’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate’s proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey’s provision, however, makes it this century’s most significant domestic ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, July 10, the 191st day of 2017. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1967, country singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry recorded her hit single “Ode to Billie Joe” at Capitol Records in ...