Opinion

He actually was a great man

Local columns

WASHINGTON — He was the most uncommon presidential candidate. Most of them, disappointingly, flatter every group of voters they appear before by telling them what they’re confident they want to hear. Candidates, to put it bluntly, verbally caress the erogenous zones of the body politic. But ...

Flooding the sanctuary zones

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In the category of Mad magazine’s “scenes we’d like to see,” comes President Trump’s threat to transport migrants to cities and states that have declared themselves sanctuaries. Apparently he thinks such a move would force Democrats in Congress who represent these ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, April 19, the 109th day of 2019. There are 256 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people. (Bomber ...

NWS sessions educate public about severe weather in U.P.

Editorial

The National Weather Service needs you. Even the delayed spring of the North Woods still has the potential for severe thunderstorms, heavy rains and other hazards going into summer. For evidence, ask Houghton and Keweenaw area residents about last Father’s Day. So in late April and into ...

Growing older

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: It comes quickly! The era of our lives called the “elderly” years. If you didn’t learn to be patient in your younger years, you will in the elderly time. People will talk to their bodies, begging for more cooperation from legs and limbs. Our creator played tricks on us, ...

Black holes, elections and Julian Assange

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — Best moment of the week: Seeing the first-ever image of an actual black hole 55 million light years away. How amazing was that? That’s the kind of thing that restores my faith in humanity. We can be really, really smart and cool when we want to be. - One news report ...

Poll: Low confidence in schools to respond to gunman

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after the Columbine High School shooting made practicing for armed intruders as routine as fire drills, many parents have only tepid confidence in the ability of schools to stop a gunman, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, April 18, the 108th day of 2019. There are 257 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 18, 1983, 63 people, including 17 Americans, were killed at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, by a suicide ...

AG is right to stop LGBTQ discrimination in state-funded adoptions

Editorial

Michigan will no longer spend taxpayer dollars to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ parents. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the change in policy last month as part of the settlement to a lawsuit initiated in 2017 by two same sex couples, one from Lansing and one ...

Where Trump’s and Bibi’s interests clash

Local columns

WASHINGTON — On Monday, President Donald Trump designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, the first time the United States has designated part of another nation’s government as such a threat. Iran’s Supreme National Security Council responded by ...

2020 Dems raising less money as donors sit on sidelines

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The crowded field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates is showing early signs of money trouble as donors sit on the sidelines to see how the contest unfolds, signaling a drawn-out primary battle lies ahead. The Democratic campaign comes into greater focus on Monday ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, April 17, the 107th day of 2019. There are 258 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 17, 1972, the Boston Marathon allowed women to compete for the first time; Nina Kuscsik was the first officially ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2019. There are 259 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 16, 2007, in one of America’s worst school attacks, a college senior killed 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech ...

Unions urge Dems to focus on kitchen table economics

Local columns

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ardently liberal, pro-labor and anti-corporate cash, the field of Democrats running for president may look like a union activist’s dream. But some key labor leaders are starting to worry about the topics dominating the 2020 conversation. The candidates are spending too ...

Wall Street favors one kind of socialism

Local columns

BERKELEY— JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon took aim at socialism in his annual letter to shareholders, distributed last week, warning that it would be “a disaster for our country,” because it produces “stagnation, corruption and often worse.” Dimon should know. He was at the helm when ...

Green burials a good alternative

Editorial

Green burials have been given the green light for Park Cemetery. The Marquette City Commission on Monday OK’d an updated version of the rules and regulations at the cemetery, and this includes allowing green burials and mausoleums. At Park Cemetery, an area for green burials will be ...

The Democrat mosaic of factions

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Democrats’ presidential aspirants seem determined to prove that their party’s 2016 achievement — the election of the current president — was not a fluke that cannot be repeated. But the Republican Party, whose last remaining raison d’etre is to frustrate Democrats, ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 122, Postpone more rigorous teacher evaluation standards: Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate To delay for one year a requirement that annual year-end evaluation ratings of classroom teachers be 40 percent based on student growth and assessment data (state-administered tests), with the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, April 15, the 105th day of 2019. There are 260 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 15, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died nine hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s ...

Many hands made Kiwanis event a success

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Estelle Smyth and Pat Rudden: The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2019 Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success, especially our show sponsor, American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin. Thanks also ...