Opinion

Bergman (invited) town hall meeting

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Concerned constituents of Michigan’s First (U.S. House) District are inviting Representative Jack Bergman to attend a town hall meeting hosted by the Marquette community. People from across the political spectrum are also being invited to participate, making this a democratic, civil ...

Eliminating the U.S. Department of Education?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Representative Thomas Massie, (R) Kentucky, introduced Bill H.R. 899 last month in the House labeled “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.” The Department contains within it, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Administration ...

America’s longest war

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to spend $1.4 billion of New York’s resources to solve the persistent problem of poverty in central Brooklyn. If he wins legislative approval, Cuomo, a Democrat, intends to spend the money on affordable housing, job training, anti-violence programs, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 15, the 74th day of 2017. There are 291 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 15, 1767, the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born in the Waxhaw settlement along the ...

Leading the charge on FOIA reform

Editorial

State legislators in Lansing can be an easy target for criticism, but in this case they deserve recognition for getting it right. This week, the Michigan House of Representatives’ competitiveness committee approved legislation that would subject state lawmakers and the governor’s office ...

Overhead electric lines not a bright idea

Editorial

Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying the definition of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” There is some debate, however, whether he actually said it. The people who obsess over such things argue whether credit is due Benjamin ...

Trumps not the only travelers

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Gerry Niedermaier’s letter from March 9 takes the Trump family to task for being successful. Calls it “fleecing” to continue operating a billion dollar global enterprise. Former president Obama went to Hawaii twice a year. Michelle Obama took her girls to Europe and Africa ...

Three possible reasons for Trump’s rant

Local columns

BERKELEY — Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a “Bad (or sick) ...

How They Voted

Local columns

Senate Bill 129, Regulate small copper mines different than big ones: Passed 24 to 11 in the Senate To establish a separate and more streamlined regulatory regime over small (“native”) copper mining operations. Sen. Tom Casperson, R - Escanaba, Yes Senate Bill 19, Cut off parole ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, March 14, the 73rd day of 2017. There are 292 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 14, 1967, the body of President John F. Kennedy was moved from a temporary grave to a permanent memorial site at ...

Bill would hurt transparency in state government

Editorial

More secrecy in government is one of the last things the state of Michigan needs. A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature, with the legislation expected to be up for a vote in the House today. The ...

Health care competiton won’t work

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Some Republicans are pushing a healthcare bill Sen. Paul Ryan called a “monumental improvement” over the ACA, and repeat their hypothesis that free market completion will spur healthcare cost reductions. Common sense says this cannot be true, partly because of issues not dealt ...

What’s wrong with the airport?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: What a joke we have here at the Delta County Airport. We, along with many others, want to fly out of and into Escanaba, but the airport seems to have a problem keeping the runway clear and open. I know first-hand the times I’ve tried to fly out of here, we were not able to get on ...

A place to celebrate America’s principles

Local columns

TEMPE, Ariz. — Encouraging developments are as welcome as they are rare in colleges and universities that cultivate diversity in everything but thought. Fortunately, state legislatures, alumni and philanthropists are planting little academic platoons that will make campuses less ...

Parent-Teacher Club goes extra mile

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Rapid River teachers: The Rapid River teachers would like to extend their gratitude to our school’s Parent-Teacher-Club. Recently, they organized, set-up, and worked for hours on our book fair. The theme was “Camp Out with a Good Book.” The ...

Killing Big Bird

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It’s expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Good! Government has no business funding art. When ...

Congress created a monster

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Those of us who believe that the Constitution means what it says have been arguing since the late 1970s that congressional efforts to strengthen national security by weakening personal liberty are unconstitutional, un-American and ineffective. The Foreign Intelligence ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 11, the 70th day of 2017. There are 295 days left in the year. The Jewish holiday Purim begins at sunset. Daylight saving time returns Sunday at 2 a.m. local time; clocks go forward one hour. Today’s Highlight in ...

Stop wasteful defense spending first

Editorial

President Donald Trump wants to boost defense spending by $54 billion a year. He is right to point out the armed forces need better equipment. But before shoveling that much money into the military-industrial-political complex, Trump and Congress ought to mount a surprise attack on defense ...

The million dollar carp

Local columns

FLINT — In his State of the State address last month, Gov. Snyder offered a million bucks (really) to whoever comes up with the best idea to stop the dreaded Asian carp that are headed for the Great Lakes via Chicago’s waterways. Once they make it — gulp, gulp, gulp — there goes the ...