Opinion

Praise for U.P. Honor Flight efforts

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dennis Renken of Escanaba: Dennis Renken of Escanaba would like to thank Upper Peninsula Honor Flight and especially thank Scott Knauf and the 100 other folks that organized a wonderful event on the honor flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials ...

Leaving the Left

Local columns

NEW YORK — Watching this video upset me. Students and even faculty members won’t let Dave Rubin speak. They constantly interrupt, shouting “hate speech!” and “black lives matter!” Rubin was once a man of the left. He even was a co-host on The Young Turks network. But then he ...

No widespread changes in gun laws after shootings

Local columns

By Ryan J. Foley Associated Press Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a panel to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure its members clearly supported the Second Amendment. Yet it ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, Sept. 29, the 272nd day of 2018. There are 93 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 29, 1978, Pope John Paul I was found dead in his Vatican apartment just over a month after becoming head of the Roman ...

Naturalization ceremony a solemn gateway to citizenship

Editorial

“We the people” are three words we should all know. You’ve surely heard of them before, and, therefore, should be familiar with the concept of self-government, where the true power rests in the hands of the governed and the will of the many. Many of us would likely be able to identify ...

Many successful businesses begin at home

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Twenty years ago I taught a group of wild high school boys. One in particular witnessed beatings of his family member, including himself. He was left to fend for himself and his younger sister for weeks at a time. Today, he is a single father of three, a full time job, and a garage ...

In economic boom, how can Trump be liability?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of ...

The Kavanaughs speak

Local columns

WASHINGTON — At times Brett and Ashley Kavanaugh sounded rehearsed and overly cautious in their “exclusive” interview with Fox News host Martha McCallum Monday night. Brett Kavanaugh repeated verbatim lines about defending his character and allowing the “process” to play out. He said ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Sept. 28, the 271st day of 2018. There are 94 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 28, 1787, the Congress of the Confederation voted to send the just-completed Constitution of the United States to state ...

Stay on the beach; respect your neighbor

Editorial

The public’s right to walk on Michigan beaches, despite various court rulings through the decades, remains a bit unsettled in some people’s perceptions. Every few years, it seems, a local problem steps up and kicks authorities in the shin, seeking a fresh look at the century-old ...

Zip the lips about a ‘blue wave’

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I wish Democrats would just shut up about a “blue wave” for the mid-terms. There may be one but it’s far less likely to happen when they keep going on pundit shows and yapping/boasting about it. Zip the lips, people. Let things unfold. Watched pots, you know? - ...

Time to end the judiciary circus

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus announced last year it was closing after a 146-year run, largely because of high operating costs, costly legal battles with animal rights groups and declining ticket sales, especially after elephants were retired from the ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Sept. 27, the 270th day of 2018. There are 95 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 27, 1939, Warsaw, Poland, surrendered after weeks of resistance to invading forces from Nazi Germany and the ...

Keep the dialogue on sexual assault going

Editorial

Sexual assault cannot always be prevented. There are bad people in the world — some who masquerade as ‘nice’ doctors, priests, teachers and coaches. Survivors and their families should never feel in any way responsible for the crimes perpetrated against them by predators. That’s ...

Has Russia given up on the West?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Sept. 26, the 269th day of 2018. There are 96 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 26, 1960, the first-ever debate between presidential nominees took place as Democrat John F. Kennedy and Republican ...

Make Michigan a millennial talent hub

Editorial

Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That’s the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It’s a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state where young people once ...

Paying your fair share

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Many GOP members of Congress want to cut Social Security. But there are things that could be enacted before any of this happens. FICA is an acronym for the Federal Insurance Contributions Act, which is the name of the legislation that requires employers to withhold taxes from our ...

Three big lessons we didn’t learn

Local columns

BERKELEY — Ten years ago, after making piles of money gambling with other people’s money, Wall Street nearly imploded, and the outgoing George W. Bush and incoming Obama administrations bailed out the bankers. America should have learned three big lessons from the crisis. We didn’t, to ...

Trump’s beast in the night

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If you have been following the serious destruction brought about by Hurricane Florence in North Carolina and the political turmoil caused by the allegations of teenage sexual misconduct made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, along with his firm and ...