Opinion

Abrahamson made improvements possible

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dan Block: Spring has finally arrived at Lemerand Park in Escanaba, home of the 2018 softball State Champion Escanaba Eskymos (MHSAA Division 2). During the afternoons and evenings of this time of year, you’re likely to find the Eskymos playing against ...

In money we trust?

Local columns

NEW YORK — Look at the dollar bills in your wallet. They say they are “legal tender for all debts.” But are they? What makes them valuable? What makes them worth anything? Each bill says, “In God We Trust.” But God won’t guarantee their value. The $20 bill depicts the White ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, May 25, the 145th day of 2019. There are 220 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 25, 1935, Babe Ruth hit his last three career home runs — Nos. 712, 713 and 714 — for the Boston Braves in a game ...

Spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Editorial

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Mayor holds authority to appoint committee members

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: There was a dust-up at city council over the last few months, when a citizen requested a seat on a city committee but was not chosen. I do not wish to disclose or discuss the applicant’s gender, so I will not use words such as, “he/she,” “him/her,” etc. I will refer to the ...

Democrats’ (not entirely) ‘bleak prospects’

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In my line of work, I run into more than a few Democrats whose mood swings of late are frankly semi-wild. Last November, when their party won 41 Republican U.S. House seats and took the House majority from the GOP, Democrats were almost giddy, increasingly confident that voters ...

A problem for every solution

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness — not inability, but unwillingness — to solve problems. One of many examples is the U.S. national debt, now more than $22 trillion and counting. As Heritage Foundation President ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, May 24, the 144th day of 2019. There are 221 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 24, 1994, four Islamic fundamentalists convicted of bombing New York’s World Trade Center in 1993 were each sentenced to ...

Ask a local propane supplier

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: If you want to know truth about the impact of shutting down Enbridge Line 5, ask your local propane company. There is a lot of misleading information out there about the importance of Enbridge Line to propane users in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan as a whole. I will start by ...

Escanaba water woes

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: We have a legislature that passes laws. I don’t remember seeing any new laws passed regarding the water lines. A group that was appointed has instituted new rules and regulations. Not elected representatives. Because of this everyone”s bill goes up 45 percent. Isn’t this ...

The pro-life movement’s moment

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade ushered in what would eventually lead to abortion on demand, including partial-birth abortion and even the failure to protect babies born alive after failed procedures — the pro-life movement has achieved few legislative victories. That may be ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, May 23, the 143rd day of 2019. There are 222 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 23, 1934, bank robbers Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were shot to death in a police ambush in Bienville Parish, ...

Lansing take note, parents want better schools

Editorial

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

Our veterans deserve the best in return

Local columns

WASHINGTON — In October 1966, I called my family from Gustavus Adolphus College to let them know I had decided to become a Marine. I remember the call as if it was yesterday: My mother dropped the phone and didn’t say a word. My father, on the other hand, a World War II Navy veteran, had a ...

Who wants this war with Iran?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. ... We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” The ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, May 22, the 142nd day of 2019. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1992, after a reign lasting nearly 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s “Tonight Show” for the final time (Jay ...

Be safe on the water this summer

Editorial

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and over 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. National Safe Boating Week is May 18-24. The Michigan ...

Once upon a time in America

Local columns

WASHINGTON — There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, the president enforced ...

Abortion ban aims for high court, but won’t get there soon

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alabama’s virtual ban on abortion is the latest and most far-reaching state law seemingly designed to prod the Supreme Court to reconsider a constitutional right it announced 46 years ago in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. But Chief Justice John Roberts may prefer a ...