Opinion

Can Democrats ever get to the fourth stage?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — It is time to remind ourselves of the Four Stages of Political Defeat and whether the losing side — in this case, the Democrats who suffered an unexpected and stinging rebuke in 2016 — will be able to recover and compete. Because political parties are composed of human ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Aug. 2, the 214th day of 2019. There are 151 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 2, 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait, seizing control of the oil-rich emirate. (The Iraqis were later driven out in Operation ...

MAPS helping out with mental health services

Editorial

Life has always been complicated, but that doesn’t mean it has to be handled the same way it’s always been handled. When it comes to mental health resources, much more attention is needed, especially in rural areas such as the Upper Peninsula. According to a recent article in the online ...

Township board doing good work

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: In response to the letter to the editor by Mark J. Holbrook captioned Unorderly Township Board. There are inconsistencies regarding Mr. Holbrook’s interpretation and statements on how the meeting he attended of the Maple Ridge Township Board was conducted. If Mr. Holbrook would ...

I do understand why…

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: ....thanks to the “blue” we are safe. Why kids love summer camp at Presbytery Point, Camp Michigamme, Fortune Lake, Lake Ellen and Covenant Point. Why Delta County and the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone have such fine parks. Why MTU turns out such superb graduates. Why Rapid ...

What’s next for Democrats post-Mueller?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post, which has done everything in its dwindling power with articles, editorials and columns denouncing, demeaning and attempting to destroy President Trump, appears to have temporarily — but only temporarily — raised the white flag. A headline following former ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2019. There are 152 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On August 1, 1944, an uprising broke out in Warsaw, Poland, against Nazi occupation; the revolt lasted two months before ...

We need to talk about sexting

Editorial

“Consequences” is a buzzword in many parenting manuals of our modern age. Letting a child experience the natural consequences of say, forgetting their gym shoes by sitting out of gym rather than the parent bringing the shoes to school, is a good lesson in responsibility, independence and ...

Assailing the truth in two distinct ways

Local columns

BERKELEY — There are two kinds of Donald Trump lies. One is about facts. The other is about those who call him out on his fabrications. An example of the first occurred on Sunday, when Trump issued a tweetstorm of lies: “The Robert Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt, headed now by 17 (increased ...

Inconvenient truths for 2020 Democrats

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic presidential contenders have some inconvenient truths to grapple with. It’s not easy, for example, to summon foreboding words on the economy — accurately — when the U.S. has been having its longest expansion in history. Health care for all raises ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 31, the 212th day of 2019. There are 153 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 31, 1954, Pakistan’s K2 was conquered as two members of an Italian expedition, Achille Compagnoni and Lino Lacedelli ...

Clear petty marijuana crime records

Editorial

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Michigan since December of last year, and medical use has been legal since 2017. The past should be reconciled with the present. The records of people who are still suffering undue punishment for minor marijuana offenses should be expunged. Sena ...

Dueling ordinances

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Months ago, I authored Escanaba’s Marihuana Ordnance in which Escanaba “opts-out” of marihuana until April 2020. A week ago, I participated in a webinar by the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). LARA will issue state marihuana licenses this November ...

Facts from FLOW

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: According to For Love of Water (FLOW), Enbridge’s data reveal that sections of Line 5 in the Straits are cracked, dented, and encrusted with corrosion-causing mussels, and that a segment on land has lost 26 percent of its original wall thickness due to corrosion. In 2017, Enbridge ...

After Mueller, where do Democrats go?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — The Democrats who were looking to cast Robert Mueller as the star in a TV special, “The Impeachment of Donald Trump,” can probably tear up the script. They’re gonna be needing a new one. For six hours Wednesday, as three cable news networks and ABC, CBS and NBC all ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2019. There are 154 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 30, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure making “In God We Trust” the national motto, replacing ...

Officials urge getting tested, vaccinated for hepatitis

Editorial

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 325 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B and C, causing 1.4 million deaths per year. In support of World Hepatitis Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michiganders to get ...

Flowers taken from family graves

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Generally not one to get on my soapbox now that I’ve retired, but there are times and under circumstances where one needs to vent. Our extended family has taken great pride over several years in honoring our deceased family members by taking special care of their grave sites and ...

Healing America’s racial wounds

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: People of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would prefer fishing or picking blueberries than listen to the latest noise from Washington. This time the uproar came from President Trump’s tweets calling on four Congresswomen of color to “go back where they came from” [meaning to ...

A hazard of bipartisanship

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Acting on the principle “Why put it off until tomorrow when you can do the wrong thing today?” the House of Representatives last week voted to repeal a tax that is not scheduled to take effect until 2022. The vote against the “Cadillac tax” was 419-6, a reminder that ...