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Opinion

A reminder about snow removal rules and roads

Editorial

With a few major winter weather events now having reached the region, Michigan State Police troopers at the Iron Mountain post would like to remind citizens of several laws regarding snow removal: - A person shall not remove or deposit, or cause to be removed or deposited, snow, Ice or slush ...

Enbridge patrol vessels

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Enbridge is committed to keeping the community and the Straits safe while we provide essential transportation fuel and propane to Michigan and the region. In line with that commitment, we recently announced three new measures to increase safeguards and further reduce the risk of an ...

Christmas is coming

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: Are you ready? Who heads the list of honorees this Christmas? Santa or Jesus? Where do we celebrate? Main street or darkened stable? Macy’s, Amazon or Bethlehem? A healthy compromise? Many of us forget that the original Santa was the real St. Nicholas, a Turkish priest from ...

Where are the ‘high crimes’?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — “Quid pro quo” was the accusatory Latin phrase most often used to describe President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call asking for a “favor” from the president of Ukraine. New Year’s prediction: The Roman poet Horace’s Latin depiction: “Parturient montes, ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Tuesday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2019. There are 14 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1992, President George H.W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney (muhl-ROO’-nee) and Mexican President ...

Hunters generous with harvested venison

Editorial

Bravo to deer hunters in the state of Michigan for demonstrating a high degree of generosity in sharing their venison with people and families in need. According to a story in The Detroit Free Press, this year has been record-breaking. Michigan hunters have donated more than 58,000 pounds of ...

Saudi sympathies ring hollow after shooting

Local columns

WASHINGTON — If it walks like a duck ... you know the rest. Following a shooting attack at Naval Air Station Pensacola by a Saudi national identified as 21-year-old Mohammed Alshamrani, the FBI issued a statement saying it presumes the incident was a terrorist attack. What might have ...

How They Voted

Local columns

House Bill 4311, Permit, regulate and tax internet gambling: Passed 35 to 3 in the Senate To establish a comprehensive regulatory and licensure regime that allows the Detroit and Michigan Indian casinos to enter the internet gambling business. Operators would have to pay $100,000 to get a ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 16, the 350th day of 2019. There are 15 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 16, 1773, the Boston Tea Party took place as American colonists boarded a British ship and dumped more than 300 chests of ...

UPPCO crews saved the day during storm

Editorial

This week’s bouquets go to: From Billy and Shirley Ness: A great big thank you to all the UPPCO crews who worked through the night to restore our power under the worst conditions. We were snowed in, and my oxygen was fast disappearing. At 4:30 a.m. when we could see the worklites shining ...

The Forgotten Debt

Local columns

NEW YORK — Congress and the media obsess endlessly over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached. Both ignore $23 trillion of bigger problems. That’s how deep in debt the federal government is now, and because they keep spending much more than they could ever hope to collect ...

What’s Wrong with FISA?

Local columns

WASHINGTON — Congress enacted the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 1978 in response to the unlawful surveillance of Americans by the FBI and the CIA during the Watergate era. President Richard Nixon — who famously quipped after leaving office that “when the president does it, that ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today in Saturday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2019. There are 17 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 14, 2012, a gunman with a semi-automatic rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School ...

Better background checks needed for people who work with older adults

Editorial

We wholeheartedly agree with the conclusions of a new report that says the state Aging and Adult Services Agency should tighten up its criminal background check policies for employees, contractors’ staff and volunteers to better protect older adults. The report is from the state Auditor ...

The issue of my lifetime

Local columns

TRAVERSE CITY — I was asked the other day why I’ve been writing about Trump so much lately. That’s an easy one. I write so much about Trump because what he’s trying to do is rebuild the nation in his own ugly image. He wants an America where non-whites are second class citizens, where ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2019. There are 18 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 13, 1981, authorities in Poland imposed martial law in a crackdown on the Solidarity labor movement. (Martial law formally ...

State suggests choosing a real Christmas tree

Editorial

Got that Christmas tree yet? State officials are making the case for going evergreen. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed December as Michigan Christmas Tree Month, recognizing the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Christmas tree industry to the state’s farms and ...

This has been the anti-democracy decade

Local columns

BERKELEY — We’re coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began Jan. 21, 2010, with the Supreme Court’s shameful decision in Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in politics with the absurd claim that the ...

Analysis: Trump faces narrow but consequential charges

Local columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The articles of impeachment offered up Tuesday against President Donald Trump are narrow, but consequential. They are also likely to be approved by Democrats alone. The impending vote will thrust Trump into a club no president wants to join: only the third American leader ...

Almanac

Local columns

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Thursday, Dec. 12, the 346th day of 2019. There are 19 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 12, 2000, George W. Bush became president-elect as a divided U.S. Supreme Court reversed a state court decision for ...