Opinion

You would do this to save life of child

Columns

Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague ...

Surprise — term limits don’t work in Michigan

Editorial

If you've ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

Other weapons than guns kill

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On April 23, a man drove a van along a Toronto sidewalk killing 10 people. Canadians didn't protest with signs saying, "Ban the van." Automobiles are never blamed for murders like guns are. A recent letter said assault rifles are weapons of mass destruction and ...

Hillary Clinton brings bitterness tour down under

Columns

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia's second largest ...

No rush to get facts straight

Columns

If there were any doubt that the multi-front battle over the Russia investigation has become the political equivalent of a Tong war, Rudy Giuliani removed it. The former mayor of New York City made his debut on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last Wednesday as a “cleaner” of sorts, like ...

NPS searches for preservation, public use balance

Editorial

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Making Sense of Eric Schneiderman

Columns

The former attorney general of the state of New York allegedly had a pattern of slapping and choking women with whom he was intimate. He also spat at them, demanded threesomes, insulted them, threatened them and called one (who had dark skin) his “brown slave,” according to recent ...

Definition of ‘financial hardship’

Columns

The Environmental Protection Agency recently granted to an oil refinery owned by Carl Icahn a so-called "financial hardship" waiver. The exemption allows the refinery to avoid clean air laws, potentially saving Icahn millions of dollars. Icahn is not exactly a hardship case. According to ...

Let commercial solar shine throughout state

Editorial

Several northwest Lower Michigan townships appear to be clearing the regulatory path for small-scale commercial solar power generation. That's encouraging news for companies that seek to earn profits from power generation. It also is encouraging news for area residents, who would benefit from ...

Confronting tough questions following #MeToo movement

Columns

Bill Cosby is a convicted felon. A jury has declared him guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault. If you'd told me a few years ago that I would one day be writing lines like that about the actor called "America's Favorite Dad," I would have thought you were nuts. But ...

School resource kits promotes community learning

Columns

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is proud to support a lifetime of learning in our community. One of the many unique ways that the CCISD supports learning is through resource kits. Several departments within the ISD participate in a program that offers dozens of ...

Happy Mother’s Day, including all foster moms

Columns

Happy Mother’s Day! And a very special Happy Mother’s Day to the incredible women who have chosen to be foster moms! These women have a heart for children who so badly need the love, nurturing and stability they provide. There is no “typical” foster mom – they come from all walks ...

Prom dress prompts cultural-appropriation outrage

Columns

My friend DaChon, who lives in the same South Side neighborhood where I was born, told me he had a great place for lunch: 5 Rabanitos, at 18th and Wood. We were there the other day, a black man and a white man in a fantastic Mexican restaurant. Skin pigment really doesn't matter. Taste buds ...

They slaughter horses, don’t they?

Columns

CAMDEN, S.C. -- When Justify barreled across the finish line to win the rain-drenched Kentucky Derby on Saturday, he was notably clean -- free of the mud that covered the faces of his 19 competitors. Justify won by two-and-a-half lengths. The chestnut steed was a standout in another ...

Don’t take drinking water for granted

Editorial

Safe, affordable water is a public health and economic necessity that requires greater investment, says the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA), which is recognizing May 6-12 as Drinking Water Week, in Michigan as well as nationally. “Part of the message our ...

Fix climate: use renewables

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is encouraging to note that there seems to an increased awareness of energy and climate concerns and the corresponding understanding that we have only one planet. Quoting Emmanuel Macron (and others), “There is no planet B.” Considering the movement to cleaner energy. ...

McCain’s life has shown character does matter

Columns

With news that Sen. John McCain's last book, "The Restless Wave" -- the seventh he has written with his friend and former speechwriter Mark Salter -- is about to come out, I thought of the man I covered and traveled with and grew to both like and respect enormously. On election night 1986, ...

DeVos hated for bureaucracy attack

Columns

People hate Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. When she spoke at the Kennedy School of Government, students held up signs calling her a “white supremacist.” When she tried to visit a school, activists physically blocked her way. The haters claim DeVos knows little about education, ...

Green is good at VA center in Iron Mountain

Editorial

Helping veterans with their daily lives and environmental excellence go hand in hand. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has earned the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a national nonprofit based in Reston, Virginia. Its ...

Scandals, lies, moral bankruptcy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’d like to address a letter from April 28. The writer is obviously a Fox (Faux) News viewer, Fox News is full of falsehoods and often void of fact. It is simply the propaganda arm of the rabid right wing. We are in a post-truth environment with the current regime in D.C. ...