Opinion

Opportunity for new Soo lock

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With every new presidential administration comes a new opportunity for high-profile projects to receive attention and funding. With President Trump, one of his priorities is to increase infrastructure funding — and that should be welcomed news for the people and economy ...

Trump wrecking ball tearing politics, policy asunder

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s first weeks in office have not only stood American foreign policy on its head, but party politics at home as well. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are reeling from his deeply divisive tactics. The leaders of Mexico and Australia have pushed back ...

What do we tell our children?

Columns

Twenty-six hours has passed since I led a discussion with about 100 women of the Sisterhood at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation on the east side of Cleveland. Twenty-six hours later and I am still thinking about the question from a woman whose 10-year-old nephew wanted to know whether his ...

Solar project good for UP environment

Editorial

Students at Marquette Area Public Schools seem to be getting a good education about an issue that is a fairly important one for many of us here in the Upper Peninsula — energy. Considering recent legislative changes, federal mandates, shuttering power plants, reliability issues, ...

Praise God for President Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Praise God! He hasn’t totally removed his hand from America. He has allowed a Trump presidency. But what of the unhappy campers? Those shills for liberals who willingly took to the streets to protest? These women marchers hurled vulgarities, obscenities and threats that ...

Left is running out of themes in anti-Trump narrative

Columns

Just days into the Trump administration, the left’s narrative is clear. First, it was that Trump is an “illegitimate” president because he didn’t win the popular vote, claims about “voter fraud” notwithstanding. Then the left tried name-calling. Unfit. Immoral. Crude. High-handed. ...

Found niche? Love challenge? Become an entrepreneur

Columns

Emily Geiger is the creator and owner of Craft Cultures, a startup venture in the fast-growing world of the micro brewed gourmet beer industry. Her niche market now has her working on a referral basis as others find out about her ability to find strains of yeast that contribute their own unique ...

Prepare now for replacement of Obamacare

Editorial

President Donald Trump isn’t delaying his promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. On his first business day in office, he signed an executive order offering some relief from the law’s oppressive regulations. Congress is equally eager to take action, but any major shakeup will create ...

Criminalized for their religion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is a sad and painful time to be a US citizen. Not since the red scare of the McCarthy era has the federal government set out to criminalize a whole group of people based on their beliefs. The current administration has inflamed fears of “radical Islamic terrorism,” ...

Repealing ACA will negatively affect mothers, babies

Columns

Several breastfeeding support provisions are at risk if Congress is successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act. The elimination of breastfeeding provisions will have a dramatic impact on Michigan families and businesses. The Michigan Breastfeeding Network is calling attention to this ...

Difficult to see outdoor suffering

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Jan. 23, K-SNAG volunteers were called to Mohawk, where a resident had found a cat lying in an unused dog house.  The cat was not moving and had indications of a severe upper respiratory infection.  Volunteers took the cat and although she was unable to take solid food, ...

Trump’s takeover of the truth

Columns

Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming months and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press — finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the ...

No GOP health care solution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After contacting Rep. Bergman’s office for an explanation of the GOP plan for health care, I now have a better understanding of what this nonplan is about. Bergman’s letter says, “the full implications of the Affordable Care Act have become clear.” Of course, we know ...

Surprises during Trump’s 2nd-week follow-through

Columns

Donald Trump’s second week as president has been full of surprises and Sturm und Drang. His Friday afternoon executive order barring for 90 days immigration from seven countries designated by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” was obviously ill-vetted and prompted ...

Drafty Donald driving us to distraction

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they ...

Practice safe food preparation all year-round

Editorial

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl, to be played Sunday, draws more ...

Keep positive energy alive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you, DMG, for your Jan. 19 editorial supporting peaceful protest. I read it while riding one of the four buses that took women from the U.P. to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. When we arrived at the metro station at the end of the Orange Line, we ...

Daring to speak truth to power makes media enemy

Columns

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and “the ...

Some Medicare reform will harm

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congress is considering proposals to alter Medicare. Paul Ryan, R Wisconsin, is advocating changing Medicare from a “defined benefit” to a “defined contribution” program. Instead of a guaranteed level of coverage, a dollar amount would be set for Medicare ...

Thrill is gone: Trump bubble bursts

Columns

No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks political ...