Opinion

Well-being of children remains unmet challenge

Editorial

The annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy, is a good gauge on how counties in the state are doing in economic security, health, family and community, and education. The MLPP has been compiling and releasing the Kids Count book ...

State looking to tax your canoe

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: That dusty canoe or kayak in your shed that you use every now and then will subject to an annual tax if the Michigan Waterways Commission gets its way. The commission is proposing all canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats pay an annual $10 registration fee that will increase with ...

Kochtopus preserves plutocracy using dark money

Columns

Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion ...

No excuse excuses Trump’s actions

Columns

“We kind of gave him — All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

911 dispatchers perform unseen heroic service

Editorial

The responding officer should be, and often is, thanked for being there so quickly. What most of us don’t think about is the person at the other end of the phone, the person answering the 9-1-1 call who actually completes the call out and communicates directly with the party in ...

Severe weather one sign of many

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your April 12 editorial “Winter’s Last Gasps Can Bring Severe Weather” pointed to the damage that intense storms have been causing. Last year alone storms led to the death of five Michiganders and $220 million in damages. While we can’t say with certainty that any ...

Is Mueller time now or later following midterm elections?

Columns

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump wreaks havoc in both domestic and foreign policy with his governing by impulse and bias, the Justice Department investigation into Russian election meddling remains a darkening cloud over his presidency. His threats of a trade war with China, of military ...

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

Columns

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

Abuse reporting should make campuses safer

Editorial

The Michigan Legislature is taking a look at ways to improve the reporting of and reaction to sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses across the state with some recently proposed legislation requiring notification of such accusations to the university’s top officials. It’s an ...

Welfare reform is helping people become independent

Columns

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Regulation will boost Facebook profits

Columns

Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this ...

Following UP gas prices is one wild ride

Editorial

We have not done an editorial on gas recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been paying attention to the price of gas in the Marquette area. The Mining Journal keeps track of the price of gas via the GasBuddy website. As it has been in the past, there have been several weeks when AAA ...

Ryan departure shows politics downfall in Trump age

Columns

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...

Dangers of Untethered Trump

Columns

The petulant adolescent in the White House — who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog — lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things about people he ...

Watercraft fee won’t have desired effect

Editorial

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

There is no lacking in God

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: God does everything in grand scale as seen in creation. (Psalm 19:1;Hebrews 11:3) There is no lack in God (Psalm 23:1; Psalm 105:37; John 10:10) Just think it took 4,000 tons of manna each day for 40 years, 146,600 days or 58,400 tons of manna. That’s a lot of manna! ...

Speaker Ryan follows lead of Speaker Reed

Columns

One hundred nineteen years ago, Speaker of the House Thomas B. Reed announced that he was, after 22 years of service, resigning from Congress. Reed had been one of the most effective speakers ever. Barbara Tuchman’s account, in “The Proud Tower,” of how he neutered the minority party has ...

Children need ‘write’ stuff to develop language skills

Columns

Looking to help your child become a strong writer? Giving them the “write” stuff is easier than you think! As your child’s most important teacher, you have the ability and opportunity to foster a love for writing. Here are a few tips, tricks, and strategies to help your child as they ...

U.P. Kids offers family support well after adoption

Columns

There is no adoption story that is the same — every family and every individual involved has a unique story to tell. Just like every family’s journey is significant, the challenges faced by many adoptive families are unique as well. Adoption is not always an easy path to take. It is ...

Worst time for downing of president

Columns

WASHINGTON — We’ve seen this movie before. It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed. When the FBI, after a ...