Opinion

Nation is groaning because wicked are in power

Columns

In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: "We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause."Speaking at a news conference in Baton ...

Anti-government saboteurs scheme against facility

Editorial

When politicians are forced to walk back from a comment, action or position that meets with public opposition - such as when some Houghton County Board members made a move on the operation of the Medical Care Facility - they tend to downplay the incident and revise the record.So let's keep the ...

Convention a stomach-churning affair

Columns

CLEVELAND - It was reported late in the second day of the GOP convention that a large number of Republican National Committee staffers were stricken with the norovirus. Most commonly associated with the sorts of gastrointestinal crises aboard cruise ships that attract wall-to-wall CNN coverage, ...

Cruz shows strength in speech but helped detoxify Trump

Columns

Ted Cruz's electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so. At a critical moment, when the party of Lincoln had uncomfortably but nonetheless thoroughly embraced a lifelong Democrat/reality star/violence-abettor - and when few ...

Primary is just around corner, and it’s important

Editorial

Every four years it happens.Politicians come at us from every angle, flooding the inboxes of our emails, appearing all over our Facebook newsfeeds and sprouting up in signs on citizens' front yards.Some of them even visit us in our homes.About this time of year we all start to get a little ...

Clinton must overcome public distrust

Columns

Hillary Clinton's six-point lead over Donald Trump in last month's CBS News/New York Times poll evaporated as of mid-July. Even before Trump's inevitable post-convention bump in the polls, Clinton was tied with him, according to the latest CBS/Times poll, with each garnering the support of 40 ...

Is America ready for a disruptive president?

Columns

Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland this past week.Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; ...

Police perceptions caught in social media cross fire

Columns

I was pulled over a while back. Immediately I tried figuring out what I'd done wrong. I didn't run a stop sign, wasn't speeding, wasn't tailgating To top things off, I was driving a big blue marked Tahoe with a red light on top and was on duty. More interestingly, the one pulling me over was ...

The Art of Politics in the Gutters of the Bowling Lanes

Columns

Now do not get me wrong. When it comes to following the current political scene, I am as focused as the next guy. I figure it is my civic duty, like returning library books on time.But I have also heard, maybe on Dr. Phil, that one can become too focused, which is not such a good thing, and may ...

Heat is on: Stay safe in summer weather

Editorial

It's going to be a hot one this weekend, even here in the Upper Peninsula.With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding all residents to stay safe and cool to beat the heat.MDHHS data shows that when temperatures rise into the 90s, so do emergency ...

No restrictions on speech, guns

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In response to "Embracing rather than arming" (July 2/3), I couldn't believe what I was reading. In one line the writer states she wouldn't personally have guns in her home and then later suggests "sensible gun control" taking away my rights. What if we mandated sensible home ...

Obama’s change is all negative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Kudos to Obama. While campaigning, he vowed to change America and he has - negatively - perhaps forever.Comic character Pogo possum correctly stated back in the 1970s, "We have met the enemy and he is us," which speaks volumes about mankind's deplorable human condition.William ...

So what if county has a bad jail?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Why a new jail? When up the hill, five miles away, sits a brand-new facility ready to go which could encompass four other counties and save some tax dollars? Are we to believe that some stupid clause in some law cannot be reversed? Our state representatives, like Scott Dianda, ...

County doing right with jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Regarding the stories about the jail inmate, I'm glad to see something this county is doing right. Now this man will not want to be a repeat offender. But they should also shut off the radio and TV so he would not follow the example of others on the news.Lawrence B. Corrigan ...

Nice massacre looms over conventions

Columns

Nice, France.Of all places.But of course a terrorist in love with death would choose one of the world's most beautiful coastal cities to mow down innocents in a moment of celebration.There are no words.Over the next few days, as Republicans convene in Cleveland to celebrate another sort of ...

Running 2nd on ticket is steppingstone to political oblivion

Columns

The first very first "presidential" test in public for every nominee for the White House is the selection of a vice presidential running mate. Right after the 1968 Miami Beach convention where he had won the Republican nomination, Richard M. Nixon explained why he chose his running mate: "There ...

ORV riders reminded to ‘TREAD Lightly’

Editorial

With the increasing use of off-road vehicles in Michigan, Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage ORV riders to observe the "TREAD Lightly" program to promote responsible riding while enjoying Michigan's out of doors."The TREAD Lightly program promotes outdoor ethics for ...

Best practice is to ignore politicians

Columns

My Fox colleagues are in Cleveland, diligently interviewing Republicans. Next week, they'll interview Democrats. I'm glad they do it - because I despise most politicians.There are exceptions, of course, but after years of reporting, I've concluded most politicians have little to say that's ...

Revolution against corporate rule lives

Columns

As we approach the upcoming Democratic convention, let's look back at the race... and forward to the future.The mainstream media tried to reduce the two Democratic campaigns as a Hillary v. Bernie war. The reality, though, is most Sanders backers were enthusiastic precisely because his ...

Public libraries bridge society’s digital divide

Editorial

One of the primary forces driving the Trump uprising is the perception that the political and economic systems are not working equally for working-class Americans. Equality is a self-evident truth listed in the Declaration of Independence.Politicians only do the bidding of rich donors. Laws and ...