Opinion

Fishing brings enjoyment and economic boost

Editorial

Trudging through thick brush along the riverbank, listening to the constant buzzing of mosquitos under the hot summer sun might not sound like a lot of fun. But for many people, with a fishing rod in their hand, it’s one of the few ways to get outdoors and really enjoy life. Lucky for those ...

Tension between president, Congress is business as usual

Columns

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the president seems out of alignment, on policy and political goals, with his party in Congress. This strikes many as an anomalous, even alarming, situation. But if you look back at history, it’s more like the norm — even if Donald Trump ...

School funding data: Step One

Columns

In a recent Mining Journal interview, Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan should expand Career and Technical Education opportunities, such as computer-aided design, engineering and welding in Michigan’s public schools. Without question, these skills open a world of potential career options for our ...

Legacy of damage continues on

Columns

In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate landmines and unexploded ...

The steep cost of cheap speech is evident

Columns

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there ...

Other opinions

Columns

Bring competition to liquor sales Regulators don’t often decide to regulate less. Yet the state liquor commission is attempting to do just that. It wants to open competition in the liquor store industry, and that effort serves well consumers who have suffered under the monopolistic system ...

GOP once more into the breach

Columns

WASHINGTON — Some Republicans still yearning to repeal Obamacare after two failed attempts in the Senate want to try yet again, with the prospect of only embarrassing themselves once more and advertising their ineptness. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland ...

Appreciating John McCain, man of character

Columns

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be ‘’squishy’’ on any matter — ...

RSVP stars shine in our community

Editorial

Our readers need to learn about some shining stars in our community who were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night. Those stars are the participants in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, people who do great work without a lot of fanfare. In this past year alone, RSVP ...

Special courts may need special treatment

Editorial

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

Only 1 of new health care proposals is extreme

Columns

Will the real moderate party please stand up? On the same day that socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced his “Medicare for All” health care plan, Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) introduced a last-ditch effort to sorta-kinda repeal and replace Obamacare. ...

Weekend events a great way to kick off Autumn season

Editorial

Autumn officially kicks off on Friday, and there are a couple of events on the west end this weekend to start the season off right. First, the third annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday in Negaunee. “We invite you to enjoy ‘Gemutlichkeit,’ that feeling of warmth and friendship ...

Colleges come to senses the hard way sometimes

Columns

Harvard University came under justified attack when it named Chelsea Manning a visiting fellow. Critics asked how Harvard could honor a former U.S. Army officer convicted of leaking 750,000 classified or sensitive documents. The university rescinded the invitation, and Manning hit back, ...

US can be ignorant nation

Columns

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

School traffic safety issues tough to solve

Editorial

Traffic issues near schools are nothing new, and they likely will continue as long as there are students and schools. How to make these areas safe is a big question. Recently, a Negaunee Middle School student’s foot was run over by a car as she walked across Teal Lake Avenue. The accident ...

Equality of sacrifice a demand of war

Columns

Three aging U.S. veterans of the war in Vietnam, each of whom still bears the scars of battle, took their seats on the stage of Washington’s Kennedy Center on a cool September evening. They were there to discuss Ken Burns’ historic 18-hour PBS project, ‘’The Vietnam War,’’ which ...

Take the time to look at the splendor of U.P. autumn

Editorial

It’s something easy enough to do, letting time slip through one’s fingers. But a lovely front page story and photo package on Sunday should serve as a reminder: catch the Upper Peninsula’s spectacular color season before it’s gone. With a few days of summery weather, it might be ...