Opinion

Everyone agrees Soo Locks in need of new, better lock

Editorials and columns

Federal and state officials can agree on at least one thing in Michigan these days — the need for a new lock in Sault Ste. Marie. U.S. senators and congressmen, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and several state legislators all have have visited the Soo Locks at different times in the past three ...

Mich-e-ke-wis in need of an update and TLC

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to inquire as to why South Mich-e-ke-wis Park is so neglected? The road to get to the Park is decimated with potholes the size of small craters. I believe serious damage could be done to vehicles using this road. Also, the playground equipment looks like it hasn't been updated ...

Sanctuary needs our help, support

Editorials and columns

The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary offers a classic study for developers of an entity overcoming obstacles and turning “doubters” into “believers.” What once was the focus of sharp division and opinions in the community has developed over the years into the region’s greatest ...

We need to stop lawmakers from ending EPA

Letters to the Editor

I care about protecting clean air and water and the environment, and I am concerned about the lack of media attention to President Trump's proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency. Our state's House of Representatives has sent to the State Senate a bill that would make Michigan's ...

Anger, addressing issue part of the process

Letters to the Editor

The Bill Speer commentary on Congressman Bergman calls Bergman a calm voice. That is only true because he avoids the difficult discussions. The commentary notes words like “tone,” and “civility,” are used to avoid discussion of the issues. The idea is sort of like saying those people ...

On Simpson, Trump, Tigers and Game of Thrones

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … If I had been on O.J. Simpson's parole board, his parole hearing would have gone like this: "Are you willing to admit you killed them?" "No." "Next!" Ten seconds. Boom. Done. Instead, this killer will once again roam the land. And golf courses. And of course ...

Holding on

Editorials and columns

It was a gorgeous fall day on Mackinac Island — blue and fortifying. My husband and I walked a path up a little hill, admiring the marigolds and harassing the seagulls. We marveled at the perfection of so much of the island, which was clearly under the careful eye of many skilled and ...

Hiking packs and podcasts

Editorials and columns

Spontaneous trips to somewhere new are oftentimes the trips that help mold us into a newer version of ourselves. Gain more experience or witness something and before you know it, a part of you has changed. In my husband's and my case, I’ve learned that our bravery facing the wild has ...

A fish tale for the history books

Editorials and columns

As far as fish stories go, this one is as good as it gets. Big Brownie, which had eluded anglers in the Brown Trout Festival for 42 years, finally met his nemesis this year. Fishing partners Jan Stepanski and Robert Westenbarger, both of Alpena, successfully caught Big Brownie shortly ...

Liberation of Mosul a landmark event in war on terror

Editorials and columns

Enormous challenges lie ahead in rebuilding Mosul, Iraq, after many months of occupation by Islamic terrorists. But liberation of the city last week spotlighted an incredibly important turning point in the war against murderous extremist groups. Once a city of 3 million people, Mosul was ...

The outcome of ancora imparo

Editorials and columns

I was at a seminar when I first heard “ancora imparo.” It is Italian and means, “I am still learning.” You may have heard it explained as life is a learning curve or, “and still I learn.” I’ve always felt it was important to never stop learning by trying new things and to dig ...

Budget deficit needs to be addressed more seriously

Editorials and columns

Talk among the politicians in Washington often seems to focus on why the government needs to spend more. If the justification is not national security, it probably will be health care. There seems to be precious little thought given to a serious, growing threat to both our welfare and ...

Investigate all aspects of Russia meddling

Editorials and columns

Of course contacts between Russian officials attempting to influence last year’s presidential election and those around President Donald Trump need to be investigated. That would be a perfect opportunity to explore other aspects of Moscow’s meddling in our affairs. It is strange — ...

U.P. lawmaker crafts bill for concealed weapons

Editorials and columns

During the Granholm administration there was a tumultuous debate over allowing concealed weapons in Michigan. The good governor predicted, if enacted, “it would be the wild-wild west out there” but despite her protestations and those of the anti-gun lobby the measure passed and now years ...

Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for homeless

Editorials and columns

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indiana woman didn’t want her canceled $30,000 wedding to go to waste, so she threw a dinner party for the homeless. A bus pulled up to the swanky event center on Saturday that Sarah Cummins had booked for the reception in Carmel, a suburb north of Indianapolis. ...