Editorials and columns

Anything done regarding Venezuela needs to be done with caution

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

A wired hood and the timed run

Not all things work out the way we’ve planned. When young we are more likely to just “wing it.” As we get older we try to minimize unwanted outcomes, so we prepare. Either way, things don’t always work out the way we want. This can be OK, provided we use an appropriate scoring ...

Bernstein still not ready for run

Gov. John Engler sat at the TV debate table and four feet across from him was Democratic challenger Howard Wolpe who had been bankrolled by the trial lawyers. About five minutes before air time, the coy Mr. Engler reached down and pulled up a coffee mug and pushed it across to his opponent who ...

Everyone agrees Soo Locks in need of new, better lock

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 ...

Sanctuary needs our help, support

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 ...

On Simpson, Trump, Tigers and Game of Thrones

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Utah mom pleads guilty to abuse of son locked in bathroom for a year

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — A Utah mother pleaded guilty Tuesday to child abuse charges filed after her 12-year-old son was found severely malnourished in a feces-strewn bathroom where authorities believe he was locked for about a year. The 36-year-old woman pleaded guilty to three counts of ...

Investigate all aspects of Russia meddling

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 — ...

Despite increase in economy, will we make same mistakes with loans?

Interest rates will be allowed to continue rising, but gradually, later this year, Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen told members of Congress on Wednesday. The economy is improving, meaning the Fed’s longstanding policy of holding interest rates at basement levels is no longer ...

U.P. lawmaker crafts bill for concealed weapons

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 ...

Deputy shot, wounded while answering domestic incident call

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia sheriff’s deputy was shot and wounded Sunday, and authorities said they have surrounded the house where it happened. Area news media reported the Forsyth County sheriff’s deputy was shot in a subdivision in the northern part of the county, about 50 miles ...

Canceled $30K wedding becomes dinner for homeless

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. ...

Facebook fighting court order over law enforcement access

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook is fighting a court order that blocks the social media giant from letting users know when law enforcement investigators ask to search their online information, particularly their political affiliations and comments. Major technology companies and civil liberties ...

Flash flood at swimming hole kills 7; more people missing

TONTO NATOINAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — A flash flood barreled through a popular Arizona swimming hole where more than a hundred people were taking refuge from summer heat, killing at least seven people, leaving many more missing and forcing survivors to cling to trees in the rocky terrain, ...