Editorials and columns

Hillman boys basketball on a memorable run

Sports fans love to talk about streaks; those streaks are held in high regard. Whether individual or team, ask a fan of a particular sport and they likely can tell you the most significant streak in that sport. Well in Northeast Michigan there are two streaks going right now by the same ...

Economic science on the side of Trump

An improved economy means more jobs and better ones. Even liberals who claim President-elect Donald Trump will be bad for low-income and unemployed Americans have to concede that. Now, the International Monetary Fund has revised its forecast for the U.S. economy during the next two years. ...

What are you willing to give up?

What are you willing to give up in order to get something you’ve never had? That is one of the greatest questions I have ever heard. I have no recollection of where I came across it and when I tried to look it up to give the rightful creator credit I wasn’t able to find the original ...

More people should behave like Kidman

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

EPA’s fuel economy numbers should be scrapped, changed

By 2025, new cars and trucks in dealer showrooms will achieve fuel economy averaging 51.4 miles per gallon, the Environmental Protection Agency has mandated. Given the fact that by the EPA’s own numbers, average fuel economy in the United States was just 24.8 mpg, that seems more than a ...

Appreciating the gifts of the season

In this mid-January time of year we are either enjoying outdoor winter activities or holed up inside the house under three sweaters and eight blankets. Some people aren’t made for cold temperatures (me) and some people love them (my husband). There is always something new and exciting to ...

New VA head, Congress will have to work together to clean up mess

Few Cabinet officers head agencies based almost solely on promises. But Dr. David Shulkin, nominated to head the Department of Veterans Affairs, will be one if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate. The VA’s mission is to keep the promise we Americans make to everyone in military service. It ...

Snapshot of who House members are

The 98th session of the Michigan Legislature commenced this past week as 42 new House members joined their 106 "veteran" colleagues as they begin the work of doing the people's business, as they like to say. But who are these legislative people who must tackle the other people's ...

PI commissioners hurt residents with meeting notices decision

As readers can see in the column next to this editorial, the assault against easy access to public information, and the public’s right to know, never seems to end. These days the arguments are that Internet access makes it easier than ever to access that information, which is true to a ...

Removing public notices hurts citizens

Editor’s Note: Doug Caldwell is president of the Michigan Press Association and publisher of the Petoskey News-Review. Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began its 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue … rolling back Michigan’s income ...

The custom of attending church

Did you know that Jesus went to church? Luke tells us in chapter 4 that it was His "custom" since He was a child to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Obviously, he kept this custom as an adult as well. He regarded the temple as holy, where His Father lived. People speak disparagingly ...

Trump, unemployment and auto show

Come Heller high water … * Sorry, Trump doesn't get to get away with the same sleight-of-tongue tricks he did during the election. He's going to be president in a few days. The bar is higher now. That means he doesn't get to call news he doesn't like "fake news." (The truth is we don't ...

Challenge us; don’t coddle us

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

We can expect to see higher gas prices this year

Motorists should expect to pay more for gasoline this year than in years past. Earlier this month the state’s gas tax increased 7.3 cents a gallon, from 19 cents to 26.3 cents. With the increase, Michigan now has the sixth highest gas tax in the country. Prior to Jan. 1, it ranked 18th in ...

Liberals need to get over Trump being elected

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Do troopers have ticket quotas?

I have been asked numerous times in the past about troopers or even police officers in general having monthly ticket quotas. Many citizens believe there is a specific number of tickets a trooper must write before the end of the month or in a certain time frame. The answer is flat out no, we do ...

Kim already challenging Trump with missile threat

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Replacing ACA will be difficult, but not as bad

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up ...

A New Year’s resolution

Into each life some rain must fall. It does. Sometimes it pours. We dry ourselves off and step into a new, drier day. Who among us hasn’t played a losing inning or two in the game of romance? Who has not failed in their judgment of others, in an expectation, in the validity of a ...

Another example of why voters don’t trust Washington

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...