Editorials and columns

Graduated drive licensing in Michigan

Over the years, the process for obtaining a driver’s license has drastically changed. We went from taking driver’s training class through the school with classroom time, hands-on training in a parking lot, and training hours on the road before there was a permit issued to drive with your ...

US should help encourage any North Korean disarmament

If — and this may be the most critical “if” to occur in diplomacy for many years — North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is serious about a proposal being discussed now, it could represent a true breakthrough. While most attention during recent months has focused on North Korea’s ...

Trump meeting with Putin makes sense on many levels

President Donald Trump is being criticized roundly by some for his plan to meet personally with Russian leader Vladimir Putin this summer. That may occur next month. Since even before the 2016 election, conspiracy theories about Trump and Putin abounded. There were claims the Russian leader ...

Open, it’s a matter of perspective

I’ve come to the conclusion that trying not to look foolish is ultimately futile. There are just too many ways, too many opportunities, too many situations where one can feel ... foolish. Often, it’s a matter of perspective that does us in. Once upon a time — for one day — I was a ...

Question of Clinesmith’s role during election needs to be answered

Among the more intriguing and disturbing bits of information uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general looking into questions about political bias was a revelation — to the public, at least — regarding an FBI attorney. Much of the attention focused on the IG’s report has ...

Time for Americans to address recycling honestly

The time for Americans to be honest about “recycling” may have arrived. Thank the Chinese for forcing us into a discussion we should have had years ago. Millions of Americans separate materials such as paper and plastic from their garbage, placing the items in recycling bins. Then, ...

Immigration debate in gubernatorial race

By Jiminy the state Democratic Party chair's prediction nailed it. For months Democrats have watched with great glee as Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has paraded around the state berating his major opponent, Bill Schuette. The allegation is Mr. Schuette is all form and no substance; he's a ...

Peters, Stabenow support of legislation helps NE Michigan

Both Michigan’s U.S. senators — Peters and Stabenow — voted this week in favor of defense legislation in the Senate for Fiscal Year 2019. Funding for many Michigan projects and connections are contained in the legislation, including two particular items of special interest to Northeast ...

Help in fighting area’s hunger problem

One in six children in Michigan struggles with hunger each day. That statistic of Feeding America is a sobering way to begin a column. It is a gut check for all of us to think about as we look out onto a playground this summer and think which of those six faces goes to bed at night hungry. ...

A look back at the crazy week that was

Come Heller high water … ∫ OK, well, THIS has been a crazy week. If only one thing comes from it, I hope it's this: That we as people — left, center or right — at least agree that separating children from the parents when other options are available is wrong. We need to re-establish ...

Lettuce and fireflies

My seven-year-old dawdled in the kitchen while I opened boxes and rattled pans in preparation for dinner. His dark brown eyes followed my movements as I took out a head of lettuce and unwrapped the cellophane. Amused by his attention, I began to add a dramatic flair to my actions, stretching ...

We’re all on the same team

Disaster knows not party affiliation. Thus, it is great to see Michigan’s federal officials working with state leaders to try and assist residents of Houghton and Menominee counties in cleaning up and repairing damaged infrastructure from last weekend’s flooding. The area received up to ...

Be that person for someone

Kate Spade. Anthony Bourdain. More than 120 others every day according to leading statistics on suicide. Some of which happen right here close to home. It is so sad. It breaks my heart because that means there are people living in a place of deep hurt every single day. I’ve shared my ...

FBI, Justice not being completely honest about report

Ask an FBI agent if a specific person is being investigated, and the answer invariably will be, “No comment.” Expect special treatment from agents because you happen to espouse the same political beliefs they have? Not a chance. Now, however, Justice Department officials want us to ...

Positive ripples in the community

At noon last Friday I picked up our daughter early from daycare. She was running a high fever and rest at home was in order. As we were heading to the house, I went past Duck Park and saw members of the Kiwanis and Boosters Clubs working to take down all the hero honor flags along the Bi-Path ...

Three months without legislature

Let's say you have a safe and secure job, but you wanted time off, with pay, to hunt for a new job. If you went to your boss for permission to do so, what would he or she say? Sure go ahead and good luck? Let me see if I have this straight. You want me to pay you and give you time off my ...

Taking care of details serves Snyder well with budget

Whether you like him or whether you don’t, most would agree Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is indeed a savvy businessman. Nowhere has that been more apparent, we believe, than seeing how his administration has handled preparation of the state’s budget each year. Unlike his predecessor ...

Some interesting news about energy

I read this week one of the most encouraging stories that has crossed my desk in over a year. And whether you are an advocate or skeptic when it comes to global warming, I believe all of us can find common ground to agree that the possibility of converting carbon dioxide into gasoline is a ...

Domino’s better at fixing roads than state

Domino's has a publicity stunt going right now where they pave over potholes in states around the country (although, oddly enough, not Michigan) to prevent damage to their pizzas. Pretty clever. Pretty sad, too. We've officially reached the point where government at all levels is so ...

‘I’m telling it like it is’

“I’m telling you like it is.” That’s essentially what Jesus said to the crowds, at least in regard to the kingdom of God, as we hear in the Gospel from this 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Mark 4:26-34) in cycle B of the three year lectionary cycle (In the Church’s liturgical calendar ...