Editorials and columns

Islamic terrorists nothing but cowards

Islamic terrorists who slaughtered seven people in London last week probably would have killed more had it not been for several courageous people who fought back. Their stories are illustrative of the extremists’ mindset. One hero in a pub saw all three knife-wielding brutes stabbing a ...

Our allies are friends too and we need to help them

Our government should battle Islamic terrorists wherever they are, of course. But when they assault a people with whom we Americans have had a long friendship, our obligation becomes especially binding. Most terrorist attacks involve individuals or small groups of murderers. But a small ...

Hang up your hats, take a respite

I have a sentence written on a Post-It note stuck to the wall of my office. It says, “What you don’t do, determines what you can do.” Lately I’ve been pretty overwhelmed with responsibilities, duties, obligations, and roles. We all wear many hats whether it be friend, coworker, ...

What might become of Kathy Griffin following stunt?

It is one thing to disagree with a president’s policies or to dislike his personality. It is quite another to engage in the hysteria — and that is the appropriate word — that some have directed against President Donald Trump. Led by some entertainers and politicians, a few critics of ...

Bernstein weighing run for governor

Gov. Mark Bernstein? It could happen as the well-known and well-heeled trial lawyer from Detroit is "this" close to announcing he's in the Democratic primary for governor. The Mark Bernstein working the crowd at a business conference last week on Mackinac Island was not the same guy who ...

Keep it safe while celebrating the graduates

Graduation season is here, and for grads and families it’s a time to celebrate the achievement. Many people throughout Northeast Michigan will be helping this year’s graduates celebrate with parties and get-togethers. We want to urge everyone to do that celebrating responsibly. It ...

Sage ‘advice’ for this year’s graduates

It's early June and a young man's (and young woman's) mind turns to graduation. I remember my high school graduation as if it happened more than 35 years ago. That's right, I don't remember it all that well. The one thing I do remember is that since my dad was superintendent I was able to ...

No outrage about attacks on media?

What doesn't bother the heck out of us in this country bothers the heck out of me. Prime example: Last week, businessman Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate in a special election for the state's only House seat in Congress, knocked a reporter to the ground then jumped on top him and ...

A day to remember

Memorial Day tends to be viewed as a day filled with American flags, barbecues, first swims of the season, and some good old-fashioned relaxation. It often seems to be similar to how Labor Day weekends are spent, but instead of honoring those who are working, it is spent honoring and ...

Congratulations, good luck to area graduates

It's the season for high school graduations, as seniors all across Northeast Michigan prepare for the next step in life. Graduation ceremonies began Sunday in Onaway and continue in earnest through next week for area grads. This is a proud moment for the graduates, as well for their ...

Why does MSP use the single red light?

The Michigan State Police patrol car is perhaps one of the most recognizable in the nation with its single red “bubble” or “gumball” overhead light, blue paint and “stop” placard. But we’re consistently being asked one question: Why does the Michigan State Police have a single ...

Looking into Kushner shouldn’t be at cost of any in-roads he’s made

It is a measure of how topsy-turvy politics has become that a technique some believe averted nuclear war in 1962 now is being condemned. That is, in a word, crazy. The newest controversy involving President Donald Trump revolves around his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Critics say that before ...

We need a travel ban for our security

Even as the courts persist in admonishing President Donald Trump’s administration for attempts to restrict people from selected countries from coming to the United States, it becomes clearer some sort of limits are essential to our security. On Thursday, a federal appeals court in ...

A memorial salute to a hero

Leo Rosten’s book “People I Have Known, Loved, or Admired” has a chapter entitled, “A Handful of Heroes,” people whose genius is beyond explanation: Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Willie Mays. I have similar heros. One, a genius who saved the lives of tens of thousands of our armed ...

Leaks to press about security need to stop

Keeping secrets can be just as important as uncovering them for intelligence agencies. An enemy’s knowledge of what one knows can be dangerous. The anger of British officials about leaks regarding their investigation of the Manchester concert hall bombing is understandable, then. ...

Legislators split on new construction

To build or not to build? That is the question that state lawmakers will confront in the coming weeks. On the table are plans to construct a $60 million new visitor center in back of the state capitol and for another $30 million an underground parking ramp. What will they do? Rep. ...

Twp residents deserve better

Alpena Township residents should be angry, frustrated and dismayed. We doubt any of them would have expected such ineptitude from the officials they elected to run the township. Continued reports this week from the township of financial failures from past years leaves residents wondering ...

Singer a reminder to pursue dreams

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” All of us would do well to remember those words of William Shakespeare, for they are just as pertinent today as they were all those many centuries ago. One never knows where the next president, astronaut, sports hero or yes, even ...

Take time to reflect on true meaning of Memorial Day

The first official holiday of the summer arrives Monday, making for a nice long weekend for many of us. While some will see this only as a time to spend time at the lake, get out on a boat or do a little grilling, all of us should take time this weekend and reflect on the true meaning of the ...

Serious cuts needed but from spending originating in Washington

If President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program is accepted by Congress, it would not be the first time Washington has attempted to rein in federal spending on the backs of thousands of local governments. It happened a few decades ago when a ...