Opinion

Hamlet is not Alice in Wonderland

Letters to the Editor

Re: Diane Speer’s inexplicably glowing review of TBT’s equally inexplicable staging of “Hamlet” via Lewis Carroll, one wonders what the thought process was behind this “twist.” Ms. Speer’s feint to the contrary notwithstanding, there is no correlation or parallel or similarity ...

If you believe, then … (fill in the blank)

Editorials and columns

If you believe those linked to the 2010 deal in which a Russian company gained control of one-fifth of U.S. uranium supplies donated $145 million to the Clinton Foundation out of the goodness of their hearts, we have some swamp land in Florida that may interest you. And if you believe ...

The importance of child car seats

Editorials and columns

This week I received the following question: “I have a 7-month-old and I believe they have outgrown the infant carrier car seat. I have a convertible car seat and was wondering how I am supposed to use that seat properly? Do I switch the child to forward facing as the pictures show?” ...

Big hearts and warm students

Editorials and columns

People’s hearts seem bigger this time of year. For evidence of that, look no further than Rogers City, where firefighters gathered Monday and raised funds to purchase cold weather clothing for local school children. At the end of the night, $3,172 was raised at Scill’s Grill as part ...

Hunting season atmospheres

Editorials and columns

There are different approaches to the deer hunting season problem. One is exemplified by the hunter who, lifting a wetted finger to the wind, moves stealthly through brambles; scouting insightfully, accurately deciphers discerned sign; reserving unto himself those revelations — plays cards. ...

Enforcing current gun laws a step in right direction

Editorials and columns

The 26 men, women and children massacred in a Texas church last week might be alive today if existing laws on firearms ownership had been obeyed. They were not — and the full extent of government’s failure in that regard is both horrifying and angering many Americans. Devin Patrick ...

Prison system boss dodges questions

Editorials and columns

There are no tough questions only tough answers. Just ask Heidi Washington. A veteran of almost two decades inside the bowels of the state prison system, Ms.Washington now runs the joint and in a rare opportunity for the media to ask her some questions, she was not exactly forthcoming on ...

Thank veterans for their service and sacrifices

Editorials and columns

Thank a veteran today. On this Veterans Day holiday, it is very appropriate to stop and remember the many reasons we have to honor those who are serving, or who have served, in our country’s armed services. This morning, stop and thank a veteran for your being able to have gone to the ...

Protecting veterans from pension poaching

Letters to the Editor

After serving in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, my father was honorably discharged following four years of service. At the age of 91, he was unable to care for my mother after she fractured her hip, and the process of finding an assisted living facility to accommodate both of them ...

A problem that isn’t going away soon

Editorials and columns

Late this summer my wife and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to the Pacific Northwest. The region is steeped in natural beauty. We explored rain forests and high alpine mountains, walked ocean beaches and hiked trails back to many waterfalls. We also spent time in some of the region’s larger ...

Greed is driving early Christmas displays

Letters to the Editor

I went to the store this morning, Nov. 3, and was greeted by a Santa Claus cutout. First thing that popped into my head was greed. Just got done with Halloween three days earlier and have not even had the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving yet (oh yeah, the stores probably don't make as much money ...

The future of driving not for me

Editorials and columns

I like to drive. I'm not talking about the running errands kind of driving, but rather getting out on the road and aimlessly going wherever the mood takes me. A couple of years ago I wandered for 3,500 miles over five days and, aside from crossing Illinois with road construction every 15 miles ...

Yes, we are reading different Constitutions

Letters to the Editor

Re Bill Johnson’s recent letter: I thought it would take longer to be outed as a godless Communist, so I suppose kudos are due Mr. Johnson. That said, my initial inclination to ignore his letter is overcome its the carping, inaccurate, pedantic nature. At the risk of seeking another of his ...

Hoping for a successful, safe hunting season

Editorials and columns

Next week a sea of orange will take to the woods of Northeast Michigan in pursuit of elusive whitetail bucks. St. Antler’s Day arrives Nov. 15 — the beginning of firearm deer season. As always, we urge hunters to be safe outdoors. We hope hunters will be successful, but in our world ...

Gun laws are meaningless without enforcement

Editorials and columns

In 2012, an Air Force court martial found Devin Patrick Kelley guilty of assaulting his wife and child. He served a year of confinement before receiving a bad conduct discharge. That should have disqualified him from purchasing firearms. Yet he was able to do so. He used them to massacre 26 ...

Memory game while traveling

Editorials and columns

I’m traveling and have very limited time to get this column finished. That’s why I’ve asked the rest of the travelers who are on this trip to assist with this topic. We dug deep into our memories to come up with the following tricks we have learned over time to help us remember a variety ...

Puerto Rico needs to clean up its financial mess

Editorials and columns

President Donald Trump has been accused of discriminating against Puerto Rico in terms of U.S. aid to help the island recover from devastating hurricanes. Far from it. Trump appears to be discriminating against U.S. states with big disaster recovery bills. Trump previously had told the ...

Real tax reform shouldn’t have compromise

Editorials and columns

Republicans writing a comprehensive tax reform bill already have made compromises. One occurred last week, when they bowed to the “tax-the-rich” crowd by agreeing to leave rates at current levels for top earners. Those are the very people most likely to have taken any tax savings and ...

The blame game on auto insurance

Editorials and columns

So whose fault is it that Michigan motorists don't have no-fault insurance rate relief? There's enough blame to go around to fill a column as you are about to read. For decades the warring factions in the no fault debate have fought to a draw, but this time it would be different. Or ...