Opinion

Cleaning snow around hydrants will help firefighters

Editorials and columns

It’s time again to adopt a fire hydrant in your neighborhood. With this week’s snow and cold weather, it reminded us that before snow piles get too high and icy around the region, it would be a good time to adopt the nearest fire hydrant and keep it clear this winter. The threat of ...

Tell Congress we don’t need this tax reform

Letters to the Editor

Advent is here and we prepare for the coming of Christ. In holy scripture we are told, “Beware. Keep awake. Keep alert.” Indeed, we need to pay close attention to what is happening in this country and in the world, in particular to what is happening in Congress with tax reform. Our ...

Threat to state’s deer herd continues

Editorials and columns

Our natural resources are Michigan’s greatest assets, thus we need to protect and preserve them at all costs. Michigan always has enjoyed a great national reputation as being one of the country’s true “hot spots” for whitetail deer hunting but today, that reputation is in danger of ...

Bergman sold out his contituents with vote

Letters to the Editor

Loving to call themselves "conservatives,” the GOP just stuck it to future generations with a budget-busting trillion dollar deficit tax reform bill. Aiding and abetting this massive shift of wealth from his low income and middle class constituents in Northern Michigan to international ...

Dems shouldn’t think the tide has turned their way

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … ∫ Let's not get too excited, Dems. The narrow election of Doug Jones over Roy "Mall Rat" Moore in Alabama does not mean the party's back. Far from it. Democrats still have no national message, still have no leadership, still have no money, still have the baggage ...

Still too many people misrepresenting history

Letters to the Editor

Concerning Confererate iconography and militant racial ideologies: As memory is selective, history is twisted into warped agendas. When my mother was born 80 year old Civil War veterans were being revered as that era's "greatest generation." Bloody events were mythologized and villains ...

A generation of generosity

Editorials and columns

Sometimes it takes a shocking event to help us appreciate what we have. These past months have had their share of tragic events. Perhaps most prominent were three disastrous hurricanes that rocked the Caribbean and the southern United States in rapid succession, causing countless deaths and ...

Life’s proper perspective

Editorials and columns

How much is enough? Going into the last week before Christmas, the Black Friday early morning deals and the online Cyber Monday steals are long ago in the rear view mirror. The boxes shipped from Amazon have safely arrived and have been hidden where the kids can't find them. Some shoppers have ...

Steps to protect your skin, liver this winter

Letters to the Editor

With the winter holidays, two major organs are at increased risk of damage: skin and liver. While most northerners know to protect their skin from cold to prevent frostbite, 80 percent of skin aging is due to other environmental factors, including low humidity causing dry, cracked skin ...

Drugged driving vs. drunk driving

Editorials and columns

This week’s question is in regards to what the difference is in a drugged driving compared to a drunk driving, with a second part being how someone can be charged with drugged driving if they have a valid prescription for the drug. Over the last several years, Michigan has seen a steady ...

Student loan forgiveness needs to be fair for all

Editorials and columns

If you take out a loan to buy a car that turns out to be a lemon, do you stop making payments to the bank? Some do, deciding their vehicles were such bad deals that letting the lender repossess them may be the best way out of a bad situation. Understandably, the bank wants its money. The ...

We must find a way to turn IS tactics against them

Editorials and columns

Thankfully, the would-be suicide bomber who detonated an explosive device in a corridor in the New York subway system was so incompetent he couldn’t kill himself, much less anyone else. His bomb, which may have gone off prematurely, wounded him and slightlly injured three other people on ...

Pearl Harbor reminds us of inadequate defenses

Editorials and columns

Uppermost in the minds of the fewer than two dozen men who were special guests in solemn ceremonies last Thursday in Hawaii probably were comrades in arms who are with us no longer. The men were among the few survivors of the 1941 attack at Pearl Harbor who were able to attend ceremonies on ...

A Presque Isle County hung jury

Editorials and columns

There is a saying among trial lawyers: “If you have the facts, argue the facts. If you have the law, argue the law. If you have neither — pound the table.” But there are other ways. ––– The bartender had listened to the arguments long enough. He put the lot of them out ...

How to take on the state legislature

Editorials and columns

It is truly disheartening to hear citizens say they don't get involved in politics because it would not make any difference anyway. For you non-believers exhibit A are the first responders who pulled off another legislative victory for a second year in a row. They did it by getting in ...

Marijuana moves into the spotlight

Editorials and columns

Decades ago comedians Cheech and Chong gave new meaning to the phrase “up in smoke.” And while it was a different time and certainly a different culture, it seems to me that marijuana could be a major focus for all of us in 2018. Indeed, (with full pun intended), it could become the ...

Be responsible when hunting in the woods

Letters to the Editor

My husband came home from his evening hunt. As always I asked if he'd seen anything. He said that a small buck came out. He knew something was wrong. The deer turned his way. Its jaw was shot off. That was upsetting enough. Then he said, "It'll probably starve to death." This story of wounded ...