Opinion

There is a two-party system for a reason

Letters to the Editor

George Washington served two terms, without political parties. From then on we had two, one for the money and the other for the people. The people do not vote for the president, that is done by an elector. Each state sets their own way to do it. In Michigan's primary we voted in each precinct ...

Look at history to see why they hate us

Letters to the Editor

We are a committee of four, appointed to draft letters of greeting to Michigan Muslim congregations on behalf of our local church congregation. This letter is independent of any opinion found in our congregation or denomination, and reflects our personal reactions to an inane and offensive ...

Lessons from the comeback city

Editorials and columns

Several months ago I received a communication from the state tourism office declaring that a big push for the Pure Michigan campaign for 2016 would be Detroit's urban vibe comeback story. Detroit's story certainly is colorful. There are a multitude of ways to link ourselves with Pure Michigan ...

Questions, Anyone?

Editorials and columns

Shipwrecks in Thunder BayQ. Reader Roger Snell asks, "How many commercial ships went down in Alpena's Thunder Bay in the 1880s?"A. NOAA Underwater Archaeologist Wayne Lusardi has extensive information on shipwrecks. Following is his list of actual shipwreck losses in Thunder Bay in the 1880s, ...

Mich-e-ke-wis Park just needs some TLC

Letters to the Editor

Why snub Mich-e-ke-wis? We should embrace it.Mich-e-ke-wis Park includes 1,350 feet of shoreline of a Great Lakes within our city. There are not many cities that can put that on their websites. The beach is all sand and would be a prime spot for swimming if it were given the attention that is ...

Healthier choices may help body repair itself

Letters to the Editor

When it comes to back surgery, less is usually better. Two multi-center studies published in New England Journal of Medicine last week have proven this for spinal stenosis of the lower back.Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common cause of chronic back pain. The pain occurs when bone and tissues put ...

There are better options than Enbridge No. 5

Letters to the Editor

FREEMAN, S.D. - The Keystone pipeline will restart Saturday morning, less than a week after passersby - a farmer - noticed a sheen of oil on the surface in a ditch near here. The ensuing excavation and cleanup operation brought more than 100 contractors and TransCanada employees to the site to ...

Republicans use Court to control the country

Letters to the Editor

One might wonder why Republicans exhibit such frantic dread of a Democratic nominee being placed on the Supreme Court. Is it part of the denial of legitimacy with which they have greeted the Obama presidency as a whole? Is it some sociopathic sense of self-righteousness according to which they ...

Safety first when it comes to spring burning

Editorials and columns

Spring is finally here, we think, and after a brief interlude caused by some unexpected snow the usual outdoor cleanup is in full swing. Residents are raking lawns, trimming trees and bushes, getting their homes ready for warmer weather.All the raking and trimming brings with it a need to ...

Small increases in troops to Iraq a recipe for disaster

Editorials and columns

Feeding more American troops into Iraq little by little is an invitation to disaster, yet President Barack Obama persists in the practice.Obama vowed U.S. military involvement in Iraq was over in December 2011. But Islamic terrorists have conquered much of the country since then.In June 2014, ...

Donald Trump is the real deal

Editorials and columns

I've been thinking all winter about Donald Trump's appeal to the American voter.Most certainly, he doesn't appeal much to the politicians or the press. He doesn't appeal much to the leaders of the Republican Party. He has no cachet with union leaders nor well-to-do Democrats. Hollywood hates ...

Court should rule against Obama on immigration

Editorials and columns

It has been obvious for years that Congress should update the nation's immigration laws. But lawmakers' failure to do that does not give the president authority to override the statutes.That question, in effect, is before the Supreme Court - where four of the eight justices seem to be in ...

The story behind city hall’s limestone

Editorials and columns

Likely you have wondered - maybe it was while you were passing by, perhaps during an idle moment when you were nowhere near it - but at some point you have probably asked yourself: "Why is our City Hall built from limestone quarried in Bedford, Ind.?"Indeed, why from a Hoosier quarry ...

Banning books something done by small-minded people

Editorials and columns

Nearly everyone agrees censorship and banning books (or, rather, eliminating access to books) are wrong ... except for that one book he or she disagrees with or that makes him or her uncomfortable.Every year the Office for Intellectual Freedom for the American Library Association issues its ...

Time to end EPA’s double standard

Editorials and columns

When the tables are turned, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not respond well to reports that conclude it does a worse job of keeping its own house in order than many of the companies it persecutes.A report from the EPA's Office of Inspector General - charged with receiving and ...

Schools now in process of making up missed days

Editorials and columns

No two words sound sweeter to to a student, teacher, bus driver or aide than "snow day" in the midst of winter.In a year when weather plays havoc with the school schedule, however, eventually there is a price that needs paid for those accumulated days. And, as a school year is extended past its ...

Family gives random acts of kindness

Editorials and columns

Pay it forward.That's what Hillman's Doug Morrison could be found doing Friday.While many area residents were busy putting the final touches to their federal income tax returns - scurrying here or running there - Morrison started off his morning visiting Hillman restaurants and paying for ...