Opinion

More people should behave like Kidman

Editorials and columns

Actress Nicole Kidman has been targeted for criticism because she is daring to buck the tide in Hollywood. She is — gasp! — behaving like a real American. During a brief interview last week, Kidman was asked about President-elect Donald Trump. Her response was that, “we as a country ...

Appreciating the gifts of the season

Editorials and columns

In this mid-January time of year we are either enjoying outdoor winter activities or holed up inside the house under three sweaters and eight blankets. Some people aren’t made for cold temperatures (me) and some people love them (my husband). There is always something new and exciting to ...

Snapshot of who House members are

Editorials and columns

The 98th session of the Michigan Legislature commenced this past week as 42 new House members joined their 106 "veteran" colleagues as they begin the work of doing the people's business, as they like to say. But who are these legislative people who must tackle the other people's ...

Charter schools should face same scrutiny

Letters to the Editor

I am writing to you in regards to the article ‘Lawmakers may repeal state’s school intervention law.’ With the new appointment of Betsy DeVos for the Secretary of Education position in Trump’s cabinet, I have to wonder more about charter schools. Betsy DeVos is a believer of not only ...

Removing public notices hurts citizens

Editorials and columns

Editor’s Note: Doug Caldwell is president of the Michigan Press Association and publisher of the Petoskey News-Review. Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began its 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue … rolling back Michigan’s income ...

Politics trumps human life and suffering

Letters to the Editor

A new independent study from the Urban Institute found that repealing the ACA without a replacement would leave 30 million people, including four million children, without the security of health coverage. Millions of people who purchase their own insurance would see an increase in their ...

Manson treated better than veterans

Letters to the Editor

Why is it that a nation like the United States of America, being so full of "patriotic minded" citizens, a mass murderer such as Charles Manson, gets infinitely better medical care than our veterans do? Talk about a mass example of hypocrisy. Steve Hatley Alpena

The custom of attending church

Editorials and columns

Did you know that Jesus went to church? Luke tells us in chapter 4 that it was His "custom" since He was a child to go to the synagogue on the Sabbath day. Obviously, he kept this custom as an adult as well. He regarded the temple as holy, where His Father lived. People speak disparagingly ...

Trump, unemployment and auto show

Editorials and columns

Come Heller high water … * Sorry, Trump doesn't get to get away with the same sleight-of-tongue tricks he did during the election. He's going to be president in a few days. The bar is higher now. That means he doesn't get to call news he doesn't like "fake news." (The truth is we don't ...

Challenge us; don’t coddle us

Editorials and columns

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...

We can expect to see higher gas prices this year

Editorials and columns

Motorists should expect to pay more for gasoline this year than in years past. Earlier this month the state’s gas tax increased 7.3 cents a gallon, from 19 cents to 26.3 cents. With the increase, Michigan now has the sixth highest gas tax in the country. Prior to Jan. 1, it ranked 18th in ...

Liberals need to get over Trump being elected

Editorials and columns

It appears a substantial number of liberals consider politics to be not the art of compromise, but a stage for temper tantrums. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who has a reputation of being among the more liberal Republicans in the Senate, is being targeted by some left-wingers. Her ...

Do troopers have ticket quotas?

Editorials and columns

I have been asked numerous times in the past about troopers or even police officers in general having monthly ticket quotas. Many citizens believe there is a specific number of tickets a trooper must write before the end of the month or in a certain time frame. The answer is flat out no, we do ...

Kim already challenging Trump with missile threat

Editorials and columns

Until they learn more about President-elect Donald Trump’s plans, policies and personality, it is likely most other nations, even our enemies, will engage in something of a diplomatic honeymoon with the new White House. Not North Korea. That country’s vicious dictator, Kim Jong Un, ...

Replacing ACA will be difficult, but not as bad

Editorials and columns

President Barack Obama may well be hoping to paint congressional Republicans into a corner regarding the health insurance fiasco that bears his name. In reaction to GOP pledges to repeal the Obamacare law, Obama said he has no problem with the idea — providing the Republicans come up ...

A New Year’s resolution

Editorials and columns

Into each life some rain must fall. It does. Sometimes it pours. We dry ourselves off and step into a new, drier day. Who among us hasn’t played a losing inning or two in the game of romance? Who has not failed in their judgment of others, in an expectation, in the validity of a ...

Another example of why voters don’t trust Washington

Editorials and columns

Apparently it was not only Democrats who didn’t get the message on Nov. 8. Some Republican leaders in Congress may have missed what voters were saying, too. On Monday, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives moved to weaken the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. They did so ...