Opinion

‘Stingy’ Jeff Bezos doesn’t have to give

Columns

Thursday, right before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’d acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, he tweeted a “request for ideas” for “philanthropy strategy.” If you have suggestions re “helping people in the here and now... reply to this tweet.” Here’s my reply: Don’t do ...

Newsprint still reigns in delivering news, advertising

Editorial

Besides being something real you can hold in your hands, containing unchanging news and advertising content, the print version of a newspaper is literally a better read than the digital version. Nobody’s got a 13-by-22-inch spartphone or tablet screen, and that’s not going to be the next ...

Grateful for those who provide help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Stanton Township Fire Dept. appreciates the assistance received while fighting the McClellan farm fire on May 26. Thanks to Adams Township and Hurontown Fire Departments, Mercy Ambulance, Shelley Puuri and Christina Verran. We are grateful for a community that comes ...

Free speech not always tool of virtue

Columns

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Tour raised $40K for Dial Help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are writing to express our gratitude to the Green Bay Packers and the entire UP community for the success of the 2017 Packers Tailgate Tour to benefit Dial Help on April 6. We are very impressed with the community-mindedness of the Green Bay Packers, who offer these Tailgate ...

Is left-wing terrorism making comeback?

Columns

You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called “hate speech” for the ...

Pasty origin uproar erupts as festival begins

Editorial

As part of our daily mission to inform the people of the Copper Country of news they need to know, those who attend this weekend’s Pasty Fest in Calumet should know about Friday’s breaking news out of Great Britain: An official from Historic England claimed Cornish pasty was invented in ...

Trump now under suspicion of obstruction of justice

Columns

WASHINGTON — After months of chasing lesser suspicions of general political malevolence by Donald Trump, the investigative arm of the U.S. government appears finally to be focusing on the one feasible avenue to force him from the presidency: the charge of obstruction of justice. The newly ...

Gunman shoots, we become family

Columns

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Reporting drilling impacts within park is our job

Editorial

We exist to report the news of Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties, whether that news is good, bad, happy or sad. If it’s verified information that is important enough that people here need or want to know about it, we will report it, and we will not be intimidated or coerced in ...

A reason to express yourself

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over the years, I have had over 40 letters to the editor, not once has anyone ever had a rebuttal, this is why I always think I’m right! So today, I write to further prove my thesis! 1. The National Park Service should combine Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Park. It should ...

Why so much rage? Because there’s money to be made

Columns

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” — Psalm 2:1 KJV That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of ...

Tragic letter on nightmarish plight of refugees

Columns

No doubt about it; an email posting is the most convenient way to communicate, and also the fastest. But there’s a price to pay: even if a sent posting joins the plethora of others and has been preserved in your computer, it idles there, inert, cold, lacking the pleasure that often arrives ...

Self-driving cars looking like road of destiny

Editorial

At first glance, it doesn’t seem possible, but who knows? By 2030, electric self-driving cars will dominate our roads. That’s according to a report from RethinkX, an independent research group that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its ...

Vulnerable to climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Copper Country is particularly vulnerable to climate change effects. Forest Service and Michigan Tech research shows that our local forests, so important to our economy, culture, and ecology, will be weakened by climate change, particularly sugar maples. Our many small, ...

Trump’s infrastructure scam

Columns

At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials last Friday, Donald Trump said America’s aging roads, bridges, railways and water systems were being “scoffed at and laughed” at. He vowed that they “will once again be the envy of the world.” This seems to be a core ...

God still remains in control

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is safe to say that our American culture has been deteriorating without exception in every area of American life for a long time. These domains include religion, politics, morality and the environment. Yet while everything is worsening, knowledge is ever ...

What will be next act of violent political left?

Columns

Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie Sanders volunteer ...

Sessions was puppet master in Senate testimony

Columns

Watching Attorney General Jeff Sessions confound Senate Democrats during his Intelligence Committee testimony was like watching a puppet show. Sessions was the hand. And the Democrats were the socks. Oh, they flapped their mouths, occasionally twisting their necks, and grimaced before the ...

Boy Scout no match for The Donald

Columns

WASHINGTON — As it turns out, Donald Trump is the hope-and-change president. According to James Comey, Trump hoped that the then-FBI director would find a way to drop his investigation of ousted national security adviser Michael Flynn and help blow away “the cloud” concerning the Trump ...