Opinion

Kneeling for flag is respectful

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For what it’s worth, if anyone listened to the entire national anthem, not just the warm and fuzzy first verse, they may be surprised at the violence that Francis Scott Key depicts in his poem that ultimately became our national anthem. It appears hate and prejudice has been ...

Committee will hold fake inquiry

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Once again 11 men will influence a woman’s right to control their own reproductive health decisions for decades. The all-male Republican Senate Judiciary Committee is hell-bent on rushing approval of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court despite ...

Land trusts provide trails

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw ATV Club would like to thank both TRG and AFM for their continued support and excellent cooperation in extending every effort to obtaining, keeping and managing our recreational trail system up and running in Houghton and Keweenaw counties and beyond. It is ...

Mosquitoes still threat to spread West Nile virus

Editorial

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Sponsors collect 51 blood pints

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank the following blood drive sponsors for July and August 2018: Hanna Axle-Somero Enterprise, Jodi Gerdts-Houghton River Valley Bank, Jamie Thyrion-Calumet River Valley Bank, The Laboratory @ Aspirus Keweenaw ...

Information on suicide can be a lifesaver

Editorial

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Soberfest II double success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Sept. 8, Soberfest II Community Potluck 2018 took place at Kestner Waterfront Park. This event brought the community together once again with the recovery community for an afternoon of friendship, fun,and activities without alcohol or substances. We doubled our participation ...

Affordable housing best use for old hospital

Editorial

As the community awaits the opening of UP Health System’s new hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, city officials and the health care company’s leadership have been tight-lipped about what will happen to the enormous, soon-to-be vacant building. No one at City Hall or the hospital ...

Voter Guide informs citizens

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The much-requested Voter Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country and published in the Gazette is a service to the community so that voters are informed of their election choices. If you are a candidate, please answer the survey. If you are a voter, ...

Fair Tax, term limits needed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I like what Mike Dickson from South Haven, Michigan, had to say in a former editorial. “The current system is so inefficient and unfair. We need to replace the income tax, payroll tax, capital gains taxes, death taxes and hidden corporate income tax with the Fair Tax. Also, ...

Ski/Snowboard HoF inductees get enshrined

Editorial

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame who will be honored with events this weekend. For those unaware, this national hall of fame is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in North America. This weekend, the hall presents its newest ...

Solar energy site near airport lights future way

Editorial

We’ve used this space in the past to hold forth in favor of green energy projects. There can be little doubt the age of many fossil fuels is drawing to a close and green energy projects will light the way, so to speak, into the future. That said, it’s also true not every green energy ...

Pollution around forever but more of it in modern world

Columns

OK, folks, here it comes — something that has been bugging us ever since we started glancing back to a world we grew up in, and what it’s become thanks to a single word: pollution. The word has been derived from a Latin word meaning “to make dirty.” Currently, it’s defined as ...

Know early, subtle signs of ovarian cancer

Editorial

Ovarian cancer can be a relatively subtle killer, experts say. No screening test exists, so only 15 to 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are detected early. So it helps for women to know the initial internal clues that something more serious might be going on inside them, the Michigan ...

Unfair support for Israel

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are enough problems in the world to create compassion fatigue in most of us. But the Mideast is a special case because of our government’s one-sided support for Israel, the evil influence of Washington’s Israel lobby, and the lack of news about what Israelis are doing ...

Police/zoning position worth consideration

Editorial

A government employee — or just about any employee, for that matter — needn’t be pigeonholed into a specific title or duty. The Chocolay Township Board is considering adding a police/zoning employee, with township staff having worked on the 2019 budget for the past several ...

Brush up on Constitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Please get a pocket Constitution of the United States. I get mine through heritage.org at low to no cost. In it, Article 2, Section 1, contains the simple qualifications to be president. Namely be a natural-born citizen, be at least 35 years of age and lastly be a resident of ...

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Editorial

Carl V. Pellonpaa was an Upper Peninsula treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Sept. 1. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ways. Perhaps ...

Roller Girls show disrespect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As I sit with my coffee this morning (Sept. 11), I am even more saddened by the actions of the entire Keweenaw Roller Girls team. On Saturday night they decided to all disrespect our flag and country by taking a knee during the national anthem. I have no idea what their reason ...

Getting ready for worst during National Preparedness Month

Editorial

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...