Opinion

Trump’s plan to neuter press corps

Columns

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White ...

Inauguration takeaway lesson: Power in unity

Editorial

With the inauguration of a new president, it is time for us to pull together. When you look at the challenges ahead this year — from a local perspective, from a state perspective and from a national perspective — the only way  to make progress is for the people, the power behind the ...

System unfair to those accused

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I appreciated the series of articles recently by Graham Jaehnig about how defenders and convicted inmates, many of them indigent, are burdened with the cost of paying for our criminal justice system. I guess I’ve known that incarcerated convicts have to pay fines and court ...

Trump’s inauguration is not without precedent

Columns

The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington’s two terms as ...

Institutionalizing children

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Houghton County is sending a lot of money to other parts of the state for a purpose that would be preferable to not be spending anything at all. The expense I’m referring to is the hundreds of dollars per day per person the county pays for institutionalizing children from ...

Let buyer beware when it comes to advertising tactics

Columns

Another year, another continuous battle with the people who most seriously and deviously change our lives — the ad makers. Changes in our society don’t happen overnight; they creep in slowly, from the youngest big spenders to the millennials, and on until we all succumb,  when any ...

No one chooses to be an addict

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Stephen Danis to the DMG dated Dec. 15, entitled “Drug overdoses aren’t accidents.” First , I would like to say I am thankful that Mr. Danis has no loved one with an addiction.If there were someone in his family with ...

State trying to control what you know — yet again

Columns

Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began their 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue: rolling back Michigan’s income tax. The second bill introduced by Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, is a replica of the bill introduced in the last two ...

Heavyweight match: Lewis vs. Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

Editorial

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

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 ...

Abolish 5 bureaucracies in 1st week

Columns

Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of ...

There’s nothing un-American about protesting

Editorial

In light of the recent protests regarding Obamacare and women’s rights, which are prompting local demonstrations in solidarity, we should keep in mind that the election of Donald Trump to the presidency was the result of a mass protest, a national voter protest. In fact the election and ...

19 pints in latest blood drive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The U.P. Regional Blood Center would like to thank Christina Asiala, Aspirus Keweenaw Laboratory and her staff for hosting a blood drive in the month of December. As a result of their efforts, we collected 19 pints of blood. One pint of blood can potentially save 3 lives. Also, ...

Before president says farewell, there’s disappointment

Columns

For all the gooey talk about President Barack Obama’s legacy, it can probably best be described in four blunt words: Disappointment. And Donald Trump. What we can’t measure, not completely, not yet, is the inspiration he’s given to millions of people — particularly to ...

Godspeed, Mr. President

Columns

Dear Mr. President: “Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you — a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential. ...

Newspapers ask ‘Who are you?’ on your behalf

Editorial

Who are you? The essence of the truth in reporting news and information resides in that question. Asking that question is second nature for professional truth-seekers, including the ones that produce the content of this and other legacy newspapers. (For those readers who might not be ...

Dissent, tweets will not stop inauguration

Columns

WASHINGTON — On the eve of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th American president, there is nothing to stop it despite public dissent, such as Democratic Congressman John Lewis’s contention that Trump will be not be a “legitimate” president. Those many voters who cling to the ...

Call for Activists for Journalism

Columns

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...

Cabin fever meditation: See beyond snow

Editorial

As the snow piles up to the window and begins to block your view outside, and with cabin fever threatening to set it, now might be a time to look forward to what’s coming to the greater Copper Country this year — in addition to more snow. Taking a longer view to a time when the snow goes ...