Opinion

Trumpty Dumpty making U.S. global laughingstock

Columns

Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman! That’s the image our current Commander-in-Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all “bad hombres,” he is drastically bulking up military spending and he imperiously slaps ...

We don’t need others’ opinions to express ours

Editorial

“This is not intended to be a letter to the editor...” reads the letter sent to the editor. That’s a red flag. So what is the intention, then? It is to use this newspaper to express the writer’s opinions and views while preserving the writer’s anonymity. Usually these people have ...

Booster Bash backs Gremlins

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Houghton All Sports Booster Club would like to thank the many businesses and citizens of our community who donated to our 23rd Annual Booster Bash on April 22. With your support, we are able to provide safety equipment, uniforms, and other items necessary for all of our ...

Times’ Green Baloney

Columns

The New York Times’ hostility to industry gets worse every day. Last week, the Times ran a big picture of a bay in Alaska with the headline “In Reversal, E.P.A. Eases Path for a Mine Near Alaska’s Bristol Bay.” While this was just another of their stories about how Donald Trump will ...

Conservation fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Copper Country Chapter of Ducks Unlimited thanks everyone who helped make the 41st anniversary banquet for waterfowl and wetlands conservation a success. Thanks to our following major sponsors: Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, Steve Baker Farm Bureau, Copper Country Ford, ...

Remove Trump for profound stupidity

Columns

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, ...

Gun-toting ignorance is threat to public health

Editorial

Is it really a good idea to allow someone in the state of Michigan the legal right to carry a concealed weapon without any training? That’s the central question the Michigan House of Representatives is considering as it discusses, debates and, presumably, votes on a package of bills dealing ...

Chatter about Trump’s impeachment is premature

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s early stumbling out of the presidential gate in the judicial, legislative and diplomatic realms has already surfaced talk by wishful thinkers of invoking the constitutional route of impeachment to remove him from the Oval Office for committing “high crimes and ...

Strange Fruit, 2017

Columns

Please, somebody tell these boys it’s 2017. Last weekend, several dozen white people, most of them male and all of them loud, swarmed Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest a City Council vote to remove the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Similar protests have cropped ...

Tax-cut strategy proves to be drag on economy

Editorial

Had enough yet? This will not even be an issue raised in the next governor’s campaign, because all the “serious” candidates are in on this, but the powers that be are driving this state’s economy into the ground with a tax-cut-driven economic development strategy that has proven ...

Israeli oppression goes unreported

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Interesting and important things happen completely unreported by the US media. The Jewish Voice for Peace annual meeting in Chicago attracted 1,000 against 600 last year. This focus group on Palestinian rights, whose membership is not confined to Jews, is gaining so much ...

Awards have lost their meaning

Columns

Awards once meant something. There was a time not that long ago when they were given in recognition of important accomplishments. Today, we tend to value celebrity over steady achievement. Fame is paramount. It matters little how one attains it. The Kardashians are just one of many ...

Roger Ailes, one of a kind

Columns

On my first visit to Roger Ailes’ office, I half expected to find him petting an enormous white tiger, perhaps feeding it from a bowl of raw meat. After all, this was at the height of Ailes’ reputation as a kind of James Bond villain (and well before the sexual harassment scandals that ...

Ballast discharge bill needs work to become law

Editorial

A bill that’s slowly moving through the U.S. Senate establishing one federal standard for ballast discharged from vessels has drawn the approval from the trade association representing Great Lakes shipping. Environmentalists and others, though, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General ...

Anger Games: Documentary depicts new world

Columns

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to ...

Rapid climate change is fact

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Yesterday, I stumbled upon my old helicopter pilot log book. This is the record of where, when and who I worked for. My civilian career began on the North Slope of Alaska as a young Bell 212 co-pilot flying under the tutelage of, literally, battle-hardened Vietnam vets. As ...

Stop blaming workers — bosses made this mess

Columns

The wailing in our country about the "invasion of immigrants" has been long and loud. As one complainant put it, "Few of their children in the country learn English... The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages... Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will ...

Report reveals rise in campus sex crimes

Editorial

It was a mixed-bag of news from a federal report out this week on certain types of sexual offenses and bullying. While the number of middle and high school students who report being bullied at one time or another seems to be decreasing, the incidence of reported sex crimes on the nation’s ...

Rekindled hope in people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Just when I was giving up hope on humanity because of the terrible things that are happening in the world, I witnessed something that rekindled my hope. I had witnessed a serious car accident and I was first on the scene because it happened behind me. Immediately after, people ...

Continuing drug war is cruel, stupid

Columns

President Trump's attorney general, Jeff Sessions, ordered federal prosecutors to seek maximum penalties for drug-related crimes. This is both cruel and stupid. It's cruel because Session's 5,000 prosecutors must now push for long jail sentences even for people who pose no violent threat ...