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Liberate food trucks from road blocks

Columns

Laura Pekarik bakes cupcakes and sells them from a food truck. Her truck provided a great opportunity, letting her open a business without having to spend big to hire a staff and rent space in a building. “Instead of renting a whole brick and mortar and managing a team of people, it was ...

There should be no haven anywhere for sex predators

Editorial

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned last week. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

Many helped with banquet

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the director of the Life Outreach Center, I wish to thank all that were in attendance at our banquet held at the Siskiwit Reception Hall on Oct. 24. This banquet could not have happened without the help of several people. I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to the ...

Scamazonian royals rewriting rules in great tax scam

Columns

As you’re doing your holiday shopping this season, think about this: While big brand names travel hither, thither and yon to play Milk the Taxpayer, Amazon is totally rewriting the rules of the taxpayer subsidies game, super-sizing their piles of public money without even having to go door to ...

Al Franken’s Martyrdom

Columns

WASHINGTON — With quavering voice and a tinge of stubborn denial, Sen. Al Franken announced that he would resign from office. The Minnesota Democrat’s remarks on Thursday marked the culmination of exactly three weeks during which eight women — half of them anonymous — alleged sexual ...

County Board needs real estate pro to sell lodge

Editorial

After two different offers to purchase the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge have failed following the County Board’s acceptance of an offer, its time for the commissioners to concede the real estate business is not their forte. It would be in the best interests of Keweenaw County taxpayers if ...

Move to rewrite US Constitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was outraged and confused when I learned of Joseph O'Leary's voter suppression resolution that he presented to the Baraga County Board at its regular meeting Oct. 10. I couldn’t make sense of it. Why was this resolution presented to the Baraga County Board? Why was it ...

Campaign to discredit Mueller indicates his progress

Columns

WASHINGTON -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller's methodical inquiry into the alleged Trump administration collusion in Russian meddling in the 2016 election seems to be coming to a head. Meanwhile, critics are targeting Mueller himself and members of his team, seeking to discredit or even derail ...

Time Magazine gets it right

Columns

It’s that sleeved elbow in the Time cover photo — the one attached to an unidentified woman sitting to the right — that magnifies the message. Five elegant women — actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu and Mexican ...

Lutherans are not anti-Semitic

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A man who often ridicules the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), on which Judaism is based, blamed Christianity for anti-Semitism even though it is a Semitic religion with a Jewish savior. His Nov. 4 letter criticized Luther’s anti-Semitic “The Jews and Their ...

No king but Caesar? Not for Christians

Columns

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery’s ...

Too much at stake for delays in carp study

Editorial

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop delaying an important study on upgrading a key waterway choke point is a way of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Some 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – including U.S. Rep. ...

Bipartisan Opportunism on Deficit

Columns

If you’re a normal person who pays attention to politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Washington can’t decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that ...

State must monitor Mac line carefully

Editorial

New information regarding Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that's the ...

Is flirting form of sexual harassment?

Columns

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo ...

Many Ways to Help With Literacy at Home

Columns

The research is clear. Children raised in homes that promote family literacy grow up to be better readers and do better in school than children raised in homes where literacy is not promoted. Parents don’t have to read 100 books a week to their preschoolers to develop literacy skills. ...

Our Greatest Generation refused to lose

Editorial

Seventy-six years ago this week, the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” Japan. Since then, we Americans have observed Dec. 7 of each year as Pearl Harbor Day for several reasons. We mourn the 2,403 Americans who died in the ...

Little given by you is big for Little Brother/Sister

Columns

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” — Mother Teresa It starts with a little — give a little time, give a little kindness and you could start something big for a child in your community. With little acts, you can change the course of a ...

Flynn plea brings holiday cheer to some

Columns

WASHINGTON — At least three people must have celebrated the news that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversation with a Russian ambassador. First to pop a champagne cork was surely Matt Lauer, whose Icarus imitation put to shame ...

Addressing jail is doing right by taxpayers

Editorial

Doing the right thing is usually not the easiest thing, or the most popular thing. We see that on an all-too-regular basis with politicians in Washington. That is why the five commissioners of the Houghton County Board deserve thanks and praise for doing the right thing in renovating and ...