Opinion

Crude pleasure in graphic details

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In your front-page article on Thursday, May 10, regarding the child abuse case that will be going to court, it appears that your reporter took some crude pleasure in divulging the graphic details of the case. The reporter, and the Daily Mining Gazette by allowing it, ...

Fundraiser for Chassell VFW

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Chassell VFW Post 6507 and Auxiliary would like to thank the community members who supported our Pancake / French Toast Breakfast on April 21. We would also like to thank all of our members who donated supplies and worked the breakfast. In addition, thank you to ...

Jerusalem Jared and city of truth

Columns

st few days have provided a head-swiveling study in cognitive dissonance and dueling realities. Monday started the week with a jolt in Jerusalem, where the U.S. and Israel celebrated the American embassy move from Tel Aviv. Television spectators around the world watched as the two nations’ ...

Cruelty to bats is difficult to understand

Editorial

Bats already are struggling to survive in the Upper Peninsula. White-nose syndrome — so named for the frost-like fungus that bats with the disease develop around their nostrils — has so decimated populations at their wintering sites that some area caves where numbers had been 20,000 or ...

Embassy move serious affront

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Trumpian move of the US embassy to Jerusalem is distressing and wrong-headed. The move has long been a key demand that the Israel lobby (AIPAC) requires before giving money to political candidates, but once in office most of them backtracked, realizing it was a sensitive ...

Which politicians look like their home state?

Columns

West Virginia — which, between 2015 and 2016, was the only state to see both more deaths than births and more citizens move out than move in — could understandably be expected to be somewhat unwelcoming to the recent arrival who seeks public office. The Mountain State’s last surviving ...

Amazon fights mob-like threats

Columns

Seattle is worried about the well-being of the poor and mentally ill people living there, so it’s going to drive businesses out of town. OK, that’s not how the politicians describe their plan, but that’s probably how it will work out. Members of Seattle’s city council want all big ...

Put safety first when putting boat in water

Editorial

As boating season nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourage boaters to protect themselves and others by following important safety tips. Saturday marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to have fun while exercising ...

Houghton High blood drive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Houghton High School’s Dan Groeneveld, Hancock High School’s Ally Fenton, Finlandia University’s Patrice Lompre, UPHS-Portage’s Angela Luskin, Upper Great Lakes Family Health Natalie Larson, Chassell ...

Ending net neutrality is good for plutocratic rule

Columns

We’re told by politicos, pundits and internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet, while this digital highway is deemed vital to our nation’s well-being, access to it is not offered as ...

How did we ever forget this song?

Columns

It’s like listening to a song you used to know. It’s an old sweet song, a hymn of hope and possibility. It’s a tune you haven’t heard in far too long. That’s how it is when Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks morality. It’s not just that Barber, pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church ...

Foster parents play vital role in community

Editorial

During National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to stress the important role that foster parents can play in a child or teen’s life. “When children are unable to stay with their families because of safety concerns, foster ...

Crime’s details were too graphic

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing about the article that appeared on the front page of the Gazette on May 10. The article I am referencing is the “Accused molester’s trial set for Sept. 5.” My concern is with the graphic descriptions used by your reporter Garret Neese. I take great pride ...

Pence staying out of spotlight as vice president

Columns

WASHINGTON — Four years ago I wrote a history of the American vice presidency, published by Smithsonian Books. It was subtitled “From Irrelevance to Power,” and it traced the office’s progression from non-entity to respectability over the previous 227 years. The improvement in the ...

You would do this to save life of child

Columns

Three years ago, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights, I sat in an Alabama church pew with then-Sen. Jeff Sessions. He wore the flushed, impatient face of someone who had to be there. Sessions sat on the other side of my husband, his colleague ...

Surprise — term limits don’t work in Michigan

Editorial

If you've ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

Other weapons than guns kill

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On April 23, a man drove a van along a Toronto sidewalk killing 10 people. Canadians didn't protest with signs saying, "Ban the van." Automobiles are never blamed for murders like guns are. A recent letter said assault rifles are weapons of mass destruction and ...

Hillary Clinton brings bitterness tour down under

Columns

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When you hear "world tour" you usually think of superstars performing concerts in various cities for adoring fans. Not so with the presidentially deprived, entitlement-driven Hillary Clinton. Last week, Hillary Clinton came to Melbourne, Australia's second largest ...

No rush to get facts straight

Columns

If there were any doubt that the multi-front battle over the Russia investigation has become the political equivalent of a Tong war, Rudy Giuliani removed it. The former mayor of New York City made his debut on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show last Wednesday as a “cleaner” of sorts, like ...

NPS searches for preservation, public use balance

Editorial

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...