Opinion

Reflections on water from Copper Country Flood

Columns

Impossible to press into a single column, but here’s a sample from just one person reflecting on a disaster affecting our lives forever: July 2, 2018 — Seems like ancient history since the first of the flood disasters began - starting Sunday morning, June 24, when I happened to glance ...

Theater marks two decades of excellence

Editorial

We congratulate all involved with the Lake Superior Theatre as it marks its 20th anniversary. This little gem is located in a working boathouse filled with marine artifacts at 270 N. Lakeshore Boulevard. It began its season where it started with the local treasure “Beacon on the Rock,” ...

City’s consensus of ignorance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On March 14, an injustice took place at the Houghton city rental board meeting, a consequence of fear, ignorance, and stupidity.  There are many reasons for seeking an R1 rental license in an R1 zone. A couple on retirement may decide to move south, but may want to save ...

Female cycling’s come long way

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After realizing a brief popularity in women’s fashion during the 1850s, the bloomer outfit experienced a major comeback in the 1890s. But instead of formal dress, bloomers had evolved as athletic apparel resembling knickerbockers, tucked just below the knees. The ...

More diseases being spread by insect bites

Editorial

Biting ticks, mosquitoes and insects usually are an annoyance, seemingly bent on keeping us from fully enjoying being outdoors. But these days, unfortunately, both six- and eight-legged pests can represent so much more of a threat than just a creepy-crawly, stalking source of ...

Mission to bring fallen home is neverending

Editorial

One of the tragic consequences of war is death, and after it happens, families and loved ones have to bear the pain. It never goes away completely, but having some sort of closure in the form of a ceremonial burial might ease some of that pain. That happened recently when, 76 years after ...

Thankful for law enforcement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of our emergency department doctors, nurses and staff at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, we would like to extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to our local law enforcement officers for everything you do to keep our facility and the community safe. We are so ...

Taught us about wildlife

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw Family Resource Center would like to thank Gary and Linda Willis for their help with our Exploring Nature Playgroup. Gary and Laura came out and taught us all a few things about the wildlife in our area. The children enjoyed there stories and they made the event a ...

P-cake breakfast fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Twin Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who came to support our annual pancake breakfast and wood raffle held on July 8. Special thanks to Krupp’s Mini-Mart, Econo Foods, McDonalds, Memorial Chapel, UPPCO, Omer’s Golf Club and those who made ...

Little League says thank you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Portage Lake Little League Board would like to thank our sponsors for their support. Sponsors Included: Auto Pro Glass and Tire, Chassell VFW, Copper Country Elks, DP Construction, The Douglass Agency, J. Peltier Construction, Hancock Bottling, Houghton Rotary, ...

Praises to flood relief workers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to express a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped with the recent flood damage on McCallum Lane. Three culverts washed-out during the flood, leaving the road impassable. The wonderful crew of the Houghton County Road Commission and Sarazin Logging of ...

Omega House Fun Run

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I saw a thank you note in the paper on June 26 for the Omega House Fun Run. I would like to mention a few things about this ride. Four years ago Pete Lammi came up with the idea for this ride. He started with three people to organize this ride, and is now up to six to help. It ...

Pine Mountain festival went on

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Pine Mountain Music Festival just completed its 28th season! it was a whirlwind of 17 performances in five venues through Houghton, Dickinson and Marquette counties, over a period of two weeks. Four young Upper Peninsula musicians, “the UPstarts,” joined returning artists ...

Utilities program can help with cost of power

Editorial

While nobody is claiming it’s going to solve all of the problems, a unique partnership between a local utility company and a non-profit associated with the environment should amount to positive steps in helping low-income customers cope with electrical costs. The initiative involves the ...

Service lacking from commission

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Houghton County Road Commission is keeping local residences in peril. The residence of Little Traverse Bay are not provided services, such as: Propane delivery, Fire Dept. protection, Ambulance, school bus transport, septic inspection and cleaning, road materials, road ...

Local artist brightens future

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As you drive under an overpass to enter grim and shattered South Boston, the arms of four Irish counties are crudely painted over your head. Similarly, grey Loho long-lived in grey, drab shadow is now enlivened by paint. Allison Waara has now brightened this urban neighbourhood ...

State rep. slow to respond

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recent mass shootings focus our attention on guns and mental health. Here in the Copper Country a disproportionately high number of people possess guns but only Medicaid patients have direct access to a psychiatrist. On Dec. 12, 2017, I emailed state Rep. Scott Dianda ...

PFAS water crisis demands action from government

Editorial

Michigan is at the center of an environmental disaster — and strong leadership is desperately needed. Now. More than a dozen communities across the state are already affected by PFAS as the chemicals contaminate drinking water, creating a real public health threat. Recent news stories ...

Past time to establish justice for Emmett Till

Editorial

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.” –Yevgeny Yevtushenko Although we are reasonably certain the famous Soviet and Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and screenwriter was referring to something else altogether when he wrote those words, the concept could ...

Neighbors need to help each other

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My letter is in response to the front page article in the June 23 DMG regarding flood insurance. The article informed readers that they probably would not have coverage for last week’s tragic events. Insurance is a complicated thing. I am reminded that in this nation’s ...