Opinion

Dark Legacy of Harvey Weinstein

Columns

Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, demeaned and sexually ...

Can diverse views survive on campus?

Editorial

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that's a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for "free" speech. Berkeley may ...

Liberals out to grab your guns

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Keith Ojala said it all in his Oct. 13 letter. Democrats and their brainwashed legions of sycophants, snowflakes and “gimme this, gimme that” pantywaists are chafing to throttle the Second Amendment. If Dems are outspoken now and having their way while a GOP majority ...

Trump, Pence two contrasting sides of same coin

Columns

If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike Pence the tail. The president tends toward the bombastic to get people’s attention and make his points, while his vice president is calm and measured in his ...

GOP hog-tied by divided Senate

Columns

Why can’t we have nice things? That’s the question, if not exactly the phrasing, so many conservatives are asking these days. Despite controling the White House and both branches of Congress, the GOP can’t get much done. Oh, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...

Community turns out to dedicate rink to Rick Comley

Editorial

Congratulations go out to Hockeyville USA for coming through again by showing support for former Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Rick Comley and the dedication ceremony of the Rick Comley Rink at the Berry Events Center. Comley was overwhelmed by the number of people that came ...

Adams school fundraiser

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Adams Township School District Foundation held its fourth annual dinner, auction and raffle on Sept. 30. Executive Chef Eric Karvonen and his staff served an excellent dinner at the Jeffers High School. Event attendees were able to tour the high school, trades and ...

Scalia’s legacy established through written word

Columns

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. What do I have to do with it? Nothing, except that reading opinions as a ...

Memo to Tillerson about ‘moron’

Columns

To: Rex Tillerson From: Robert Reich Subject: The Moron I can understand why you feel Washington is a place of “petty nonsense,” as you said last week when you called a news conference to rebut charges that you called Donald Trump a moron last summer at a meeting of national security ...

Deserving U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees

Editorial

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Need more info on lodge sale

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have read with interest your articles about the sale of the Keweenaw Mt. Lodge. Since the last article appeared, two people who are closely involved with the Keweenaw Board of Commissioners have stated that the information in the Gazette is not accurate. Charles Miller, ...

Statistics don’t tell full story of state’s teacher shortage

Columns

This September, I attended a superintendents’ conference downstate. One of the main presentations focused on the teacher shortage in the state of Michigan. Some have argued there is no shortage of teachers. The Mackinac Center stated in a recent article: “The Michigan Department of ...

Diversity makes us better, stronger

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am siding with the Lt. Gen. and Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy Jay Silveria, who had the strength and decency to state that there is no place in the U.S. Air Force for racism and bigotry. The Air Force general said to racists, “Get out...” I would extend ...

Today’s Turn-of-the-Century Problems

Columns

Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call “turn-of-the-century” America, the 1890s to ...

Need improved engagement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Michigan Tech hosted Congressman Jack Bergman of the U.S. House of Representatives (MI-1st District) this week, and I am grateful he accepted the students’ invitation to come. I attended with a question in mind from my conversations with Michigan Tech students in a class I ...

Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood’s Dance of Fools

Columns

When Hollywood types walk the red carpet, gathering to pay tribute to their virtue — while lecturing the rest of us about our moral and political sins — an image comes to mind. Jesters. That’s the first thing I think of when Hollywood awards shows come on TV: a dance of medieval jesters ...

Distracting Ourselves to Death

Columns

WASHINGTON — When President Trump said a few days ago that now isn’t the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval of time for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led ...

Don’t expect much from auto insurance ‘reform’

Editorial

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Fight Democratic resistance effort

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recent protest marches and riots at first appeared to be spontaneous, but were really organized, per Fox News. This is the ‘Resistance Movement’ that Democrats are employing in an effort to crush the Trump presidency in 2018 and remake our government. The full extent of the ...

War should not be spectator sport for privileged

Columns

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...