Opinion

Should we have law or the mob?

Columns

It’s a scene you’ve seen a hundred times. The angry rabble advances on the jail, meaning to seize the prisoner and hang him from the nearest tree. The sheriff, a lone defender of the rule of law, stands them off, refusing to give in to the mob’s demand for extralegal justice. Granted, ...

CTE investment will pay us all big dividends

Editorial

It’s the end of the vocational world as we’ve known it. Traditional skilled trades and vocations have gone the way of the lead typesetter and appliance repairman. Digital technology and computers are a part of every skilled trade, and there continues to be high demand for qualified ...

Climate change based on facts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Climate change is a hoax! Or so goes the opposing clarion call of the climate deniers. But, what exactly is climate change? If a person wakes up in the morning to a temperature of 30 degrees with frost on the lawn, and later in the afternoon the frost is gone and it’s a balmy ...

New clouds overshadow Trump’s credibility

Columns

WASHINGTON — After House Republicans threw in the towel Friday on repealing and replacing Obamacare, the greater casualty may well prove to be President Trump’s reputation as a master deal-maker who could apply his talents and bravado to greater challenge of political governance. Just as ...

Trump’s orgy of unnecessary cruelty

Columns

The theme that unites Donald Trump’s major initiatives so far is their unnecessary cruelty. His new budget, for example, comes down especially hard on the poor — imposing unprecedented cuts in low-income housing, job training, food assistance, legal services, help to distressed rural ...

Vaccinations are good for children, communities

Editorial

Fewer Michigan parents are opting out of vaccinating their children since the state changed its waiver rules, and that’s a good thing. Nick Lyon, Health and Human Services director, said the state has changed the way the waivers work. Michigan parents now must speak with a public health ...

Need more access to power in Mich.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Are politicians trustworthy? Are they following the will of the people? These are important questions that perhaps we can all agree we’d like an answer to. How can we answer these questions? The answer: By checking up on the actions of our governor and legislators. How ...

The Base’s Rage Ill Serves the Democratic Party

Columns

In a week chock-full of news, the party that on the night of Nov. 8 found itself, much to its surprise, very much out of power has been having difficulty finding a way to return. Democratic senators, urged on by the left blogosphere and party activists, peppered Supreme Court nominee Neil ...

Give him chance to be your friend

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 This is one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. God is not saying that if you’re a Christian, He will give you anything you want. Let’s talk about it. First of ...

MSP takes TEAM approach in guiding our youth

Columns

We live in a fast-paced, ever-changing world, and keeping up and ahead can be a challenge. It’s difficult for us adults so consider how it must be for our youth, especially for teens who are nearing adulthood. Pressure to be successful, social status, expectations, rules, mixed messages ...

Cheerful Men of College ditty

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Indebted to MTU, my alma mater, I’ve been inspired to compose a song, a song I believe that best defines the salubrious climate in which MTU students thrive. Graduation from MTU is synonymous with a purposeful career for many fine young men and women. Contrast MTU with ...

What do we talk about when we don’t talk about Lent?

Columns

It happens to me every year when the ground is cold and wet in March, when polite Easter talk involves pepper and egg sandwiches, and later, chocolate bunnies and those sugary Peeps. It’s the time when I ask questions of myself that I can’t quite answer, like this one: As a Christian, ...

Serious Matter of Political Humor

Columns

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Former shelter dog saves life of 3-year-old

Editorial

Officials in Delta County are crediting a former shelter dog with saving the life of a young child in circumstances that appalled readers in recent days. The scene of this drama was a location near the town of Rapid River. “Peanut,” formerly “Petunia,” had reportedly raised something ...

Coded messsage of fascism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If the cuts to Meals on Wheels in the new federal budget seem arbitrary, here is a chilling reminder of the cruel philosophy underpinning the current administration that will help put the issue in perspective. This is a move that is literally straight out of the fascist ...

Praise God we won, you lost

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Are you sick and tired of our Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow voting against Cabinet members of President Trump and all who have been appointed to serve his administration? Michigan voted for President Trump, and we expect her to vote our choice. She has forgotten that she works ...

Call your reps and keep calling

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On March 4, our U.S. senator, Gary Peters, spoke to a standing-room-only group of Copper Country folk about what’s going on in Washington, D.C. He was eager to answer our questions, and he graciously, patiently shared his knowledge and opinions. Sen. Peters said he had never ...

Kindest cuts only seem to be cruel

Columns

“Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume ...

Not fading away: high time to face facts about jail

Editorial

You can block your ears and yell “la, la, la” all you want, but the issues involving the condition and overcrowding of the Houghton County Jail are not going away. You might believe that anyone arrested but not convicted of a crime should not be coddled in jail and be punished while ...

Resist attempts to divide us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sheriff declares overcrowding emergency. UPSET makes yet another drug bust. Check the want ads. If delivering newspapers won’t pay your bills, you’re pretty much out of luck. The cure? Why, austerity, of course! There’s too much foreign aid (1 percent of budget) ...