Opinion

Michigan nuggets of history starts with Andrew Jackson

Columns

Most of you grew up here, but what do you really know about it? Did you know, for example, that Michigan became the 26th state on Jan. 26, 1837, after sacrificing some of the land to Ohio, then being rewarded with the Upper Peninsula, by President Andrew Jackson and Congress? But earlier, ...

Community looks after neighbors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Upon arriving home after the holidays we noticed someone had put up two nice bird feeders on our front porch. They also left us with some bird seed to go with. Whoever you are, please know that we appreciate it and enjoy watching the birds. We’d thank you in person, but we ...

MDOT roads in terrible shape

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sure don’t feel in the writing mood, but I’ll try to make it short. The MDOT highways, the ones being taken care of by them, are in the worst shape they’ve been in for at least 50 years, especially the M-26 stretch from Houghton to Ontonagon County, some days, they run ...

Confused public has questions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A break, if just for a moment, is needed from the hullabaloo surrounding Trump’s election: Now that gay marriage is well-established as law of the land, may the bigotry and hatred shown gays vanish entirely and may their unions prosper. Questions asked by a confounded ...

Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

Columns

WASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where ...

Not too late to change mind

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Donald Trump attempts to appeal to the needs and fears of members of the electorate who feel alienated and desperately want things to change for the better. His chief adviser, Steve Bannon, is a media expert who interprets the opinions of these supporters and makes ...

All held to same standard: No man is above law

Columns

Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, to work for her ...

DNR officer’s quick action saved boy’s life

Editorial

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Repeal Obamacare! No, Wait!

Columns

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like Obamacare!” Once ...

Education funding needs improvement

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

Kindness was appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last week, on Tuesday morning, my husband and I were involved in a serious two car accident on Campus Drive in Hancock. Almost immediately, we were assisted by several people; especially a young girl who gave my husband a ride to the hospital; and a semi-truck driver who called ...

It’s high time to put food policy back on table

Columns

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining: “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny — except, it really wasn’t. Worse, the bitter ...

White terrorism is not as bad?

Columns

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this: Asked by anchor Alisyn Camerota about ...

Don’t shoot messenger of real local news

Editorial

Left, right and in between, we will cover the news here, there and everywhere for the residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties no matter where it falls in the spectrum of politics, values systems or worldviews. On that you can rely. This newspaper will continue to report ...

Cats have ears, and so did hats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the letter of Feb. 7 “Praising God for a Trump Presidency”, the Sisters March in Houghton/Hancock was the largest, most peaceful, and most civil one that I can remember since the 1970s. I was there, and obviously, the letter writer was not. The most vulgar ...

Trump doesn’t take kindly to power, conflicts of interest limits

Columns

WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues to maintain that there is no higher authority than himself as he sits in the Oval Office, both the Constitution and the judicial branch are educating him on the realities of life in our American democracy. The three members of the Ninth Circuit ...

Dear Time Travelers: Welcome to 2017

Columns

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

We’ll stand fast with shield of truth

Editorial

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Major media remain in denial of what they did wrong

Columns

Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly the media ...

Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

Columns

By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: the unfiltered, ...