Opinion

We know what we must do

Columns

In 1997, my 9-year-old daughter met Miep Gies, the Gentile friend who helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the small attic apartment in Amsterdam until they were caught and murdered by the Nazis. This was a momentous event in our family. Gies was in Cleveland to deliver an evening ...

Jerry Lewis was certainly a charitable soul

Editorial

It isn’t often that we use this space to mark the passing of a Hollywood luminary. While we have nothing against those folks, their role in society overall is often overstated. That’s not the case, however, in the death of Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Lewis ...

United climate change solution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports 2016 ended up as the warmest year since 1880, with the mean global annual temperature breaking the record that was set the year before in 2015. Since the 2015 mean temperature had broken the record that was set ...

We can’t learn from historical hysteria

Columns

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.” — Friedrich Hegel We will learn even less from history if we wipe it clean, as some are trying to do by removing statues of Confederate leaders whose beliefs about slavery and race most, including me, find ...

Alt-right acts don’t make ‘antifa’ good

Columns

Fighting Nazis is a good thing, but fighting Nazis doesn’t necessarily make you or your cause good. By my lights this is simply an obvious fact. The greatest Nazi-killer of the 20th century was Josef Stalin. He also killed millions of his own people and terrorized, oppressed, enslaved or ...

Sticking to truth in science sets humankind free

Editorial

In ancient times, a solar eclipse was a bad omen, a sign of the apocalypse in some cultures. Now thanks to science, we know such celestial events are a natural occurence resulting from the motion of heavenly bodies. Our scientific knowledge discovered by such giants as Copernicus, Galileo and ...

Learning from leaders’ words

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We believe that you can learn a lot about a leader by their words. We learned a lot about our elected representatives in Michigan recently after violence and death erupted in Charlottesville Virginia, between a gathering of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, and ...

Party of Lincoln must renounce Trump’s comments

Columns

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, ...

High time for some things from lighter side of life

Columns

OK, let’s look at life from a lighter, more entertaining position. Let’s forget at least for the moment that the environment is plunging headlong toward catastrophe, and that we’re still adding to it by purchasing more, larger, heavier, gas guzzling monsters to cruise around in. And ...

Quincy outlook view obstructed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently took out of town guests on a tour of the lovely Copper Country. One of the stops was the US41 overlook in Quincy. I had not stopped there for many years. I was disappointed and a bit amused to see that trees, over the years, had grown such that the view is ...

What is wrong with this man?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am incensed that President Trump used his speech at the Boy Scout Jamboree to denigrate his predecessor and his former political opponent, as well as threaten to fire his AG. What was he thinking? What is wrong with this man? He owes the Boy Scouts of America an apology, ...

Law helps living with Alzheimer’s

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are 511,000 people caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease in Michigan. As someone who is serving this role, I am proud to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). Recently reintroduced in Congress, and supported by the ...

What the world needs now

Columns

WASHINGTON — Insidious is the force that causes us to dream of things we wish (or don’t wish) were so. Thus, on the eve of this column’s creation, I dreamt of Donald J. Trump. We were seated at a dinner table for eight, but the other six chairs were empty. We spoke of many things, from ...

Blame for car attack not on ‘both sides’

Editorial

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting a white supremacy rally. Heyer, 32, was with a group of counter-protesters that were gathered to show an alternative viewpoint to the ...

Calumet Theatre deserves respect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing about the Calumet Theatre. I want to thank the theater for letting kids come. My siblings and I have been going to the theater for many years on Wednesday to see the Movie Magic film series. I love the movies and of course, the prizes. I want to thank all the ...

Corporate supercell spawning special-interest legislation

Columns

Just days after last November's election, jubilant members and top staffers of the notorious corporate front group, American Legislative Exchange Council, gathered for a celebratory lunch and planning session at the group's DC headquarters. But rather than looking toward Congress and the newly ...

Notion women, men are same is absurd

Columns

Why aren’t there more women criminals? Men in jail outnumber women by a ratio of 14-to-1. We male stutterers outnumber women, too. This isn’t fair! We need more affirmative action! These disparities must be caused by sex discrimination because everyone knows there are no real differences ...

Beware of small stuff from runoff in lakes, rivers

Editorial

The natural beauty of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would seem to make it the last place to have to worry about clean water in lakes and rivers. Yet even here, unfortunately, people need to be cautious about when and where they choose to go into the water — especially ...

No dampened spirits at concert

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: An overcast evening did not dampen the spirits of everyone at the Omega House 11th annual summer benefit concert, “Friendship,” Wednesday evening, July 19. Performers from all over the Keweenaw volunteered their time, talent and good cheer. We want to thank Kiersten ...

Conservancy photo contest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the North Woods Conservancy, I thank the many individuals, community organizations, and businesses that helped make the 2016 North Woods Conservancy Photo Contest a success. Special thanks go to volunteers, Chris Kelley for poster design and John Dodge for ...