Opinion

High speeds on residential streets

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:We have a dangerous situation in the Baltic Township. We have been trying to get the Houghton County Road Commission to listen to us. But the man in charge is saying no.Clearly the safety of our children does not matter to him. The children are in danger of being hit by vehicles ...

Small rec millage goes long way

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The city of Hancock has a recreational improvement millage proposal on the ballot of the upcoming general election. The proposal asks Hancock residents if they wish to pay up to 0.80 mills annually for a period of five years for recreational improvements within the city.The median ...

If you love lake, vote for Johnson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:After retiring, my husband and I wanted to live near Lake Superior. The pristine beauty of the lake and the forests around Ontonagon were just what we were looking for. Protecting Lake Superior and surrounding areas is a major concern in choosing who to vote for in November.Lon ...

Don’t be a chump for Trump

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Donald Trump used undocumented Polish immigrant workers on his Trump Tower project. They received pitiful pay and weren't even provided protective hardhats.He kept his Las Vegas hotel employees $3 an hour poorer than their unionized peers and has said that our disgraceful federal ...

Sold out country to wealthy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Rev. Langseth questions if Hillary is qualified as commandar in chief. Remember Bengazi when she ignored several pleas for help, people died because she neglected her duties as secretary of state. Tell the surivivors that she will protect us. Hillary also she would continue ...

Brown Shirts in our future?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Republican presidential candidate has said that all illegal immigrants should be sought, found, and deported. Recently, he has said that the "stop and frisk" approach to law enforcement is necessary.I wonder, would the people who would do these things would become as feared ...

Grammar snob stands up for comma

Columns

ELON, North Carolina - My favorite bumper sticker I've never seen: Commas matter.So I've always thought, and do still believe with the passion of one whose knuckles were rapped for grammatical errors. I mean this only metaphorically - no bloody fingers - but using incorrect grammar was the ...

Campaigns should be about voters, not candidates

Columns

One of the shrewdest American politicians I both know and like, a man who has actually managed Republican presidential campaigns, was openly discouraged after the first debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. "It's all about him. (Trump) has a belief that this ...

Coach’s words show respect for others’ lives

Editorial

With national turmoil and racial tension going on around them, it is important for young men using peaceful protest to help raise awareness to have the support of a coach they respect.Michigan State's Mark Dantonio provided his players with that respect - and more."I can't make assumptions for ...

Why should we venerate leaders?

Columns

Asked on a TV show to name a foreign leader he admires, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson choked. He couldn't produce a name. He said he had "a brain freeze." The media pounced."Unable to name a foreign leader," sneered NPR. "Cannot name one," echoed USA Today.But ...

Academic Curtain descends on American campuses

Columns

Back in the days of the Cold War between the Communist bloc of nations and the Western democracies, the Communists maintained pervasive restrictions around Eastern Europe that were aptly called an "iron curtain," isolating the people in its bloc from the ideas of the West and physically ...

Comprehensive effort needed on domestic violence

Editorial

October is Domestic Awareness Month. October also marks the one-year anniversary of the Blueprint for Safety program, funded through a three-year, $400,000 grant awarded to the Marquette County Prosecutor's Office.The purpose of the program is to bring together a community's criminal justice ...

Color blasting against cancer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of the families with a child diagnosed and being treated for cancer, we thank the Women's Health Team of Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital for designating our Childhood Cancer Fund as the beneficiary of this year's Light the Night Fun Run/Walk. The experience was amazing, and we ...

Sign gives good 1st impression

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:First impressions are always important, and now Chassell has a fresh new face to show.When travelers who are driving west on US 41 enter Houghton County, the first little town they drive through is the Township of Chassell.For that reason, we have always taken great pride in ...

Extremists in laboratories of democracy

Columns

In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America's federal structure is that "a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the ...

Homegrown violence reflected in presidential campaign

Columns

WASHINGTON - The epidemic of violence in the nation's streets, including everything from anti-police protests to lone-wolf terrorism, offers voters in the presidential election a clear choice. Do they want the steady but unspectacular hand of Hillary Clinton or the tough take-no-prisoners style ...

VA officials do not deserve merit bonuses

Editorial

About half the more than 300,000 people who work at the Department of Veterans Affairs received performance-based pay bonuses in 2014, according to a recent investigation.Yes, the VA. The same agency still under fire for how some veterans seeking medical care are treated. The same one with a ...

Enquirer endorses Clinton, other miracles

Columns

The last time The Cincinnati Enquirer endorsed a Democrat for president was in 1916, when Woodrow Wilson was running for re-election during World War I.An interesting year, that one. It launched artist Norman Rockwell's first cover for The Saturday Evening Post, which starred a disgruntled boy ...

Debate advice for Trump: Focus on issues instead

Columns

Donald Trump scored a gentleman's "C" in his first debate with Hillary Clinton. She was programmed, like one of those androids from the film "Westworld," spewing out well-rehearsed sound bites, smiling (sometimes condescendingly), and even tossing in a few wiggles. It was all designed to make ...

Tragedy strikes in case of missing UP boaters

Editorial

News broke over the weekend that the bodies of the three Upper Peninsula residents - including two from Ishpeming - were located in the depths of Lake Superior, two weeks after the trio had departed from Chassell on a fishing expedition.It was on Sept. 17 that 61-year-old Keith Karvonen, Steven ...