Opinion

Bait and switch bites proponents of wolf hunting

Editorial

For once, Michigan Legislators’ maneuvers to advance their agenda and satisfy special interests despite public opposition has backfired on them. In 2014, Michigan voters rejected, by large margins, two proposals that would have legalized wolf hunting in the state. Despite voters’ ...

Breakfast and bake sale

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The board of the Doelle Senior Citizens of Tapiola would like to thank our members and our community for another successful annual pancake breakfast and bake sale. Thank you members and friends who worked by selling tickets, baking, cooking and serving food, and cleaning up ...

We have pride in our city

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to the taxpayers of the city of Hancock.  I knew the people of Hancock would approve the five-year recreation millage because of the pride we have in our city. I personally pledge that our recreation commission, along with the City Council, will spend the money ...

Omega House benefit concert

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A great night of rock n roll music was on display at the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 5 for the 14th annual Omega House Fall Concert featuring THE GO ROUNDS. Back by popular demand The Go Rounds showcased their high energy musical talents. The Omega House would like to thank the ...

Newspapers: Answer to Fake News

Columns

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free ... it expects what never was and never will be.” — Thomas Jefferson There is good news on fake news. As you doubtless know, the proliferation thereof has people fretting. President Obama has dubbed it a threat to democracy. And there is ...

Shop local to be economic force in community

Editorial

‘Tis the season of the most wonderful time of the year for retailers, as people emerge from their Thanksgiving feast stupor with visions of Christmas gifts dancing in their heads. When it comes to holiday shopping, the times they are a-changin’ as online shopping becomes more prevalent ...

Can Trump live up to his words: ‘Only I can fix it’?

Columns

WASHINGTON — In the Book of Proverbs it is written: “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Our president-elect’s answer to that is his promise to “make American great again.” But the proverb goes on to add: “But he that accepts the law, happy is he.” Donald Trump’s ...

Infrastructure plan conservatives can love

Columns

“The conservatives are going to go crazy,” Donald Trump’s senior advisor, Steve Bannon, recently told the Hollywood Reporter about his grand plans for a massive new spending program. “I’m the guy pushing a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. ... It’s the greatest opportunity to ...

This family is thankful for pets come Thanksgiving

Columns

Last Thanksgiving our family had two dogs and two cats. It’s looking like not long after this holiday, we’ll be down to two. Teddy, a traffic-stoppingly gorgeous Keeshond, died in May. We name our dogs after presidents. Gipper was the first. A putative golden retriever, Gipper was so ...

Another reminder to always beware of telephone scams

Editorial

A new scam has been operating in the Upper Peninsula in recent days and an remarkable number of residents have been contacted. According to officials at Range Bank, the contacts are apparently the work of a robo caller, a low-tech setup where a computer — its base location is often ...

California vs. Trumpland

Columns

California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within a nation starting in January, when the federal government goes dark. In contrast to much of the rest of the nation, Californians preferred Hillary Clinton over Donald ...

What is truth in blogworld’s fake news cesspool?

Editorial

Folks in the Marquette area in the past few weeks may have heard from a blogger about allegations of a racially-motivated assault that took place recently in the parking lot of an area business. The blog post was shared more than 1,800 times on social media within the first day. And no ...

Newspaper needs local support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Now that the so-called “silly season” (political campaign) is over, I would like to compliment the Daily Mining Gazette for its pre-election coverage. I have lived here for most of my 73 years, and it was the best, and most complete, coverage of the local elections in my ...

The Not-Yet-Emerging Democratic Majority

Columns

What is to become of the Democratic Party? The world's oldest political party, which traces its roots to 1792, is in as dire straits as it has ever been. It has lost a presidential election most of its followers expected to win. It failed to win a Senate majority, gaining just two seats in a ...

Calm place away from daily fury

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congratulations to the Daily Mining Gazette team for the pitch-perfect headline, photo and caption on the front page Thursday, November 10 -— “Calm During the Storm,” depicting the Quincy No. 2 shaft house looking down over a placid Portage Lake two days before on ...

Engagement, intervention are key to addressing drug addiction

Columns

As we are well aware, our communities are not void of a variety of illicit drugs.  We are not immune to drug addiction and drug overdose incidents.  Police officers, medical responders, health care facilities and courts are dealing with drug-related problems and people on a daily ...

Media didn’t see surge for change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A conversation with a respected Republican friend of mine got me thinking about how voters in the Republican primary election picked the change agent, but voters in the Democratic primary chose the more traditional candidate. My hunch is, had Democrats chosen Bernie Sanders, he ...

People must assist deer herd

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The deer herd in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is at an all-time low as a result of severe winters and predation. Whitetail deer are an important part of UP culture, ecology and economy, and they directly affect the human inhabitants of this vast peninsula. Since the ...

Lodge is like Wall St. banks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Nov. 2 was such a nice day here in the Copper Country. I got most of my outdoor winterizing done by 5 p.m. and was feeling good about how my day went. At 6 p.m. I turned on the news, only to have my beautiful day ruined by the story about the Keweewnaw Mountain Lodge fiasco. ...

Take action on diabetes now

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Could you be on the path to developing Type 2 diabetes and not even know it? That is the case for about 1 out of 3 adults and half of the senior population across the U.P. Those are the numbers of people living with pre-diabetes, a condition that often leads to Type 2 diabetes. ...