Opinion

Celebrating National Mentoring month… mentor in real life

Columns

If you take a moment and think back to when you were growing up, most of us would probably remember someone being there for us – in our corner.  Someone who was always ready to give us sound advice, support, encouragement and all the other things we needed to help us become who we are ...

CLK salutes volunteer board members

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: January is School Board Recognition Month – a time to salute the work of our volunteer board members and celebrate public education. It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. School board members in CLK Schools develop policies and make tough decisions ...

Death lingers over Roof’s last act

Columns

CHARLESTON, S.C. — If Death lingers in courtroom corridors awaiting sentences, this historic city’s federal courthouse was surely a top destination. On Tuesday, the Reaper’s patience was rewarded with the jury’s return of the death penalty for Dylann Roof. Roof, who insisted on ...

Online comments blend factual news with fiction

Editorial

There’s a section in the nearly 600-page 2016 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook — a journalist’s bible to all things writing and reporting — that warns against mistaking the internet for an encyclopedia. The excerpt reads: “The internet is a sprawling information repository. ...

For Republicans, 2017 is Year of Living Nervously

Columns

Outspent by nearly a 2-1 ratio by Hillary Clinton and conspicuously not endorsed by the two most recent Republican presidents or the two most recent Republican presidential nominees, Donald Trump was still able to capture six states Democrat Barack Obama had twice carried — Florida, Iowa, ...

Worst of Times — NY Times, that is

Columns

Now that I no longer do a weekly TV show, I have more time to read my local paper. Sadly, that’s The New York Times. The Times actually does some good reporting, but their political and economic coverage is filled with deceit. Can I find deceit every day? You bet. Take a look at a few ...

Time to check ghost-like threat of radon in home

Editorial

It’s difficult to take seriously a threat that can’t be seen, one that creeps up ghost-like and silent from the ground into buildings. But radon demands being taken seriously. January is National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness about this colorless, odorless gas that according to ...

Thank you from Blondie’s family

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The family of Frank “Blondie” Jackovich would like to thank all the many friends,and their relatives that have expressed condolences, with sympathy cards, masses, food (brought to our home) and monetary gifts that were given during this most difficult time. A special thank ...

Integrity searching in Trumplandia

Columns

It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump bellowed, or I’ll slap you with a huuuge tariff when you try to sell your foreign-made ...

UPPCO service on Christmas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many thanks to UPPCO for sending a repair man to restore our power on Christmas evening. I thought for sure we would be without power all night. At 2:30 a.m. I awakened to see our lights on. Thank you to the worker for being on-call and willing to come out even on a ...

First lady never left high road

Columns

Dear Michelle Obama: This is just a note to say that I think you’re gorgeous. I’ll thank you not to share that with your husband, given that I have no desire to open my door and find a predator drone waiting for me. Or, worse, an IRS auditor. And yes, as a 21st-century U.S. ...

Snyder legacy tarnished by Flint water crisis

Editorial

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

Chronicle of another sabotaged U.S. election

Columns

WASHINGTON — The current uproar over the Russian hacking into the 2016 presidential election is not the first, nor the most consequential, foreign intrusion into American politics. In the 1968 election, agents of Richard Nixon, with his knowledge and acquiescence, encouraged South Vietnam ...

We the people are not the enemy

Columns

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” My immediate response to this infantile ...

KBIC casino funds being used wisely in community

Editorial

A pair of drowning deaths last summer in choppy Lake Superior waters off the Little Presque Isle recreational site north of the city of Marquette left the community reeling. And although the specific circumstances made it impossible for law enforcement, US Coast Guard, fire departments or ...

Kerry outlines his two-faced solution against Isreal

Columns

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government “did not draft or originate” the UN resolution critical of Israeli ...

Making new year’s resolutions can conquer fear of failure

Columns

New year celebrations bring a time of reflection on the past year’s events and a hopeful look forward to what the next 12 months could hold. It is a time to make personal changes that better our own lives and the lives of others. These new goals are commonly known as new year’s ...

When government fails the people, who’s responsible?

Editorial

How far up the line will criminal responsibility for the Flint water crisis extend? That’s the question prompted by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s latest round of charges, targeting two former Flint appointees, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, and two ex-emergency managers, ...

Lodge’s sale won’t cover debt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over the past year Jack Sprietzer has expressed frustration over the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and advocates that it be sold. His concern is understandable. For an unbiased perspective, I recommend “Best Use/Re-Use Study Keweenaw Mountain Lodge” by Place Dynamics LLC at ...

Obama too cooperative with Trump

Columns

President-elect Donald Trump has accused President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands in the final weeks of his administration: 1. Name ...