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Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed being in Houghton recently, and how much I look forward to my return visits. I was so impressed by the number of residents who came out to the Super 8 to share their concerns and their ideas for rebuilding Michigan. Our team also ...

Voting class of 2016: Trump’s Budget Cuts and the Upper Peninsula

Columns

Donald Trump released his first budget this past week that includes a $54 billion increase in military and defense spending while cutting $54 billion from other areas, including some very important programs to Houghton County. The cuts the mainstream media reported on were the ones to the ...

Maintaining trail system

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw ATV Club would like to thank both GMO and AFM for their continued support and excellent cooperation in extending every effort to obtaining, keeping, and managing our recreational trail system up and running in Houghton-Keweenaw Counties and beyond. It is through ...

The Narrative of Life

Columns

Gloria gripped the steering wheel. Adam was leaning back in the passenger seat. The car engine was running. It was a cold night in November. Flakes of snow were clumping together on the wet slushy ground - a reminder of a long winter to come. They were waiting for the car to defrost, the thin ...

Exploring the benefits of home health care

Columns

All of us have been affected by illness either personally or with a loved one. It was once common practice to keep patients in the hospital for extended periods of time, or to transition them to a long term care facility if they were unable to be completely independent at home. However, as ...

Time to explain journalism to Fox News — yet again

Columns

It is time, once again, to explain journalism to Fox News. In a way, that’s disappointing. After all, that network’s Shepard Smith has emerged as something of a journalistic hero lately, repeatedly standing up to Donald Trump’s administration for its attempts to undermine and ...

Read this to find out how we’re biased

Editorial

Where does this newspaper stand? What is our editorial slant? We have been shot at from all sides in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election for being biased either for or against all sides. OK, we’ll lay our cards on the table. We’ll tell you exactly where we stand. But first, let ...

What’s Trump trying to hide?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In September 2008 while attending a real estate markets conference in Manhattan, Donald Trump’s son “Don Jr.” made the statement, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets….We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” In ...

As Trump agenda falters, the two parties erode

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the new president continues to traffic in whole-cloth lies and genuine fake news, where are the voices in the Republican Party he hijacked that once represented the sober conscience of American conservatism? With the exception of naysayers like former GOP presidential ...

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

Columns

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, let’s say. Before 7 a.m., President Trump was pretending he’d never heard of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who first started covering Trump in the late 1980s and ...

State needs to stop STEM-cut madness

Editorial

In looking at the state’s scheme to defund STEM education, let us just cut through the smoke and buffalo chips and plainly state how this budget proposal will affect Copper Country students: By cutting a mere $47,000 in funding to the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics ...

National service for everyone

Letters to the Editor

The catch phrase “Freedom isn’t free” is used to justify military action in countries that are not a threat. What does matter is the real price of citizenship. If you are native-born and did not serve in the military, you did not have to take the oath to defend the constitution. But if ...

Purity not winning quality in health care politics

Columns

Readers of a certain age may recall ads for Ivory Soap, which claimed to be 99 and 44/100ths percent pure. If the soap could have reached 100 percent purity, the company would likely have made the claim. Purity, apparently, is what some conservative Republicans are demanding in a health ...

Irish brogue always recognizable, not always understood

Columns

It’s a small country, hardly as large as our Peninsula, shaped like a Teddy Bear facing this way — rich with history, mysteries, folk tales, and a brogue you’d recognize anywhere. It’s Ireland, of course, and March is the month dedicated world over to that amazing land of 43 shades of ...

Senator on wrong side of history in opposing FOIA

Editorial

State Sen. Arlan Meekhof has well-publicized problems with strengthening the Freedom of Information Act, opposing recent legislative moves that would have made the state House, Senate and Governor’s Office subject to the law. Now, members of the West Olive Republican’s own party have ...

Need independent look at county jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Now we are getting somewhere. After readying the article submitted by Graham Jaehnig on March 3 in the Mining Gazette, we are starting to sort out the pros and cons for replacing the Houghton County Jail. Camp Kitwin, with accommodations for 240 inmates allows possible ...

Trump waging war on truth-tellers

Columns

Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. Instead, they attack the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be trusted to come ...

Case is made for Russian probe

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I think recent actions of senior advisers to President Trump, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions lying under oath about his contacts with Russian government members prior to the presidential election, make the case for an independent investigation into Russian government ...

Positive perceptions of Trump policies spur actions

Columns

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up ...

Is this the country the people want?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What does this mean: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ...