Opinion

Trump becomes key issue for both parties

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s two latest forays into legislative bipartisanship — parleying with Democrats on raising the federal debt limit and on relief for undocumented immigrants who came to this country as children — display his penchant for talking out of both sides of his ...

All rise (or not) for United States of football

Columns

Once again, we’ve got a lot going on in my hometown of Cleveland that’s attracting national attention. Even as I write on this Wednesday afternoon, the background noise of my television is making me dare to believe that our baseball team is about to make American League history by winning ...

Congratulations to ski, boarding hall of famers

Editorial

Welcome to the Class of 2016 who are in Ishpeming this weekend for their formal enshrinement. Nine individuals were enshrined this weekend in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. This year’s inductees are president ...

Attacks on ACA are continuing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Once again the administration is creating a crisis in our health insurance program by attacking provisions in the ACA. It has been reported numerous times that President Trump has threatened to end the cost-sharing reduction subsidies called for in the Affordable Care Act. If ...

Americans remain ignorant of nation’s principles

Columns

At a National Archives ceremony last Friday in Washington, D.C., 30 immigrants became naturalized U.S. citizens. In a video, President Trump encouraged them to embrace the “full rights, and the sacred duties, that come with American citizenship.” It was a noble sentiment that once ...

Deal does about-face on immigration

Columns

“At this point, who DOESN’T want Trump impeached?” — Ann Coulter tweet, 7:05 a.m., Sept. 14, 2017 “If reports true 100%. I blame R’s. They caused this. They wanted him to fail and now pushed him into arms of political suicide — IF TRUE.” — Sean Hannity tweet, 12:11 a.m., ...

Homelessness forum is good first step

Editorial

We are happy to see that the issue of homelessness is being addressed in the Marquette area, and while we’re happy that our community is working to meet the needs of homeless people, we also realize there are real concerns that need to be analyzed. We have a beautiful multiuse path that ...

Do conservatives take rape seriously?

Columns

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That's one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because ...

Focus on non-problems worsens real ones

Columns

It’s easy to get caught up in the deeply flawed character of Donald Trump. We also need to recognize the policy catastrophe of his presidency. Compare the trumped-up problems he’s been focusing on with the real problems facing this country. Last week, for example, Trump ordered an end to ...

Help Michigan choose Teacher of the Year

Editorial

With classes back in full swing, it’s time to look at honoring those who excel in guiding and educating all those students in the seats. The state Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help in finding the next Michigan Teacher of the ...

Palestinian cottage industry

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In 2016 a Palestinian murdered Taylor Force, an American West Point graduate which has prompted congress to enact the Taylor Force Act cutting American aid to the Palestinians from the current $350 million a year. What’s the money used for? A Palestinian cottage industry in ...

House Republicans’ Frustrations May Doom Their Majority

Columns

The Founding Fathers didn't expect that serving in Congress would be a lifetime career. And for a century, it mostly wasn't. The first election in which more than half the incumbent members of the House of Representatives were re-elected was in 1898. Since then, the majority of House members ...

Appreciating what we have

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Occasionally in our busy lives we have an a-ha moment, become aware of things, and see them in a different light. Yesterday morning and my husband and I approached the Hancock side bridge going south on U.S. 41 to Houghton, I was suddenly aware how of the glittering of the ...

Trump: Wins count, not ideology

Columns

I used to worry that Donald Trump was Lonesome Rhodes in a better suit. I’m starting to wonder if he’s Chance the Gardener in a worse one. Just in case you don’t get the references, Rhodes was the lead character, played by Andy Griffith, in Elia Kazan’s 1957 film “A Face in the ...

Dark Sky Park is a good move for Marquette

Editorial

If you’ve ever tried looking up at the sky in the middle of a well-lighted downtown street, then you’ve likely noticed how difficult it is to see the stars. Most places in the Upper Peninsula, because of the region’s remote location and proximity to the wide open Great Lakes, offer ...

Most local crime charges are petty

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The state of Michigan owns the prison near Painesdale. The Gazette said it was a minimum security prison, so it cannot be used for a new jail. But how many serious crimes are committed in Houghton County? And even if they are, they can be transferred to Marquette or other ...

Celebrating the New Year With Predictions and Resolutions

Columns

Labor Day has already come and gon, and summer is all but over. Autumn — with shorter days, cooler nights and a new school year — is upon us. Now — in beautiful September and not in the dead of winter, overshadowed by Christmas — ought logically to be New Year’s Day, which means ...

Blame for Disaster

Columns

"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take," demands "The Daily Show" comic Trevor Noah, "until everyone admits man-made climate change is real?!" His audience roars its approval. When Hurricane Irma hit, so-called friends admonished me, "Look what your fossil fuels have done! Will ...

Go hard after Detroit’s tax scofflaws

Editorial

Taking the unwarranted profit out of blight is an important step toward ridding Detroit of derelict buildings and keeping others from falling into disrepair. The city is taking the right step in aggressively pursuing the owners of foreclosed and abandoned properties for payment of back ...

Weather, people make great Fly-In

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our sixth annual Copper Props Fly-In was a success due to beautiful weather and the participation of EAA Chapter 1270 members, their families and friends, U.S. Army JROTC Calumet, Michigan National Guard, Superior UAV Solutions (drones), business sponsors, airport personnel ...