Opinion

Blood drives help local area

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center I would like to thank the many people in the Houghton and surrounding areas for hosting blood drives in the month of April, Cassie Cecchettini and the MTU Health Occupations Group; Maddy Lehman, Houghton High School; Patrice Lompre, ...

White animus deeper than politics

Columns

“White people riot by voting.” Years later, I no longer recall who first shared that bit of wisdom with me, but I’ve always found it striking. Not, of course, that it is literally true. As is attested by any fair reading of the history of urban uprisings — New York City in 1863, ...

Grant program battles invasive species locally

Editorial

Grant money will be available in the near future for local service providers involved in the never-ending battle against invasive species, including the Asian carp and sea lamprey. The funding will be made available through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a statewide initiative ...

Trump has grown — from buffoon to menace

Columns

WASHINGTON — Until last week, Donald Trump appeared mostly to be a foulmouthed, narcissistic liar whose behavior and words demeaned the presidency as much as they demeaned himself. But a Washington Post report Tuesday that he revealed highly classified information on the war against the ...

#Russia

Columns

The Trump administration is foundering at breakneck speed these days, and it can feel overwhelming just trying to keep up. #Russia As I write this, less than 24 hours has passed since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. This was a stunning development for all but a ...

Robotics offers learning careers that don’t exist

Editorial

Robots and automation will become the dominant force in the global economy, which is why robotics education should be added as a curriculum in schools. The digital medium has established itself as the primary communication medium. Digital technologies have opened access to a universe of ...

Mr. President, please stop with the insults

Columns

During an interview last June in his New York office, I asked Donald Trump about his use of language that many considered insulting and divisive. “Will there be a pivot for you from the primaries to the general election campaign?” The candidate said “I agree” about the tone of the ...

Why Trump White House is so leaky

Columns

Historians will tell you that Adolf Hitler was not plagued by leakers and anonymous sources within his government. Joseph Goebbels did not routinely race to the Frankfurter Zeitung to plant embarrassing or inconvenient information about the boss. Stalin, likewise, didn’t rail against ...

Kivela friendship, work will be sorely missed

Editorial

A great pall of sadness descended on the state of Michigan in general and the Upper Peninsula in particular early last week as word spread that state Rep. John Kivela of Marquette had been found dead in his Lansing-area residence. For many, that sadness turned to despair when it became known ...

Insurance industry games system

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My wife and I are lucky. We both started working at a young age and have had continuous health insurance forever (like 40 – 50 years). We’re even luckier that our kids are healthy and we both made it to Medicare age without any major issues. I estimate that over the years ...

Trump’s Escape From Comey Mess

Columns

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity (which Trump ...

‘Big Picture’ Overview of Services CCISD Provides

Columns

For approximately a year-and-a-half, I have been given the privilege of writing a monthly article to inform the public about the Copper Country ISD and its functions. This article looks back across these articles to provide a “big picture” overview of all the services that the CCISD ...

Young Authors Conference was literacy celebration

Editorial

With great joy, we salute the Marquette-Alger Young Authors’ Conference and the wonderful things it does for our community. This past week saw the 40th edition of the program, which is geared toward building literacy and authorship within the education community. In this amazing program, ...

Issue is speed of motor vehicles

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The article titled “Friendly changes made to Houghton Avenue bike route” in the May 11 edition of the Gazette stated, “Residents present at the meeting asked for the installation of yield signs on the east-west intersections rather than merely taking signs out, citing ...

Children need loving homes

Columns

Families become foster families for a multitude of reasons. Some hearts are touched by the plight of foster children, and want to help. Others struggle with infertility, and see foster care and adoption as a way to have the family they’ve always dreamed of. Still others are caring for ...

Monument letter left out context

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the Italian Hall letter to editor by Mike Lahti on April 1, there are some in the community who really like the look of the 7.5-feet-tall black polished granite slab, while others liken it to a granite countertop. Since this continues to be a divisive topic, ...

Democrats’ Dumb Move From ‘Pro-Choice’ to ‘No Choice’

Columns

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Cutting funds to battle drugs is dollar-foolish

Editorial

Reports of a federal proposal to roll back support for an anti-drug program that most people agree has done good work over the years has us worried up here in Superiorland. With the opioid menace growing day by day here and elsewhere and methamphetamine always a problem, axing the Drug-Free ...

Research funding for Alzheimer’s

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Alzheimer’s is expensive. How expensive? About $259 billion expensive. What does $259 billion even look like? You can give every man, woman and child in the U.S. $805.85, or buy 8,633,333 cars valued at $30,000. If it was miles you could go around the globe 10,412,478.9 ...

Do-right women in do-wrong world

Columns

WASHINGTON — For those lately bereft of leadership, the past few days have provided both a respite and a reason for hope. Make that two reasons — two women — Sally Yates and Condoleezza Rice. It’s likely that neither would prefer to be singled out as women who are brilliant but ...