Opinion

Unfunded public benefit liability needs reform

Editorial

State government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and elsewhere say governments at all levels can no longer afford. Conservatives are pushing reform in the face of $14 billion in unfunded ...

It is time to give him to God

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If you have been reading the letters from David Keranen, please allow me to explain why he doesn’t “get it.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 — “When we tell you these things (the apostles), we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us ...

Built-in slant to ‘check your privilege’ resistance

Columns

There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges ...

The danger of Stephen Bannon

Columns

President Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council — elevating his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, and demoting the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top ...

‘Pre-Carnival’ headline based on facts, truth

Editorial

At the recent Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting for local business and community leaders, Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz presented a letter to the attendees written by Brian Kass of the Blue Key Honor Society stating its disappointment in the “Pre-Carnival ...

Users are aware of consequences

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is in reference to the letter in the DMG on Jan. 21 entitled “No one chooses to become an addict.” First: It is presumptuous for the writer to assert that I have not loved one with an addiction. Whether I do or did I consider it to be a family matter, not a ...

Free Trade exerts big effect on ‘earned success’

Columns

Amid all the hurly-burly of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, let’s try to put the changes he’s making and the feathers he’s ruffling in a longer, 20-year perspective. Start off with his trademark issue — one that clearly helped him win the 64 crucial electoral votes of ...

Scripture prophecy historically accurate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Jesus is so important to us even time marks his birth. Many prophecies about Jesus are found in Isaiah, who lived in 700 BC and Zechariah, who lived in 500 BC. I’ll give you the prophecy and history showing the accuracy of Scripture. Is. 7:14 — The Lord himself shall ...

Drug bust had nothing to do with Winter Carnival

Columns

I am writing to you on behalf of Michigan Technological University’s Chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society Our organization was very disappointed in the headline of a recent article published in your paper titled “Pre-Carnival Drug Bust: UPSET raid recovers marijuana, acid-laced ...

Student Leadership Committee makes a difference

Columns

Once a month, student leaders from across the region gather at a local high school or at the Copper Country ISD to collaborate on different projects. They are members of the Student Leadership Committee (SLC), a long-standing committee of high school students dedicated to developing their ...

Workable plan for management of wolves needed

Editorial

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Killing wolves to protect humans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a member of a hunting family, we have always believed, if you hunt and shoot game, you eat it. I have never heard of anyone eating wolf. Also, the notion that we must kill wolves to protect humans seems rather odd to me. For many years there were several wolves on Isle ...

No one wins Gorsuch confirmation war

Columns

WASHINGTON — To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula — a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history. Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, ...

Pence cloaks Dem insults with Republican code-speak

Columns

In his first television interview since taking office, Vice President Mike Pence, with apparent sincerity, emphasized to “PBS NewsHour’s’’ Judy Woodruff just how committed he and the White House are to “working right now with the Congress,’’ “working very closely with leaders of ...

Times outrages smear Team Trump

Columns

Oh, no! I did it again. It was a foolish mistake. But I slipped. I read The New York Times. This is bad for my health, because I get so mad at the smug socialist spin, but how can I not read it? It’s my hometown paper. My wife wakes me up with indignant questions like, “How can you ...

Carnival helps keep snowfall a light burden

Editorial

Snow cascaded across the Copper Country on Tuesday, setting an all-time record for this day of the year in Houghton County with 10.8 inches. As per usual, Keweenaw County’s snowfall was even more. It was hit with a 15-inch dump, according to the Keweenaw County Road Commission, which is ...

Overwhelming love, support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have to start out by saying I am truly amazed and blessed by all the love, support and prayers I have received since being diagnosed with breast cancer. So many of my friends, clients and family helped me out financially and emotionally that iI feel every one of you deserves ...

Is Trump’s dystopian view of America our America?

Columns

Who are we? Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise — as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms and Emma Lazarus’ sonnet ...

‘I had forgotten that I am black’

Columns

So I had myself an epiphany. Actually, that’s not quite the right word. An epiphany is a moment of sudden clarity, but mine rolled in slowly, like dawn on a crystal morning. I’m not sure when it began. Maybe it was in 2012 when Trayvon Martin was killed and much of America held him ...

Buying solar power good for energy future

Editorial

Plans announced recently by the Alger-Delta Electric Association to purchase power generated by solar panels is a very definite step in the right direction. The power will be generated by hundreds of thousands of solar panels WPPI Energy and NextEra Energy Resource plan to construct near the ...