Opinion

What’s not being asked in the case of Charlie Gard

Columns

In the story of Charlie Gard — the seriously ill 11-month-old boy whom British health care is compelled to let die over his parent’s wishes — there is something important that is missing. And the thing that is missing, whether it is missing by ignorance, fear or cold design, is ...

Media obsesses on anti-Trump stuff

Columns

President Donald Trump drives people crazy. Especially those in the media. They hate him so much, they leap on every anti-Trump rumor. The Federalist’s Jordyn Pair points out that the press repeatedly told us that a dozen Trump administration members were about to be fired, including ...

Vigilence still needed after no Asian carp found

Editorial

Page one of Tuesday’s Mining Journal shows several photographs of the invasive Asian carp. One was of the fish in a controlled environment: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The other showed a multitude of carp, jolted by an electric current, jumping from the Illinois River near Havana, ...

Blood saves lives in community

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Angie Kolehmainen and Jamie Thyrion of River Valley Bank for hosting a blood drive in the month of June. As a result of their efforts we collected 18 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all the ...

NPR episode shows dangers of arrogant ignorance

Columns

During President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, last week, he memorialized Pope John Paul II’s momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope’s mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin ...

Something very wrong with GOP

Columns

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was ...

Putin gives Trump a humiliating brushoff

Columns

WASHINGTON — It certainly didn’t take long for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give the back of his hand to President Donald Trump in their much anticipated face-to-face meeting in Germany. Putin essentially told him, “Go away, kid, you bother me,” in response to the U.S. ...

NPR Declaration uproar reflects our divisiveness

Editorial

A week ago, our nation celebrated Independence Day. Revelers crowded main streets and waterfronts across America to mark the day in patriotic fashion — the way it has been done since at least 1941, when it became a federal holiday. NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, line by ...

Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Columns

WASHINGTON — Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump’s lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world. Richard Haass, president of the ...

Don’t let bad food spoil fun outing

Editorial

Now that summer is in full swing, more people will be spending time outdoors. That will mean dining or picnicking outside while camping, boating or otherwise take full advantage of the few months available to enjoy the Upper Peninsula’s limited warm weather. To avoid having a bad ending to ...

Conservancies benefit all

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent articles on land conservancies in Keweenaw County are misleading and factually inaccurate. These articles suggest conservancies are leading to reduced access for residents and declining tax revenues because “much of Keweenaw County is in conservancy.” This is ...

President Trump’s vision

Columns

“Where there is no vision, the people perish...” — Proverbs 29:18 In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at Camp David ...

CTE testimonials illustrate program’s value

Columns

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes have helped many local students gain valuable experiences through internships in local businesses. There are plenty of examples to demonstrate this. Michael Scott of Houghton High School stated that auto tech was his favorite class. During this ...

Budget cuts bad for Keweenaw

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mr. Trump’s proposed budget includes dramatic cuts in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These cuts have serious implications for residents of the U.P. EPA programs help to maintain the clean air, water, and forests that many of us value, and that support ...

‘Much’ land claim incorrect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The data presented in the article in the July 6 edition headlined “much of Keweenaw County in conservancy” does not support this conclusion. The Keweenaw Land Trust and the Northwoods Conservancy own a total of 2,773 acres of the county, which equals 4.33 square miles. ...

Perfect example of forgiveness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We as a nation are the apotheosis of Christian forgiveness. Many of us, not a majority, voted for an unrepentant liar, adulterer, woman abuser, racist, religious bigot, tax evader, draft dodger, hypocrite, bully, avaricious egomaniac. Some of us thank God for sending him to ...

Walking away from faith

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you know what an apostate is? An apostate is someone who hears the gospel, makes a profession of faith, acts like a Christian for a period of time, and then walks away. They do not last. They like the idea of God and salvation but the world offers too much enjoyment and ...

We’ve got punch-drunk president

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from ...

Playing joke on Coast Guard is deadly game

Editorial

Although it’s altogether unclear why, but people are apparently playing practical jokes on the U.S. Coast Guard and other Great Lakes shoreline law enforcement agencies this summer in far larger numbers than in previous years. According to a Coast Guard press release, the number of ...

Not the Most Dependable of Ferryboats

Columns

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...