Opinion

Hypocrisy’s stink hangs over wind farm

Editorial

Opponents of the proposed wind farm in L’Anse Township have decided to play out the game with a stacked deck presented to the people of Baraga County. The “Friends of the Land of the Keweenaw” (FOLK), a group previously known for pro-environment causes, brought in a hired gun with ...

Bipartisan spending leaves us drowning in debt

Columns

In “Hamlet,” Shakespeare pens one of the most familiar lines — and best advice — ever written. Before Laertes leaves for Paris, his father, Polonius, tells him: “Neither a borrower nor a lender be...” We have ignored that advice for far too long, which is why the U.S. national ...

Reminder: In China, life is job

Columns

“Vita est lavorum.” That’s Latin for “Life is a job.” I didn’t learn that in school or even from a book. I learned that from Father Guido Sarducci. For younger readers, that name may draw a blank. Father Guido wasn’t a real person. He was a fictional priest played by comedian ...

Wind opponents only whispering their campaign

Editorial

There is clearly opposition in the L’Anse Township community to a wind farm proposed by Renewable Engery Systems (RES), as demonstrated at a Feb. 1 public forum at the American Legion. A few of these folks met with the Daily Mining Gazette editorial board on Friday to offer more details and ...

Court case not worthy to print

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wish to address an article which appeared in the Jan. 24, 2018, DMG. First, I have been a resident of BKGSH. I do not condone abuse of any kind be it mental, verbal or physical. I am concerned with your policy on court proceedings. Why would you print a story about a case ...

Public servants must meet minimal standard of decency

Columns

I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary (the person who manages the paper flow in the West Wing). Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek; the other had ...

Divide-and-conquer strategy works

Columns

If special counsel Robert Mueller finds that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump's supporters will protect him from any political fallout. Trump's base will stand by him not because they believe Trump ...

Watchdog news journalists are on job for you

Editorial

Watchdog reporters are the lifeblood of a news organization, covering everything from elected officials and campaigns to the operations of government and public entities like CATA and MSU. Know that watchdogs reporters are looking out for you. Their work is focused on promoting transparency ...

Make America greater again

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The heart of a successful democracy is finding a balance between liberty and authority. As President Lincoln said democracy is a government of the people, by the people, for the people. Republicans of the Lincoln era were the better angels of our nature. Unfortunately ...

Gentry liberals exercise dominion on Democratic Party

Columns

Amid the brouhahas about the Nunes memo and immigration, an item from Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business caught my eye. Demographers crunching census data estimate that Chicago's black population fell to 842,000, while its white non-Hispanic population increased to 867,000. National ...

Trump realistic, not racist

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In her 1883 poem, Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus welcomed immigrants to America. Its noble idealism disregarded the harsh realities of our imperfect modern world. President Trump was bluntly realistic rather than racist when he said he preferred immigrants from Norway, not ...

Special education services available to ASD students

Columns

What is autism ? Autism is a developmental disability that affects verbal and nonverbal communication and social interactions. It is often referred to as a triad impairment because it affects how an individual is able to socialize and communicate, as well as their interests and ...

Karma takes field at Super Bowl

Columns

WASHINGTON — The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady’s defeat and the phantom throw of the century. There he was, arguably the greatest quarterback ever to caress the pigskin, about to throw a ...

Pictured Rocks beauty minted on new quarter

Editorial

On Wednesday, the U.S. Mint and the National Park Service held an event to launch the “America the Beautiful Quarters Program” coin which commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising. According to The Associated Press, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the ...

Smart meters endanger health

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The smart solution is not smart meters if you want to reduce rates. In locations that have smart meters the rates have increased substantially. Fires are a known problem. The company controls shutting off your electricity, air conditioning and smart appliances. The meter ...

Give it up for me: false humility better than none at all

Columns

Thanks to the reliable American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, which keeps careful track of such information, we know that in 2000, President Bill Clinton gave — at one hour and 28 minutes — the longest State of the Union address. In marked contrast, to ...

No safety in closing Silk Road

Columns

Ross Ulbricht was a quiet nerd — an Eagle Scout who never cursed. Then he became a libertarian, and he decided, “I want to use economic theory as a means to abolish the use of coercion.” By coercion, Ulbricht meant force. He viewed laws against drugs as coercion — government ...

Emergency shows how unsafe ice is

Editorial

It bears repeating: Be wary of unsafe ice. The Alger County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call Saturday of four snowmobilers who had broken through Lake Superior ice near the east channel of Grand Island. Fortunately, the subjects pulled themselves from the water and made it safely to ...

Land companies support ATV club

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 ...

Exposing our ‘populist’ president as naked plutocrat

Columns

Why does Donald Trump constantly preface his outlandish lies with such phrases as: “To be honest with you,” “To tell the truth” and “Believe me”? Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and ...