Opinion

Bolton, McCain on military service: Which one is patriot?

Columns

The election night words of the long-shot Republican candidate after his upset victory remain with me to this day: “I learned long ago that serving only oneself is a petty and unsatisfying ambition. But serve a cause greater than self-interest, and you will know a happiness far more ...

War on science coming from left

Columns

We’ve been told conservatives don’t believe in science and that there’s a “Republican war on science.” But John Tierney, who’s written about science for The New York Times for 25 years and now writes for the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal, told me in my latest online video, ...

Winter’s last gasps can bring severe weather

Editorial

Despite winter’s grip lasting well into April this year, the warmth of spring and summer will eventually be making a return to Upper Michigan. With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, Gov. ...

Students learned interview skills

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A big hearfelt thank you to all the community agencies who contributed their time and talent to the CCISD’s interviewing workshop on March 15 at MTU. Students in the Copper Country and Marquette Alger experienced a taste of what to expect as an adult in the real world ...

Woody Guthrie’s music celebrated ‘just plain folks’

Columns

Where’s Woody when we need him? In these times of tinkle-down economics — with the money powers thinking that they’re the top dogs and that the rest of us are just a bunch of fire hydrants — we need for the hard-hitting (yet uplifting) musical stories, social commentaries and inspired ...

What killed Martin Luther King?

Columns

MEMPHIS — Martin Luther King’s men had a different question. At least, according to his aide, Andrew Young, they did. When the first reports went out that King had been gunned down while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in this city, America and the world demanded to know one ...

Jersey Day offers support to Broncos

Editorial

The hockey-loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, is going through an incredibly difficult time, having lost 15 members of the Humboldt Jr. A Hockey Club in a devastating highway accident this past weekend. We know the hockey-loving communities of the Upper Peninsula ...

Still convinced on Kitwin option

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After reading the Daily Mining Gazette on the issue regarding the proposed new jail, I am more convinced now that camp Kitwin would be the wiser decision — and at half the cost.   The savings could be used to remodel the Court House. Camp Kitwin should not be torn down ...

Chennault helped Nixon sell out peace to win presidency

Columns

WASHINGTON — On March 30, 94-year-old Anna Chennault died, a shadowy figure in the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon. What history will remember her for is the pivotal role she played in Nixon’s victory — a role that, if it had been widely known at the time, might have deprived ...

50 Years of white what-ifs

Columns

America’s white working class has never had a champion more eloquent than the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I don’t mean to suggest that this was his mission, but it was the inevitable outcome of his generosity of spirit. King was the central force of the civil rights movement for black ...

Stabenow bills will reduce cost of prescriptions

Editorial

The high cost of prescription drugs is a problem our elderly citizens don’t need, but it’s one that’s been growing more painful in recent years. “Gag clauses” bar a pharmacist from disclosing information to customers regarding lower cost options when purchasing prescriptions. ...

You could be next crime victim

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Parents please don’t let your kids become like sheep. Explain to them guns in the hands of only bad people will only leave them defenseless and helpless. If one day they want to defend themselves they will not have that right. I can tell you from working in ...

Trump must break free of isolationist clutches in Syria

Columns

The isolationist spirit — a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements — goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet “Common Sense” and to George Washington’s 1796 Farewell Address. In modern times, the isolationist spirit had a strong pull against ...

Straits oil leak would be disaster

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I don’t know if people who don’t live in one of the Great Lakes states can even imagine the love we feel for our beautiful waters, and in Michigan particularly our deep affection for the Mackinac Straits and bridge. Because of its very northern and some ...

Like Lincoln, King now belongs to ages

Columns

One of the best things about the passage of historical time is how the partisanship of a given moment melts away. If you’ve seen the musical “Hamilton” (or paid attention in civics class) you’d know that long before George Washington left office, the Founding Fathers were bitterly ...

Straits coolant leak shows winter’s effect

Editorial

A whole lot of people, in and out of government, are keeping a close eye on a 600 gallon coolant leak from an underwater electrical cable that runs under the Straits of Mackinac earlier this week. The liquid, described as mineral oil by officials from the American Transmission Company, which ...

Metal detectors in schools

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There seems to be a lot of controversy over gun control every time we have a school shooting. It seems to me that the real issue of school safety is being ignored with each school shooting. There always is a real push for gun control and no one can agree on what to do about ...

When $63 million doesn’t buy working toilets

Columns

When 450 students arrived at Anacostia High School in the District of Columbia’s southeast neighborhood on April 4, they found that few of the sinks or toilets were functioning and the cafeteria was flooded. They were advised by the Department of General Services to use the facilities at a ...

Creativity is not related to intelligence or rewards

Columns

Well before 1400, the Aztecs discovered the fruit of a vine-like orchid and began using it as a spice. Its value was then discovered by the conquering Spanish who brought this black flower back to Europe. The tasty spice gained in popularity with kings and queens due to its unique flavor, ...

Should civilians have WMDs?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our grandkids have guns. Our kids have guns. My wife and I have guns. But can anyone tell me why I as a citizen should own a weapon of mass destruction? Both assault rifles and bombs are invented to be weapons for mass killings. Why should I be allowed to own one? I ...