Opinion

Legend of Trump, the firing of feds and St. Preet

Columns

President Donald Trump’s firing of U.S. attorneys across the country was terrible, Democrats and many TV talking heads and other media sages agreed. And this wholesale firing was offered up as yet another example of Trumpian imperial whim breathing its hot Big Orange authoritarian breath ...

Media reports while remaining ignorant

Columns

Has the media gotten worse? Or am I just grouchier? Every day I see things that are wrong or that so miss the point I want to scream. Four examples: Storm Coverage As this week's storm approached the East Coast, the media reverted to breathless hype: "monster storm ... very dangerous." ...

Spread sunshine: call cops, tell them to report crime

Editorial

Murder. Traffic mayhem. Million-dollar theft of public funds. Widespread corruption. Sexual predators on the loose. There is a lot going on around here that goes unreported — if one believes everything that is passed off as news on social media. Many people with reckless disregard for the ...

Baby bottle donation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the director of the Life Outreach Center, I would like to thank Walmart and the Houghton store manager Jeff Weeks for recently donating 120 baby bottles to us. These baby bottles are distributed throughout area churches for families to take home and fill up with loose ...

What should we do about a mentally ill president?

Columns

It's time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. I don't mean that he's merely idiosyncratic or pushing policies that I think are crazy, nor do I say this as just another political jab. I mean that Donald J. Trump literally is mentally ill. OK, I'm no ...

Resentment is not identity

Columns

So this driver is stopped at an intersection. A pedestrian is dawdling in the crosswalk. Driver leans out the window and yells, “Get out of the street, you damned liberal!” It’s been years since I read that in a magazine. I can’t remember if it was a true story, though I think it was. ...

FCC tries going dark on wi-fi service for you

Editorial

Throughout this country, information people need to know is routinely withheld by government, from Capital Hill and the White House in Washington, to the capitol building in Lansing, and at the local City Hall. As Upper Peninsula residents, we live in the darkest part of the darkest state for ...

Moral relativism in post-truth era

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Deep and troubling issues are manifest in our educational system. Will Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos be able to stem the tide? Not surprising, the post-graduate indoctrination has filtered down to K-12 grades. An article entitled “Death by Education” by Selwyn Duke ...

Republicans act in haste on replacing Obamacare

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s biggest promise on his way to the Oval Office was to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” He not only said he would do so, but he said he would achieve both tasks “simultaneously,” and on day one of his presidency. But seven weeks into the Trump ...

Washington could learn from Oscar non-winner’s example

Columns

Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

Trump’s latest rant on wiretapping

Columns

Early last Saturday morning, Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a ...

Technology has brought with it info illiteracy

Editorial

Now more than ever before, people need newspapers, whether they consume the product in its traditional newsprint form or digitally. Why? Because technological innovation always surges past human understanding — there is a lag time between invention and positive advancement in society. The ...

Time to upgrade state’s computer technology

Editorial

The state of Michigan’s unemployment computer system, embattled recently for pointing the finger of guilt — erroneously, as it turned out — at some 20,000 residents, accusing them of unemployment fraud, has apparently been hacked. State officials last week confirmed that personal ...

Christian by faith, not luck

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to David Keranen’s letter titled: “Born Christian by luck of draw”. Some people believe because they live in America, go to the same church their families attended for years, and play “Church” they’re a Christian. No one, not even the Pope, is born a ...

Visual arts needs equal support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is not wrong for those who are interested in what have recently been started to be called, in a ridiculous gimmick, “STEM” fields, to be concerned about coming state cuts. And for this to be explained by the meaningless jargon of “rebranding” hardly justifies them. ...

Marines disrespect their own kind

Columns

WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about the ...

America’s High-Risk Complacent Class

Columns

“Most Americans don’t like change very much,” writes economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen, “unless it is on terms that they manage and control.” That’s just one of many provocative sentences you can mine from the riches threaded through his new book, “The ...

Columnist refuted by Wikipedia

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In his opinion, published in the Feb. 25 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette, Robert Reich gets, at the very least, one point totally wrong — a point that easily changes the entire thrust of his article. He states that Boeing, at their South Carolina factory, buys airplane ...

Primary CCISD goal is getting technology into classrooms

Columns

Five years ago, the state of Michigan implemented “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” learning, which included online testing. To accomplish this, schools needed access to more computers. The state knew that schools could not afford enough new technology on their own, so the state ...

Some fishing, hunting thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The game is on! I’m just scribbling a few sentences on fishing, hunting and wildlife. First off, most of us go hunting mainly for the sport and companionship of it. I know it helps the economy and relieves stress, too. Fishing is for everyone supposedly. Companionship, ...