Opinion

Latest state job report is good news

Editorial

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

Republican cuts strip middle class

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Republicans would like voters to believe they have their safety at heart — that tighter borders and tougher policing will protect them from the boogeymen so eager to crush the American dream. If given the power, however, make no mistake: they will strip the ...

Prop 2 will result in fair elections

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The article in the Oct. 26 Gazette did not seem to reflect the reality of the impact of gerrymandering in Michigan. In the 2016 election, Democrats won more votes in Michigan’s state House elections (only by half a percentage point). In a fair distribution, you ...

Whitmer for next governor of Mich.

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ever since Gretchen Whitmer visited Houghton in February 2017, I have been an enthusiastic supporter of electing her as our next governor. She spoke of the importance of actually listening to the needs of the people of Michigan and of working with elected ...

DNR fish stocking benefits economy of whole region

Editorial

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Miss rational political debate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was a child of the ’50s in a good-sized loving family. For us politics was a topic in the weeks before an election. My father was a Republican, a proud fiscal conservative, and my mother, a Democrat, called herself a progressive. Not surprisingly, we five children ...

Force for Change: Defending potential of children

Columns

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.‚“ — Josh Shipp Potential lives within every kid. Yet, more than 8.5 million kids are still in need of someone who will stand in their corner. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges and a much more complex world. ...

We used to have good reason to elect judges

Editorial

Nearly all state and local judges across the country have to run for election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Why the difference? Author Jed Handelsman Shugerman, a professor at Harvard Law School, found the answer in a book he wrote about the ...

Stand up for climate by voting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Just the facts, ma’am, no doomsday climate rhetoric. On Oct. 9 my email was jammed with messages from every publication employing a science journalist. The foremost climate change organization on the planet had issued an exhaustive study. The IPCC is elite scientists ...

Going back to Christian roots

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was interested to read about religiously conservative women in Texas who are beginning to question some of the tenets and practices of this administration which don’t line up with their faith. I wonder if they have heard of the Christian movement, “Reclaiming Jesus” ...

Dianda dishonest on several issues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing in response to the recent letter published by state Rep. Scott Dianda regarding auto insurance. Dianda claims the bill he voted against, HB 5013, was a terrible bill “written for the insurance companies,” and a “political gimmick.” I don’t think that ...

Use both heart, mind in voting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I want to thank Mike Irish for his thoughtful letter to the editor in the Oct. 20 Daily Mining Gazette. His letter suggested that voters use their hearts and minds when casting their votes on Nov 6. He shared his method for sorting through the opinions and positions ...

New perspective, fresh ideas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I will be voting for Gretchen Janssen on Nov. 6 because she will bring a much-needed new perspective and fresh ideas to the Houghton County Board. Gretchen is a lifelong resident of Houghton but new to the political scene. She has never run for office before and does not ...

Change board at Mich. State

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In past elections I have admittedly not spent much time thinking about the University Board of Trustees elections. However criminal events recently brought to light should force us to pay close attention to these positions. This year, Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually ...

Solar is right power option for businesses

Editorial

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Ninth Annual Quilt Show

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild would like to thank all who participated in the 9th quilt show and quilt raffle which supported the 31 Backpack program and the Barbara Kettle Shelter Home. We were able to give $3,000 to each recipient. The winners of the quilts were ...

VFW holds Freedom Fest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Chassell VFW Post 6507 Auxiliary would like to thank the community members who supported our District 15 Freedom Festival on Oct. 13. Thank you to Thrivent Financial, Pizza Hut, Pepsi-Cola, Econo Foods, WLUC TV 6, the radio stations, Chassell Township, the L’Anse ...

Cyber security must be priority in planning

Editorial

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Buying art is real support of arts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As in Marquette, so in Houghton. Marquette is almost certainly benefiting, or going to benefit, from “Seat at the Table”, and Houghton could benefit from a similar series. “Seat at the Table”, however, approaches the arts uniquely, and from a bizarre perspective. ...

Heart of jail ballot matter is public safety

Editorial

When you cast your vote on Nov. 6 to build a jail in Houghton County, the real question before you, regardless of how the language is worded is this: Are you prepared to pay a little more in taxes every year to improve the safety of your neighborhood and community? Because improving the ...