Opinion

UPPCO service on Christmas

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many thanks to UPPCO for sending a repair man to restore our power on Christmas evening. I thought for sure we would be without power all night. At 2:30 a.m. I awakened to see our lights on. Thank you to the worker for being on-call and willing to come out even on a ...

First lady never left high road

Columns

Dear Michelle Obama: This is just a note to say that I think you’re gorgeous. I’ll thank you not to share that with your husband, given that I have no desire to open my door and find a predator drone waiting for me. Or, worse, an IRS auditor. And yes, as a 21st-century U.S. ...

Snyder legacy tarnished by Flint water crisis

Editorial

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

Chronicle of another sabotaged U.S. election

Columns

WASHINGTON — The current uproar over the Russian hacking into the 2016 presidential election is not the first, nor the most consequential, foreign intrusion into American politics. In the 1968 election, agents of Richard Nixon, with his knowledge and acquiescence, encouraged South Vietnam ...

We the people are not the enemy

Columns

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” My immediate response to this infantile ...

KBIC casino funds being used wisely in community

Editorial

A pair of drowning deaths last summer in choppy Lake Superior waters off the Little Presque Isle recreational site north of the city of Marquette left the community reeling. And although the specific circumstances made it impossible for law enforcement, US Coast Guard, fire departments or ...

Kerry outlines his two-faced solution against Isreal

Columns

In his recent speech excoriating Israel for refusing to commit suicide by allowing a sworn enemy to have a state adjoining the Jewish state, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. government “did not draft or originate” the UN resolution critical of Israeli ...

Making new year’s resolutions can conquer fear of failure

Columns

New year celebrations bring a time of reflection on the past year’s events and a hopeful look forward to what the next 12 months could hold. It is a time to make personal changes that better our own lives and the lives of others. These new goals are commonly known as new year’s ...

When government fails the people, who’s responsible?

Editorial

How far up the line will criminal responsibility for the Flint water crisis extend? That’s the question prompted by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s latest round of charges, targeting two former Flint appointees, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, and two ex-emergency managers, ...

Lodge’s sale won’t cover debt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over the past year Jack Sprietzer has expressed frustration over the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and advocates that it be sold. His concern is understandable. For an unbiased perspective, I recommend “Best Use/Re-Use Study Keweenaw Mountain Lodge” by Place Dynamics LLC at ...

Obama too cooperative with Trump

Columns

President-elect Donald Trump has accused President Obama of putting up “roadblocks” to a smooth transition. In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Trump. I’d recommend Obama take the following last stands in the final weeks of his administration: 1. Name ...

Wolf law subverts will of people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What gives politicians the right to function unilaterally and particularly when it is directly against the will of their constituents? Doesn’t this reflect, at the minimum, an erosion of our democratic process? Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature passed very swiftly ...

Government by Faculty Lounge

Columns

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that’s how his visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation ...

Day to thank law enforcement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the calendar turns to January and the holidays are in the rearview mirror, many are reflecting on the previous month, and making sure they are sending out thank you notes. But our family and friends are not the only ones we should express our thanks to. Jan. 9 is Law ...

Repeat lies made Trump president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Kudos to Ms. May & Burgan (who wrote in area papers) on their astute observations of the election of Trump. I concur fully and furthermore have the following contributions. Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s propaganda minister, said, “A big lie told often will make the ...

Which animal do you follow?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The United States of America was once called a Christian nation, and today I don’t think we can say that anymore. Today we follow the “donkey Democrats,” or the “elephant Republicans” instead of the “Lamb — Jesus Christ the Son of God.” We are hearing today ...

Creator’s work still unknowable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: All stars are not created equal. In fact, just like the Goldilocks planet we live on, our sun is far from an ordinary star, remarkably stable and emitting light with a spectrum just right for our eyes to see and for plants to thrive. Red dwarf stars, for example, are far more ...

What made losing-est loser do it?

Columns

As convicted murderer Dylann Roof defends himself in the sentencing phase of his trial, a clearer understanding of his motives in gunning down nine African Americans during Bible study prayer has begun to emerge. In a word, he’s a loser — as random and ordinary as the proverbial tree ...

A clear and present danger to democracy

Editorial

According to a story posted three years ago on nationalreport.net, one Colorado pot shop is accepting food stamps. That’s right, taxpayer-funded marijuana for welfare recipients. Er, wait. That doesn’t sound right. We’ve heard it a thousand times before: Just because it’s on the ...

Media guilty of double standard on terror attacks

Columns

Here’s a paradox for you. Whenever there’s a terrorist attack, the immediate response from government officials and the media is: “Let’s not jump to conclusions.” Yet when there are breaking reports that Muslim or Arab Americans were allegedly victimized by bigots in some hate crime, ...