Opinion

You and this paper make good local news team

Editorial

What this newspaper continues to do day after day in 2017 is unchanged from what it began doing in 1859. As far as what’s happening in the greater Copper Country, you can count on this newspaper to deliver local news directly to you. We’ve been doing this for 158 years, so we must be ...

Christ’s promise kept despite Luther

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Robert Pieti’s recent letter, asserting our need for a Biblically-based “new Reformation,” was an offensive appeal and factually inaccurate. Although Pieti professes Biblical fidelity, his perspective is irreconcilable with Christ’s promise, “…I will build my ...

With Teladoc, doctor will see you now … really!

Columns

If you’re tired of the dysfunction in Washington — the backbiting, the questioning of motives, the failure to agree on much of anything, the one-upmanship, the allegations about a “stolen” presidential election, Russian “collusion,” the posturing and boorish behavior, how about ...

Conservatives now appeasing crackpots

Columns

William F. Buckley, the founder of National Review (where I work), once confessed in private, “I wish to hell I could attack them without pleasing people I can’t stand to please.” By “them” he meant the members of the conspiracy-mongering, anti-Communist, anti-United Nations, ...

Democracy only works with citizen participation

Editorial

“Every nation gets the government it deserves.” This intriguing thought applies not only to the nation or country, but to the local level of a democratic government, as well. In a proper democracy, the ultimate power rests with the people. The masses have the ability to elect those we ...

Library vote is not tax increase

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I urge all voters of Houghton and Portage Township to vote yes on Tuesday to renew the operational millage for the Portage Lake District Library. The vote does not increase your taxes. It is a renewal to maintain library funding. PLDL provides a multitude of activities, ...

Religious Extremism By Any Other Name

Columns

We knew within hours of the attack that the New York truck killer was a Muslim extremist, inspired by ISIS. In today’s climate, that means that NPR was hesitant to report that he had shouted “Allahu akbar” and that Donald Trump thundered that our legal system is a “laughingstock” (he ...

Baraga Co. backs voter suppression

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At the October meeting of the Baraga County Board, a resolution was passed in favor of limiting a citizen’s right to vote, which passed unanimously with one board member absent. It reads, “…no citizen shall be entitled to vote for a candidate seeking election to the ...

Physicist’s legacy of creative courage is still inspiring

Columns

In 1905 a young man was working as a clerk in a Swiss patent office, having failed to earn an academic position after earning his Ph D. He was driven by a thirst for knowledge and a creative mind courageous enough to explore all options to solving a problem, even if most ended in failure. That ...

Energy outlook brighter for UP ratepayers

Columns

They say you need to be a hearty soul to live in the Upper Peninsula, but that doesn’t mean you should have to live with energy that isn’t affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. At the start of the Snyder administration, the U.P. had little control of its energy future. ...

Tweets distract from huge tax heist

Columns

You know the plot: The bank robbers set off a bomb down the street from the bank, and while everyone’s distracted, they get away with the loot. In the reality TV show we’re now suffering through, Donald Trump is the bomb. The robbers are the American oligarchs who bankroll the ...

Drug Take-Back Day is safe way to dispose drugs

Editorial

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held throughout the U.P. was a success. The seven Upper Peninsula Michigan State Police (MSP) posts collected 193.86 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28. The MSP partnered with the ...

Liberals practice compassion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A recent letter in the Wall Street Journal by a conservative explained that liberalism is a failed system for the following reasons: liberals believe that welfare cures poverty, that capitalism is a corrupt economic system, that conservatives are born racists, that no limits be ...

‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ good advice for Americans

Columns

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

Luther has his share of faults

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Robert Pieti in his letter of Oct. 21 writes an obsequious encomium to Martin Luther along with several quite myopic Soteriological Biblical quotations. Quoting the Bible proves absolutely nothing. Throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, Jews were subjected to anti-Semitism ...

Finland’s independence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter corrects typographical errors in my Sept. 30 letter and includes more facts. I wrote about misleading comments (in a Sept. 16 article) regarding the Finns. I said Finland was in the Swedish kingdom “for 650 years (until 1809),” not 1806, as it was ...

Indictments and ham sandwiches

Columns

In considering the indictment of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an associate, I am reminded of former Bill Clinton aide and defender James Carville’s line about the ability of a grand jury to “indict a ham sandwich.” Manafort and a longtime business partner, ...

Road safety during dark season

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the days quickly get shorter, we’d like to remind everyone to stay aware of others who may be using the road with you while on your way to work, school, or fun. Vehicle accidents with adults and children who are walking or biking tend to increase around this time of year. ...

An American president who changed the world

Columns

The release by the Trump administration of thousands of pages of classified documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy brought to mind two anecdotes about the 35th president and his legacy. After the shock of Dallas, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who was then an assistant ...

Is baseball returning as America’s game?

Editorial

As Nolan Finley stated in a column with The Detroit News — baseball is making a comeback as America’s National Pastime. Game 6 of the World Series continued the strong numbers on Fox, according to Nielsen overnight data. An article by Joe Otterson states the game is currently averaging ...