Opinion

Groveland Four get a little justice

Columns

The Groveland Four finally received a little justice last week. Nearly seven decades after a white woman in Central Florida leveled a false charge of rape, the state legislature apologized for what was done to four young African-American men as a result. For 16-year-old Charles Greenlee ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

Editorial

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...

Yates sheds disturbing light on Trump and Flynn

Columns

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited testimony of former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn offered valuable insight on President Trump’s failure to dismiss the compromised former general until forced to do so by embarrassing press reports, and on ...

His name was Jordan Edwards

Columns

Another black boy was killed by police, this time in Texas. His name was Jordan Edwards. Jordan was 15, a “model student,” a “popular football player” and “a kid that did everything right.” He was a freshman at Mesquite High School, in a suburb east of Dallas. In a recorded ...

UP economic entity right idea, right time

Editorial

Although it doesn’t yet have an official name, and all of the details including base of operations haven’t been completely worked out, a brand new economic development organization appears off to a good start. Rolled out Friday in a joint Gov. Rick Snyder-Lt. Gov. Brian Calley press ...

Does anybody imitatio Christi?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The phrase “What Would Jesus Do?” became popular in the United States as a personal motto for Christians. The idea of trying to act as Jesus would goes back to a sermon given by Charles Spurgeon, an Evangelical preacher in London in 1891. In the Roman Catholic tradition it ...

Trump’s soft spot for strongmen

Columns

WASHINGTON — It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president’s ear. OK, maybe not, but it could explain Donald Trump’s sudden admiration for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he recently identified as a ...

6 great years from Pearson

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mel Pearson was turned down twice as the Michigan Tech hockey coach when the administration thought it made a better choice by choosing other coaches who were much less qualified than Pearson. I asked the previous athletic director why he did not hire Mel, and his answer was ...

Kate O’Beirne was about making friends, not contacts

Columns

My adopted hometown of Washington has been accused, not always unfairly, of being a city full of scheming climbers who are frantically courting the company and the favor of the powerful. In this and so many respects, Kate O’Beirne — the conservative leader and writer who died too soon, at ...

Female genital mutilation needs to be outlawed

Editorial

However long it might take state lawmakers to come to consensus on road and bridge funding, access to public employee records or environmental priorities, very little time passed after a trio of people were charged in connection to alleged female genital mutilation before bills were drafted and ...

Break the Chains: Let free markets work

Columns

My head spins. Before President Trump was elected, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai came on my TV show, upset because President Obama ordered his agency to regulate the internet. For the first time, “Decisions about how the internet works are going to be made by bureaucrats and politicians ...

Great Lakes funding appears safe — for now

Editorial

One of the great concerns in the budget initially proposed by President Donald Trump was the big cuts targeted for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That initiative is safe, at least for the time being. A budget deal reached Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ...

Tiger teams Gear Swap

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Copper Country Ski Tiger Race and Adventure Teams, made up of middle- and high-school-aged nordic skiers throughout Houghton County, would like to thank Houghton High School for donating the venue for our annual spring Gear Swap. We appreciate the advertising by those ...

Populism is continuation of democratic revolution

Columns

If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I’d answer, “No.” Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can’t be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment ...

Coulter right: Sad day for free speech

Columns

Look, I’m the guy who once called her a “viperous harridan,” OK? That was 11 years ago in this space. I described her as such after she savaged four widows whose husbands died in the Sept. 11 attacks, denouncing them as “witches” and “broads” who were “enjoying their ...

State doing right by its veterans to upgrade homes

Editorial

We generally like what’s being discussed above and below the bridge relative to improving the delivery and overall quality of veterans’ care in the state of Michigan. Presently, the state operates two large-scale veterans homes, one in Grand Rapids and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans ...

Intimidation is not governing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I want to express my outrage over U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman’s town hall meeting that he held in Escanaba on April 19. He is an elected representative of all the people in his district, not just the ones who may have voted for him. The intimidating atmosphere created by a ...

Trump’s first report card: Incomplete

Columns

WASHINGTON — Whether Donald Trump likes it or not, the 100-day measurement of early success or failure in the Oval Office leaves him distinctly on the defensive. Comparisons with Franklin Roosevelt’s energetic kickoff of his presidency in 1933 have set a very high mark for Trump’s chaotic ...

Berkeley trying to kill free speech

Columns

Demosthenes, the Athenian rhetorician and champion of liberty, pointed out around 355 B.C. that residents of Athens were free to praise Sparta’s regime, but Spartans were banned from praising Athens. In 1689, the British passed a law guaranteeing freedom of speech in Parliament. A century ...

UP Health makes tough choices during hard time

Editorial

Staff cuts at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has become the talk of the town. Since Duke LifePoint has taken over the hospital, there have been many changes including a reduction in the number of people employed at the hospital. People like to reflect back on the days that Marquette ...