Opinion

Climate wounds on civilization

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: For seven years I flew emergency medical helicopters. A bleeding trauma victim needs two things; the bleeding must be stopped and blood must be transfused into the body. Both must be done. Our body of civilization has many climate wounds. They have names like Hurricanes ...

Can Trump, Democrats strike deal on immigration?

Columns

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided ...

Children should be taught respect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Have you ever had a repast at a fine restaurant ruined because of a child carrying on incessantly—shrieking, bawling and yelling without restraint? Just as you are about to savor a delectable morsel, your ears are pierced by another upsetting shriek. You look about for ...

Worst is yet to come

Columns

WASHINGTON — It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen. His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy. The template works like this: Trump says something outrageous that drives ...

Fill job demand with corrections vocation villages

Editorial

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...

Quoting Scripture proves nothing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Levi Niemela in his Aug. 26 letter to the Mining Gazette writes: Approximately 60 million babies have already been cruelly put to death, and this is defended as a “woman’s right to choose.” But the baby being formed by almighty God in the mother’s womb is a separate ...

Trump reprimand from Pittsburgh voters: ‘It’s not about you’

Columns

On a late summer night, some 230 days into the Trump presidency, a dozen Pennsylvania voters gathered around a conference table in Pittsburgh and were asked by respected Democratic pollster Peter D. Hart to just give “a word or a feeling about Donald Trump.” The answers from this group ...

Internet offers optic alternatives

Columns

I just got new glasses — without going to an optometrist. It's another innovation made possible by the internet. Going to an optometrist can be a pain. You have to leave work, get to an optometrist's office, sit in a waiting room and then pay an average of $95 (in my town). But I got a ...

Ishpeming shows what ‘yooperism’ is all about

Editorial

We want to throw a huge shout-out to the Ishpeming community and Police Department for coming together and getting a stolen wheelchair back to 12-year-old Alger Barry after it was taken from his home. Alger needs his chair daily to go long distances. The wheelchair was stolen between the ...

Roller Girls feature League

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw Roller Girls generously made League of Women Voters of the Copper Country the featured organization at their Aug. 5 Solar System Smackedown Event. We greatly appreciate the opportunity to greet spectators and share information about voting and the League and also ...

Scavenger hunt raised $1,000

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Friends of the Portage Lake District Library would like to thank all of the Houghton businesses who made our Downtown Scavenger Hunt possible through donations and sponsorships. With their help, we raised over $1,000 for library community programs. This impressively long ...

Successful 23rd beach jamboree

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 23rd Agate Beach Jamboree was awesome on Aug. 5-6. Weather was perfect both days. We would like to thank all the musicians/singers. The music was great. You’re all super friends, and we love you all dearly. Also thank you to all who donated the great raffle gifts. They ...

Veterans group offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The members of the Copper Country Veterans Association would like to thank the following businesses for their support and donations: Ace Hardware, AmericInn, Amy from Salon 281, Aspirus, Bay Electric, Bryan’s Barber Shop, Bucko’s Party Store, Chickadees. Chopp-Kalio ...

Lakes Linebacker benefit a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Lakes Linebacker Club would like to thank all the people who made their 15th annual golf tournament and benefit dinner a huge success. The Linebackers would like to thank the Calumet Golf Course for allowing us to host the tournament as well as Brian Baccus and Peninsula ...

‘Refugee’ demands your humanity

Columns

“‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” — Matthew 25:44-45 They are the ...

Americans rise to the occasion in flood relief

Editorial

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Temper freedom with honor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Neither Wolf Nor Dog” is a great book by Kent Nerburn that is now also a movie.  It records the wisdom of an old Lakota man who has the gift of seeing with both white and Indian eyes.  I think his opinions about freedom and honor are profound and timely. The Europeans ...

McCain seeks to rally party’s responsible remnant

Columns

WASHINGTON — The seemingly indestructible Sen. John McCain has returned to the U.S. Capitol after his latest treatments for brain cancer. He is reiterating the call he made, after voting to block the repeal of Obamacare, for the Senate to get back to “regular order” to resolve problems ...

There is no pardoning Joe Arpaio

Columns

Nearly 10 years before Donald Trump pardoned him, Joe Arpaio made clear his racism, in a most public way. In an appearance on CNN, the Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff grinned after host Lou Dobbs asked him how he felt about being compared to the Ku Klux Klan. “Well, you know, they call ...

Use it or lose it: How to keep mind in shape

Editorial

Fill in the blank to solve the following correlation: “(Blank) is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” The principle of “use it or lose it” applies to (blank). It is something most every person can do, each to his or her own level. It costs nothing to do. Like riding a ...