Opinion

Beware of scams, cybercriminals during tax season

Editorial

New year, same old tax scams. As tax season approaches, the Michigan Department of Treasury again is warning residents to be ready for those phishing and — how old-fashioned — even calling in efforts to separate taxpayers from the money they deserve from 2017. Cybercriminals typically ...

Life Outreach Center Banquet

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the Director of the Life Outreach Center, I wish to thank all that were in attendance at our banquet held at the Siskiwit Reception Hall on October 24. This banquet could not have happened without the help of several people. I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you ...

Here’s what’s killing America’s greatest strength

Columns

It is said that the rich and poor will always be among us — but nowhere is it written that the middle class is a sure thing. Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations — where the common yeoman (neither rich nor poor) has been hailed from 1776 forward as America’s greatest ...

Help in fighting sawmill blaze

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of Penegor Lumber Company, we would like to thank all those who helped in any way on the night of Dec. 28 when our family sawmill was destroyed by fire. Thank you to the firefighters of Twin Lakes, Toivola, Greenland, Chassell, Hurontown and Adams Township for your ...

2017 to go down as year last norms fell

Columns

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to ...

Good news leads year in review of local stories

Editorial

Every issue of the Daily Mining Gazette is a snapshot in time of what is happening in the Copper Country, a compilation of issues and news the people need to know and information about what people want to know. Today’s issue includes a bonus: A review of all the local news we’ve covered ...

Leader of free world is threat to democracy, world

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s end-of-year interview with The New York Times at his Florida golf club has kicked off 2018 in a particularly disturbing way. Beyond his repetitious insistence that there has been “no collusion” between his 2016 campaign and the Russians, it is his ...

Button, button, who’s got button?

Columns

In the early evening of Jan. 2, the president of the United States tweeted this boast: “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear ...

Take steps to guard against radon in home

Editorial

It’s difficult to pay attention to a threat that can’t be seen, one that creeps up silently from the ground into buildings. But radon demands being taken seriously. January is National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness about this colorless, odorless gas that according to the U.S. ...

Accusers must answer/To tell you again/Who’s mad?

Columns

“Everybody’s got to believe in something. I believe I’ll have another beer.” — W.C. Fields Having lost an election they thought they would win and unable to get over it; having been staggeringly wrong about their predictions that a Trump presidency would be the end of global ...

Trump made some accomplishments

Columns

Contrary to what many predicted, President Trump's end-of-year accomplishment list isn't that skimpy. That's an analytical observation. For many, particularly liberals and Democrats, Trump's first year hasn't been merely bad. It's a great evil, a grievous wound to the American body ...

Litigation can help stem opioid epidemic

Editorial

The Marquette County Board recently decided to throw its support behind a growing number of municipalities that are picking a legal fight with the “big pharma” industry. The litigation is centered around opioids the drug companies created and allegations that these companies knew about ...

Don’t start dancing on Bannon’s grave just yet

Columns

President Donald Trump's official statement about Steve Bannon -- the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words - is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: "We have many great Republican members of ...

Make new year’s resolution to own every second

Columns

The Church of the Resurrection was filled past capacity. The attendees were a who’s who of the community, from educators to engineers, from the communities of Houghton/Hancock to Calumet and back to L’Anse, elementary students to retirees. If I were a stranger arriving late, I would have ...

Water monitors funding should be permanent

Editorial

Wednesday morning, in a new display of transparency and neighborliness, Imperial Oil sent out a press release warning that it was restarting its Sarnia refinery and things might look a little different across the river. Before the restart, the plant had been shut down for ...

Therapy with no scientific basis

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: According to your article, in the 2016-17 school year, there were 6,225 student appointments for emotional help, with 883 being “unique clients.” This is more than the previous two years. I do not know what “unique clients” means, but my understanding is that many of ...

Trump making little progress on promises

Columns

Almost one year in, it’s time for another update for Trump voters on his election promises: 1. He told you he’d cut your taxes, and that the super-rich like him would pay more. You bought it. But his new tax law does the opposite. By 2027, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, ...

Everybody wins when corporations win

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Democrats believe that corporations will keep the tax breaks for themselves and line their own pockets and their shareholders’ pockets and they will just get richer, thus their mantra of “tax cuts for the rich.” What they don’t understand is that in order for ...

2010s more like Trump’s ideal America than Obama’s

Columns

One of my favorite Christmastime presents is the Census Bureau's release of its annual population estimates for all of the states. Comparison of the April 1, 2010, Census Bureau enumerations and the June 30, 2017, estimates for the states shows how each state fared in the Obama years, seeing as ...

Economy hurts regular people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Trump has proved to the world that he’s a hateful immature insensitive fool. He has spread hate and bigotry over the internet. And has insulted many nations and people. And he has proved to the registered voters that he only cares about the rich, which includes himself and ...