Opinion

NPR episode shows dangers of arrogant ignorance

Columns

During President Trump’s speech in Warsaw, Poland, last week, he memorialized Pope John Paul II’s momentous 1979 visit to the city. For many historians, the Polish-born pope’s mass in Victory Square, more than anything else, set in motion the events that led to the fall of the Berlin ...

Something very wrong with GOP

Columns

Dear Colleagues: We’re doing it again. Remember last year’s campaign? Remember how dogged and relentless we were in covering Hillary Clinton’s sloppy handling of her emails? Remember the comparatively free ride we gave Donald Trump despite his repeated demonstrations that he was ...

Putin gives Trump a humiliating brushoff

Columns

WASHINGTON — It certainly didn’t take long for Russian President Vladimir Putin to give the back of his hand to President Donald Trump in their much anticipated face-to-face meeting in Germany. Putin essentially told him, “Go away, kid, you bother me,” in response to the U.S. ...

NPR Declaration uproar reflects our divisiveness

Editorial

A week ago, our nation celebrated Independence Day. Revelers crowded main streets and waterfronts across America to mark the day in patriotic fashion — the way it has been done since at least 1941, when it became a federal holiday. NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, line by ...

Trump-media tiff goes trans-Atlantic

Columns

WASHINGTON — Many American journalists and others correctly objected to President Trump’s lambasting of the U.S. media in his speech Thursday in Poland, noting that his words were damaging to our international status and democracies around the world. Richard Haass, president of the ...

Don’t let bad food spoil fun outing

Editorial

Now that summer is in full swing, more people will be spending time outdoors. That will mean dining or picnicking outside while camping, boating or otherwise take full advantage of the few months available to enjoy the Upper Peninsula’s limited warm weather. To avoid having a bad ending to ...

Conservancies benefit all

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent articles on land conservancies in Keweenaw County are misleading and factually inaccurate. These articles suggest conservancies are leading to reduced access for residents and declining tax revenues because “much of Keweenaw County is in conservancy.” This is ...

President Trump’s vision

Columns

“Where there is no vision, the people perish...” — Proverbs 29:18 In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at Camp David ...

CTE testimonials illustrate program’s value

Columns

Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes have helped many local students gain valuable experiences through internships in local businesses. There are plenty of examples to demonstrate this. Michael Scott of Houghton High School stated that auto tech was his favorite class. During this ...

Budget cuts bad for Keweenaw

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mr. Trump’s proposed budget includes dramatic cuts in funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These cuts have serious implications for residents of the U.P. EPA programs help to maintain the clean air, water, and forests that many of us value, and that support ...

‘Much’ land claim incorrect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The data presented in the article in the July 6 edition headlined “much of Keweenaw County in conservancy” does not support this conclusion. The Keweenaw Land Trust and the Northwoods Conservancy own a total of 2,773 acres of the county, which equals 4.33 square miles. ...

Perfect example of forgiveness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We as a nation are the apotheosis of Christian forgiveness. Many of us, not a majority, voted for an unrepentant liar, adulterer, woman abuser, racist, religious bigot, tax evader, draft dodger, hypocrite, bully, avaricious egomaniac. Some of us thank God for sending him to ...

Walking away from faith

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you know what an apostate is? An apostate is someone who hears the gospel, makes a profession of faith, acts like a Christian for a period of time, and then walks away. They do not last. They like the idea of God and salvation but the world offers too much enjoyment and ...

We’ve got punch-drunk president

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the nation was preparing to celebrate its storied independence from the British crown, the president secured his place as history’s greatest jester. Or America’s first toddler president. Take your pick. Trump did so by tweeting a doctored video clip of himself from ...

Playing joke on Coast Guard is deadly game

Editorial

Although it’s altogether unclear why, but people are apparently playing practical jokes on the U.S. Coast Guard and other Great Lakes shoreline law enforcement agencies this summer in far larger numbers than in previous years. According to a Coast Guard press release, the number of ...

Not the Most Dependable of Ferryboats

Columns

Dean Heller is a 57-year-old Mormon, husband and father of four who — because he is a U.S. senator from Nevada (having won in 2012 by a paper-thin 46-45 percent margin), a state that Barack Obama carried twice, and because he is the only GOP senator running in 2018 in a state that Hillary ...

Keep boats clean to avoid carrying invasive species

Editorial

This summer, make sure everything is ship-shape when it comes to your boat or other equipment used on waters in the Upper Peninsula. Make sure boats and other watercraft leaving the water are as clean as possible before going elsewhere to potentially prevent invasive aquatic species from ...

Founders understood threat of big govt.

Columns

Did you think about the signing of the Declaration of Independence this week? The July 4 holiday is meant to honor that, not just fireworks. Ironically, government’s grown so much since 1776 that fireworks might be illegal in your town. The Declaration wasn’t about creating rules for ...

President should rise above cyberbullying

Editorial

One of the hot topics now regarding teens, and well it should be, is cyberbullying, which involves the use of the internet to spread information — typically bad — about someone else. It can come in the form of an Instagram photo, Facebook post or Twitter tweet. Youngsters don’t always ...

Police gave safe bridge escort

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw D. Girls ATV group, would like to say thank you to the Hancock police and also the Houghton police. We had a trip to Twin Lakes. From Calumet, and they did an excellent job on our escort across the bridge. With all the construction, we had a safe escort ...