Opinion

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 ...

New York Times covering over-regulation is news

Columns

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in ...

Go to college to get dumb

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “What a waste of money,” Hjalmer snorted. “Parents send their kids to college to get dumb. After four years of beating their brains out at da Tech, they don’t even know how to fix a tractor.” His remarks were directed at a lad hired to help grade his yearly crop of ...

Beauty queen Carlson wins again

Columns

WASHINGTON — If karma is a b——, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, a former Miss America 1989 and ...

Tragedy on road claims lives of teens

Editorial

This week, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported the tragic loss of two Kingsford High School seniors killed in a crash Saturday. Authorities said Taylor Bosley, 18, was driving north on M-95 near the Marquette County line when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line, ...

President unable to destroy enemies by making friends

Columns

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

Odds not always right but fun to watch

Columns

President Trump is up 3 percent! I refer to the betting odds. Gamblers (mostly in Europe because political bets are legal there) now give the president a 53 percent chance of finishing his first term. That’s it — they barely think he’ll complete four years. This must seem wrong to ...

Adapting to bicycling makes sense

Editorial

A June, 9, 2016, photo from the Associated Press is heartbreaking: mangled bicycles tagged as evidence at the Michigan State Police crime lab in downstate Kalamazoo after a pickup truck driver, allegedly under the influence of drugs, hit a group of cyclists that month. Five people were killed ...

Elks Children’s Christmas Party

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Dec. 10 we held our annual holiday party for the children of the area. About 80 kids, ranging in age from 2 months old to 14 years old, and parents played games, sang songs, had pizza and cheered when Santa and Mrs. Klaus arrived to hand out gifts. A big thank you to the ...

Inequality created by power elite is feeding America

Columns

Inequality doesn’t just come out of the blue; it’s intentionally created by decisions that elites make — usually behind closed doors, so those knocked down don’t know what (or who) hit them. Take America’s 4 million fast-food workers, whose average pay hovers around a miserly $300 a ...

Thank you for gifts of life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center I would like to thank the following volunteer coordinators for hosting blood drives in the month of November: Patrice Lompre-Finlandia University, Pre-Health Association-Michigan Tech. University, Mary Markham-Chassell High School and ...

Community fills food pantry

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you to the brothers of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity of Michigan Technological University who recently organized their annual North American Food Drive for Little Brothers-Friends of The Elderly. The fraternity brothers worked selflessly all day collecting donations of food ...

Source of weirdness is ignorance

Columns

Ever since Donald Trump touched the Orb, praise be upon it, I’ve been making “This is what you get when you touch the Orb” jokes. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’ll tell you: On his trip to the Middle East in May, President Trump, along with the Saudi king and the ...

Pipe proposal could be bridge too far

Editorial

Lately, it seems the phrase “get the lead out” has seen an uptick in use quite a bit here in the Great Lakes State. A quick search on the world wide web will tell you the saying means, in rough generalizations, to dispose of whatever is slowing you down and move more quickly. Here in ...

Misuse of power raises concern

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I read the recent article concerning the resolution passed by the village of Calumet, with dismay. First of all, is it not their duty as elected officials to address concerns, changes in policy and laws that will affect the constituents they represent? Second, How dare they ...