Opinion

Change board at Mich. State

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In past elections I have admittedly not spent much time thinking about the University Board of Trustees elections. However criminal events recently brought to light should force us to pay close attention to these positions. This year, Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually ...

Solar is right power option for businesses

Editorial

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Ninth Annual Quilt Show

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Sandstone Piecemakers Quilt Guild would like to thank all who participated in the 9th quilt show and quilt raffle which supported the 31 Backpack program and the Barbara Kettle Shelter Home. We were able to give $3,000 to each recipient. The winners of the quilts were ...

VFW holds Freedom Fest

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Chassell VFW Post 6507 Auxiliary would like to thank the community members who supported our District 15 Freedom Festival on Oct. 13. Thank you to Thrivent Financial, Pizza Hut, Pepsi-Cola, Econo Foods, WLUC TV 6, the radio stations, Chassell Township, the L’Anse ...

Cyber security must be priority in planning

Editorial

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Buying art is real support of arts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As in Marquette, so in Houghton. Marquette is almost certainly benefiting, or going to benefit, from “Seat at the Table”, and Houghton could benefit from a similar series. “Seat at the Table”, however, approaches the arts uniquely, and from a bizarre perspective. ...

Heart of jail ballot matter is public safety

Editorial

When you cast your vote on Nov. 6 to build a jail in Houghton County, the real question before you, regardless of how the language is worded is this: Are you prepared to pay a little more in taxes every year to improve the safety of your neighborhood and community? Because improving the ...

Reefer madness is imminent

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Now to hear from “the other side” re: Marijuana legalization. States legalizing recreational dope have had massive increases in crime, traffic accidents and fatalities, mental illnesses, welfare recipients, unemployment, overdoses, more serious street drug ...

Sustainable life in UP explored in Living Green

Editorial

The importance of living within your means isn’t just good advice in the realm of finance. It’s also a valuable perspective to consider when discussing environmental sustainability, particularly on a large community, or even global scale. Beginning Monday, The Mining Journal is unveiling ...

Tax cuts add to national debt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In an Oct. 13 letter to the Gazette, Matt Kiilunen, Chassell, urged voters to reject Democrat’s socialist programs because those programs steal an individual’s freedom. Yes, Democrat Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson brought Social Security ...

Random Thoughts Collection, From Serious to Whimsical

Columns

There are times when for all our sakes restraint is necessary - in this case, for any object that's expensive, dangerous, noisy - and air polluting. It's impossible to figure out the rationale behind the huge sales of gas guzzlers and pick-up trucks - especially when we face increasing global ...

Mayor supports council incumbent

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is in support of city of Houghton Councilor John Sullivan. On Dec. 16, 2015, John was appointed by the council to fill an unexpired term. In November of 2016, John was elected by the residents of the city of Houghton to continue to serve them. As mayor, I have ...

Address climate change with vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last week, we learned at the State of Lake Superior conference held in Houghton that Lake Superior is probably the fastest warming lake in the world. We saw our friends and family in Florida, the Carolinas, and Virginia hit by another devastating hurricane. And the week before ...

Vote to restore rational thinking

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With the upcoming midterm elections, there seem to be clear-cut differences in opinion and strong emotions regarding candidates and parties. To help me decide, I use two categories that I find useful: principles/philosophy and values/character. Under principles, I use the ...

Jail proposal lacks input

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It goes without saying that our county jail needs renovation. No citizen wants to have our officers or inmates in jeopardy. But the public should not feel guilty or made to feel they don’t have the welfare of the judicial system in mind if the 2018 jail proposal fails. It ...

Track record of community service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Nov. 6, voters in Houghton County’s District 2 (Franklin, Quincy, Osceola, Schoolcraft, and Torch Lake Townships) should elect Melissa Davis to serve as their commissioner. As I go door to door in the district to introduce Melissa, I consistently hear voters say they want ...

Hold insurance cos. accountable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As representative for the 110th state House District, I’ve put over 600,000 miles on my car driving between my home in Calumet and Lansing to be a voice for the people of the Upper Peninsula. As I go around the district, people tell me that basics like gas, utility bills, and ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in UP

Editorial

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

If you build it, will they come?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Nov. 6 the voters of Houghton County will decide the fate of an addition to the jail. One of the major concerns on the previous proposal (other than location/price tag) was the possibility of a larger facility becoming a “regional jail.” If this continues to be one’s ...

Confirmation is affront to women

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was pretty appalled when Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to the Supreme Court, but I must say, not surprised. He was confirmed despite being “credibly accused” of sexually assaulting a young girl when he was a teenager. If he would ...