Opinion

Equal Pay Day marks unfairness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Imagine two average US workers, working the same job. They work all the way through to Dec. 31, 2017, then consider their paychecks for the year. Because they’re average, they probably wish those paychecks were higher. The man sighs and gets ready to earn his 2018 ...

Timing of tweets reveals character

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a teacher, I have taught several young immigrants brought to the U.S. as young children. This is the language and culture they know. America is their home and most work hard to achieve the dreams they share with their neighbors. Our president’s harsh words about them in ...

Gender biases create pay gap

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Data show that women earn less than men (AAUW, 2017). This gender wage gap is 20 percent on average, across all workers. The gap is even larger for women of color. The gap remains 7 percent, even when all the reasonable explanations (college major, occupation, GPA, economic ...

Breaking: Fake news vs. ‘Fake news’

Columns

WASHINGTON — When fake news blasts traditional media for being “fake news,” how does one respond? Do you shout, I’m not fake, you are? Do you ignore the charge? If you don’t fight back, are you affirming the fool? If you do, doth thou protest too much? The risk of doing nothing, ...

King’s mission of justice for all still unfulfilled

Editorial

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and his legacy was honored with marches, speeches and quiet reflection across the country. The Atlanta events culminated with a bell-ringing and wreath-laying at his crypt to mark the moment when he ...

Great place to see wilderness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If you love the outdoors, you have discovered that the UP is full of little wilderness areas, places where nature and solitude bring peace of mind in an over stimulated wired world. A great place to see wilderness in the UP is the North Country Trail. Everyone has heard about ...

Hints for Candidates: raise $, have fun, go with blue

Columns

Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year — and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might ...

Poisonous Taxes for Poorest People

Columns

Soda will cost you more in Philadelphia, Seattle, Boulder, Colorado, and a bunch of California cities because politicians in those places voted to tax it. The social engineers claim soda taxes will “reduce obesity,” “lower diabetes rates,” “reduce medical costs,” etc. But the ...

State should demand proof of pipe condition

Editorial

Seeing is believing, and we simply haven’t seen enough to trust Enbridge’s statements regarding Line 5 where it runs through the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. For some reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seems content to continue green-lighting the pipeline ...

Brockway Mtn. Challenge Event

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When you try something new like… let’s say… um… a bicycle race in March, on a snowmobile trail, over a mountain, it could be rather difficult but… the Brockway Mountain Challenge was born, to help develop winter bike trails in Copper Harbor and it was a great ...

Leaf spritzers ignore roots of gigantic US economy

Columns

Sometimes, it’s useful to state the obvious. Here’s a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America’s economy is enormous. It’s worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today’s Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly ...

Sincere thank yous for service

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A recent Thursday was a day we won’t soon forget. Rick and I went to The Hillside for breakfast, and when we went to pay for our breakfast the waitress said it was already paid for. We asked by who. She said the man who was at another table paid for it and he said to say, ...

Let common sense prevail on guns

Columns

So there you are, cowering under your desk. From the hallway, you hear the pop! pop! pop! of gunfire, along with the shrieks of the terrified and moans of the dying. The good guy with a gun? Maybe he’s crouched outside the building. Maybe he’s dead in the break room. Whichever, he’s not ...

Sexual assault victims should embrace voices

Editorial

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” builds on the idea that our words can have an impact, and that what we say and do about sexual violence matters. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, “We all have a unique role to ...

Emotions have taken over logic

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the wake of recent school shootings, activist groups around the country have organized a nationwide school walkout in protest of what they perceive as a lack of regulation on the sale and distribution of firearms. However, a careful analysis of crime statistics leads to an ...

Carnival barker with war-hawk yes-men lead country

Columns

At a time the American presidency is engulfed in domestic and foreign policy crises requiring the attentions of our best experts in both realms, we continue to be led by a crude and unschooled carnival barker who has populated the bureaucracy with know-nothings and adoring cronies. His first ...

‘Wonder Woman + Me’ uplifting message

Columns

At some point during the March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, holding up a ...

Battle against hep A needs state funding

Editorial

The state of Michigan is properly supporting a battle that a great many residents had no idea was being waged. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, a outbreak of hepatitis A that has principally been located in the Lower Peninsula with just one case reported ...

Jail issue needs input from public

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: More options to the jail/courthouse fix should be considered by the public. In October the Houghton City Council approved a motion offering assistance to the County Board and asking to be involved in the process of identifying a site for a new jail or the ...

Bolton’s enemies say something about qualifications

Columns

Among the ways to judge a person’s fitness for office are the enemies he has made. In the case of John Bolton, President Trump’s choice to become national security adviser, those who oppose his appointment — liberals, neocons and some Republicans all with differing worldviews and ...