Opinion

Merry Christmas: right-wingers, red pope and Jesus

Columns

Aah, ‘tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.” In this season of Peace on Earth, a delusional ...

KML loan merely shifts tax funds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When our kids were growing up, my wife took care of our finances, she would have to “Rob Peter to pay Paul” whenever something out of budget would come along. I said this to point out the fact that the money to bail out the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is not a loan and never ...

Just in it to see if he could win it

Columns

In this holiday season, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged — Donald Trump’s many campaign lies. What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never ...

Wheels of justice grind forward in Flint water cases

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week authorized criminal charges against four additional people in connection to the Flint lead-in-the-water crisis that rocked the Snyder Administration and southern Michigan after it was made public in late 2014. The latest cases bring to 13 the ...

2016 statements that wound up in history’s dust bin

Columns

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a Republican ...

Education choice upsets public educrats

Columns

America’s socialists — I mean progressives — are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. “Not a good appointment,” yelled Al Sharpton. A “proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school system!” ...

Rec Passport grants good investments in communities

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the recipients of Recreation Passport grants, which are funded from the sales of the $11 annual passes that grant entry to state parks and recreation areas in the state. That pass puts the “P” on a Michigan license plate ...

Sick child gets wish to visit UP

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our son Reino, now 5 years old, has been battling stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma for the last 16 months.  When he was in radiation he was visited by the Make a Wish volunteers. His wish was to come stay in a cabin in Michigan so he could learn to ski at Mont Ripley, to go snow ...

Fourth annual Bridge Jam

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With heavy snow showers riding in on the coattails of the solstice, there’s no better time to thank our community of donors and volunteers who helped the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club with its fourth annual Maasto Bridge Jam earlier this month. Plaudits once again to Mike and ...

Event raised funds for Barkell

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Barkell Elementary School PTO would like to thank all of those who helped make our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 3 a great success! We are so grateful to the students, families and community members, along with the faculty and staff of Barkell, for giving of ...

Trump’s priorities raise doubts

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and his adult children are continuing to dodge the obvious conflict of interest of running a huge for-profit business enterprise while he gets ready to run the country. Trump’s post-election promise to clarify the situation, while insisting that by law as a ...

Pelkie School: History flows in drum circle

Editorial

History came full circle when the old Pelkie School was donated earlier this month to Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College for use as an agricultural school. It’s fitting that Pelkie School will continue as a place of learning, bestowing knowledge about the heritage and roots of the ...

Gratitude beats back holiday funk

Columns

The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. “I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t think I have it in me.” The sound of those words, in my voice, was enough to startle me out of my funk. ...

Pension cut delay is victory for common sense

Editorial

Pensions and retiree health care liabilities are major issues facing the state of Michigan, its municipalities and school districts. The funding gaps are severe in some cases. The status quo will not adequately address the challenges ahead. Change must happen. Yet that change must happen ...

Obamas perpetuated hopelessness

Columns

Former Sen. Alan Simpson once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Death penalty does not heal wounds

Columns

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive. As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that’s made of stone and therefore resistant to the seed (the ...

Practice snow courtesy to keep peace, promote safety

Columns

Winter came to the Copper Country in a fury.  We are all feeling the effects, some more than others.  For example, those living up on the north end received significant amounts of snow in a very short period.  With the significant piles of snow came a significant volume of calls related to ...

Red Kettle funds support Salvation Army’s good work

Editorial

On several occasions in this space, we have reminded readers that there was still time to donate to the 2016 Christmas Cheer Club, the holiday gift promotion to collect gifts for needy children and families. Another equally deserving charitable effort will continue to collect cash donations ...

A Visit from Santa Claus (Yooper Version)

Editorial

It was da night before Christmas, when all trew da house, Der was nobody making no noises, not even doze mouses; Da chukes hung on da chimney wit care, Wit hope dat St. Nick wood be der, eh; In sweaters and union suits, da kits were snug in bed, Wit dreams of paczkis dancing in der ...

‘What art is’ is in eye of beholder

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was walking around after a parade in Houghton earlier this summer and happened to notice the new artwork the city has erected underneath the bridge. That spot had been gathering graffiti for going on a decade and was a good choice for a tasteful installation of some ...