Opinion

Despite changes, Noquemanon will be great competition

Editorial

We hope the U.S Postal Service won’t mind us co-opting a spin on its motto: Neither rain, nor lack of snow, nor sleet will keep the Noquemanon Ski Marathon organizers and participants from making the annual event one of the best races in the world. And while Mother Nature has pulled some ...

No stop in fight for justice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past three months, we have personally heard the concerns and worries of many in our local and national community in regards to their safety and the protection of their civil rights now that a man that was endorsed by the KKK has become president. We have heard you. And ...

Beliefs a matter of geography

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The fundamentalists in the Copper Country continue to write their dualistic myopic religious views in uninformed letters to the Mining Gazette. Quoting the Bible proves absolutely nothing. By the luck of the draw they were born in a Christian environment and have adopted its ...

Opposition takes wrong first step of exclusion

Columns

In the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan instructed Haley Barbour — his White House political director and a future Republican Party chairman and governor — on building a winning coalition: “The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent ...

‘America First’ is not a threat but a promise

Columns

“From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaimed in his inaugural address. As has been his habit, he added to the prepared text the word “only” and employed the rhetorical device of repetition by repeating “America first.” The ...

Michigan State Police 100th Anniversary

Columns

2017 marks the Michigan State Police 100th year of service to our state.  We were originally created as a “temporary” wartime emergency force for domestic security during World War 1.  In April of 1917 the Michigan State Troops Permanent Force was established.  It was also known as the ...

What DeVos should have said

Columns

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, probably survived the grilling she got from angry Democrats last week. When Sen. Patty Murray demanded she promise not “to privatize public schools,” DeVos replied, “Not all schools are working for the students.” When ...

We’re making your expression more timely

Editorial

Voices of the Copper Country communities we serve need to be heard — and they need to be heard in the most immediate manner that we can provide. Promoting the expression of those voices is an ongoing maintenance issue at this newspaper. We’re always searching for ways to enhance those ...

Good things for Angel Mission

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The New Year is here, and it is time to reflect on 2016 and start of 2017. I see good things for the New Beginnings Angel Mission in 2017. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our volunteers who give their time each week to keep the Free Store running. These people ...

Kermit’s Kids golf scramble

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the Kermit’s Keweenaw Kids Youth Program we would like to sincerely thank each and every one of the golfers and supporters who contributed to the Golf Scramble Fundraiser that took place at the Sandy Pebbles Golf Course in Ahmeek on July 2. All proceeds will be ...

Santa and his elf visit Mohawk

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank Santa and his elf for coming to the Mohawk Legion on Dec. 11. We would also like to thank: Mohawk Legion, Slim’s Cafe, Mohawk Superette, Sara Lee, Gitzen’s, Pats IGA Calumet, Calumet Shopko, Walmart; Econo Foods, Lassila Insurance, Bill Hannon, ...

Inaugural just magical thinking

Columns

It was, arguably, the most telling moment of Donald Trump’s inauguration speech. People want good schools, neighborhoods and jobs, said the incoming president. “But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; ...

Prep students for future jobs in Copper Country

Editorial

Strike while the iron is hot. On one hand, exponential advancements in digital and cyber technology have created jobs that have outpaced much of the older and high-school educated work force. The new world of high-tech design and engineering requires extensive, advanced-degree training. On ...

Wonderful spirit of Baraga County

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We should support the new Baraga County Art Gallery, now having its third exhibition. Although past galleries and past exhibitions should have given a strong impression otherwise, some have opinions that this exceptional land and landscape is bereft of the artistry and ...

Trump’s inaugural address: New tone, same goals

Columns

WASHINGTON — New President Donald Trump adopted a generally more civil and conciliatory tone in his inaugural address while doubling down on his campaign allegation that Washington politicians were out for themselves, a situation he said was going the change fast. For too long, a small ...

Man of words gave his daughter Kindle

Columns

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Feeding America West Michigan does great work

Editorial

There’s nothing like recognizing and applauding success and good works. That’s the case in Ishpeming where Feeding America West Michigan’s monthly Mobile Food Pantry is hosted by CrossBridge Church and run by volunteers from Gauthier Insurance, the VFW and Ishpeming High School. Feeding ...

Immortal God cannot die

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A letter (Dec. 24) correctly defended belief in the creator. The only error was its claim that God “came to our Earth to die on a cross ...” The immortal God cannot die. Paul said, “We were reconciled to God by the death of his son” (Romans 5:10). One pamphlet ...

Trying different way could be start of something big

Columns

Some years ago a friend of mine wrote a book titled “The Seven Last Words of the Church, or, We’ve Never Tried It That Way Before.” It is about what he regarded as the entrenched bureaucracies in his denomination that are reluctant — even hostile — to change. The same opposition to ...

Lust for respect makes unity difficult

Columns

“For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!” As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my doubts. Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for ...