Opinion

It’s bad out there, but you’re not alone

Columns

The young cashier smiled as she requested my driver’s license to prove I was old enough to buy cabernet in Columbus, Ohio. I complied and thanked her for making my day. Something shoved against me, hard, and I teetered. I looked down at the grocery cart pressed against my hip and then at ...

Safety should always be priority in dealing with lake

Editorial

Marquette is recovering from the shock of what is likely the recent tragic drowning of two people on the shores of our city. Multiple witnesses reportedly watched the two individuals, residents of Iron River, get swallowed up by massive waves at Black Rocks during last week’s storm. We ...

Community wants to change thinking

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The LGBT community is a powerful organization. It is attempting to change our country for the worse. Its values are contrary to the Holy Bible upon which our nation was founded.  It is trying to change our way of thinking by claiming that LGBT ideals are totally acceptable and ...

Shocking but not surprising

Columns

It should surprise no one that when it comes to sexual harassment, members of Congress and their staffs are treated differently from the rest of us. The Washington Post notes a law in place since 1995 under which anyone accusing a lawmaker of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit, but only if ...

Clintons are just not that into you

Columns

I’m still trying to make sense of the news that the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign were the forces behind the infamous “Steele Dossier,” a dodgy document full of hearsay about Donald Trump that was put together by an even dodgier outfit called Fusion GPS, which has ...

Possibilities beckon with Halloween coming upon us

Editorial

The creepy, spooky, sugary Halloween holiday is nearly upon us, and there are plenty of activities to do this weekend to get yourself and the family into the “ghostly” spirit. One of the most obvious options is to spend a little quality time with gourds and sharp knives — under the ...

Letter called for gun violence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was appalled by the Oct. 13 letter to the editor suggesting or advocating gun violence toward the peaceful and nonviolent protesters. He stated “armed Second Amendment patriots” could destroy the resistance and Democrats. This is not patriotic, but cowardly and ...

When is ‘sexual assault’ not sexual assault?

Columns

Let’s look at two pictures side by side and see if we can tell how they’re different. In one panel, we see a famous TV political analyst who apparently had the charming habit of pressing his erect, if clothed, penis against the bodies of young women who worked with and for him. That was ...

How to end crony capitalism

Columns

The largest corporations and the richest people in America — who donated billions of dollars to Republican candidates for the House and Senate in the 2016 election — appear on the way to getting what they paid for: a giant tax cut. Speed and secrecy are critical. The quicker Republicans ...

Flint should take the water deal

Editorial

Federal Judge David Lawton got it right in saying that the failure of leadership by the Flint City Council is “breathtaking.” After dawdling for three months, the council finally this week approved an agreement that will keep the city on the Detroit water system. But for only two years, ...

Seventh Generation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Winona LaDuke addressed a large group on MTU’s campus recently. She inspired us to follow the Green Path in covenant with the Creator. “We are good people,” she said, “but we must free ourselves from the old paradigms and embrace a worldview that doesn’t involve ...

Both parties trying even harder to defeat themselves

Columns

Three weeks ago, I wrote a column about how both parties seem determined to lose the next elections. Since then, the pace has accelerated. The clamor is more visible — and more assiduously reported by mainstream media — among the Republicans. George W. Bush and John McCain, who have ...

Forward Pass should be abolished

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The high-school gridiron season nears an end. This season, historic for the Hancock Bulldogs, has been marked by the forward pass, something that has thoroughly corrupted the sport. "[P]assing is not football", said Gil Dobie, but despite this, the pigskin takes flight over ...

Local papers work hard

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Read Burgan, Lake Linden, had a thought-provoking letter in your Weekend Edition, Oct. 21/22. He makes good points about doing background checks on important stories, such as sales of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge (KLM) and of the Portage community hospital (a non-profit) to Duke ...

Vote ‘YES’ for Renewal Millage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) is a treasure of the Western U.P. and the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country supports a Yes vote in the Houghton City millage renewal that is scheduled on Tuesday November 7. Books are traditional at a library, but in the ...

What’s in a name?

Columns

WASHINGTON -- If there's any redeeming news this week, it's that no one will ever forget La David Johnson's name. Johnson, of course, was one of the four U.S. soldiers recently killed in Niger. Apparently his name seemed to slip President Trump's mind when he called Johnson's widow to offer ...

Legislative move on custody issue best approach

Editorial

Sometimes it takes action by elected officials to insure that public employees, including judges, clerks and others, are able to do their jobs properly. That’s the case, apparently, with new legislation introduced last week in the Michigan House of Representatives that would make it illegal ...

Questions for a previous letter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Keith Ojala's letter to the editor published on October 13 terrified me. He says that “Democratic protestors” could be destroyed “at the hand of the 2nd amendment patriots.” I have some questions for Mr. Ojala. Would you be proud to be famous for killing and injuring ...

The Holiday That Scares Adults

Columns

Editor's Note: Mark Shields is off. The following column is by Lenore Skenazy. “Trick or treat! Trick or treat! Give us something lethal to eat!” That's not the actual rhyme, but from all the warnings about Halloween, you just might think it was. Even the American Academy of Pediatrics ...

A Private Military

Columns

We've fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress? After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and -- stayed. Afghanistan is now America's longest war, ever. President Trump's solution? He'll send several thousand more soldiers. Erik Prince ...