Opinion

UP youths are vulnerable to reach of human traffickers

Columns

January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. You may have seen information out there recently due to the awareness campaign. Locally, many people don’t take much notice or have an interest in the topic due to misconceptions of what human trafficking really is. A common ...

Fair immigration compromise possible without shutdown

Columns

Is there a fair, reasonable way to deal with immigration without shutting down the government as the Democrats did just recently? Yes. A way to save the "Dreamers" and build President Donald Trump's wall to protect the borders, and lower the anxiety of millions of Dreamer parents, those ...

Media terrorist wanna-be heard call

Columns

WASHINGTON — It was probably only a matter of time before some unbalanced person decided that he needed to take out a few members of the “fake news” media. And it was inevitable that his actions — in this case, his threats — would be placed at the feet of Donald Trump, who has ...

Justice deferred is justice denied to crime victims

Editorial

Prosecutors and politicians talk a good game when it comes to promoting public safety and advocating for crime victims, but when they make laws allowing deferred adjudication of crimes and capriciously invoke them for only certain individuals, their talk amounts to hot breath with the stench of ...

You don’t get fish on every cast

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Just a thought — when I was a boy and felt like fishing I either picked night crawlers, crickets, grasshoppers, grubs or dug some worms. I hiked or biked to Black Creek, Allouez Mill, Gratiot River, Traprock River or Seneca Lake. I learned you don’t get a fish on every ...

Wall should be bargaining chip on immigration

Columns

The Democrats’ crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for “Dreamers” went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor ...

Government better when closed

Columns

The government is open again. That’s too bad. One day, one of these shutdowns should be permanent. We would still have far more government than the Founding Fathers envisioned. That’s because even during so-called shutdowns, a third of federal employees -- nearly a million people -- ...

New snow masks danger of unstable ice

Editorial

A lot of snow was dumped on the area Monday, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to walk out on ice. A pressure crack in the ice of West Munising Bay was discovered Saturday morning, with the crack extending from Powell’s Point on the mainland in Grand Island Township to Grand Island ...

5,000 toys for Copper Country

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Outstanding community support enabled Toys for Tots to provide nearly 5,000 toys to over 1,000 children in the four-county area. In addition to the hundreds of individuals who dropped off toys in our donation boxes throughout the community, the following organizations were ...

People are fed up with corporate-rigged politics

Columns

Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the ...

One year later … seems like decade

Columns

And here we are, one year later. If you are groping for markers by which to measure how profoundly we have been changed since Inauguration Day, here’s one you might want to consider: In January of 1998, reports surfaced of a sexual affair between President Bill Clinton and a 24-year-old ...

Utility bill phone scam making rounds

Editorial

Upper Peninsula Power Co. officials in recent days warn that a telephone scam involving UPPCO customers is afoot. According to Brett French, vice president of business development and communications at UPPCO, some UPPCO customers have received calls ostensibly from company representatives who ...

Information for anti-Semites

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Today, the term “anti-Semite” came by a circuitous route to refer more narrowly to anyone who was hostile or discriminatory towards Jews in particular. But, any anti-Semite who has syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by Dr. Ehrlich, a Jew. He should not ...

Will America remain beacon of freedom, opportunity?

Columns

WASHINGTON -- With Congress in disarray under an erratic and chaotic president who deeply divides the country, and with its two major parties at loggerheads over immigration law, American politics may have hit a new low of pessimism, bitterness and despair. Should upwards of a million ...

Quote president, skip asterisks

Columns

This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and testament. I spruce it up where ...

Entrepreneurship plus teamwork can drive economy

Editorial

Mining can create the next big boom to the economy of the Copper County, but it won’t come from digging minerals from the ground. It will come from mining the collective mind of its resident entrepreneurs. There is gold between those ears. There are entrepreneurs all over the greater Copper ...

Al Capone lives in hearts, minds of Beltway Democrats

Columns

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the lengendary Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today's modern ...

Does California model really work?

Columns

The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense controversies in the nerdier corners of public policy debate. For many progressives, California's metastasizing liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic ...

News consumers have responsibility to find honest news

Editorial

The North Wind, produced by the budding journalists at Northern Michigan University, had an editorial in its latest publication discussing the distrust in the news media. Believe it or not, we here at The Mining Journal hear it from both sides, too. We’re either too liberal or too ...

Real message of #MeToo movement being missed

Columns

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous "Grace" about a bad date with comedian ...