Opinion

AHCA will hurt our community

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our country’s health care system is in the midst of a massive upheaval. Never before have we witnessed such challenges that will impact both the type of care our community receives and the ability of our local hospital to continue providing the high-quality care that we know ...

Government by and for Trump

Columns

Last week, the White House invited reporters in to watch what was billed as a meeting of Donald Trump’s Cabinet. After Trump spoke, he asked each of the Cabinet members around the table to briefly comment. Their statements were what you might expect from toadies surrounding a two-bit ...

Customer service above and beyond

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: During the first week of May I went to Calumet with the intent of making a few purchases at Family Dollar, ShopKo and IGA. I made the buy at Dollar General and then went to ShopKo, where they had bags of potting soil laid out like a long wall. I parked the car, opened the ...

Democrats face uphill climb after special elections

Columns

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they ...

Reality dysfunction in his head, not ours

Columns

WASHINGTON — In one of Walker Percy’s brilliant novels, “The Second Coming,” protagonist Will Barrett keeps falling down for no apparent reason. He also suffers trances during which he contemplates existential questions. Barrett comes to mind in the era of Donald Trump. I’m not ...

Group studies tsunamis on Great Lakes

Editorial

An interesting, albeit somewhat unusual gathering, took place this week in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is hosting a three-day meeting of experts who are seeking ways to warn the general public about tsunamis on the Great Lakes. ...

For better or worse, Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon

Columns

In just 13 days in October 1973, Washington endured a series of seismic political shocks. On Oct. 10, Vice President Spiro Agnew — having pleaded guilty in a federal courthouse in Baltimore to failure to pay taxes on thousands of dollars in bribes he, as both Maryland governor and VP, had ...

‘Stingy’ Jeff Bezos doesn’t have to give

Columns

Thursday, right before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced he’d acquire Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, he tweeted a “request for ideas” for “philanthropy strategy.” If you have suggestions re “helping people in the here and now... reply to this tweet.” Here’s my reply: Don’t do ...

Newsprint still reigns in delivering news, advertising

Editorial

Besides being something real you can hold in your hands, containing unchanging news and advertising content, the print version of a newspaper is literally a better read than the digital version. Nobody’s got a 13-by-22-inch spartphone or tablet screen, and that’s not going to be the next ...

Grateful for those who provide help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Stanton Township Fire Dept. appreciates the assistance received while fighting the McClellan farm fire on May 26. Thanks to Adams Township and Hurontown Fire Departments, Mercy Ambulance, Shelley Puuri and Christina Verran. We are grateful for a community that comes ...

Free speech not always tool of virtue

Columns

There’s a tension so deep in how we think about free expression, it should rightly be called a paradox. On the one hand, regardless of ideology, artists and writers almost unanimously insist that they do what they do to change minds. But the same artistes, auteurs and opiners recoil in ...

Tour raised $40K for Dial Help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We are writing to express our gratitude to the Green Bay Packers and the entire UP community for the success of the 2017 Packers Tailgate Tour to benefit Dial Help on April 6. We are very impressed with the community-mindedness of the Green Bay Packers, who offer these Tailgate ...

Is left-wing terrorism making comeback?

Columns

You knew it was coming. You felt it with a sickening certainty the instant news of a mass shooting flashed out from Alexandria, Virginia. So it was disheartening, but hardly surprising, to hear certain conservatives reflexively blame Democrats and their so-called “hate speech” for the ...

Pasty origin uproar erupts as festival begins

Editorial

As part of our daily mission to inform the people of the Copper Country of news they need to know, those who attend this weekend’s Pasty Fest in Calumet should know about Friday’s breaking news out of Great Britain: An official from Historic England claimed Cornish pasty was invented in ...

Trump now under suspicion of obstruction of justice

Columns

WASHINGTON — After months of chasing lesser suspicions of general political malevolence by Donald Trump, the investigative arm of the U.S. government appears finally to be focusing on the one feasible avenue to force him from the presidency: the charge of obstruction of justice. The newly ...

Gunman shoots, we become family

Columns

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Reporting drilling impacts within park is our job

Editorial

We exist to report the news of Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties, whether that news is good, bad, happy or sad. If it’s verified information that is important enough that people here need or want to know about it, we will report it, and we will not be intimidated or coerced in ...

A reason to express yourself

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Over the years, I have had over 40 letters to the editor, not once has anyone ever had a rebuttal, this is why I always think I’m right! So today, I write to further prove my thesis! 1. The National Park Service should combine Isle Royale and the Keweenaw Park. It should ...

Why so much rage? Because there’s money to be made

Columns

“Why do the heathen rage and the people imagine a vain thing?” — Psalm 2:1 KJV That didn’t take long. Less than 48 hours after the shooting rampage targeting Republican members of Congress and their staff on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, followed by the picture of ...

Tragic letter on nightmarish plight of refugees

Columns

No doubt about it; an email posting is the most convenient way to communicate, and also the fastest. But there’s a price to pay: even if a sent posting joins the plethora of others and has been preserved in your computer, it idles there, inert, cold, lacking the pleasure that often arrives ...