Opinion

Police/zoning position worth consideration

Editorial

A government employee — or just about any employee, for that matter — needn’t be pigeonholed into a specific title or duty. The Chocolay Township Board is considering adding a police/zoning employee, with township staff having worked on the 2019 budget for the past several ...

Brush up on Constitution

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Please get a pocket Constitution of the United States. I get mine through heritage.org at low to no cost. In it, Article 2, Section 1, contains the simple qualifications to be president. Namely be a natural-born citizen, be at least 35 years of age and lastly be a resident of ...

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Editorial

Carl V. Pellonpaa was an Upper Peninsula treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Sept. 1. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ways. Perhaps ...

Roller Girls show disrespect

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As I sit with my coffee this morning (Sept. 11), I am even more saddened by the actions of the entire Keweenaw Roller Girls team. On Saturday night they decided to all disrespect our flag and country by taking a knee during the national anthem. I have no idea what their reason ...

Getting ready for worst during National Preparedness Month

Editorial

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

A view from an independent voter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the “Letter to the Editor” titled: “One from the Trump Cult” DMG 9-8-18. Why is it in today's tribalism culture every time someone writes or speaks boldly against someone else, they are accused of committing “HATE” speech? Everything I ...

Swimmer’s fast action undoubtly saved life at Black Rocks

Editorial

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

CCISD services promote high-quality learning, teaching

Columns

It is September, and all of our school districts have the excitement of starting a new year. There are many eager faces walking into our local buildings and around 600 hardworking teachers, support staff and administrators to greet them and to help each student reach their potential. Every ...

Due process returns to campus

Editorial

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is following through on her commitment to stand up for the due process rights of all students on U.S. college campuses. From what we’ve seen of a new framework, it would go a long way to restoring constitutional protection in campus sexual assault ...

One from the Trump Cult

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I agree with you on one thing, Jack Spritzer, that we are living in the last days. Last, could mean years or months. I think it is interesting that Ralph Reed's organization Faith And Freedom are working 24-7 to sign new voters and re-elect Donald Trump. Maybe because President ...

LWCC to print voter guide

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country (LWVCC) in cooperation with the Daily Mining Gazette, will be printing the Voter Guide again this year. The scheduled publishing date for the Voter Guide to publish is Tuesday, October 16. Letters to 82 Candidates from Houghton ...

906-Day a great time to get out and support local merchants

Editorial

The 906 area code, which spans the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. Today, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping incentives. Bugsy Sailor, owner of Upper Peninsula ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

Editorial

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Healthy tips to prevent childhood obesity

Editorial

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Delta County incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their ...

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

Editorial

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Designate new tax to fill holes and gaps

Editorial

Did you pay your use tax this year when you filed your state tax return? Crunch the numbers on all that sales tax you didn't pay on your novelty woolen socks or specialty throw pillows from a specialized website in a far-off place, and send it to the state? Nobody did. But everybody now ...

Listen to your still, small voice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Marilynne Robinson, author of Pulitzer prize-winning novel “Gilead,” has published a series of lectures entitled What Are We Here For? in which she criticizes history’s mis-characterization of the Puritans. She says that, instead of ridiculing them for their excesses, we ...

Arrival of fall marks start of recruiting season

Columns

Fall brings cool evenings and the igniting of nature's festival of colors in the Keweenaw. It also brings a robust recruiting season as professionals from corporations across the nation descend on our small community. They are seeking the talented students that Michigan Tech and the surrounding ...

Coal’s fate is sealed: Trump can’t change it

Editorial

Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration's decision to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is on a downward spiral. The economics of burning coal to ...

National parks preserve history

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently the Houghton City Council passed a resolution asking Congress to address the backlog of maintenance needs in our national parks. We joined over 180 gateway communities across America that have taken similar action to protect nearby national parks. Michigan has seven ...