Opinion

Murder while you watch

Columns

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

Trump’s foreign policy doctrine

Columns

What’s the “Trump Doctrine” of foreign policy? At first glance, foreign policy under Trump seems inconsistent, arbitrary and devoid of principle. A few weeks ago, even before the airstrike on Syria, White House communications director Mike Dubke told Trump’s assembled aides that ...

Give thanks for troubled yet still-living planet

Editorial

“If the facts are against you, argue the law. If the law is against you, argue the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table and yell like hell.” — Carl Sandburg No matter how much they pound and yell, the deniers of climate science are wrong. The facts of ...

Project Feed a Neighbor helps fight hunger

Editorial

We, unfortunately, have to say this all-too often: hunger knows no season. It is with great gratitude, therefore, we thank the local churches and organizations that are putting together the eighth annual Project Feed a Neighbor. Saturday, dozens of volunteers will be distributing bags ...

Investigation fell through cracks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Law enforcement is under assault across America. It often is a thankless job, but investigators are not infallible. Case in point: The investigation into South Range resident Leah Harding’s disappearance. The 31-year-old mother of a now-6-year-old daughter, Leah has been ...

Better tomorrow just day away

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I struggle to see the good in today’s news, a walk in the woods at this season of rebirth and new life reassures me of the overwhelming power of nature’s healing processes. Both as individuals and in groups we can foster a reciprocal relationship with nature, giving ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

Columns

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Reading Tea Leaves in Kansas 4 and Georgia 6

Columns

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Before voting, know numbers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What do the numbers say? Half of the $10,712,400 H-PT millage proposal is for ball fields and athletic related items at the high/middle school. Altogether, $5,601,200 will be spent on football field artificial turf, track, bleachers, press box, concession building, lighting ...

Be safe during senior prom/graduation season

Columns

This spring, the schools will be sending their graduating seniors out into the real world. Some may be sad to see them go, some may be glad. The students probably look at it in the same way. Whatever the case, it can be an exciting and emotional time for school staff, families, and of course, ...

Media, liberals often distort facts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is wrong to say that facts are never debatable. They can be misleading if other facts are ignored. Here is how incomplete information can distort the truth: A few years ago an Associated Press article mislabeled Finland as a “Nazi-friendly” nation during World War ...

North Korea, Kim Jong Un and the Chicago way

Columns

There are many complicated theories on what to do about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He’s that crazy little fat guy with nukes and daddy issues who wants to strap his thermonuclear devices to long-range missiles that just might start World War III. Thermonuclear war tends to bother ...

Earth Day is religion for alarmists

Columns

Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year’s theme: Government must “do more” about climate change because “consequences of inaction are too high to risk.” They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously harmful. 3) ...

State legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

Editorial

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

Fortunate to live in caring place

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank the Ahmeek Fire Department, Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Off-Road Rescue and Aspirus-Keweenaw Hospital for the great care my niece received after a recent snowmobile accident. She suffered life-threatening injuries but is now recovering due to the valiant ...

For people’s government, we the people must build it

Columns

In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early ‘60s, she essentially was a moderate — certainly not some movement rebel. Or so we thought... until one ...

Raised money for local veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Forgotten Eagles Chapter 2 of Michigan annual Jamboree went great. We would like to thank all the performers/musicians that performed. Also thank you to the Gazette for covering it and advertising for us and everyone else that announced the Jamboree, and all the people that ...

America’s well worth fighting for

Columns

BP has not been pleased. Indeed, BP, who is one of my readers, has been downright disappointed with what she’s seen in this space since last year’s election. She wrote me about it a few days ago. Her email said, in part: “I had hoped for your articles to be the beacon of light to show ...

Finally, politicans take some action against opioid use

Editorial

Although somewhat late in acting, the Michigan Legislature is considering a handful of bills that, if passed and signed into law, should help stem the terrible toll opioid use and abuse is inflicting on Michigan and its residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Politicians don’t represent us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wrote to our representative, Jack Bergman, about supporting HR 676 to provide health care for all. His reply stated that “infinitely expanding” Medicare so that it covers everyone in the US would be an “unfunded mandate.”  The last I heard, there is a finite number ...