Opinion

Fellow citizen punished because he asked for help

Columns

Could everyone reading this just pause for a bit and really think about our fellow citizens who put their lives on the line for us every day? I'm talking about police officers and firefighters who face deadly dangers and serious stressors on a regular basis: gruesome car accidents, raging ...

Trump’s success ignored by left

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Two letters to the editor appearing in this month’s DMG focused on President Trump’s character flaws. The Ahmeek writer disdained Trump’s “vulgarity, immorality and disrespectfulness.” The Eagle River writer (a teacher) declared Trump “mean-spirited” and ...

Vaping just as dangerous in nicotine drug delivery

Columns

Recently, there have been requests locally for presentations and information on vaping. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, vaping is basically a means of extracting nicotine from an oil by turning the oil into a vapor and then inhaling it. It has become more and more popular, especially ...

Knee-jerk reaction to Waffle House killings counters facts

Columns

Travis Reinking, the mentally disturbed man charged in the Waffle House killings, had his guns taken away with the help of law enforcement. This is a fact. But the guns were returned to him by his father, and four people were killed the other day in that Waffle House in Nashville, ...

To mock or mentor is question

Columns

WASHINGTON — There are few sympathetic characters in the landmark lawsuit between Marquette University and a suspended professor that’s heading later this month to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The professor, John McAdams, is suing the university for indefinitely suspending him without ...

Environmental concerns, kudos in northern Mich.

Editorial

A healthy environment is an issue of special importance in northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for basic needs, such as clean water and air, but it’s also a big part of our way of life here. A state-level area of concern for us is a proposed Michigan ...

Humans cannot fix warming

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: An attempt to adjust the global thermostat is a monumental task never before considered by man. In my opinion, it is doomed to fail! Global temperatures are cyclical as they go up for a period of time and then go down for a period of time. If after enormous expenditures of ...

Born, raised, married in privilege, Barbara touched us all

Columns

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

Gun-toting teachers not so horrible

Columns

What should be done about school shootings? After the horrible shooting in Parkland, Florida, President Trump suggested that some teachers carry guns. “We need to let people know, you come in to our schools — you’re gonna be dead.” Anti-gun activists were horrified. But they ...

Jeffers student pays it forward at Beacon House

Editorial

If you or anyone you know has ever battled a serious illness or debilitating medical condition, then you likely have an understanding of the stress and grief it can cause. The Beacon House is intended to help at least a little with getting people through those dark times. The nonprofit ...

Deteriorating Jacobsville roads

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our asphalt roads out here in Jacobsville area are badly deteriorating daily. To make matters worse, the Road Commission in grading some sections of gravel road has used heavy equipment which then goes back on asphalt roads and more and more has literally destroyed them. ...

Wealth concentration poses threat to majority rule

Columns

Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of country’s history. We tend believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national character. But we do do coups. In fact, the country itself was founded on an armed coup to replace the ...

Racism is white people’s problem

Columns

Racism is a white problem. I know that many white people will instinctively and emphatically resist that observation. They’ll note the self-evident truth that prejudice is confined to no one culture or color. Having known more than a few African-American bigots, homophobes and anti-Semites, ...

New normal: security training vital in schools

Editorial

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Rule of law — and of sanity — in Trumpland

Columns

WASHINGTON — With our executive branch in the hands of Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled legislative branch now essentially subservient to him, the judicial branch and the Justice Department in his own administration now remain the principal defenders of the rule of law in this ...

Barbara Bush was all that

Columns

In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women’s movement, she added, was a contributing factor. “I believe it made me feel inadequate. I’m not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a ...

Health foundation grants support UP in variety of ways

Editorial

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in many ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration Wednesday, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six ...

Everything makes difference

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The extreme weather events discussed in Mining Journal’s editorial printed in the Daily Mining Gazette on April 12 are a wakeup call. Nature is rattling our cage so that we notice what is happening to our beautiful planet. Once awake, we have a choice to ...

Question is simple: Follow Jesus or follow Trump?

Columns

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” — Matthew 6:24 The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for ...

US not as intolerant as made out to be

Columns

I don’t normally watch the GLAAD Media Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with them. GLAAD, by the way, originally stood for “Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation” before the organization declared that GLAAD was its name and not an acronym. But I did see a video of ...