Opinion

Opioids still leading cause of drug deaths

Editorial

It’s a chore to summon any real enthusiasm about a mixed-bag of statistics reported Thursday in The Detroit News and elsewhere relative to the number of Michigan residents dying from opioid overdose. The News reported that although a new record was set in 2017 for OD deaths, fewer of them ...

People should be treated humanely

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have written in the past on this issue and several years later we as a community we are again faced with the need to vote to modernize the jail, and increase its capacity to meet the needs of both the inmates and jail personal. Over the past years the ...

Line 5 accord imperfect but step in right direction

Editorial

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

More religious reading needed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you remember William J. Bennett’s “The Book of Virtues” written 25 years ago, followed by “The Moral Compass,” published two years later? Said virtues would include but not be limited to self-discipline, compassion, responsibility, work, courage, perseverance, ...

Logging bill rolls state’s taxpayers

Editorial

A single word in the English language does not exist to describe the act of the term-limited state senator representing the Upper Peninsula to propose legislation to allow his family’s logging trucks to tear up county gravel roads unrestricted by reasonable regulation. It is shameless ...

Summers knows of our struggles

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am proud to be a yooper, but it pains me to see so many families and seniors here struggling. Not only are there not enough high-paying jobs, but it’s getting harder and harder to afford just to live. From skyrocketing prescription drug prices and health care costs, to ...

Gerrymandering is a threat

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name is Elizabeth Benyi from Calumet, and I am an unpaid volunteer for Voters Not Politicians. I got involved with this because I believe in one person one vote and that every vote should count. I care about everyone voting yes for Proposal 2 on the Michigan ballot this ...

Showing disdain for veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Ed McBroom, candidate for state Senate, must be real desperate as he gleefully accepts the endorsement of “Motor City Mad Man” Ted Nugent. Nugent is a draft dodger who avoided going to Vietnam by multiple deferments. Nugent, another chickenhawk like his idol in the ...

Conservatives, do unthinkable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It may be time for conservatives of the Upper Peninsula to do the unthinkable. By conservatives, I mean people who are guided by the U.S. Constitution, who hold to traditional morality and who embrace free-market capitalism including free trade. These individuals believe ...

Experience or grade point avg. — what’s more important?

Columns

Michigan Tech just hosted its Fall Career Fair, hosting over 371 recruiting organizations. With over 1,200 recruiters looking to fill talent needs, the conversation arises each year about the importance of the student’s grade point average (GPA) when they search for a co-op, internship or ...

Creative local thinking can spark economy

Editorial

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city has many buildings of architectural interest, such ...

Fire safety at home can save lives

Editorial

Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7-13 is about teaching people how to protect themselves from home fires, which is a matter of life and death now more than ever. Residential fire rates have been decreasing. That is the good news. But the bad news, which makes Fire Prevention Week extremely ...

HKCD holds Coastal Clean-Up

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Sept. 15, the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) participated in the annual Coastal Clean-Up and sponsored trash collection by volunteers at the Bete Grise Preserve, the Bete Grise North Public Beach and the Joseph and Mary Lizzadro Lakeshore Preserve. Many ...

Casperson bill could add to road damage

Editorial

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

Register, vote: Do your duty for democracy

Editorial

By definition, democracy depends on voting, and contrary to the lies and myths conjured to prevent we the people from voting, democracy works better when more people vote — always. Before addressing some of those crimes against democracy, every citizen 18 years old and older should know ...

Criticism of KNHP was uncalled for

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I read the article in the Sept. 18 edition of the Gazette about Julie Johnson, a candidate for the Calumet Village Council. She was critical of several committees and programs in the village and maybe she is correct. That I don’t know. However, her criticism of ...

Snyder played role in deal to end lockout

Editorial

It wasn’t a perfect solution, not by a long shot, but with winter just around the corner, road crews are going to work immediately, courtesy of an agreement hammered out by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday. The Associated Press reports the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association ...

UP is prime location to see autumn colors

Editorial

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

Be independent, think for yourself

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The two writers who I always look forward to reading are Joe Kirkish and Nicholas Wilson because they are factual, ethical, but not politically correct necessarily! They don’t go “off of the cliff” with the rest majority of those who listen to the prevailing ...

Religions aspire for social control

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Is it a little unfair that I was born, by the luck of the draw, to Finnish parents who were Christians (Lutherans — one sect of the “true” religion) who immigrated with my grandparents to the Copper Country in the early 1900s? I could have been born elsewhere or in ...