Opinion

Where is study of cadency mark?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At science fairs such as the recent one at Michigan Tech, information about chemistry and biology abounds, while a science significant on the same level is utterly ignored. While children had the opportunity to see liquid-nitrogen-dipped oranges smashed, they had none to ...

Dogs of war hunt for right enemy

Columns

WASHINGTON — As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” he said. “Without a major event where people ...

Focus on safety during spring turkey hunt

Editorial

The snowbanks suggest it’s winter, but the calendar says spring. Likewise, spring turkey hunting begins Monday in the Upper Peninsula. Hunters may encounter snow, which is somewhat unusual, but the key factors for a happy season remain the same. “The two most critical ingredients for a ...

Senior Class Glow Skate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Glow Skate on April 13 was a huge success for the Houghton High Senior Class Alcohol-Free Party. We would like to give a huge thank you to: The Dee for allowing us to use their ice and building for this event. The radio stations for promoting the Glow Skate. Hancock ...

Bulldogs thank Copper Country

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: MacQueen, McLellan, and Metzger define “a community as a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and engage in joint action.” It is through these social ties and common perspectives that I’d like to ...

Copper Country Predator Hunt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The seventh annual Copper Country Predator Hunt was a big success. The hunt reduced the number of coyotes that pray on newborn spring fawns, giving our already low deer population a better chance of recovering, as well as helping small game populations. The event also raised ...

Taxes hidden in fees, charges

Columns

The cable bill was the last straw, says Kristin Tate. “That’s the one that really made me mad.” Comcast included $36 in charges for mysterious things like “utility tax” and “government access fee.” That motivated her to research obscure taxes and put what she learned in a ...

Well-being of children remains unmet challenge

Editorial

The annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy, is a good gauge on how counties in the state are doing in economic security, health, family and community, and education. The MLPP has been compiling and releasing the Kids Count book ...

State looking to tax your canoe

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: That dusty canoe or kayak in your shed that you use every now and then will subject to an annual tax if the Michigan Waterways Commission gets its way. The commission is proposing all canoes, kayaks, and paddle boats pay an annual $10 registration fee that will increase with ...

Kochtopus preserves plutocracy using dark money

Columns

Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion ...

No excuse excuses Trump’s actions

Columns

“We kind of gave him — All right, you get a mulligan. You get a do-over here.” — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, on the white evangelical response to Donald Trump’s alleged tryst with a porn star “He’s new at government, and so therefore I think that he is learning ...

911 dispatchers perform unseen heroic service

Editorial

The responding officer should be, and often is, thanked for being there so quickly. What most of us don’t think about is the person at the other end of the phone, the person answering the 9-1-1 call who actually completes the call out and communicates directly with the party in ...

Severe weather one sign of many

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your April 12 editorial “Winter’s Last Gasps Can Bring Severe Weather” pointed to the damage that intense storms have been causing. Last year alone storms led to the death of five Michiganders and $220 million in damages. While we can’t say with certainty that any ...

Is Mueller time now or later following midterm elections?

Columns

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump wreaks havoc in both domestic and foreign policy with his governing by impulse and bias, the Justice Department investigation into Russian election meddling remains a darkening cloud over his presidency. His threats of a trade war with China, of military ...

Paul Ryan’s Family Legacy

Columns

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s stated reason for leaving office after this year’s election sure is getting a lot of traction. “If I am here for one more term, my kids will only have ever known me as a weekend dad,” he said. “I just can’t let that happen. So I will be setting new ...

Abuse reporting should make campuses safer

Editorial

The Michigan Legislature is taking a look at ways to improve the reporting of and reaction to sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses across the state with some recently proposed legislation requiring notification of such accusations to the university’s top officials. It’s an ...

Welfare reform is helping people become independent

Columns

When President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act in 1996, which he negotiated with then-Speaker Newt Gingrich, the left claimed people would starve. They didn’t. According to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, between 1996 and 2000, the employment rate for single ...

Regulation will boost Facebook profits

Columns

Here’s a bet: Congress will end up “cracking down” on Facebook with “tough” regulations that Facebook will probably protest quite vigorously. And then Facebook profits will go up. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook, withstood two days of questioning in Congress this ...

Following UP gas prices is one wild ride

Editorial

We have not done an editorial on gas recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been paying attention to the price of gas in the Marquette area. The Mining Journal keeps track of the price of gas via the GasBuddy website. As it has been in the past, there have been several weeks when AAA ...

Ryan departure shows politics downfall in Trump age

Columns

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several ...