Opinion

Al Capone lives in hearts, minds of Beltway Democrats

Columns

“You can get a lot farther with a smile and a gun than you can with just a smile.” This quote has often been attributed to the lengendary Chicago mobster Al Capone, who with his fellow organized crime buddies used extortion as one of their tactics to get what they wanted. Today's modern ...

Does California model really work?

Columns

The alleged success of the California model is one of the more intense controversies in the nerdier corners of public policy debate. For many progressives, California's metastasizing liberalism proves you can have Scandinavian-style social policies and tax rates and still have robust economic ...

News consumers have responsibility to find honest news

Editorial

The North Wind, produced by the budding journalists at Northern Michigan University, had an editorial in its latest publication discussing the distrust in the news media. Believe it or not, we here at The Mining Journal hear it from both sides, too. We’re either too liberal or too ...

Real message of #MeToo movement being missed

Columns

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous "Grace" about a bad date with comedian ...

Bergman one of Trump’s enablers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” capped a disappointing year for Upper Peninsula Michigan citizens who pay attention to federal governance and its effects on our community, our nation, and the world. We are being led by a president who is reckless, has no ...

Happy new year: Looking backward, looking forward

Columns

Reams have been written about the turning of the page, and here are a few from out of the past — proving that the more things change the more they remain the same for us mere mortals: Brooks Atkinson, sardonically: “Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it ...

Reaching out for wheelchairs

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am reaching out to friends, family and people of the Copper Country for help! If you have a motorized wheelchair that you no longer need and it is in good working condition and is mechanically sound (battery is good and control units is operational) please consider donating ...

Is there charitable reading of ‘s—hole’?

Columns

CAMDEN, S.C. — While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: "The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans ...

Weather change brings changes in ice conditions

Editorial

With the recent fluctuation of temperatures across the state, anyone venturing out on the ice is urged to use caution.. The recent deep freeze gave way to a warming trend — followed by more cold temperatures. According to the Department of Natural Resources, this affects the integrity of ...

Profound impact of online school

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I support National School Choice Week Jan. 21-27, as enrolling in online school three years ago has had a profound impact on my life. Before I enrolled at Michigan Virtual Charter Academy (MVCA), I didn’t feel academically challenged as a student or comfortable in a ...

Americans descended from immigrants, revolutionists

Columns

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, he ...

Southern Poverty Law Center is hate group

Columns

Who will warn Americans about hate groups? The media know: the Southern Poverty Law Center. SPLC, based in Alabama, calls itself "the premier" group monitoring hate. Give us money, they say, and they will "fight the hate that thrives in our country." I once believed in the center's ...

Sluggish rebound: Economy getting slowly better

Editorial

Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-10 continues, a panel of economists and other officials said Monday, but things are starting to slow up a bit, especially in the area of jobs creation. “Moderation in the pace of job growth was bound to come at some time as the ...

Effect of Candle Luminary Ski

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The night after Christmas when I passed four consecutive couples holding hands or strolling arm in arm I knew our Candle Luminary Ski was having the effect we had worked for. Back in the warmth of the chalet those who braved trail temperatures hovering around zero and covered ...

CLK Food Pantry supporters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the CLK Council of Churches, we would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their generous support throughout the year to the CLK Food Pantry. TV 6 Can-A-Thon/Eagle Radio, Louie’s Fresh Market, Pat’s IGA – Calumet, Festival ...

E-TC, Dollar Bay have history of major showdowns

Columns

There used to be an old saying that coming events cast a long shadow. Such is the case with the Ewen-Trout Creek at Dollar Bay boys basketball game on Feb. 6. All the ingredients are there for such a label. Both teams have stellar players, Jake Witt for the Panthers, and Devin Schmitz and ...

Winter clothing drive a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Calumet and Hancock Education Associations wish to thank the residents of the Copper Country for their overwhelming support and generosity which made our recent winter clothing drive, held during the MacInnes Holiday Classic, a success. The quantity and quality of the ...

Volunteers for spay/neutering

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The volunteers of the Keweenaw Spay/Neuter Assistance Group would like to thank everyone who donated items to our garage sales this past summer. We had a great season that would not have been possible without items to sell! Thank you to all of our customers as well, ...

Corn Stalks, Christmas Walk

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Hancock Business and Professionals Association and the city of Hancock would like to thank Katherine, Meagan, Dema, Heidi, Deb and Rick for decorating the poles with cornstalks.   Also, we would like to thank the businesses who participated and stayed open during the ...

Book we got is not book we needed

Columns

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s ...