Opinion

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 ...

Previous letter writer wrong

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A recent letter printed in DMG’s weekend edition, contained copious misinformation regarding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. Glaring errors exist within the writer’s first sentence, “11 men will influence a woman’s right to control their own reproductive ...

Surgeon’s life showed strength, perseverance

Editorial

Becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study and hard work, and then staying a successful one means more effort. After all, there’s a reason people jokingly say, “It’s not brain surgery.” That implies that people who are brain surgeons are highly skilled, accomplished ...

Kneel in respect for anthem

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is in response to the post by Greg Bettis in a Sept. 14 letter to the editor and is written on behalf of the Keweenaw Roller Girls. As our announcer said prior to the anthem at our Sept. 8 game, for safety reasons no derby skater may be upright on skates without a ...

YMCA trainer, device hold off widowmaker

Editorial

On Aug. 18, Jeff Bidigare of Marquette died. Just ask him if you have any doubts. The outwardly healthy 78-year-old was stricken with what emergency medical personnel often refer to as the widow-maker, a massive heart attack that typically kills. To Jeff’s everlasting good luck, ...

Find courage to meet threat

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My dog, Climate, died — almost. Do you remember your first heartfelt loss? For me it was when our family dog Beven, died. He ran out, yelped and fell over dead. Recently, without prior research, I went to Ashland to listen to retired climate scientist Guy McPherson. ...

UPHS/DCHS merger talks go nowhere

Editorial

One of the many reports making its way through the local community relative to the future of UP Health System’s plans for health care in the Upper Peninsula came to an abrupt end last week with the announcement that Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System have terminated ...