Opinion

Take some time, leave internet in giving thanks

Editorial

If just for a day on Thursday, take a beat, take a breath and take stock. Not so long ago, in a land not at all far away, family, friends and loved ones came together at Thanksgiving for reflection in gratitude on the blessings they received. Of course, lest we get too rosy-colored in our ...

Community’s support critical for local hospital

Editorial

The planned retirement for John Schon, the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System is the next chapter in what has turned out to be a very sad story with the demise of the hospital in Iron Mountain. The reimbursement landscape and dwindling patient volumes have a lot to do with the ...

High gas prices need to be addressed

Editorial

We haven’t had to do an editorial on gasoline for a while. But based on recent prices in our area, it looks like it is time once again to question why gas is more expensive in the Marquette area, a situation several of our subscribers have also noted, and felt important enough to call us ...

‘Mockingbird’ sets example

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I saw an article recently that said “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is America’s favorite book. I have to admit it’s one of my favorite stories, although I’ve only seen the movie. What’s amazing about the story is that there’s an injustice, and then there’s ...

Advertising targets suckers born every minute

Columns

There’s a street running the full length of Manhattan between Broadway and Fifth, commonly called “Mad Ave,” the source of hundreds of advertising agencies which live, breath, and talk of little else than what new device might sell things — any things. If you recall, a few years back ...

Politicians pretend they care

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I just received my car insurance policy renewal for the year. The catastrophic claims premium is $597 for three cars. That is $199 per year per car. The basic coverage on my 2006 Chevrolet pickup is $268 per year, which is very reasonable, but with the $199 charge it comes to ...

Criminals cost taxpayers money

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I voted “hell no” on the new jail. Criminals do not pay for jails. Criminals cost taxpayers money.
Why should the criminals get a new house to live in? The cost is $234,000 per bed: $11 million divided by the 47 new beds for those criminals. Why should hard working ...

Force behind our advancement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: People who believe in God have valid reasons for the beliefs, but atheists have nothing. They can’t prove they are right, so militant atheists ridicule religion — usually Christianity — to defend their atheism. All manmade objects, from simple tools to complex ...

Pot proposal passage poses perplexities

Editorial

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Science also is based on faith

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Those dissatisfied with the job God has done, imagine that they can assert that while religion is based on “faith”, science is backed up by “proof”. (One’s disapproval of God, obviously, proves nothing about Him.) But “science” is as deeply rooted in faith. It ...

Homelessness summit looks at UP increase

Editorial

A regional summit held in Marquette last week underscored what a lot of people already knew: Chronic homelessness is not only on the rise nationally but in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties as well. And here’s something else. According to Kayla West, special project coordinator for Central ...

Adams Schools auction, raffle

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Adams Township School District Foundation held its fifth annual dinner, auction and raffle on Sept. 29. Julie Cortwright and her staff from the Bonfire Grill, served an excellent dinner. Event attendees were able to tour the recently completed culinary center. A special ...

LL-H Band plays at NMU

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Band Day 2018...On Saturday, Oct. 20, several high school marching bands, including Northern Michigan University’s Marching Band, came together to perform to a crowd filled Superior Dome. All the bands performed as one during NMU’s football halftime show. Seeing and hearing ...

Kindness shown unbelievable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Portage Health Foundation, Hubbell and Lake Linden Fire Departments, the church communities, and all the volunteers that helped with the work they did this summer after the June 17 flood. We should all be grateful for the ...

Humbled by voters’ support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are so many people I would like to thank for their help and support in my run for Houghton County Commissioner for District 4 (city of Houghton) but to list them all here would fill the better part of a full page. Thank you to the voters in the city of Houghton, to the ...

Drowsy driving just as deadly as drunk, drugged

Editorial

Drowsy driving doesn’t typically get the publicity that drunk, drugged or distracted driving garners but it should, according to a top insurance executive. “Nationwide, more than 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are hurt every year in crashes involving a driver drifting off to ...

Ways of man lead to death

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: David Keranen’s effort to impress us with his degrees piled higher and higher, is to be pitied. I’d bet his parents regret the day they sent him to college. There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end leads to death. Proverbs 14:12. Since the creation of the ...

Don’t play delay games with pot voters

Editorial

As expected, Michigan voters overwhelming approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday. We still think it was a bad idea, but that does not matter anymore because the voters have spoken. Statewide, Proposal 1 was approved 55 percent to 45 percent. The ratio was similar in St. ...

God gene is found in mirror

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the letter titled: “Religion is solely based on faith” by: David M. Keranen. “The resurrection of Jesus is just a matter of faith.” Wow, bet David didn’t get that idea out of a science book. Forget religion David; keep on looking and you ...

Stand by Jewish brothers, sisters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As Unitarian Universalists, the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) is horrified and dismayed by the massacre at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.  This violent act breaks every one of the principles that Unitarian Universalists live by: •The inherent ...