Opinion

In Plain Sight: Good, bad things we take for granted

Columns

OK, let’s get serious about something. There are some things that are perfectly obvious, so readily seen but taken for granted, that we make the mistake of ignoring them. Take restaurants, for example. We enjoy dining out so we search for the obvious places that offer fine foods, pleasant ...

Hateful speech from losing side

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Concerning the last U.S. presidential election, I have never witnessed such vitriolic, hateful speech and behavior from the losing side. And the unbelievable lying shows no sign of ceasing. Where is the tolerance that the left so profusely advocates? 1 Cor 15:52 says this age ...

As drums pound for regime change, questions arise

Columns

With the drumbeats pounding about Syria, drums demanding the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, you might want to ask yourself some hard questions. Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. And President Donald Trump acted quickly, decisively and properly in sending missile ...

Low-Rent for Big Bucks

Columns

WASHINGTON — Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O’Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of millions — his ratings went up. A few days later, a United Airlines passenger was dragged from an airplane to make room for crew ...

Proposed cuts in research worry educators

Editorial

President Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for his administration’s proposed budget, which effectively cuts things like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts. Now, there are plans to slash federal research funding, which is causing concern among ...

Doesn’t look as if he’s from around here

Columns

When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured by the North ...

Trump turns warrior watching TV

Columns

Somehow, firing Tomahawk missiles at Syria suddenly changed people’s opinions of President Trump. Now they call him a “serious” leader. William Kristol said Trump’s action “reassures you.” Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, long critical of Trump, now say he “deserves the ...

Copper Country CTE millage is winning parlay

Editorial

A dedicated millage to fund career technical education (CTE) in Copper Country schools will be a winning parlay on a sure thing. A parlay is using something of value in a way that creates more value, and that is what will happen if Copper Country voters approve the proposed CTE ...

Copper Country Predator Hunt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The sixth 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 over ...

How can we stop greedy banksters from robbing us?

Columns

In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/ I see lots of funny men/ Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/ Some with a fountain pen.” The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days. For example, while you would get hard time ...

Economic justice was King’s other dream

Columns

This is a column about Martin Luther King’s other dream. His most famous dream, of course, is the one he articulated at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. It was a vision of racial amity so frightening that people killed to keep it from coming true. Five decades later, it’s so broadly accepted ...

Libraries have power to take you anywhere

Editorial

There is a place where you can go to do anything, be anybody and travel anywhere, either to a place or in time. It is a portal to the universe of human knowledge, imagination and creativity. Knowledge is power, and this place produces the power of the people, offering unlimited access to ...

Carrying ghost of inspiration

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Gazette’s March reproducing of work for Youth Art Mouth should be lauded. Children and teenage art students in the Copper Country schools will not all grow up to be painters in Manhattan’s Soho. Others will be gentlemen or will, for good and for ill, pursue careers ...

Trump changes image but not reality of his record

Columns

WASHINGTON — In Donald Trump’s continuing attempt to look more presidential, his assertions of military and staff control may be having limited success. But his long record of impulsive and impetuous behavior based on impressions rather than established fact beclouds the effort. His swift ...

Really, O’Reilly

Columns

It’s hard to give the complete list of companies pulling their ads right now from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News Channel, because the number keeps growing. Chances are that in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, another corporate sponsor decided to suspend advertising. ...

Spring caution: motorcycles on roads

Editorial

The coming of warmer weather means a lot of things to the residents of Superiorland and elsewhere. It means backyard barbecues and the planting of gardens. Swimming and long, lazy summer walks shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Neither should summer sports like baseball and soccer. And it also ...

Middle East’s siren call is exercise in futility

Columns

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Diversion is goal of obfuscation game

Columns

WASHINGTON — If there is one operative rule in this city’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth — a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. Thus, the ...

Trump cranking up fog machine

Columns

Donald Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history — that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they colluded with ...

Closing skills gap involves group effort

Editorial

When it comes to closing a skills gap in the available workforce — a growing problem in recent years — there is no instant solution, but local officials are making the necessary investments and signs point to a shift that will help meet the demand into the future. But even as programs to ...