Opinion

Trump’s dark cloud of illegitimacy

Columns

A dark cloud of illegitimacy hangs over the pending presidency of Donald Trump. Bad enough that Trump rejects the conclusions of the CIA, FBI and other U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign to help him become president. Even worse that Trump publicly sides ...

Michigan takes step toward true justice

Editorial

A bill to compensate wrongfully convicted individuals with $50,000 for each year they spent in prison has now been passed by both legislative chambers and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. It’s a step toward righting the wrong that was done to them by the justice system. There is ...

More citizen involvement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wish to publicly thank the citizens of Hancock and a new generation of public servants.   It is so refreshing to attend a council meeting and see the younger faces of those who have chosen to serve their community. Hancock is in the position to pull together all the ...

Trump nixes pet projects of liberal, conservative elites

Columns

It’s been a tough year for political elites, here and around the world, what with the passage of Brexit in June in Britain, the repudiation of Colombia’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient in the October FARC referendum and the defeat of America’s Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s preferred ...

Free mental health support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When mental illness hits an individual ,it also impacts the family and support people around that person. The need for information and a community of others who know the difficulty of living in this situation is not always addressed by health providers. That is why a free ...

Regulatory statistics distort rural hospitals’ quality of care

Columns

There has been a lot of talk lately about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obama Care”) and its future. While I am sure this topic will be covered in great detail over the coming months, I want to spend some time responding to an article ran in the Daily Mining Gazette on ...

Wolf hysteria bill ignored voters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Gov. Snyder ignored voters’ wishes when he signed wolf hunting bill SB 1187 into law. The governor should have taken into consideration that voters in this state are overwhelmingly against resuming wolf hunts, and voted as such multiple times. It is his duty to represent ...

Merry Christmas: right-wingers, red pope and Jesus

Columns

Aah, ‘tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.” In this season of Peace on Earth, a delusional ...

KML loan merely shifts tax funds

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When our kids were growing up, my wife took care of our finances, she would have to “Rob Peter to pay Paul” whenever something out of budget would come along. I said this to point out the fact that the money to bail out the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is not a loan and never ...

Just in it to see if he could win it

Columns

In this holiday season, a quirky source of gratitude has emerged — Donald Trump’s many campaign lies. What else can one call the promises that he now treats as alien concepts? Almost daily, he reverses himself on a campaign promise, confirming what this column predicted: He would never ...

Wheels of justice grind forward in Flint water cases

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week authorized criminal charges against four additional people in connection to the Flint lead-in-the-water crisis that rocked the Snyder Administration and southern Michigan after it was made public in late 2014. The latest cases bring to 13 the ...

2016 statements that wound up in history’s dust bin

Columns

For your semi-faithful correspondent, 2016 has been a 12-month exercise in humility. I apologize to you, gentle reader, for the errors — all unforced — to which I subjected you. My introduction to the 2016 campaign was to endorse the timeless wisdom of former Sen. Bill Cohen, a Republican ...

Education choice upsets public educrats

Columns

America’s socialists — I mean progressives — are enraged that President-elect Trump chose Betsy DeVos to be his secretary of education. “Not a good appointment,” yelled Al Sharpton. A “proponent of a for-profit institution! She does not believe in the public school system!” ...

Rec Passport grants good investments in communities

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the recipients of Recreation Passport grants, which are funded from the sales of the $11 annual passes that grant entry to state parks and recreation areas in the state. That pass puts the “P” on a Michigan license plate ...

Sick child gets wish to visit UP

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our son Reino, now 5 years old, has been battling stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma for the last 16 months.  When he was in radiation he was visited by the Make a Wish volunteers. His wish was to come stay in a cabin in Michigan so he could learn to ski at Mont Ripley, to go snow ...

Fourth annual Bridge Jam

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: With heavy snow showers riding in on the coattails of the solstice, there’s no better time to thank our community of donors and volunteers who helped the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club with its fourth annual Maasto Bridge Jam earlier this month. Plaudits once again to Mike and ...

Event raised funds for Barkell

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Barkell Elementary School PTO would like to thank all of those who helped make our annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser on Dec. 3 a great success! We are so grateful to the students, families and community members, along with the faculty and staff of Barkell, for giving of ...

Trump’s priorities raise doubts

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump and his adult children are continuing to dodge the obvious conflict of interest of running a huge for-profit business enterprise while he gets ready to run the country. Trump’s post-election promise to clarify the situation, while insisting that by law as a ...

Pelkie School: History flows in drum circle

Editorial

History came full circle when the old Pelkie School was donated earlier this month to Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College for use as an agricultural school. It’s fitting that Pelkie School will continue as a place of learning, bestowing knowledge about the heritage and roots of the ...

Gratitude beats back holiday funk

Columns

The day after Thanksgiving is usually when I begin decorating for Christmas, but on Nov. 25, I turned to my husband on the verge of despair. “I don’t know,” I said. “I don’t think I have it in me.” The sound of those words, in my voice, was enough to startle me out of my funk. ...