Opinion

Cheerful Men of College ditty

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Indebted to MTU, my alma mater, I’ve been inspired to compose a song, a song I believe that best defines the salubrious climate in which MTU students thrive. Graduation from MTU is synonymous with a purposeful career for many fine young men and women. Contrast MTU with ...

What do we talk about when we don’t talk about Lent?

Columns

It happens to me every year when the ground is cold and wet in March, when polite Easter talk involves pepper and egg sandwiches, and later, chocolate bunnies and those sugary Peeps. It’s the time when I ask questions of myself that I can’t quite answer, like this one: As a Christian, ...

Serious Matter of Political Humor

Columns

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Former shelter dog saves life of 3-year-old

Editorial

Officials in Delta County are crediting a former shelter dog with saving the life of a young child in circumstances that appalled readers in recent days. The scene of this drama was a location near the town of Rapid River. “Peanut,” formerly “Petunia,” had reportedly raised something ...

Coded messsage of fascism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If the cuts to Meals on Wheels in the new federal budget seem arbitrary, here is a chilling reminder of the cruel philosophy underpinning the current administration that will help put the issue in perspective. This is a move that is literally straight out of the fascist ...

Praise God we won, you lost

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Are you sick and tired of our Democrat Sen. Debbie Stabenow voting against Cabinet members of President Trump and all who have been appointed to serve his administration? Michigan voted for President Trump, and we expect her to vote our choice. She has forgotten that she works ...

Call your reps and keep calling

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On March 4, our U.S. senator, Gary Peters, spoke to a standing-room-only group of Copper Country folk about what’s going on in Washington, D.C. He was eager to answer our questions, and he graciously, patiently shared his knowledge and opinions. Sen. Peters said he had never ...

Kindest cuts only seem to be cruel

Columns

“Devastating!” shouts Chuck Schumer. Even Republicans are unhappy. Big spending “conservative” congressman Hal Rogers calls President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts “draconian, careless and counterproductive.” But Trump’s cuts are good! Why do politicians always assume ...

Not fading away: high time to face facts about jail

Editorial

You can block your ears and yell “la, la, la” all you want, but the issues involving the condition and overcrowding of the Houghton County Jail are not going away. You might believe that anyone arrested but not convicted of a crime should not be coddled in jail and be punished while ...

Resist attempts to divide us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sheriff declares overcrowding emergency. UPSET makes yet another drug bust. Check the want ads. If delivering newspapers won’t pay your bills, you’re pretty much out of luck. The cure? Why, austerity, of course! There’s too much foreign aid (1 percent of budget) ...

Conversations crafting platform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed being in Houghton recently, and how much I look forward to my return visits. I was so impressed by the number of residents who came out to the Super 8 to share their concerns and their ideas for rebuilding Michigan. Our team also ...

Voting class of 2016: Trump’s Budget Cuts and the Upper Peninsula

Columns

Donald Trump released his first budget this past week that includes a $54 billion increase in military and defense spending while cutting $54 billion from other areas, including some very important programs to Houghton County. The cuts the mainstream media reported on were the ones to the ...

Maintaining trail system

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Keweenaw ATV Club would like to thank both GMO and AFM for their continued support and excellent cooperation in extending every effort to obtaining, keeping, and managing our recreational trail system up and running in Houghton-Keweenaw Counties and beyond. It is through ...

The Narrative of Life

Columns

Gloria gripped the steering wheel. Adam was leaning back in the passenger seat. The car engine was running. It was a cold night in November. Flakes of snow were clumping together on the wet slushy ground - a reminder of a long winter to come. They were waiting for the car to defrost, the thin ...

Exploring the benefits of home health care

Columns

All of us have been affected by illness either personally or with a loved one. It was once common practice to keep patients in the hospital for extended periods of time, or to transition them to a long term care facility if they were unable to be completely independent at home. However, as ...

Time to explain journalism to Fox News — yet again

Columns

It is time, once again, to explain journalism to Fox News. In a way, that’s disappointing. After all, that network’s Shepard Smith has emerged as something of a journalistic hero lately, repeatedly standing up to Donald Trump’s administration for its attempts to undermine and ...

Read this to find out how we’re biased

Editorial

Where does this newspaper stand? What is our editorial slant? We have been shot at from all sides in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election for being biased either for or against all sides. OK, we’ll lay our cards on the table. We’ll tell you exactly where we stand. But first, let ...

What’s Trump trying to hide?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In September 2008 while attending a real estate markets conference in Manhattan, Donald Trump’s son “Don Jr.” made the statement, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets….We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” In ...

As Trump agenda falters, the two parties erode

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the new president continues to traffic in whole-cloth lies and genuine fake news, where are the voices in the Republican Party he hijacked that once represented the sober conscience of American conservatism? With the exception of naysayers like former GOP presidential ...

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

Columns

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, let’s say. Before 7 a.m., President Trump was pretending he’d never heard of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who first started covering Trump in the late 1980s and ...