Opinion

Half of Chassell has library cards

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Chassell proposal to leave the Portage Lake District Library is a perfect example of the need to get out to vote and participate in local government. While the anti-library group is undocumented, I doubt their numbers come close to the number of library cardholders in ...

Vote ‘No’ to support library

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Chassell Township is a significant partner in the Portage Lake District Library (PLDL). For the past 20 years (since 1996), Chassell has participated in making the library a vital part of this community. And yes, I speak of the "community" as a larger entity that goes beyond the ...

Dirty trick by anti-library side

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It has come to my attention that a very inaccurate "Fact Sheet" is being circulated to residents of Chassell Township. This "Fact Sheet" is a misleading publication.Chassell Township residents are being asked to vote whether or not to leave the Portage Lake District Library ...

Qualified in all clerk duties

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:During my 10 years as county commissioner and board chairman of Houghton County, I have had the privilege of working with Jennifer Kelly Lorenz.I feel that she is qualified for the job she has already been doing for the past years. The following are some of the responsibilities ...

Support county med care facility

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On August 2 the Houghton County Medical Care Facility will seek a six-year millage renewal of 2.55310 mills. This is not a request for an increase, but a renewal of the levy that has been in place for the past six years.County medical care facilities were created in 1939 to be the ...

Vote ‘Yes’ on facility’s millage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I encourage everyone to vote "Yes" on the Houghton County Medical Care Facility millage renewal on the primary election ballot on August 2 - 2.5531 mills for 6 years. I urge you to ask your relatives, friends, and neighbors to vote "Yes."The primary mission of the HCMCF is to ...

PLDL is treasure for Chassell

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:What a treasure Chassell Township citizens have in the Portage Lake District Library!15 public computers10,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks2,200 DVDsDigital collection of over 7,000 award-winning films & classic television showsMango foreign language courses ...

Helpful, proactive county clerk

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Jennifer Kelly Lorenz was elected Houghton County clerk in November of 2014. She has 16 years of experience in Probate, Family, Circuit, District Court and Friend of the Court. She has done it all. Most importantly she has 100 percent support of all city and township clerks which ...

Tikkanen for County Board

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:To the voters of District No. 1, Calumet Township and Hancock Township At the August 2 primary, you will be asked to vote for County Board commissioner. I strongly urge you to support Tom Tikkanen for this position. The voters of this district needs someone who is familiar with ...

Media’s ‘cry wolf’ problem with Trump

Columns

Dear Mainstream Media and Democrats: It's your turn. Now that Donald Trump has been formally nominated, the formal responsibility to stop him passes from the right to the left, from Republicans to Democrats and the journalists who amplify their values.You're going to find it a very tough slog. ...

Time for rancid presidential campaign: Midnight in America

Columns

In 1984, Hal Riney, a San Francisco advertising man, wrote and narrated "Morning in America," which became the signature television commercial of Republican Ronald Reagan's winning re-election campaign. In Riney's calm and reassuring voice, the script began: "It's morning again in America. ...

Drone should do much work at low cost

Editorial

Marquette Township has taken steps recently to use a growing and popular technology as a planning and potentially an emergency response tool.The township has purchased a drone including supporting equipment for about $2,000, according to township planner and zoning administrator Jason ...

Clintons made cash by selling access

Columns

This week, as Democrats fawn over Hillary Clinton, I'm struck by how both Clintons continue to thrive despite their remarkable record of sleazy dealings.The just released documentary "Clinton Cash," based on a book by Peter Schweizer, explains how they make big money by selling access to ...

Campaigns end on Election Day. Revolutions live on.

Columns

The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics as usual to reestablish its grip on the system. Here's why I think they're dead wrong:First, whatever else ...

Telemedicine may help life in far-flung places

Editorial

There are countless benefits to living in Michigan's far-flung rural reaches - peace and quiet abound, bountiful natural resources provide ample recreation opportunities and neighbors, well, are more neighborly.But there is one distinct drawback to life at the tip of the mitt. Access to ...

43rd Rice Lake Fishing Derby

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The members of the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen's Association would like to thank all the local businesses and individuals who helped make our 43rd annual Rice Lake Fishing Derby, held on June 12, a big success.A special thanks for the generous donations made by businesses in ...

Election no longer contest of ideas

Columns

Well, that was sure ugly.Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned ...

Pence, Gingrich speeches resuscitate GOP convention

Columns

WASHINGTON - The shaky faade of party unity that the Trump campaign has sought to construct at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland endured a stiff test Wednesday night when it risked the appearance of defeated and bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz as an invited speaker.Cruz took the stage ...

Pair of UP veterans garner awards for service

Editorial

There's a lot of which to be proud of in the local veterans world.Thomas J. DeCarlo, of Ironwood, is the 2016 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, nominated by American Legion Post 27, of Bessemer, for the award.DeCarlo's list of experiences is long. The World War II veteran served in the U.S. ...

RNC Message: Be Very Afraid

Columns

My first up-close glimpse into the enduring power of political fearmongering came through a two-way mirror in 2006.I was watching a focus group of women in southern Ohio discussing a variety of issues, when the topic turned to terrorism. One young mother shared her fear that foreign terrorists ...