Opinion

When ransom is indeed ransom

Columns

One of my all-time favorite lines is from Henry Thoreau: "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."It came to mind this week when the White House and State Department insisted that the charge the U.S. paid a ransom to get back American hostages was ...

Both parties dig graves — Republicans dig deeper

Columns

About 14 months ago, American politics began to resemble a B-level Washington, D.C., novel. A former secretary of state was revealed to have endangered U.S. secrets and possibly sold aspects of U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder. Will she face indictment? No. But the FBI director ...

Big Latch On raises awareness on breastfeeding

Editorial

Something completely normal is happening today around the world, and yet we felt the need to celebrate it on Saturday.The sixth annual Marquette County Big Latch On event was held Saturday at the U.P. Children"s Museum Courtyard. Events like this are held every August around the world to ...

Real reckoning coming after election

Columns

In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton said the nation was at "a moment of reckoning."She's right, but the reckoning is not simply the choice voters face this fall between her and Donald Trump. The real reckoning is larger, and it will extend beyond ...

Not clear if either party has winning strategy

Columns

What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. What's your best guess, I asked, emphasizing guess, of your nominee's percentage of ...

TCS model promotes lifelong learning in IT

Columns

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was founded in India in 1968 to provide technology services for companies which at that time were using punch cards to operate their technology. Since then they have grown to be the fourth-largest provider of information technology (IT) services in the world ...

Job portal addresses needs of unemployed

Editorial

The Great Lakes Bay Region is in transition with the anticipated loss of roughly 700 jobs at The Dow Chemical Co. and Dow Corning Corp.Given this recent piece of news, there are those doing what they can to help make this transition as smooth as possible for those affected by the ...

Different salutes for motorists

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I write this letter on behalf of the road cyclists of the Copper Country. We frequently ride on the shoulders of the road. Sometimes there's a bike path, and sometimes there is just somewhat of a shoulder to ride. For the most part, I ride on M203. The bike path there is anywhere ...

Med Care Facility poll too simplistic

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I find the poll question of the week irresponsible on the part of the Daily Mining Gazette.The Houghton County Medical Care Facility issue is far too complicated to pose in such a simplistic question.It was misleading to state the HCMCF has $20 million in reserves. While the HCMCF ...

Proud to wear police badge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It may seem truly old-fashioned to the young people of today, but after 50 years I still recall with clarity and pride the day in June 1966 I first pinned that beautiful silver and blue shield on my chest. My life was irrevocably changed for the better. As a member of the ...

Warming causing extreme weather

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Recently a tornado raced by my home missing my house by feet and plowing into my hometown of Wakefield. It tore the 200-plus-foot hockey arena roof off and dumped it into Sunday Lake. Wakefield's first tornado had struck.The same storm dumped 10 inches of rain on the shores of ...

Prosecutor plays defense attorney

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As elections near I wanted to share our family's negative experience with the Houghton county prosecutor. In November 2011 we filed a criminal complaint for sign theft which took place in Ripley on private property. We purchased a small billboard sign from a local company in hopes ...

Scripture needs to be understood

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I don't like to criticize what other Christians believe. Even when they make mistakes about doctrine, devout believers are better than spiritually dead skeptics. However, doctrinal errors should be corrected because the Bible is too important to be misunderstood.A letter quoted I ...

Choice between 2 of 3 Stooges

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am 66 years old and have seen many elections. Usually in most years we are treated to candidates sounding more like John Wayne and after elected we discover we have ended up with someone more like Barney Fife of Mayberry. This year we have been treated to what is more like two ...

Fox and friends with benefits

Columns

No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies' man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt.So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew that a spoonful of sugar ...

Marines of all stripes have sacrificed

Columns

In 1945, Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain in the history of the United States Marine Corps, was asked by his senior Protestant colleague to deliver the sermon at a single, interdenominational service dedicated to the fallen after the historically bloody Battle of Iwo Jima - ...

10 things to know today: Friday, August 5, 2016

Columns

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. OBAMA DENIES $400M PAYMENT TO IRAN WAS RANSOMThe money was delivered to the Iranian government in January, at the same time four Americans jailed in Tehran were released.2. UN BUNGLES ...

Taking low road: TV attack ads turn voters off

Editorial

Thank goodness it's over! The 2016 partisan primary with negative television ads primarily for the Republican candidates for the 1st Congressional District was as distasteful as it was troubling.The last couple of days before the election, the ads were all running back-to-back. A positive ad ...

Choice for president beyond two evils

Columns

Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law.But what can we do? What's the alternative?Fortunately, one political party wants government to have a little less power. Former governors Gary Johnson and ...

Populist insurgency ratcheting up

Columns

What an amazing democratic primary season it was! And we now have this happy result: WE WON!"We" being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other "outsiders" who felt The Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, ...