Opinion

Don’t shoot messenger of real local news

Editorial

Left, right and in between, we will cover the news here, there and everywhere for the residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties no matter where it falls in the spectrum of politics, values systems or worldviews. On that you can rely. This newspaper will continue to report ...

Cats have ears, and so did hats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the letter of Feb. 7 “Praising God for a Trump Presidency”, the Sisters March in Houghton/Hancock was the largest, most peaceful, and most civil one that I can remember since the 1970s. I was there, and obviously, the letter writer was not. The most vulgar ...

Trump doesn’t take kindly to power, conflicts of interest limits

Columns

WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues to maintain that there is no higher authority than himself as he sits in the Oval Office, both the Constitution and the judicial branch are educating him on the realities of life in our American democracy. The three members of the Ninth Circuit ...

Dear Time Travelers: Welcome to 2017

Columns

My Lord, these time travelers. They’re everywhere. I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should ...

We’ll stand fast with shield of truth

Editorial

For journalists, scientists, educators and all truth tellers, these are times that try the soul. The enemies of truth have always been around, mostly hiding in the tall grass. But the dawning of the information age, which has spread powerful technology to users who by and large remain ...

Major media remain in denial of what they did wrong

Columns

Since Donald Trump’s election, the major media have been trying to figure out what they did wrong, given their fawning coverage of Hillary Clinton and their anti-Donald Trump stories. Didn’t they help twice elect Barack Obama? Why didn’t the formula work this time? Mostly the media ...

Right can’t defend Trump’s behavior

Columns

By now you may have noticed the difficulty many conservatives have defending everything President Trump does and says. I’m not just referring to the big policy moves, most of which conservatives can support fairly easily (so far). I mean the whole whiplash-inducing spectacle: the unfiltered, ...

Unfunded public benefit liability needs reform

Editorial

State government appears ready — again — to take on the nettlesome topic of unfunded public employee benefit liabilities that many in Lansing and elsewhere say governments at all levels can no longer afford. Conservatives are pushing reform in the face of $14 billion in unfunded ...

It is time to give him to God

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If you have been reading the letters from David Keranen, please allow me to explain why he doesn’t “get it.” 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 — “When we tell you these things (the apostles), we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us ...

Built-in slant to ‘check your privilege’ resistance

Columns

There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges ...

The danger of Stephen Bannon

Columns

President Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council — elevating his chief political strategist, Stephen Bannon, and demoting the director of national intelligence and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top ...

‘Pre-Carnival’ headline based on facts, truth

Editorial

At the recent Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting for local business and community leaders, Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz presented a letter to the attendees written by Brian Kass of the Blue Key Honor Society stating its disappointment in the “Pre-Carnival ...

Users are aware of consequences

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is in reference to the letter in the DMG on Jan. 21 entitled “No one chooses to become an addict.” First: It is presumptuous for the writer to assert that I have not loved one with an addiction. Whether I do or did I consider it to be a family matter, not a ...

Free Trade exerts big effect on ‘earned success’

Columns

Amid all the hurly-burly of President Donald Trump’s first weeks in office, let’s try to put the changes he’s making and the feathers he’s ruffling in a longer, 20-year perspective. Start off with his trademark issue — one that clearly helped him win the 64 crucial electoral votes of ...

Scripture prophecy historically accurate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Jesus is so important to us even time marks his birth. Many prophecies about Jesus are found in Isaiah, who lived in 700 BC and Zechariah, who lived in 500 BC. I’ll give you the prophecy and history showing the accuracy of Scripture. Is. 7:14 — The Lord himself shall ...

Drug bust had nothing to do with Winter Carnival

Columns

I am writing to you on behalf of Michigan Technological University’s Chapter of the Blue Key Honor Society Our organization was very disappointed in the headline of a recent article published in your paper titled “Pre-Carnival Drug Bust: UPSET raid recovers marijuana, acid-laced ...

Student Leadership Committee makes a difference

Columns

Once a month, student leaders from across the region gather at a local high school or at the Copper Country ISD to collaborate on different projects. They are members of the Student Leadership Committee (SLC), a long-standing committee of high school students dedicated to developing their ...

Workable plan for management of wolves needed

Editorial

The news recently a wolf had been found dead in Iron County, shot and tossed Sunday off a road in Stambaugh Township was unfortunate but not particularly surprising. For much of the nation, the wolf is a symbol of the wild — or, perhaps, a scary spectre from a fairy tale — but remote and ...

Killing wolves to protect humans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a member of a hunting family, we have always believed, if you hunt and shoot game, you eat it. I have never heard of anyone eating wolf. Also, the notion that we must kill wolves to protect humans seems rather odd to me. For many years there were several wolves on Isle ...

No one wins Gorsuch confirmation war

Columns

WASHINGTON — To review the left’s reaction to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is to infer he’s the spawn of Dracula — a cruel and bloodless beast who shrinks from the light and plays havoc with history. Among the many distortions: Gorsuch is against clean water, consumers, ...