Opinion

Pension cut delay is victory for common sense

Editorial

Pensions and retiree health care liabilities are major issues facing the state of Michigan, its municipalities and school districts. The funding gaps are severe in some cases. The status quo will not adequately address the challenges ahead. Change must happen. Yet that change must happen ...

Obamas perpetuated hopelessness

Columns

Former Sen. Alan Simpson once said that, “Those who travel the high road of humility will not be troubled by heavy traffic.” That descriptive and funny line came to mind after I heard what first lady Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey last week in a TV interview. Because of Donald ...

Death penalty does not heal wounds

Columns

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the parable of the sower, a farmer sprinkles seeds upon four different types of terrain, one of which is rocky where seeds fail to thrive. As interpreted by scholars, the rock refers to the human heart that’s made of stone and therefore resistant to the seed (the ...

Practice snow courtesy to keep peace, promote safety

Columns

Winter came to the Copper Country in a fury.  We are all feeling the effects, some more than others.  For example, those living up on the north end received significant amounts of snow in a very short period.  With the significant piles of snow came a significant volume of calls related to ...

Red Kettle funds support Salvation Army’s good work

Editorial

On several occasions in this space, we have reminded readers that there was still time to donate to the 2016 Christmas Cheer Club, the holiday gift promotion to collect gifts for needy children and families. Another equally deserving charitable effort will continue to collect cash donations ...

A Visit from Santa Claus (Yooper Version)

Editorial

It was da night before Christmas, when all trew da house, Der was nobody making no noises, not even doze mouses; Da chukes hung on da chimney wit care, Wit hope dat St. Nick wood be der, eh; In sweaters and union suits, da kits were snug in bed, Wit dreams of paczkis dancing in der ...

‘What art is’ is in eye of beholder

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was walking around after a parade in Houghton earlier this summer and happened to notice the new artwork the city has erected underneath the bridge. That spot had been gathering graffiti for going on a decade and was a good choice for a tasteful installation of some ...

Like charity, patriotism begins at home

Columns

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., holds an office higher than the presidency. John McCain is a patriot. Like his fellow warriors, he does not talk about the horror and the pain he endured and he lived with. The memories must no doubt be too personal and too powerful. McCain, the most recent military ...

Trump will continue to hold rallies

Columns

Donald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank-you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president? One clue is that Trump conducted them only in the states he won. And most attendees appeared to have voted for ...

Finnish native never returned

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I had the pleasure of sharing early images of Hancock with others interested in local history at the Calumet Public Library in late September. During the presentation I mistakenly mentioned that Jooseppi Riippa was buried in Finland. Riippa was to be an instructor at the ...

Election of 2016 changed a bunch of political rules

Columns

Over the 40-some years that I have been working or closely observing the political campaign business, the rules of the game haven’t changed much. Technology has changed the business somewhat, but the people who ran campaigns in the 1970s could have (and in some cases actually have) run them ...

Some will regret their 2016 vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Jan. 30, 1933, Adolph Hitler became chancellor of Germany and the German people embraced him in the sure hope that he would make Germany...great again. On Nov. 8, 2016, Donald Trump was elected president elect by American voters who were persuaded that the time had come ...

Trump turning swamp into spa for moneyed elites

Columns

In Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the “populistic” patina he needed to win. But wait a minute: Who are those guys escorting The Donald into the Oval Office? Oh, ...

Don’t prolong egg farm cruelty

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In 2009, the Michigan Legislature overwhelmingly passed an amendment to the state’s Animal Industry Act to ensure animals aren’t cruelly confined on factory farms in tiny cages. The amendment gave producers a lengthy 10 years to phase out these cruel cages and provide more ...

Justice system has devolved

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you ever wonder what’s wrong with our justice system? First off, we do not have a “justice” system. The purpose of a trial is no longer to determine who is guilty or innocence, right or wrong. Trials have devolved into a debate where the sole object is to get the ...

God marshaled the starry hosts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Your article, David Keranen, about creation, like you say, is mind-boggling. I loved it because it reminded me of the awesome power of the God I believe and worship. He created all the stars, moon, sun and this planet we call home. Isaiah 45:12: “It is I who made the earth ...

Min. wage laws overpay some workers

Columns

Donald Trump is appointing good people — Andy Puzder, for example, Trump’s nominee for labor secretary. When Puzder took over Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s restaurants, they were deep in debt. Four years later, they were profitable. I bet his 70,000 workers are happy about that. “What ...

New MDOT tech makes roads safer for motorists

Editorial

The world has come a long way from simple snow shovels for removing snow. Now, connected vehicle technology is helping the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) more quickly clear snow and ice from roads. GPS-based automatic vehicle location devices installed on its winter road ...

Schools host blood drives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank the following organizations for hosting blood drives in the month of November: Finlandia University’s Phil LoCicero, Chassell High School’s Mary Markham, Houghton High School’s Lindsay Sandell and Calumet ...

ATV Poker Run supported DDIY

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A huge thank you to all who turned out on Oct. 22 to participate in the first ATV Poker Run to support the DDIY (Don’t Do It Yourself) Group. Thank you thank you to all that donated prizes and our ride sponsors: Coppermine, Partanens, Monte Carlo and Rockey’s. Also to ...