Opinion

Sawyer runway work part of cost of doing business

Editorial

A running start on needed work to the Sawyer International Airport's runway will be handled, largely through federal funding, Marquette County officials confirmed recently.The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration - just over $175,000 - is about 90 ...

That Hillary

Columns

Six times now, I've revised the beginning of this column to avoid starting with the word "I," my mother's long-ago voice ringing in my ear.Not talking about oneself is a cornerstone of my upbringing. This is not uncommon for women of my generation. We came of age in the 1970s, at the height of ...

Email leaks from DNC provide delectable tidbits

Columns

Thanks to WikiLeaks, which has released nearly 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee - with promises of more to come - we have proof the party that styles itself as inclusive, diverse and tolerant isn't.Among the delectable tidbits on which Republicans are feasting are ...

Bike Magazine story spotlights area’s great trails

Editorial

Although Superiorland's bike trails - mountain biking and otherwise - are among the area's best-known recreational assets, a major spread in a national magazine will only burnish that reputation.Bike Magazine, in addition to its print edition, cites 1.6 million monthly visitors to its website ...

Can we afford ceremonial president?

Columns

CLEVELAND - In normal times, the report this week that Donald Trump wanted John Kasich to be the real president would have made more of a splash.According to Kasich aides, the Trump campaign desperately wanted the Ohio governor to be his running mate. Kasich, out of concern for his eternal soul ...

Where do true-blue patriots turn in 2016?

Columns

Where does a true patriot turn in the 2016 presidential election? The Democratic Party's national convention is attempting to lay claim to the patriot mantle. Yet the party is not quite there. Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was heckled with chants of "no more war." The Code Pink wing ...

Tuesday’s primary includes UP’s Congressional race

Editorial

Every four years it happens.Politicians come at us from every angle, flooding the inboxes of our emails, appearing all over our Facebook newsfeeds and sprouting up in signs on citizens' front yards.Some of them even visit us in our homes.About this time of year we all start to get a little ...

Support facility for peace of mind

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our organization, the Technical, Professional and Officeworkers Association of Michigan (TPOAM) has the privilege of working with all of the professional nurses employed at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility. We have come to realize that their compassionate care to ...

Moving to middle is outdated tactic

Columns

Does Hillary Clinton understand the biggest divide in American politics is no longer between the right and the left, but between the anti-establishment and the establishment?I worry she doesn't - at least not yet.A Democratic operative I've known since the Bill Clinton administration tells me, ...

Democratic Convention: Mission Partly Accomplished

Columns

It was a variant on a traditional convention for a party seeking a third straight term in the White House, attempting to overcome an apparent post-convention bounce for the opposition's candidate: shades of 1988 or 2000 or 2008. Usually it starts with a valedictory speech by the incumbent ...

Many teachers around here don’t take summer off

Columns

One of the biggest misconceptions I hear often is that teachers have it made - they get their summers off.From what I have witnessed, that is not true here in the Copper Country. We have many dedicated teachers in all of our local schools who continually want to become better and learn new ...

Public library is champion of middle class

Editorial

Your library card is a passport to the middle class.This is an era when working-class Americans are being squeezed by a sweeping economic transformation. In desperation, displaced workers are looking for lifelines in the wrong places. You won't get the help you need - at least in a timely ...

Worthwhile to vote for

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On August 2 voters in the First Congressional District have the opportunity to elect a representative who will be there because he wants to serve the people and not tell them how to run their lives. This would be Lt. Gen. Jack Bergman.I had concerns about Tom Casperson and Jason ...

Glad to pay taxes to local library

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:My wife and I are but part-time residents of Chassell and therefore don't use all of the many benefits which the Portage Lake Library offers throughout the year. But we are glad to pay taxes in a community which supports such a good library.Young families with children, who are ...

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 ...