Opinion

Rig is up: Trump, followers expose our grand scheme

Editorial

OK, you got us: The American media has been for years and even unto this day secretly rigging all the elections in all 50 state governments, all of which believe they have so-called "independence" in holding elections.Silly Earthling states. Thinking they're independent.Now that the cat's out ...

Fundraiser for medical treatment

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Oct. 15, a benefit was held at Miller's Recreation to raise funds for my upcoming stem-cell transplant. A huge thanks to the following:Cafe Rosetta, Hahn Hammered Copper, Copper World, Aspirus Fitness Center, Cross Country Sports, J P's Fast Track, Calumet Art Center, Superior ...

Hunting and Sports Dinner

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Calumet Lions Club held its 15th annual Hunting and Sports dinner Sept. 22 at the beautiful Siskiwit Reception Hall in Calumet. This is the club's largest fundraiser which is held yearly in the fall.Once again the event was sold out early and hosted 44 sponsors the largest ever in ...

Family Fun Day autism benefit

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Copper Country Autism Awareness recently held its annual Family Fun Day October 15th at the Mine Shaft in Houghton.Thank you to the Mine Shaft employees, especially Kathy and Bob, for their help and support in making this event a success. Your service was exceptional. Thank you to ...

Donald Trump’s victim mentality

Columns

"Why is everybody always pickin' on me?"- The Coasters from "Charlie Brown"Donald Trump has a victim mentality.If the term sounds familiar, it's because it has long been the preferred conservative riposte when black people complain of being strangled by housing discrimination, economic ...

Trump’s gifts of gaffes boost Clinton’s campaign

Columns

WASHINGTON - Two high-profile political events of the last week provided an unintended present from Donald Trump to his rival for the presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton.First in their final debate Wednesday in Las Vegas, and then the next night at the Al Smith charity dinner in New York, ...

Legislature’s Tax Act already glutted with exemptions

Editorial

You know two things that are absolute certainties: Death and taxes.You may be surprised to learn that the second is not as inevitable as we have always assumed. The Michigan Legislature is working to fix that, but in a wrong and startling way.Michigan has 275 Masonic lodges. According to the ...

Then Michelle Obama showed up

Columns

Hillary Clinton's candidacy has sparked endless commentary about her gender, and rightly so.She is increasingly likely to be the first female president of the United States. That's a big deal - even if the thought of it makes you curl up into the fetal position, you poor thing.Two other women ...

Sanders effect: America overrun by broadminded

Columns

Many millennials are OK with socialism, even communism, according to a YouGov poll commissioned by The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.Forty-five percent of those polled between the ages of 16 and 20 years old said they would vote for a socialist, while 20 percent said they could vote ...

Unusually heavy rain requires fed disaster relief

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday approved a disaster declaration for Marquette County, three days after unusually heavy rains pummeled the area, causing heavy, localized flooding in the Chocolay River.Roadways were damaged and a handful of people had to be rescued from their homes in Chocolay, West ...

Email leaks will poison Clinton presidency

Columns

Sometimes you can't just plan for the ball; you have to plan for the hangover, too. No matter how 2016 ends, there will be a headache that haunts the country for years to come.Let's start with the most obvious but less-likely scenario: Donald Trump wins the presidency in perhaps the biggest ...

Democrats started undermining system before Trump

Columns

Because of what came later - Donald Trump's refusal to say whether he'd accept the results of the election - Hillary Clinton's similar, if somewhat less incendiary, remark about our system's legitimacy went nearly unnoticed.Right out of the box, responding to a query from Chris Wallace about ...

Marquette County Board says ‘No’ to wage increases

Editorial

We haven't been shy over the years to use this space to call out public entities for making what we viewed were bad fiscal decisions. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners' now defunct and thoroughly discredited retire/rehire policy, which enabled employees to draw their pensions while ...

True winners in this election: wealthy

Columns

Hillary Clinton won't be the only winner when Donald Trump and his fellow haters are defeated on Election Day (as looks increasingly likely). Another will be Paul Ryan, who will rule the Republican roost.Democrats may take back the Senate, but they won't take back the House. Gerrymandering has ...

Despite Trump, protest politics doesn’t always fail

Columns

2016 has been a big year for protest politics - not just in the United States, what with Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump getting over 40 percent of primary votes, but also all over Europe and Latin America, where voters have been rejecting the advice of their nations' political, financial and ...

Ending White Pine SSR will improve reliability, lower costs

Columns

Contrary to what Upper Peninsula electric customers are hearing, the elimination of the $7 million in annual payments (called System Support Resources or SSR payments) to keep the White Pine electric plant running will provide better electric reliability than what has been experienced in the ...

Little investment goes long way at SmartZone

Editorial

One, four-letter word describes what the MTEC SmartZone business incubator means to the western Upper Peninsula and the region's economy...J-O-B-S.Employment is the lifeblood of an economy, especially the quality jobs the SmartZone creates by providing expertise in establishing, consulting, ...

Sell souvenir streetcar rails

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Recently an article appeared in the Gazette that stated that the city of Hancock was wondering how to dispose of the old streetcar rails that were being dug up on the Quincy Street reconstruction. I wrote to the city manager and suggested that they be cut into 8-inch pieces and ...

For children’s sake heed buses

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I have two children who ride the bus to and from school. If you drive a car, please remember to follow the traffic laws about stopping for buses. I have watched for years as cars regularly pass the stopped school bus with its red flashing lights, or speed up to pass when the ...

‘No’ to support our library

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I encourage Chassell Township residents to exercise their right to vote in support of our township's continued participation with the Portage Lake District Library. Perhaps our Township Board will accept the results of a legal election this time around.Shortly after the August ...