Opinion

Prosecutor should do his job

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the article on the front page last week: maybe if Houghton county had a prosecutor that would do his job and not just settle for plea deals and misdemeanors, the jail wouldn’t be overcrowded. Send these felons to prison instead of the slap on the wrist and 30 ...

People marched for human rights

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Marilyn Sager’s letter of Feb. 7 merits a reply for several reasons. Some statements are in error, some charges are incorrect, and the misrepresentation of motives should be refuted. I cannot speak firsthand to statements about the D. C. march. Like her, I was not there. I ...

End of Cold War and 2017 American politics

Columns

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

Trump has grating style but significant substance

Columns

Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word particularly ...

What LifePoint isn’t touting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Duke LifePoint has been touting improvements to its cardiovascular care. What it hasn’t been touting is its failure to restore cardiovascular patient records to its on-line patient portal. In October of 2013, Duke LifePoint purchased Upper Michigan Cardiovascular ...

Century of liberal warmongering

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: According to liberals, conservatives are warmongers and bigots who hate blacks, Jews, foreigners, immigrants, refugees, etc. In 1917 the liberal/progressive Wilson administration put union organizer and socialist Eugene Debs in prison for promoting pacifism during World War ...

Angel Program allows addicts to seek help from State Police

Columns

Tactics to combat illegal drug use, abuse, sales, and addiction is constantly evolving and a mixture of failures and successes. Limiting the availability of illegal narcotics is a struggle and uphill battle. When there is some success at limiting the availability of a particular drug, it ...

Headline tainted Winter Carnival

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The moment I saw and read the recent article with the “Pre-Carnival Drug Bust” headline, I began shaking my head. I could not believe that any reputable newspaper, and/or editor, would include the word “Pre-Carnival” in the headline.  It was totally unnecessary, and ...

Liberal journalists’ mission found in time of Trump

Columns

Journalists “find a renewed sense of mission,” reports The New York Times. That’s nice. There is some truth to this. And it’s not fake news. With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, journalism, in a typical pattern of self-congratulatory excess, has dusted off an old ...

Trump over top calling media ‘enemy’

Columns

“Fake News!” shouts our president, calling out CNN, The New York Times and others. I love it. Although it’s not really true — not the way President Donald Trump means it. The media rarely “fake” anything. Over time, they generally get the facts correct. But the president makes ...

Rise and shine in this great awakening

Editorial

Despite the doom and gloom on one side, and the anger and vitriol on the other, there seems to be something positive resulting from the most recent national election. Although the country seemingly remains as divisive as at any time in its history, it seems the election might have prompted a ...

Blood drives at Hancock, Jeffers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Shannon Nuls, Hancock High School and Julie Nordstrom, Jeffers High School, for hosting blood drives in the month of January. As a result of their efforts we collected 36 pints of blood. I would also like to ...

Wall Street flimflammers picked to create American jobs

Columns

Of all the economic pain in America that Washington ought to be relieving, what group would you choose as the top priority? Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say that people on the lower rungs of the economic ladder — the poor and the failing middle ...

2 rescued at breakers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Stanton Township Fire Dept. and First Responders would like to thank all the wonderful individuals and organizations who helped us rescue two people off the ice at the Houghton Breakers on Feb. 10. Thanks to the Coast Guard, Mercy Ambulance, Houghton County Deputy ...

Open letter to so-called president

Columns

Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works. You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President ...

Warm weather prompts ice warnings

Editorial

As the unusually warm February weather continues, warnings are going out to those who would venture out on the ice in pursuit of a few fish. The state just had its free fishing weekend for the winter, apparently without mishap. But with temperatures even in the Upper Peninsula soaring into ...

Clear abandoned vehicles at MTU

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This past Winter Carnival weekend, my brother and I were able to enjoy yet another thrilling Husky hockey victory on Saturday evening. Everything is terrific attending these games, with one big exception- the very poor way MTU handles their parking lots as it relates to broken ...

Trump’s pre-emptive strike at the press is ranting

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s first solo White House news conference as president Thursday, launched with little advance notice, was a bold and aggressive strategy to co-opt one of the news media’s prime information vehicles. He filibustered for more than an hour of the traditional ...

This is ‘The Problem We All Live With’

Columns

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old when federal marshals escorted her through a screaming crowd of angry white adults so that she could be the first black child to attend an all-white school in the South. On the morning of Nov. 14, 1960, the marshals drove Ruby and her mother to her new school, ...

Urban agriculture not going away in Chocolay

Editorial

Professional planners call it urban agriculture, the practice of growing and raising that which is typically found on rural farms in urban environments. For some, that means vegetable gardens, everything from modest deck and balcony tomato patches to full-blown backyard gardens, complete with ...