Opinion

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 ...

Calumet High baseball can drive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Calumet High School varsity baseball team would like to thank everyone who donated to our can drive at Pat’s Food in Calumet this past fall. With this being our first year as a self-supported sport, your generosity was overwhelming. We look forward to a great spring ...

Volunteers for beautification

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Saturday, Oct. 22, the city of Houghton Beautification had over 117 volunteers from Michigan Tech Organizations and our community help plant over 3,000 Bulbs, plant perennials, finish gardens on the waterfront, plean up gardens and create a new “H” garden on the hill by ...

Life Outreach Center banquet

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the director of the Life Outreach Center, I wish to thank all that were in attendance at our banquet held at the Siskiwit Reception Hall in October. This banquet could not have happened without the help of several people. I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to ...

Futile reaction to Russian hacking

Columns

WASHINGTON — The public furor over U.S. intelligence reports that Russian hackers sought to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election has kicked off various efforts to reverse or cast doubts about the legitimacy of Donald Trump’s claim on the Oval Office. They start with the ...

Alger Max turning key on solitary

Editorial

The Michigan Department of Corrections is one of those state agencies that few people pay much attention to, unless, of course, something has gone wrong. And perhaps, given the nature of work it does, that’s appropriate. All of that said, however, we’d like to recognize some ...

Trump and Russian hacking claims: toxic situation

Columns

Of course Donald Trump thinks it’s “ridiculous” to claim the Russians rigged the election for him. Even if Vladimir Putin confessed to the crime on Russia Today, Trump would not believe it, because to do so is not in his nature. I do not want to shock the reader, but Trump has a very ...

Another Day, another restriction

Columns

The tan business envelope is postmarked Jan. 31, 1957. It is addressed to “MISS JANEY BEBOUT,” arriving via airmail from Annapolis, Maryland. Not to her home but to the house of a sympathetic aunt who could keep a secret, one town away in Ashtabula, Ohio. The sole content of the envelope ...

False news puts public safety at risk

Editorial

Technology has surpassed media literacy in the digital age, which has resulted in a number of consequences such as a crisis in democracy but also in the way people are misinformed about what is going on right in their neighborhood. A Stanford University study of young and digital-savvy middle ...

Mainstream media has faked news for decades

Columns

Mainstream media are suddenly concerned about “fake news.” It used to be that phony stories were easy to spot. They usually focused on space aliens or mysterious creatures found wandering deep in the woods. My personal favorite in this genre was a 1992 “story” in the supermarket ...

Connecting dots in Trump, the movie

Columns

WASHINGTON — In the Trump movie now playing in the American theater, connecting all the dots requires the artistry of a mapmaker and the insight of a psychic. Or, perhaps, the critical eye of a movie reviewer. The leading man, President-elect Donald Trump, is gradually revealing himself ...

Senate GOP fails at FOIA

Editorial

Emails among members of Gov. Rick Snyder’s staff, sent inside and outside the executive office, shed light on exactly what happened in the Flint water crisis — revealing the unfiltered thoughts of a government in turns in denial at what it had wrought, defiant at the notion of its ...

War on professional journalism

Columns

WASHINGTON — It was bound to happen. An ugly fake news story motivated an internet reader to make an armed assault on a Washington pizza parlor. Fortunately, no one was shot, but the episode underscored how hate messages are increasingly imperiling not only innocent lives, but the credibility ...

L’Anse woman was pioneer, trailblazer

Editorial

It’s not unusual for important people and events to fall into the cracks of history, perhaps not forgotten but largely unrecognized and, as a result, unheralded for significant contributions. Such might be the case of Cora Reynolds Anderson, Michigan’s first female and first Native ...

An opportunity to convert liberals to federalism

Columns

There’s a wonderful exchange in “A Man for All Seasons” in which Thomas More debates young idealist William Roper about the need for laws and giving the accused the benefit of the doubt. For space considerations, let’s jump to the end: Roper: So now you’d give the Devil benefit of ...

Cheer Club brings Christmas to those in need

Editorial

December is zipping by and so is the opportunity to participate in the Cheer Club at the Daily Mining Gazette and Mining Journal in Marquette, which brings Christmas to the homes of many families in our local communities. The Cheer Club is a joint effort between the newspapers, Salvation ...

Trump’s Trickle-Down Populism

Columns

Last week, President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carrier’s decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. “Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our ...

School cancellations due to inclement weather

Columns

As winter begins, inevitably there will be some school cancellations due to inclement weather.  In the last 15 years, on average, our schools have been either closed or delayed six times per year, with a low of only two times in a year and a high of 13 times in a year. The state allows for ...

Fascist alt-right movement

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The term “fascism” is likely familiar even to those who may not understand what it means. This term has been broadly applied to politicians of all stripes, typically in cases where their critics have perceived them as abusing their power. This loose application of the term ...

Unanticipated rewards of compassion, volunteerism

Columns

“We often are pursuing our own interests most effectively by laying them aside and serving others.” ~Stefan Klein Each one of us has the power to have great influence in this world and it is up to each of us to “make our mark” in hopes of making this world a better place for ...