Opinion

Telemedicine may help life in far-flung places

Editorial

There are countless benefits to living in Michigan's far-flung rural reaches - peace and quiet abound, bountiful natural resources provide ample recreation opportunities and neighbors, well, are more neighborly.But there is one distinct drawback to life at the tip of the mitt. Access to ...

43rd Rice Lake Fishing Derby

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The members of the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen's Association would like to thank all the local businesses and individuals who helped make our 43rd annual Rice Lake Fishing Derby, held on June 12, a big success.A special thanks for the generous donations made by businesses in ...

Election no longer contest of ideas

Columns

Well, that was sure ugly.Last week's Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned ...

Pence, Gingrich speeches resuscitate GOP convention

Columns

WASHINGTON - The shaky faade of party unity that the Trump campaign has sought to construct at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland endured a stiff test Wednesday night when it risked the appearance of defeated and bitter rival Sen. Ted Cruz as an invited speaker.Cruz took the stage ...

Pair of UP veterans garner awards for service

Editorial

There's a lot of which to be proud of in the local veterans world.Thomas J. DeCarlo, of Ironwood, is the 2016 Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, nominated by American Legion Post 27, of Bessemer, for the award.DeCarlo's list of experiences is long. The World War II veteran served in the U.S. ...

RNC Message: Be Very Afraid

Columns

My first up-close glimpse into the enduring power of political fearmongering came through a two-way mirror in 2006.I was watching a focus group of women in southern Ohio discussing a variety of issues, when the topic turned to terrorism. One young mother shared her fear that foreign terrorists ...

Nation is groaning because wicked are in power

Columns

In 1926, speaking about the Declaration of Independence on its 150th anniversary, President Calvin Coolidge noted the unique philosophy behind the creation of the United States: "We cannot continue to enjoy the result, if we neglect and abandon the cause."Speaking at a news conference in Baton ...

Anti-government saboteurs scheme against facility

Editorial

When politicians are forced to walk back from a comment, action or position that meets with public opposition - such as when some Houghton County Board members made a move on the operation of the Medical Care Facility - they tend to downplay the incident and revise the record.So let's keep the ...

Convention a stomach-churning affair

Columns

CLEVELAND - It was reported late in the second day of the GOP convention that a large number of Republican National Committee staffers were stricken with the norovirus. Most commonly associated with the sorts of gastrointestinal crises aboard cruise ships that attract wall-to-wall CNN coverage, ...

Cruz shows strength in speech but helped detoxify Trump

Columns

Ted Cruz's electrifying performance at the 2016 Republican National Convention will be long remembered, and deservedly so. At a critical moment, when the party of Lincoln had uncomfortably but nonetheless thoroughly embraced a lifelong Democrat/reality star/violence-abettor - and when few ...

Primary is just around corner, and it’s important

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 ...

Clinton must overcome public distrust

Columns

Hillary Clinton's six-point lead over Donald Trump in last month's CBS News/New York Times poll evaporated as of mid-July. Even before Trump's inevitable post-convention bump in the polls, Clinton was tied with him, according to the latest CBS/Times poll, with each garnering the support of 40 ...

Is America ready for a disruptive president?

Columns

Disruptive. That's a good word to describe Donald Trump's presidential candidacy, and to describe the sometimes-ramshackle Republican National Convention his campaign more or less superintended in Cleveland this past week.Apple disrupted the music industry; Uber disrupted the taxi cartels; ...

Police perceptions caught in social media cross fire

Columns

I was pulled over a while back. Immediately I tried figuring out what I'd done wrong. I didn't run a stop sign, wasn't speeding, wasn't tailgating To top things off, I was driving a big blue marked Tahoe with a red light on top and was on duty. More interestingly, the one pulling me over was ...

The Art of Politics in the Gutters of the Bowling Lanes

Columns

Now do not get me wrong. When it comes to following the current political scene, I am as focused as the next guy. I figure it is my civic duty, like returning library books on time.But I have also heard, maybe on Dr. Phil, that one can become too focused, which is not such a good thing, and may ...

Heat is on: Stay safe in summer weather

Editorial

It's going to be a hot one this weekend, even here in the Upper Peninsula.With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding all residents to stay safe and cool to beat the heat.MDHHS data shows that when temperatures rise into the 90s, so do emergency ...

No restrictions on speech, guns

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In response to "Embracing rather than arming" (July 2/3), I couldn't believe what I was reading. In one line the writer states she wouldn't personally have guns in her home and then later suggests "sensible gun control" taking away my rights. What if we mandated sensible home ...

Obama’s change is all negative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Kudos to Obama. While campaigning, he vowed to change America and he has - negatively - perhaps forever.Comic character Pogo possum correctly stated back in the 1970s, "We have met the enemy and he is us," which speaks volumes about mankind's deplorable human condition.William ...

So what if county has a bad jail?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Why a new jail? When up the hill, five miles away, sits a brand-new facility ready to go which could encompass four other counties and save some tax dollars? Are we to believe that some stupid clause in some law cannot be reversed? Our state representatives, like Scott Dianda, ...

County doing right with jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Regarding the stories about the jail inmate, I'm glad to see something this county is doing right. Now this man will not want to be a repeat offender. But they should also shut off the radio and TV so he would not follow the example of others on the news.Lawrence B. Corrigan ...