Opinion

Democracy takes all of the people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:This is the time of harvest. This year is an election year and the harvest seems to be secondary to the rampaging politics that we are now witnessing. What comes in the next election, almost all of America realizes, is a turning point in the United States.Democracy is based on ...

Break free of myopic mind-set

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Historically, people thought that the Earth was the center of creation and the sun, moon and stars rotated around our planet. Eventually through the work of Bruno, Galileo, Kepler, Copernicus and modern astronomers, it was realized that our sun was just another star and the Earth ...

Evil-clown sightings apt sign of times

Columns

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - If I were to distill a recent public discussion about the state of our nation to one word, it would be "worried."Not fearful, not angry, but worried - about the future; about an election season that has made evil-clown sightings seem weirdly apt; but mostly about what ...

Why did Clinton attend Trump’s third wedding?

Columns

Eleven years ago, the re-elected George W. Bush was president, and Hillary Clinton was both the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate from New York and the first spouse of a president in U.S. history to have won election to any public office. In the Senate - by her thorough preparation ...

Record number of Mich. residents registered to vote

Editorial

The Associated Press has reported that nearly 7.5 million Michigan residents have registered to vote, which represents the highest number ever for a presidential election.This information came from the Michigan secretary of state.MLive also reported more than 120,500 people have been added to ...

Isn’t there better choice? Yes there is

Columns

Hillary Clinton is a manipulative, power-mad liar.Donald Trump is a selfish, sexist, narcissistic bully.These are our choices Nov. 8?The leading candidates' avarice is bad enough. Their ideas are worse.Clinton wants to micro-regulate America into poverty and stagnation. Trump would start a ...

Top-Down Ethical Rot of Wells Fargo

Columns

Just when you thought that Big Banker greed surely bottomed out with 2008's Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing even deeper into the ethical slime to reach a previously unimaginable level of corporate depravity.It's one thing for these giants of finance to cook the ...

Green ingenuity is sunshine, windfall for area’s economy

Editorial

As the fall colors of red, yellow, orange, brown of all shades are setting in, a bit of green news popped out of Baraga last week when the Mining Gazette's Vanessa Dietz reported on the new innovation of Van Straten Bros. company - a portable renewable energy power plant already in commercial ...

Volunteers’ work makes city better

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of the city of Houghton I'd like to thank the Beautification Committee volunteers and all those who donated plants and time toward the city's 2016 efforts. The work done by the volunteers continues to improve the overall look and feel of our town, adding color and life ...

America, most civilized of nations?

Columns

Meantime, back at Guantanamo...Chances are you haven't thought of that American gulag - or, for that matter, of "extraordinary renditions," CIA black sites and torture - for a long time.Not everyone has the luxury of forgetting. In the last few days, some compelling reportage has reminded us of ...

Increasingly desperate Trump swings recklessly

Columns

WASHINGTON - Viewers of the final presidential debate should brace for an even more destructive Donald Trump performance, as he carries his desperate scorched-earth strategy to its logical conclusion: disparaging the whole political process he fears will reject him.His campaign is now clearly ...

Some quick, passing thoughts on recent events

Editorial

1. Changing colorsAs Caleb Whitmer reported Wednesday, peak fall colors are rapidly approaching in West Michigan, and we couldn't be more excited! While green is still dominating the landscape, autumn lovers will be happy to know local trees are expected to fully turn over in the next week or ...

‘This has become so personal for me’

Columns

Twenty-year-old Hana Barkowitz had never before had this reaction to a stranger's T-shirt."I really wanted to say something," she told me Wednesday. "This has become so personal for me."Since the Trump video, she means.Last Friday, The Washington Post released a 2005 video capturing Donald ...

Debates devolving into the Bickersons revisited

Columns

Not since George and Martha in the play "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or for older readers Don Ameche and Frances Langford in the radio comedy "The Bickersons," have we seen the kind of verbal pugilism practiced in the most recent presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary ...

A time to reflect domestic violence’s downward spiral

Editorial

Responding to a report of domestic violence in Adams Township last Wednesday, Houghton County sheriff's deputies ended up making a drug bust for possession of crystal meth.The downward spiral of drug use, verbal and physical altercations and repeated arrests poses a serious threat to victims of ...

When Republicans wish upon ‘star’

Columns

"You can do anything. Grab them by the (genitals). You can do anything."That was Donald Trump explaining to Billy Bush of "Access Hollywood" what it's like "when you're a star" in the now-infamous hot-mic incident 11 years ago. The remarks have been somewhat misunderstood by Trump critics and ...

Lewd Trump confessions show war on women is real

Columns

It's been nearly two weeks since the Access Hollywood tape helped to persuade key parts of the nation that Donald Trump might have a character problem. "Would you vote for a sexual predator?" asked New York Magazine. "Donald Trump Versus Hillary Clinton: Choose Your Sexual Predator" headlined ...

Lessons from mining tragedy remembrance

Editorial

For workers that reported for duty at the Barnes-Hecker Mine on Nov. 3, 1926, the day wasn't terribly unlike other days at the deep-shaft facility, located several miles west of Ishpeming. Nor was the ethnic makeup of the crew - principally Scandinavians, with a handful of Englishmen and ...

Voter realism vital in this election

Columns

I continue to hear from many people who call themselves progressives or liberals but tell me they won't vote for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming election.With due respect, I believe they're wrong.Herewith, their three major arguments and my responses.Some claim that Clinton is no better than ...

Donald Trump breaks off his imaginary shackles

Columns

"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to," Donald Trump tweeted at the reasonable hour of 10 a.m. on Tuesday.Shackles?There were no visible shackles on Trump when he launched his several-news-cycles-long assaults on Judge Gonzalo ...