Opinion

Trump’s inaugural address: New tone, same goals

Columns

WASHINGTON — New President Donald Trump adopted a generally more civil and conciliatory tone in his inaugural address while doubling down on his campaign allegation that Washington politicians were out for themselves, a situation he said was going the change fast. For too long, a small ...

Man of words gave his daughter Kindle

Columns

The first time I met Barack Obama was in early 2006, when he was still a U.S. senator. He had come to Cincinnati to help out my husband, Sherrod Brown, in Sherrod’s campaign to join him in the Senate. I sat next to Obama during breakfast, before he took the stage. Almost immediately, our ...

Feeding America West Michigan does great work

Editorial

There’s nothing like recognizing and applauding success and good works. That’s the case in Ishpeming where Feeding America West Michigan’s monthly Mobile Food Pantry is hosted by CrossBridge Church and run by volunteers from Gauthier Insurance, the VFW and Ishpeming High School. Feeding ...

Immortal God cannot die

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A letter (Dec. 24) correctly defended belief in the creator. The only error was its claim that God “came to our Earth to die on a cross ...” The immortal God cannot die. Paul said, “We were reconciled to God by the death of his son” (Romans 5:10). One pamphlet ...

Trying different way could be start of something big

Columns

Some years ago a friend of mine wrote a book titled “The Seven Last Words of the Church, or, We’ve Never Tried It That Way Before.” It is about what he regarded as the entrenched bureaucracies in his denomination that are reluctant — even hostile — to change. The same opposition to ...

Lust for respect makes unity difficult

Columns

“For many years,” Donald Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon, “our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!” As persuasive as the ALL CAPS are, I have my doubts. Put aside Trump’s specific shortcomings for ...

New speeds will require better drivers

Editorial

After they narrowly passed the Legislature in December, Gov. Rick Snyder has signed the bills to raise speed limits on certain Michigan highways. His spokeswoman told the Detroit Free Press that the Governor’s Office wanted to review which roadways would be affected before deciding whether to ...

Ignorance of law is no excuse

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I write today to clear up misinformation that was stated in a front page’s article. Jan. 19, “New Calumet chief removed on technicality,” Dave Geisler stated, “again, I want to emphasize, there was no wrong-doing, no deception.” This statement is incorrect. The ...

Trump thinks we’ve been chumps in global trading

Columns

We’ve been instructed not to take our new president literally but instead seriously (in the felicitous phrasing of Salena Zito). As I write, there are hints that the inaugural address will focus on the theme of “America First.” President-elect Trump may or may not be familiar with the ...

Trump’s plan to neuter press corps

Columns

Tyrants don’t allow open questioning, and they hate the free press. They want total control. That’s why, according to three senior officials on the transition team, the incoming Trump administration is considering evicting the White House press corps from the press room inside the White ...

Inauguration takeaway lesson: Power in unity

Editorial

With the inauguration of a new president, it is time for us to pull together. When you look at the challenges ahead this year — from a local perspective, from a state perspective and from a national perspective — the only way  to make progress is for the people, the power behind the ...

System unfair to those accused

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I appreciated the series of articles recently by Graham Jaehnig about how defenders and convicted inmates, many of them indigent, are burdened with the cost of paying for our criminal justice system. I guess I’ve known that incarcerated convicts have to pay fines and court ...

Trump’s inauguration is not without precedent

Columns

The United States has just had three consecutive eight-year presidencies, and it’s only the second time in history that that’s happened. The only other such moment came on March 4, 1825, 192 years ago. That’s a bit surprising, given the strong example George Washington’s two terms as ...

Institutionalizing children

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Houghton County is sending a lot of money to other parts of the state for a purpose that would be preferable to not be spending anything at all. The expense I’m referring to is the hundreds of dollars per day per person the county pays for institutionalizing children from ...

Let buyer beware when it comes to advertising tactics

Columns

Another year, another continuous battle with the people who most seriously and deviously change our lives — the ad makers. Changes in our society don’t happen overnight; they creep in slowly, from the youngest big spenders to the millennials, and on until we all succumb,  when any ...

No one chooses to be an addict

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter submitted by Stephen Danis to the DMG dated Dec. 15, entitled “Drug overdoses aren’t accidents.” First , I would like to say I am thankful that Mr. Danis has no loved one with an addiction.If there were someone in his family with ...

State trying to control what you know — yet again

Columns

Earlier this week the Michigan House of Representatives began their 99th session. The first bill introduced deals with an important issue: rolling back Michigan’s income tax. The second bill introduced by Rep. Rob Verheulen, R-Walker, is a replica of the bill introduced in the last two ...

Heavyweight match: Lewis vs. Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON — A recent tweet from @realDonaldTrump: John Lewis is an American hero. I look forward to working with him in the years to come.” That, my friends, is what’s known as “fake news.” It didn’t happen. I made it up. Here’s real news: Just days before his ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

Editorial

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Challenge Us; Don’t Coddle Us

Columns

The late William Safire, a certified wordsmith who had been a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon before becoming a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, concluded, after reading 56 of them, that there had been only four great presidential inaugural addresses: Abraham ...