Opinion

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 ...

Swamp is being filled, not drained

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: President-elect Trump was elected on the promise that he would “drain the swamp.” So far, he has appointed the following cabinet members: Billionaire Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, who has deep roots on Wall Street and who profited from the financial crisis by ...

Retain Electoral College system

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the wake of the results of the presidential election, there have been many calls to abolish the Electoral College, a system that its opponents call outdated. This letter is intended to address the most common criticism of the Electoral College, and state why the system ...

US could remain forever divided

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: More significant than Donald Trump’s presidential win is the Clinton defeat after both Bill and Hill have repeatedly attempted to thumb their noses at our nation’s laws. Sad to say, probably all of America’s numerous problems will continue unimpeded. Considering the ...

5 freedoms in 1 beautiful amendment

Columns

What a thing of beauty, our First Amendment. Think about it: In only 45 words, it lays out five constitutional rights. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the ...

Green economy spreads green to everybody

Editorial

For a few months now, the Keweenaw Climate Community (KCC) group has held a series of discussion-centered events about what activities and topics the community can focus on to address climate change and consider potential strategies to mitigate or adapt to its impacts. Good for them. And good ...

‘Hamilton,’ Trump and misconstrued diversity

Columns

President-elect Donald Trump says Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who currently plays Aaron Burr in the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” should apologize for his tacky lecturing of Vice-President-elect Mike Pence about diversity and the “fear” of people like himself, an African-American, ...

Trump techniques to control media

Columns

Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They use seven techniques that, worryingly, President-elect Donald Trump already employs. 1. Berate the media: Last week, Trump summoned more than two dozen TV news anchors and executives to the ...

Primary driver of personal success is usually grit

Columns

Kurt Lehmann grew up in the town of Kingsford, a small town in Upper Michigan. He was an active boy, always trying new things and tinkering with whatever he could get his hands on. One day he was troubleshooting the operations of an outdoor generator and something went horribly wrong, resulting ...

Like it or not, recounts are part of process

Editorial

If ever there were an unusual election, this year’s presidential race certainly is one. Although Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Republican President-elect Donald Trump took the decisive Electoral College vote. However, Jill Stein of the Green Party said the ...

Make Yooper Loop a roundabout

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently experienced Green Bay’s new roundabout traffic system. All traffic flows one-way counterclockwise. There are no lights or stop signs, just yield signs, in fact, you rarely have to stop at all. With this in mind, consider our Yooper Loop in Houghton. All traffic ...

Trump and ‘Outstate Midwest’ redraw partisan lines

Columns

Would any Republican besides Donald Trump have beaten Hillary Clinton and been elected the 45th president? It’s an interesting question, not susceptible to a definitive answer but with consequences for politics going forward. Last fall, I shared the widespread view that Clinton was the only ...

Choice program expedites health care for veterans

Columns

The Houghton/Keweenaw County Veteran Affairs Office has received many questions regarding the Choice program. The following may answer some of these questions The Choice program is a VA medical program first established in November 2014. This program was established to assist veterans in ...

FLEX promotes understanding

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m an exchange student from Moldova. I live in Houghton and go to Houghton High School. I want to tell you about my exchange program and how is it like to be an exchange student. The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is a United States Department of State-sponsored ...

Easy process for Red Kettle giving

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is that time of the year for Red Kettle giving. Here is a recipe for doing just that: 1. Go to the bank and get five, 10 or 20 $1 bills. 2. Each time you pass the Red Kettle, put in at least a dollar. 3. Thank the bell ringer for being there, as it is a thankless ...

Spend to remove stamp sands

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I was pleased to open the Nov. 19 Daily Mining Gazette and read the article about the stamp sand issue.  Thank you, Schoolcraft Township and our supervisor Joel Keranen.  My concerned eye has been watching this issue for a long time. From Oct.-Nov. 2009, the harbor was last ...

Universe proves God’s existence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In his October 22-23 letter, David Keranen marvels at the innumerable galaxies in the universe, concluding that God cannot exist. Another David, from whom Keranen derives his name, also marvels when he beholds the heavens, but, unlike Keranen, views the heavens as the handiwork ...

Don’t give Fidel Castro last laugh

Columns

Sometimes history doesn’t have to wait to judge - and when it comes to dictators, even dead ones, we shouldn’t either. With news of Fidel Castro’s death Friday — finalmente — world leaders began offering eulogies, some of which were so vapid or willfully ignorant that Castro might ...

New UPHS CEO should stay in touch

Editorial

To the casual observer, the part of the Marquette City Commission meeting Monday that dealt with the UP Health System-Marquette update on the new hospital construction was little more than a perfunctory project review of the type and nature one would reasonably expect, given the scope of the ...