Opinion

Abolish 5 bureaucracies in 1st week

Columns

Donald Trump will be busy Friday. He and Mike Pence have promised, Mother Jones magazine points out, that on Trump's first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, end the "war on coal," expel illegal immigrants, begin construction of a "beautiful Southern border wall," fix the Department of ...

There’s nothing un-American about protesting

Editorial

In light of the recent protests regarding Obamacare and women’s rights, which are prompting local demonstrations in solidarity, we should keep in mind that the election of Donald Trump to the presidency was the result of a mass protest, a national voter protest. In fact the election and ...

19 pints in latest blood drive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The U.P. Regional Blood Center would like to thank Christina Asiala, Aspirus Keweenaw Laboratory and her staff for hosting a blood drive in the month of December. As a result of their efforts, we collected 19 pints of blood. One pint of blood can potentially save 3 lives. Also, ...

Before president says farewell, there’s disappointment

Columns

For all the gooey talk about President Barack Obama’s legacy, it can probably best be described in four blunt words: Disappointment. And Donald Trump. What we can’t measure, not completely, not yet, is the inspiration he’s given to millions of people — particularly to ...

Godspeed, Mr. President

Columns

Dear Mr. President: “Barack Obama is not Jesus.” Those were the first words of the first column I ever wrote about you — a poke in the eye to Democrats who were singing rhapsodic hosannas about a certain highly regarded young senator. “Yes,” I griped, “he has great potential. ...

Newspapers ask ‘Who are you?’ on your behalf

Editorial

Who are you? The essence of the truth in reporting news and information resides in that question. Asking that question is second nature for professional truth-seekers, including the ones that produce the content of this and other legacy newspapers. (For those readers who might not be ...

Dissent, tweets will not stop inauguration

Columns

WASHINGTON — On the eve of Donald Trump’s swearing-in as the 45th American president, there is nothing to stop it despite public dissent, such as Democratic Congressman John Lewis’s contention that Trump will be not be a “legitimate” president. Those many voters who cling to the ...

Call for Activists for Journalism

Columns

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...

Cabin fever meditation: See beyond snow

Editorial

As the snow piles up to the window and begins to block your view outside, and with cabin fever threatening to set it, now might be a time to look forward to what’s coming to the greater Copper Country this year — in addition to more snow. Taking a longer view to a time when the snow goes ...

Russians merely did to us what we’ve done to others

Columns

Many top U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a secret intelligence operation for the purpose of discrediting Hillary Clinton, thereby helping Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election. Hillary Clinton has done more to discredit ...

Twitter fixation could drive away allies

Columns

The political class is still coming to grips with what appears to be Donald Trump's novel management philosophy: Government by Twitter. Put aside the by-now-familiar weirdness of our president-elect's gloating over Arnold Schwarzenegger's poor "Celebrity Apprentice" ratings or swipes at Meryl ...

M.L. King Jr. held this nation to its promises

Editorial

Martin Luther King Jr. is dead, martyred by an assassin’s bullet nearly five decades ago. Long live the legacy of King. King’s enduring legacy was on display Sunday on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, when dozens of protesters marched the bridge opposing the effort by the new Congress to ...

Goodbye to one selfie president, hello to another?

Columns

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it — or perhaps not — because if there's one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming the ...

Winter getting you down? Heikki Lunta to the rescue

Editorial

Thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club, area residents will have a special way to enjoy the snow and cold this weekend: Heikki Lunta is back in Negaunee. The Heikki Lunta Festival is back after a two-year hiatus thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club along with Travel Marquette, Ponsse, ...

Rally to protect healthcare for all Americans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thanks to the Mining Gazette for covering the “Save Health Care” rally that will take place this Sunday, January 15, in Houghton. I want to clarify one important aspect of this rally. The Gazette article gives the impression that the “Save Health Care” rally is only ...

The Intelligence Community, Russia and Trump

Columns

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging -- against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reasons. One was ...

Donald Trump is a bully – and he is afraid

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Donald Trump is scared. Many describe his behavior as being that of a bully. The underlying motivation of a bully is great personal fear that they cover up by aggressive, inappropriate behavior. 1) bullies attack from afar. Trump throws his "rocks" from behind Twitter and ...

SKY helps school professionals go the extra mile for students

Columns

The Copper Country Intermediate School District has many ancillary staff, such as school psychologists, speech therapists, and teacher consultants who visit local schools every day to work with students.  Back in 2010, many of the CCISD ancillary staff came to realize that there were local ...

Predator hunts are commerical, unregulated

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are more and more predator hunting contests. These organized hunts, sponsored by businesses and hunting organizations, are unregulated. They show disregard for the intelligence, beauty, complexity, and spirit of the individual wild creature as well as their populations ...