Opinion

Walls built by free societies work by providing security

Columns

“You must always leave the wall” — “The Fantasticks” While the debate continues about when, how quickly and who will pay for a “wall” across America’s Southern border, at least one country known for its liberal politics is offering a lesson. The “City of Light,” ...

Born Christian by luck of draw

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: If you have been reading letters from Rachel Laurn, and other fundamentalists, please allow me to explain why they don’t “get it.” I will just have to refer to one of my previous letters: “By the luck of the draw they were born in a Christian environment and have ...

Conway criticism reveals double standard

Columns

CNN has grave concerns about White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway’s credibility and even refused to have her on its Sunday show recently, apparently to protect viewers from her Jedi mind trick powers. CNN subsequently invited Conway to appear on the network, infuriating a chorus of ...

Safety first when venturing onto area ice

Editorial

Even though we may not be completely finished with the cold temperatures this season, this weekend’s warmer than normal weather is a clear indication that the spring thaw is certainly on its way. We’ve all seen how the layer of ice covering the Great Lakes can remain long after the snow ...

Nationalism is resentment draped in Stars & Stripes

Columns

National Review magazine has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country (can’t count the number of times I’ve been reproached for arguing that despite slavery, Jim Crow and the internment of ...

Michigan nuggets of history starts with Andrew Jackson

Columns

Most of you grew up here, but what do you really know about it? Did you know, for example, that Michigan became the 26th state on Jan. 26, 1837, after sacrificing some of the land to Ohio, then being rewarded with the Upper Peninsula, by President Andrew Jackson and Congress? But earlier, ...

Community looks after neighbors

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Upon arriving home after the holidays we noticed someone had put up two nice bird feeders on our front porch. They also left us with some bird seed to go with. Whoever you are, please know that we appreciate it and enjoy watching the birds. We’d thank you in person, but we ...

MDOT roads in terrible shape

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Sure don’t feel in the writing mood, but I’ll try to make it short. The MDOT highways, the ones being taken care of by them, are in the worst shape they’ve been in for at least 50 years, especially the M-26 stretch from Houghton to Ontonagon County, some days, they run ...

Confused public has questions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A break, if just for a moment, is needed from the hullabaloo surrounding Trump’s election: Now that gay marriage is well-established as law of the land, may the bigotry and hatred shown gays vanish entirely and may their unions prosper. Questions asked by a confounded ...

Meet Rick. Meet the football. Hike!

Columns

WASHINGTON — By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-de-camp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-a-Lago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where ...

Not too late to change mind

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Donald Trump attempts to appeal to the needs and fears of members of the electorate who feel alienated and desperately want things to change for the better. His chief adviser, Steve Bannon, is a media expert who interprets the opinions of these supporters and makes ...

All held to same standard: No man is above law

Columns

Do you remember Zoe Baird? In 1993, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated Baird, a prominent lawyer, to be the first female U.S. attorney general. Baird had told the Clinton transition team that she had, in violation of the law, employed a couple, both undocumented immigrants, to work for her ...

DNR officer’s quick action saved boy’s life

Editorial

Although some — perhaps a great many — may not realize it, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers are actually sworn police officers who are responsible for enforcing federal and state laws while keeping an eye on wildlife. Known as fish cops, 13 of these officers ...

Repeal Obamacare! No, Wait!

Columns

Republicans promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But now they are hesitating. I understand why. Most Americans opposed Obamacare ever since the Democrats imposed it. But now that Congress actually might kill it, more (about half those polled) say, “Wait, I like Obamacare!” Once ...

Education funding needs improvement

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder has proposed a $128 million increase for K-12 schools, which may be good news for some but still a cause for concerns for others. The budget will continue to allocate extra money to the lowest-funded school districts to reduce the equity gap between those districts and the ...

Kindness was appreciated

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Last week, on Tuesday morning, my husband and I were involved in a serious two car accident on Campus Drive in Hancock. Almost immediately, we were assisted by several people; especially a young girl who gave my husband a ride to the hospital; and a semi-truck driver who called ...

It’s high time to put food policy back on table

Columns

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining: “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny — except, it really wasn’t. Worse, the bitter ...

White terrorism is not as bad?

Columns

White terrorism is not as bad as Muslim terrorism. That, believe it or not, was the crux of an argument Sean Duffy, a Republican representative from Wisconsin, made last week on CNN. What follows has been condensed for space, but it unfolded like this: Asked by anchor Alisyn Camerota about ...

Don’t shoot messenger of real local news

Editorial

Left, right and in between, we will cover the news here, there and everywhere for the residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties no matter where it falls in the spectrum of politics, values systems or worldviews. On that you can rely. This newspaper will continue to report ...

Cats have ears, and so did hats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the letter of Feb. 7 “Praising God for a Trump Presidency”, the Sisters March in Houghton/Hancock was the largest, most peaceful, and most civil one that I can remember since the 1970s. I was there, and obviously, the letter writer was not. The most vulgar ...