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Opinion

Getting started writing for the Gazette

Columns

People ask how I began writing articles for the Gazette.  I just slipped casually into it, beginning in my early teens, when I would climb the three long flights of well worn wooden steps to the press room for leftover paper. The odor of printer’s ink was intoxicating, already seeping ...

Hancock development

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Regarding Tuesday’s article, “Hancock considers using land for business, technology park” it seems like the city of Hancock should worry less about developing forest land on the outskirts of town and focus, instead, on renovating the abandoned spaces in downtown Hancock. ...

Criminal justice reforms will give second chance to those who deserve

Columns

Everybody makes mistakes. Unfortunately for some, their past mistakes have left them with old criminal records from which they are never truly able to move on. Many Upper Peninsula residents have old criminal convictions from bad decisions they made when they were younger. They serve their ...

Helping a friend in need

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A good friend decided to give you a house and said hey is a gift for you. After many years the house started to fall int disrepair and needed a lot of fixing. The neighborhood asked you, ‘Why don’t you fix your house?’ And you replied, ‘Why should I have to fix it? Let ...

Historical link to present day

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A scientist will perform experiments or gather historical information, organize and analyze the results, and then form a hypothesis that seems to fit the data. Other scientists will perform the experiments or look at the historical data and may concur, or might possibly refute ...

Need another choice as guide

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In September 2017, Representative Jack Bergman joined the bipartisan congressional Climate Solutions Caucus at the urging of a dedicated group of high school students. Since then he has utterly failed to keep his promise to the young people who worked so hard to help him ...

Thank you for SKY’s record year

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What a record year for Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)! We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of individuals, organizations and businesses in our community. Our friends have supported us in so many ways with their time, talent and finances. We would like to recognize ...

Big thanks from Little Brothers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We thank everyone who organized and attended the 3rd annual Ken Steiner Memorial Concert at the Rozsa on January 10th. Special thanks goes out to Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and all their staff, MTU Dining Services, Mu Beta Psi music fraternity, and Steve Jones for ...

Mysterious moon above us at night

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Do you ever think about our mysterious moon? Often our moon is described as dead, geologically inactive, and unchanging. Are you aware it has volcanic eruptions and seismic activity (moonquakes)?  What’s the issue?  If the moon is indeed billions of years old, it should ...

Representative Bergman, please defend the Constitution

Columns

Jack Bergman, U.S. Congressional Representative for the M-1 District which includes all of the U.P. and part of the northern Lower Peninsula, held a town hall meeting in Houghton on Jan. 4. I attended and asked Representative Bergman a question: Why did he vote “no” on the articles of ...

Waterfront development

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The goal of the Houghton Waterfront Redevelopment Citizen’s Group is to expand opportunities for public input on the potential development of the Houghton’s Lakeshore Drive parking deck property. This group is circulating a ballot petition that if successful would place on ...

What makes America great?

Columns

America is so great because she has been founded and shaped by fearless people who did not surrender to inequality or injustice. America was built by the people that saw hope for a brighter future despite the darkness that surrounded them. Think about Harriet Tubman who risked her life to ...

You have a choice to make

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The choice is a no-brainer. President Trump is doing an outstanding job for you and the Democrats are trying everything and anything they can think of to stop him. You can not depend on CNN and CBS or ABC to give you the truth. If you are not watching Fox News you are not ...

Local resident needs a Copper Country assist

Editorial

With December behind us and a new year to focus on, it is easy to abandon our charity and our goodwill that we build up over the holiday season and get back to focusing on ourselves. This is not a bad thing, by any means, but the reality of the situation is, people around us need help year ...

Helping students with stress, trauma

Columns

What is stress? We often think of stress as a negative construct, but some stress is normal and essential. Other stress can be tolerable. Toxic stress, however, can occur as a result of strong, frequent, or long lasting events and can cross into the realm of trauma. Trauma can actually ...

Christmas carol memories

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent Gazette survey regarding three Christmas songs reminded me that my favorite is “The Christmas Song.” It also reminded me of a snowy December eve when my husband called me into the living room, after hearing noise outside, and pointed at the windows. With ...

Empowering youth…building brighter futures

Columns

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal him his own.” — Benjamin Disraeli. Imagine a world where all young people feel empowered, encouraged and understood. Mentors can make that world a reality. Mentoring is a critical component in young ...

Hope exists

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Lights at the end of the tunnel are there. As an old white man; I am looking forward to when our country will have racial diversity, more women empowered, and the rights and proper treatment of all humanity will be forefront. The old power structure is afraid if former ...

‘Wonders’ of technology

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The World Wide Web puts the vast stores of human understanding at our fingertips, anytime, and almost anyplace. I’m old enough to remember when a difficult question meant a trip to a university library and, then, a two to four week wait for an answer via “snail mail.” ...

Thanks Portage Health Auxiliary

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We want to thank the Portage Health Auxiliary for supporting our nonprofit, The Dan Schmitt Gift of Music and Education fund. The auxiliary’s generous gift of $1500 will help us to continue offering free after school music lessons in guitar, piano, and violin. Currently we ...