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Opinion

Mask outrage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: People employ different means to seek the truth. Some employ intuition; they go with their gut. Some go along with whatever pack with which they identify; a kind of herd mentality. Others habitually seek a contrarian view; they seek to go it alone. Others allow for ...

Introduction to the Freedom of Information Act

Columns

Spend a little time reading in-depth news articles and sooner or later you’ll come across some mention of the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, and requests made through it. FOIA is the name of the federal law, and is used as a shorthand term for similar laws in each state, too. It’s the ...

Protest issues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently there have been violent protests in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Chicago, New York City, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta and other cities. The “violent” protests are led by anarchists who hate this country and hate the President of this great ...

Parking deck on ballot

Letters to the Editor

Dear editor: Houghton city voters, there is a proposal on the Aug. 4 primary ballot, “Lakeshore Parking Lot Redevelopment,” that needs your YES vote. The proposal requests the city of Houghton to postpone selling the waterfront parking deck property to a private developer until Houghton ...

RATI volunteers from Houghton lead by example

Editorial

Marquette’s downtown Friday was the scene of one of those circumstances that make the Upper Peninsula the great place to live that it is. Business people and passersby alike were surprised to see a group of principally young people washing windows. Clad in neon vests, these were ...

We trust Laux

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name is Camie Harding, mother to Leah Harding and grandmother to Carly.  For the past five years Carly, myself and the rest of Leah’s family and friends have been searching and praying that we find Leah and the person or persons responsible for her disappearance and ...

Ballot harvesting

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A local political organization is promoting mail-in voting in our area. See the Gazette frequent “IRA” front page headers, and article dated June 11, 2020, plus occasional IRA yard signs. To the contrary, it’s best for the integrity of our elections to adhere to ...

Colleges have part yet to play

Editorial

Many U.S. colleges and universities are preparing to reopen for the fall semester, with in-person classes scheduled widely. It is understandable that many students, parents and college officials are on edge. Science is on their side in a way. COVID-19 seems to be most dangerous for older ...

A little education

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In Plato’s book, The Republic, written in 380 BCE, there is a discussion about what kind of stories should be taught to children and youths for their education. Mothers, nurses, and teachers were to be persuaded to pick stories that would mould their minds and develop good ...

Fund what serves, defund what doesn’t

Columns

The recent wave of protests following the murder of George Floyd have focused national attention on racial discrimination and many other serious flaws in American law enforcement. In seeking remedies, the slogan “Defund the Police” has gained popularity. While the meaning of these three ...

Support for Slim

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I first met Brian “Slim” McLean when he was a student of mine in religious education class at St. Ignatious Church in Houghton. After I graduated from Michigan Tech, I had a career in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice that spanned over 35 years. I had the pleasure of ...

Mail-in voting is a bipartisan issue

Editorial

Of all the irrational debates Americans should be having about the upcoming November elections, one reported last week takes the cake. Beyond any doubt, many voters will be leery of casting ballots at polling places. That has renewed the debate over absentee ballots cast by mail. Indeed, ...

Great American Outdoors Act

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Every year Michigan’s national park sites see 2.7 million visitors. The Keweenaw Peninsula is home to two popular sites, Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park. As a member of the Keweenaw National Park Advisory Commission and the Houghton City ...

Schools will look different this fall

Editorial

School, both public and private, will be quite different this fall. In many states, classrooms that normally would have been open by mid-August will not be occupied until September or October, if then. Whether the education process for millions of children will involve in-person teaching or ...

Calling Bolshevik

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 1917 Bolshevik Revolution was Russia’s “Chrysalis moment” but the “butterfly” that emerged was hideous and destructive. Millions perished in the USSR before that evil empire ended in 1991. Lenin boasted “We will destroy everything and on the ruins we will build ...

Another chance to improve life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In November we will vote again for the United States Senate. Can anyone think of anything the present Senator Peters has done in the past seven years? I cannot. He is one who votes against everything President Trump has done. He is against you, so why would you vote him back in? ...

Aging with grace

Columns

A wise person once said, “Aging is inevitable. It has its benefits; you just have to look for them.” In many cultures of the past, the elderly were seen as wise persons who can offer advice and guidance from experience. But this is the age of state-of-the-art; we trash the old - last ...

What we need

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: During this difficult time of coronavirus, I have seen many letters that reference the Bible in regards to dealing with the pandemic. I would therefore like to offer my own scripture-based thoughts for readers to take or leave as they choose. One of favorite Bible quotes is ...

Mail-in voter fraud: fact, fiction, the only fraud?

Columns

With November quickly arriving and a cure for COVID-19 still some time off, there is heated discussion around the pros and cons of mail-in voting. Is it a highly fraudulent system, or are these unfounded claims? The University of Chicago News released a story, “Does voting by mail increase ...