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Opinion

COVID – 19 will change K-12 education

Columns

On Thursday, our Governor issued an executive order that will close all K-12 schools to face-to-face instruction for the 2019-20 academic year. The order also directed K-12 schools to provide learning opportunities for all students until the end of the scheduled school year, but not assign ...

Ending school year a difficult choice for Gov. Whitmer

Editorial

It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s the right one. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued Executive Order 2020-35, which dictates that all K-12 school buildings close for the remainder of the school year, unless restrictions are lifted, which seems unlikely considering the ongoing ...

Is it already too late for us?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It seemed like such a good idea at the time; a fool-proof way to maximize profits for investors hungry for never-ending, ever-increasing rates of return. Why pay American workers to produce products in domestic factories when you can afford to move their machines to China, hire ...

A larger discussion on value of good sources

Columns

Hello from the bunker (my couch), Reporters pursue a variety of sources when looking for more information for a story. Getting creative isn’t out of the question, but they usually fall into one of the following categories. Newsmakers - These are the people who take part directly in ...

A letter from all of us at the Daily Mining Gazette

Editorial

Dear Reader: Saying that these are difficult and challenging times for all of us is an understatement. As we face the days and weeks of uncertainty ahead, the staff of the Daily Mining Gazette wants you to know that we will be there to keep you informed and support our community during these ...

Internet and COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We live in one of the approximately 25% of households in Houghton County who do not have access to broadband. We rely on a Verizon hotspot for our internet. The monthly cost for this “unlimited” plan is $270 with a 60GB cap (the U.S. median internet subscriber usage is ...

Better solution to quarantine

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Wouldn’t it be better to only quarantine people that are perhaps 60 and older? We could wear masks and gloves and the government could pay us extra money for any extra help we need to stay quarantined. Since it is only older people that are dying and having serious ...

Time for action

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We have seen the television images of ordinary Chinese citizens wearing sanitary masks. South Koreans, too, appear to be having no problem getting masks. Why, then, are health care workers in the most prosperous nation in the world having to do without? The White House cites ...

Federal leadership needed

Columns

In a few short weeks, COVID-19 has grown from a distant concern to a public health crisis. Although the U.S. had several months to prepare for the virus, when the first case was confirmed on Jan. 21, we were dangerously unprepared. After the 2014 Ebola outbreak, the U.S. created permanent ...

Importance of ethics for journalists

Columns

I’d like to touch on the importance of ethics for journalists. Unfortunately, not all reporters have or use their ethics. Personally, I try to adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, available online at spj.org. I’ll address the particulars on another day, but ...

Coming late to the party

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Although coming late to the party, it appears that President Trump has finally heeded the call of a worried nation to combat this unprecedented pandemic health crisis. But excuse me, Mr. President, if I’m not ready to don your campaign hat just yet. As early as December there ...

Soup Bowl Sale went very well

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Calumet Art Center would like to thank the Michigan House Café, Sue & Tim Bies and the staff for generously hosting our Soup Bowl Sale Fundraiser. We would also like to thank Oren Tikkanen and the Backroom Boys who played such lively music for our diners and dancers. ...

Schools are working hard to keep up

Columns

In these unprecedented times where everything at the national, state, and local levels is changing on a moment’s notice, it is easy for us all to feel that we are not fully informed about the facts. That is even happening to school district leaders. Unfortunately, we also have many unanswered ...

Resources are available for people affected by quarantine

Columns

While there’s no doubt this is a difficult time for people in our communities, we also must remember that nothing is more important than the health and safety of our families, friends and neighbors. I remain in close contact with state officials, hospitals, health experts, school groups, ...

March, more than just a windy month

Columns

March is a “woe” month, and not just because the virus boom has been lowered on us, or this year’s announcement that March Madness games will be held without spectators, but also dating back to the Ides (15th day) of March, when Caesar was stabbed to death, now considered a day to be ...

Basic steps to be taken in writing a news story

Columns

I’d like to lay out the very basic steps that are usually taken when creating a news story. Depending on the type of story and organization they can vary somewhat, but these basic steps tend to happen in some form or another. 1) Getting the idea/tip - These story concepts can come from ...

Sex is not a social construct

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: How is it possible so many people can be duped into believing a lie? Basically, it’s because they are uninformed. Truth is now finally exposed because the gender theory inventor admits he made it up. Christopher Dummitt, a Canadian, claims he went from denying that sex is ...

Copper has healing power

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: You have all heard of things to do to protect yourself from getting the coronavirus such as frequent washing of hands, not touching your face etc.? However, one thing you seldom if ever hear is that copper is a very effective antimicrobial. It will kill both bacteria and ...

What makes something news?

Columns

Ever wonder why something was put in the paper? Why did the reporter go spend the time to shoot that TV news spot? Why is one story done while another was ignored? What makes editors consider a story newsworthy? There are a variety of criteria, and no story perfectly meets all of them. ...