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Opinion

Party of one

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This has been a remarkable year for politics. The two major parties have been challenged in their efforts to influence the few independent voters to see things their way. Once upon a time, both parties would set out white paper-like statements of their goals and objectives ...

Whose truth?

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 ...

Questions answered

Columns

It was Thomas Edison who got his ears boxed by his teacher for asking, “Why is the sky blue?”  Pity. Q: So, why is it? A: The Short Answer: Gases and particles in Earth’s atmosphere scatter sunlight in all directions. Blue light is scattered more than other colors because it travels ...

Importance of rural hospitals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We in Baraga County have the luxury of having a hospital quite close by and I am wondering if many readers know how small hospitals stay afloat. One way is to qualify for a designation as a Critical Access Hospital, which Baraga County Memorial Hospital (BCMH) has done. This ...

‘What if’ argument

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to columnist John Kass and his “what if” scenario in which it was republican mayors who couldn’t control their cities and people in MAGA hats taking to the streets instead of democratic mayors and Black Lives Matter protesters, I would like to point out some ...

Save local animals

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We local animal lovers are very fortunate to have three excellent indefinite stay (no kill) shelters in our area. Not enough praise can be heaped on CCHS in Houghton, OCAP in Ontonagon and UPAWS in Marquette. Their euthanasia rate (the final act of kindness that can be bestowed ...

Driving local economics

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mea Culpa! I now see, looking at “michiganvotes.org” that Greg Markkanen has indeed submitted 33 bills in his first two years. I would have sworn that when I wrote my letter of Aug 26 in the Gazette there were none, for which error I apologize to Mr. Putala (SEPT 4) and to ...

Rising star?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: You saw an article from the Associated Press that Governor Whitmer is a Rising Star in the Democratic Party because she was considered for Vice President. The reason for this is because Joe Biden thought this might win Michigan. We are smarter than that. Michigan is coming ...

Working to dismantle racism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The members of the Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (KUUF) believe Black lives matter. We join Unitarian Universalists throughout the nation learning to do the work of dismantling racism in ourselves and our institutions. This work is urgent and at the same time, ...

Importance of Janet Metsa

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Janet Metsa is not an ideologue, she is a problem solver who wants to work with all the citizens, when she is elected to represent Michigan’s 110th District, this November. Janet grew up in Chassell and attended public school here through high school. She attended MIT and ...

Stars and Stripes works hard to serve military

Editorial

Some in the military brass may have applauded news a few weeks ago that Stars and Stripes, the newspaper circulated worldwide to members of the U.S. armed forces, was being closed. Stars and Stripes, which actually began publication during the Civil War, did not hit its stride until the 20th ...

What do I believe in?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I received a packet from Catholic Vote asking for support, money and vote. I would like to make it very clear from the beginning. I was born and baptized a Catholic and I am 82 years old and try hard to adhere to my faith. I do not believe in abortion and I am a Democrat. I ...

Question to Houghton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We have lived in Houghton for almost 30 years, during that time there have been three City Managers.  All of them have moved the city forward at a nice pace.  In those thirty years there has never been a dispute between the residents and City Government that has provoked a ...

How many plants are there?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: At a recent Michigan rally Trump claimed to have saved the auto industry and 22 new auto plants have opened under his administration. The fact is that absolutely no new plants have opened and plants have actually been closed during his reign. This is fact, not opinion. ...

Get Goghing

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) annual Inside/Out Program brings high resolution reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout Michigan. This year the city of Hancock was selected as the Upper Peninsula site. Seven full-scale images have been ...

It takes a village

Columns

We have all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is going to ring true more than ever this school year. I feel very fortunate to live and work in the Copper Country. The community has always been very involved in the education of our area students and I’m ...

Goebbels repeats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It appears the Democrats are emulating Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or ...

Amendment could help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Among other qualifications the Constitution requires a person to have attained the age of 35 years to be eligible to the office of President. An amendment is necessary to set an upper age limit, perhaps 66, to lessen the odds that in the future the electorate will not be ...

McLean doing good job

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently read a letter to the editor about Sheriff Brian McLean that I know was filled with misinformation of willful malice and an attempt on character assassination. I am a retired Sheriff with over forty years in the law enforcement business. I have been in law enforcement ...

The Census is important

Editorial

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, the indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond ...