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Death spiral for Democracy

On June 23, 2021, a Michigan State Senate committee published a 55-page report debunking claims of voter fraud and other irregularities during the 2020 election. The Republican-led committee, chaired by State Sen. Edward McBroom, investigated a variety of alleged election improprieties ...

Those were the days

July is a good month to settle back, enjoy the holidays, visit with relatives and friends who come up to share our U.P. natural treasures with us and get away from the city noises - at least, that’s the way it used to be. Today, the noises especially, have crept into our daily lives and we ...

Parking deck, public participation and a cautionary tale

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 1 of this piece appeared in the Saturday, July 10, edition of the Daily Mining Gazette. During the Houghton City Council’s April 14, 2021, meeting, the council approved the Planning Commission’s request to “approve a pre-charrette workshop for a downtown plan with ...

Parking deck, public participation and a cautionary tale

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part 2 of this piece appeared in the Wednesday, July 14, edition of the Daily Mining Gazette. On Aug. 4, 2020, Houghton residents (myself included) voted overwhelmingly (830 to 226) to postpone the sale of the city’s Lakeshore Drive parking deck property “until the ...

Inventor, entrepreneur, U.S. serviceman, and proud American – Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison is best known in our history books for creating the incandescent lightbulb. During this development process he navigated 10,000 failed attempts to discover the fiber that would illuminate the bulb for an extended period of time. Many do not know the broad genius of this storied ...

Bleak outlook on marriage; partners should celebrate each other’s victories

Dear Annie: I’m in love, 50 years old and frustrated. I’ve been with my wonderful boyfriend for 10 years now. My ex tragically died a year before we met, and the current relationship was completely unexpected and refreshing, as I had no plans to ever love again. He, too, had been single ...