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Editorial

Why Camp Kitwen will still not work as a jail site for county

We continue to see letters asking one simple question: “Why can’t Houghton County use Camp Kitwen as its jail site?” With the failure of the county’s attempt for funds to build an expensive addition to the current court house to improve the jail conditions in 2018, it has needed to do ...

RATI volunteers from Houghton lead by example

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 ...

Colleges have part yet to play

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 ...

Mail-in voting is a bipartisan issue

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, ...

Schools will look different this fall

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 ...

Why we celebrate Fourth of July

This past Independence Day weekend, we Americans celebrated and renewed our commitment to the values set forth in 1776 by leaders who felt it was important to explain why our ancestors no longer wanted to live under British rule. Why? Read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. It ...

Trying times hit everyone

These last three months have been very trying for the country as a whole. Here at the Daily Mining Gazette, we have suffered alongside you the reader. Obviously, not in the same way, but it has led to some issues which we hope to have under control soon. One the biggest, and most consistent ...

The press still fulfills its obligation

On Wednesday morning, the Daily Mining Gazette received a phone call from a reader, expressing her appreciation and extending her thanks on a series of articles the DMG published last week regarding a Houghton retail outlet that received much attention from the Houghton County prosecuting ...

On what basis is the law?

The Founding Fathers realized that a free press was absolutely crucial to a constitutional democracy. Because of this, the press possesses the absolute obligation to monitor the activity of government and inform the public as to those activities. It because of this absolute obligation that the ...

Cooler heads must prevail

On Tuesday, Bridge (bridgemi.com) reported that a security officer in Flint was shot in the back of the head Friday. He later died from his injuries. The story goes on to explain that Calvin Munerlyn was shot because he was doing his job. In this latest case of COVID-19 panic, Munerlyn, who ...

Music to scrub your hands to

If you’ve been washing your hands regularly for the last few weeks, chances are you’ve grown tired of counting to twenty as you scrub down. Below is a list of songs with choruses of between 20 and 30 seconds. Practicing out loud to get the timing perfect is encouraged. Pharrell Williams - ...

Too many questions left unanswered in our community

The Founding Fathers understood that a constitutionally protected free press functions as a watchdog in a democratic society, by which it brings the public the information they need to exercise independent judgement in electing public officials who champion policies the people support. They ...

Ending school year a difficult choice for Gov. Whitmer

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 ...

A letter from all of us at the Daily Mining Gazette

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 ...

Whitmer’s plans show smart decision-making

The first obligation of any newspaper is to keep readers informed with the most up-to-date information and news possible. So, while some readers may feel there has been too much coverage regarding novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, it still remains our obligation at the Daily Mining Gazette to ...

Congratulations Calumet Copper Kings hockey

On Wednesday evening, the Calumet Copper Kings hockey team punched their ticket to the state quarterfinals on Saturday by defeating the Houghton Gremlins, 5-1. The Copper Kings looked tentative early in the contest, as did the Gremlins, but once Houghton grabbed an early lead, Caluemet kept ...

Heikinpaiva worth braving the cold, snow

While on the surface, Hancock’s Heikinpaiva appears to be a cheap excuse to eat pie and have a parade in the middle of winter, it is actually a lot more than that. Heikinpaiva is a three-week celebration of Finnish heritage, something that is prevalent throughout the Copper Country, giving ...

Local resident needs a Copper Country assist

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 ...

Huskies display quality of hockey in Michigan

On Tuesday, the Michigan Tech Huskies hockey team, under head coach Joe Shawhan, did something never seen before in the long, storied history of the program: they defeated both Michigan State and Michigan to win the Great Lakes Invitational. Even if hockey is not an activity you participate in, ...

Portage Health Foundation delivers checks

On Thursday, the Portage Health Foundation delivered checks to non-profits throughout Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. A total of 15 non-profits in the area were supported by $217,781 in donations from community members. With a $100,000 match from the foundation, the ...