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Editorial

Provider relief fund needs change

How is it possible for Congress to approve as much as $3.3 trillion in epidemic-related aid to Americans ­— the amount already provided ­— without ensuring at least that the health care network was made whole? It is, apparently. Nearly 240 members of Congress have signed a letter to ...

Census is more important than we realize

By March or April, it was clear the 2020 Census would be much more of a guessing game than in decennial population counts. COVID-19 has seen to that. Our whole society has been disrupted in multiple ways. Responding to Census questionnaires has been the last thing on the minds of millions of ...

Sometimes change is a good thing

Sometimes, change is necessary. Four years ago, we as a country chose change over the status quo. We made a decision to move away from a career politician in Hillary Clinton to a businessman, whom many of us had seen on television. The country felt like he was a better choice in nurturing the ...

It’s time to make your vote count

There’s nothing more frustrating than a last-minute rules change. But that’s exactly what voters face after a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals decided to overturn a lower court’s decision about how and when absentee votes should be counted. The Friday afternoon ...

Enforcement effort is part of School Bus Safety Week

Law enforcement officers throughout Michigan will be ramping up patrols of motorists illegally passing school buses. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. In 2019, nearly 2,100 citations were issued to drivers for failing to stop for a school ...

We need to be ready for recovery

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. It will begin when a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. Though a timeline for that is uncertain, it appears safe, effective vaccines will be available early next year. ...

Kelly deserves a fair chance

We at the Daily Mining Gazette do not condone intimidation of any nature. Intimidation, or bullying, is not appropriate at any age, whether we are talking about young children on the playground, or about adults during an election season. What happened in March to Houghton County Clerk ...

No need for violence after election

Unless the Nov 3 presidential election is decided decisively, one way or the other, there is a distinct possibility of civil unrest in some of the nation’s cities. Both federal law enforcement officials and their counterparts in some states recognize that and are taking steps to be prepared ...

Trump’s latest power grab

To the editor: As the elections of Nov. 3 approach, Joe Biden continues to lead Donald Trump in essentially all opinion polls. That lead has remained quite consistent for months. Barring something like election-tampering, voter suppression, overconfidence or apathy on the part of Biden ...

Roosted chickens

To the editor: Many Americans see the irony that the president should fall ill with COVID-19. He knew in early February this novel virus was deadly and highly transmissible. In a taped interview with Bob Woodward on Feb. 7, Trump said, “You just breath the air and that’s how it’s ...

Advice on avoiding election-time scams

With the Nov. 3 general election rapidly approaching, many groups are reaching out to Wisconsin voters, most legitimate but some not. Some contacts may appear like scams but are just groups using poorly trained volunteers or bad data. Still, scammers are turning to election-related tactics to ...

Reporting news is not always easy

In today’s edition, on the front page, we ran a photo with an obscenity in it. This decision does not come easily. At the Daily Mining Gazette, we continue to strive to give you, the reader, the most in-depth story we can as honest and unbaised as we can. Most of the time, that is a fairly ...

Postal Service needs help

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Any private company suffering as badly as the ...

Stars and Stripes works hard to serve military

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 ...

The Census is important

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 ...

Displeasure with gov’t is normal

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed the ...

‘Dark stores’ affects all communities

By now, many people have at least heard of the “dark store” theory. The practice — which entails “big box” stores using the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower their property taxes by 50% or more in some cases — has been going on for more than a decade. For example, Marquette Township ...

Drive safely as schools start back up

It seems every year we write reminding readers of the importance of being aware and driving carefully as school starts up again. Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to ...

Songs to wash your hands to

Put your hands together and rub them vigorously for the second edition of Songs to Wash Your Hands To: Rock and Metal Edition! As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, one of the most effective (and consistent) ways to protect yourself and those around you remains regularly washing your hands ...

Both sides need to serve the voters who elected them

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Friday that talks ...