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Opinion

Study on future electrical use a good idea

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder's call last week for a comprehensive study on the potential benefits of connecting the Eastern Upper Peninsula electric grid to that of the Lower Peninsula, and Ontario, Canada, makes a lot of sense, given the relative volatile nature of energy prices going forward and the ...

CHS ’66 reunion was golden

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The class of Calumet High School 1966 celebrated their Golden Anniversary Reunion on July 14-15 2016. After fifty years we felt as though we were coming home again to the Friday night football games; the teen dances at the CLK Teen Center; and of course the study halls. We had the ...

Fantastic Agate Beach Jamboree

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our 22nd Annual Agate Beach Jamboree was fantastic once again. Weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. When we started it 22 years ago Rick, myself and Don Arnson, we never thought it would get as big as it has and we want to thank everyone from over the years for ...

14th Linebacker golf tournament

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Lakes Linebacker Club would like to thank all the people who made their 14th annual golf tournament and benefit dinner a huge success. The Linebackers would like to thank the Calumet Golf Course for allowing us to host the tournament as well as Brian Baccus and Peninsula ...

How conservative pundits helped break reality

Columns

Ordinarily, I might gloat.Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable fact. In ...

Are Hillary’s emails Donald’s lifeline?

Columns

WASHINGTON - A judge's order that nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails from Hillary Clinton's private server may possibly be released has given Donald Trump's campaign a much-needed diversion to turn the public spotlight back onto her one glaring political vulnerability - her ...

Documentary on dark store issue recommended

Editorial

Few issues have riveted local attention in recent years like the dark store issue, where certain businesses lead by big box retailers had its property taxes significantly due to a so-called loophole in in the state tax code.And, notably, few issues have been so misunderstood by the people who ...

Better days are already here

Columns

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...

To ID or not to ID?

Columns

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

Protect kids against exposure to lead

Editorial

Michigan has begun to see an increase in the percent of children under age 6 with an elevated blood lead level (EBLL) from April through June 2016.Exposure to lead is higher in warmer months for a variety of reasons, including increased contact with lead dust from inside and outside the home ...

‘New Nationalism’ is white identity politics

Columns

To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I'm not so sure.In a fairly representative analysis, Politico's Michael Hirsh explained the "new nationalism" as "a bitter populist rejection of the status quo ...

Not the way to do minority outreach

Columns

In the nanosecond between Donald Trump's foot-in-mouth moments this week, just before he made headlines by announcing changes in the topless blender that is his senior staff, he gave what many consider to be the finest speech of the campaign.CBS' Major Garrett tweeted "Having been listening ...

Orphanage project took years, but was worth the wait

Editorial

The landmark structure we all know as the old orphanage in Marquette hit a major milestone last week, as developers held an official groundbreaking ceremony on the project that will transform the abandoned building into an affordable housing complex.The former Holy Family Orphanage, at the ...

A principal’s speech you’d like to hear given

Columns

OK, folks, let's put aside the outrageous political scene and the depressing daily news about shootings, knifings and suicide bombings that have become so ubiquitous we don't even raise eyebrows about them anymore - and concentrate for the moment on the better side of life.To begin: With ...

Plenty of stupid to go around

Columns

First off, I'd like to apologize for setting liberals' hair on fire the other day.I guess I just wanted to see what would happen. My bad.All I did was point out on social media that liberal Democrats like President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have said stupid things about guns and ...

Will Trump take down congressional Republicans?

Columns

On Friday, Republican National Committee and Trump campaign staffers held what one described as an "emergency meeting" at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando. The obvious subject: what to do about Donald Trump's flagging campaign and how Republican down-ballot candidates can avoid the possible ...

Local newspaper is more than economic driver

Editorial

What's good for the community is good for the local newspaper.It thrives when the community thrives, because as a commerical enterprise, the local newspaper depends on advertising revenue resulting from the symbiotic relationship between commerce. Newspaper advertising is a valuable commodity ...

Choice is clear for president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A secretary of state can never be transparent, for confidentiality is essential, and that goes for your private emails. (Which the NSA tracks anyway!)The Benghazi event was over before Clinton could do anything to prevent it, yet for Hillary's 40 years of public service, that's ...

Vote for Trump to stop Clinton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Attention Christians! I wonder if you know how important you are? In 2012, when Obama won, 17 million Christian voters failed to vote. Obama won by 4.9 million votes. If just 29 percent of these nonvoting Christians had voted, Obama would not be president. If you didn't vote, you ...

Get serious about election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Wake up, America. This isn't the third-grade class president we're voting for. It's time to get serious about this presidential election. The primaries are over and it's never been this bad. Let's have an honest look at Donald Trump.In my opinion, we have a real nut running for ...