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Opinion

Board does act as banana republic

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The recent characterization of the Chassell Township Board to a banana republic is not without merit.Over 1,000 citizens just participated in a sham election. Nepotism is alive and well on our board. We can't hold a local election properly.What will happen during a presidential ...

Why it’s good to be a Yooper

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:A few days ago, my wife and went to the Baraga Casino. During the course of the evening, my wife took her pullover sweater off and lost her necklace. It was a birthday present from me and had a lot of sentimental value and cost quite a few bucks to boot.My wife and I didn't ...

Baltic speed signs protect kids

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing this in regards to the article about the signs in Baltic. I have lived on the same street for 30 years. In those 30 years, the number of children on 12th and 13th avenues has tripled.Speeding has always been an issue in this town. In the article, it was stated that ...

Most dangerous animal is human

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Yes, the world has been, and still is, full of dangerous animals. Millions of years ago ferocious dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus Rex roamed the land while dangerous sea creatures such as the Pliosaurs searched the oceans for prey. The demise of ...

Asking 2 questions this election

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In some past elections I've voted Republican; in others I've voted Democratic. This year I've been listening carefully to our two candidates as they have talked on television or sent mail to our home. They both have their flaws. But with the sharp contrast between them I'm asking ...

Bergman ducks Court question

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Bergman claims to be a defender of the Constitution and says he'll "give you a straight answer," but he ducked a question from the audience about whether he is in favor of putting President Obama's Supreme Court nominee up for a vote as the Constitution mandates because he said he ...

Candidates have duty to inform

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Voting is a privilege and an obligation. Informed voting is a responsibility. The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, in partnership with the Daily Mining Gazette, which puts together a Voter Guide to help the citizens of Houghton and Keweenaw counties to perform their ...

1st vote was not a true consensus

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I totally support the Chassell Township Board's decision to put the library issue back on the ballot in November. I agree that not enough voters showed up to portray a true picture of the majority consensus. I also believe that if the vote had not passed in the library's favor, ...

Obama trolling gave rise to Trump

Columns

Many people are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump as a political force, and most of them reside on my side of the aisle. But that story is familiar by now. And we'll be hearing a lot more about it. Should Trump lose, conservatives will be lucky if the ensuing riot of recriminations falls ...

Suggested Debate Questions

Columns

The presidential debates, especially this year's first scheduled one - at New York's Hofstra University on the night of Sept. 26 - are really a national job interview. We the people will have a chance to make our own judgments on the character, intelligence, personality and humanness of ...

Transparency better under Legislature bills

Editorial

An important step toward making state government more transparent was taken Wednesday by the Republican-controlled Michigan House of Representatives.By an overwhelming 100-6 vote, the lower chamber voted to make the governor's office and the Legislature subject to the state's public records ...

Bunch of court picks for next president

Columns

Hillary Clinton and her fellow progressives shout things like "Health care is a right!" They've also said that education, decent housing and child care are "rights."The U.N. goes further. Its bureaucrats declared that every person has a "right" to rest and leisure, food, clothing, housing, ...

Donnie is Trumpist, not populist

Columns

To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertainty. Thus, it is important to point out that America's superrich are intentionally and brazenly knocking down the middle class and poor to further enrich themselves. They are aided by clueless, corrupt politicians who don't care ...

Walkout tactic probably won’t change chief vote

Editorial

Abe Lincoln once jumped out of a second-story Statehouse window in an effort to deny a quorum and stop a vote by the Illinois General Assembly to adjourn.So Tuesday's walkout by two Calumet Village Board trustees that denied a quorum and blocked a vote on a new police chief is not without ...

Some people are guardians

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Living on a farm by the Mohawk-Gay Road, our garbage pickup by Waste Management for the Mohawk-Fulton area is on Wednesday.We are the last one down our way where the truck turns around. I always get the garbage together on Tuesday evening and place the can into the back of my plow ...

Thanks to all for Camp 911 event

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On Aug. 2 and 3 Camp 911 held its 18th emergency preparedness camp, hosting 80 children. Our camp is successful because of the many spirited, and dedicated volunteers who make it both educational and fun (not an easy feat at times).Because the camp is free, its survival is ...

How to Talk to Black People

Columns

Today's column is presented as a public service.It is for serious politicians both Democratic and Republican - and also for Donald Trump. The urgent need for this service has been painfully obvious for many years and never more so than today.So, let's get right to it. This is: How to Talk to ...

Public interest should prevail in moderating debates

Columns

WASHINGTON - After the "presidential forum" in New York, in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took questions in serial fashion but didn't appear together, much of the critical reaction fell not on them but on the moderator, NBC News' "Today" host Matt Lauer, who is known more for dealing ...

Michigan trails are something to celebrate

Editorial

With more than 12,500 miles of state-designated trails that connect communities, provide health and economic benefits, and attract outdoor enthusiasts, it's no wonder Michigan is known as "The Trails State."To showcase these resources, Gov. Rick Snyder recently proclaimed Sept. 17-24 as the ...

Making wishes come true

Editorial

For the GazetteWhat started as granting a wish to 7-year-old Chris Greicius has become the world-wide Make-A-Wish foundation. Greicius, who had leukemia, yearned to be a Police Officer to catch 'bad guys' in Arizona.Greicius passed away before his 8 birthday, but US Customs Agent Tommy Austin ...