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Opinion

Trump’s latest rant on wiretapping

Columns

Early last Saturday morning, Donald Trump alleged in a series of tweets that former President Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the election. Trump concluded that the former president is a ...

Time to upgrade state’s computer technology

Editorial

The state of Michigan’s unemployment computer system, embattled recently for pointing the finger of guilt — erroneously, as it turned out — at some 20,000 residents, accusing them of unemployment fraud, has apparently been hacked. State officials last week confirmed that personal ...

Visual arts needs equal support

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is not wrong for those who are interested in what have recently been started to be called, in a ridiculous gimmick, “STEM” fields, to be concerned about coming state cuts. And for this to be explained by the meaningless jargon of “rebranding” hardly justifies them. ...

America’s High-Risk Complacent Class

Columns

“Most Americans don’t like change very much,” writes economist and Marginal Revolution blogger Tyler Cowen, “unless it is on terms that they manage and control.” That’s just one of many provocative sentences you can mine from the riches threaded through his new book, “The ...

Columnist refuted by Wikipedia

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In his opinion, published in the Feb. 25 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette, Robert Reich gets, at the very least, one point totally wrong — a point that easily changes the entire thrust of his article. He states that Boeing, at their South Carolina factory, buys airplane ...

Primary CCISD goal is getting technology into classrooms

Columns

Five years ago, the state of Michigan implemented “Any Time, Any Place, Any Way, Any Pace” learning, which included online testing. To accomplish this, schools needed access to more computers. The state knew that schools could not afford enough new technology on their own, so the state ...

Some fishing, hunting thoughts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The game is on! I’m just scribbling a few sentences on fishing, hunting and wildlife. First off, most of us go hunting mainly for the sport and companionship of it. I know it helps the economy and relieves stress, too. Fishing is for everyone supposedly. Companionship, ...

Fueling bigger dreams, building brighter futures

Columns

“If someone doesn’t put a vision in your life, or take you places you’ve never been, or show you things you’ve never seen, how can you dream any bigger?” -former little brother Beyond the research, at U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters we personally witness the positive outcomes ...

Let government hear your voice

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Truth is revolting in the streets of America, and it is fighting for its soul. The democratic experiment we, as a nation, have known for over 200 years is at stake. President Trump is a pathological liar. Billionaire Trump used lies and deceit during the campaign and new ones ...

Where is the proof?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: You claim truth and fact to be your game, and you tell us internet news is fake news, yet you show no proof to back up your words. Now if you are a man of truth and fact, help me out. 1. Was Hancock’s Chief Butler hired legally: yes or no? If no, is he a liability? 2. ...

Killing Big Bird is good idea

Columns

Next week, Donald Trump releases his new budget. It's expected to cut spending on things like the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Good! Government has no business funding art. When politicians decide ...

Bill would hurt transparency in state government

Editorial

More secrecy in government is one of the last things the state of Michigan needs. A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature, with the legislation expected to be up for a vote in the House today. The ...

Positive energy is still here

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s been only a few weeks since Heikinpäivä 2017 took place, and the positive energy generated by the festival is still resonating in the community. It’s that word, that concept – “community” – that makes Heikinpäivä possible. While the Finnish Theme ...

Breakthrough in chicken-and-egg agribusiness

Columns

Those who say that we ordinary people can't have any effect on today's corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between wacko and criminal: animal rights activists. Members of groups like the Humane Society get ...

People remember that facts matter

Columns

I’m beginning to feel like Sally Field. Remember the 1985 Academy Awards, when she was stunned by the idea of being accepted? “And I can’t deny the fact that you like me!” she gushed. “Right now! You like me!” I could give the same speech today. I am, you see, employed in an ...

Newspapers being besieged on all sides

Editorial

If it comes to it, this newspaper — and undoubtedly a large majority of community newspapers across this country — will tell the truth to the death. In this social media-dominated, post-factual, fake-news, information-illiterate, instantly gratified, partisan-warring, blame-the-messenger, ...

Ban would make us less safe

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Instituting a ban on Muslims from war-torn countries is not only highly unethical, it will also make us less safe, even if that ban is temporary. It is counter-productive to implement such blatantly discriminatory practices and only fans the flames of radicalism by showing ...

The Russian plot thickens in cloud of suspicion

Columns

WASHINGTON — The cloud of suspicion over Russian interference in the American presidential election has widened, with new demands from congressional Republicans as well as Democrats for a special counsel’s investigation, akin to the Watergate inquiry that forced the 1974 resignation of ...

Speaking of Planned Parenthood

Columns

Dozens of women in Congress wore suffragist white Tuesday night for President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session. You know this had to annoy him, all those dames sticking out in that sea of dark suits, but he stayed on script anyway. That was all he had to do, apparently, to be ...

Missed boat on lakes funding reductions

Columns

News of a budget proposal that broke nationally late last week detailing that the White House wants to all but eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for, among other things, environmental cleanup and other programs for the Great Lakes, has drawn fire from a great many ...