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Opinion

Fix Lode sign to improve city’s look

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our residents are required to maintain their places. Why has it been years that the Lode Theater sign remains in disrepair? It would be a simple way to improve the downtown appearance.Walt BabcockHoughton

Overreaction to student’s prank

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It is disappointing that our renowned university overreacted to a student's prank and immaturity that affected the entire community.Certainly the student's racial words were alarming in today's world of super sensitivity but obviously there was no realization of the consequences ...

Letter reminder of God’s greatness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thanks to David Keranen for his letter "Break free of myopic mind" on Oct. 22, expounding on the vastness of our galaxy and the speculated multitude of galaxies and the question of possible life in places beyond the earth that we know. This expands my view of how my God is even ...

‘Make do with what you have’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Over the last few years Calumet has struggled to find ways to revive its beautiful, historic town. I believe I have an idea that may help.There are multiple building that are crumbling to the ground in Calumet. The owners have done nothing to restore or maintain these buildings. ...

What Clinton, Obama didn’t grasp

Columns

When I opened my front door Wednesday morning after little sleep and numb from a bad dream that wasn't a dream, a dreary rainfall glazed the sidewalk as two neighbors gazed blankly in my direction.As I leaned down to pick up my newspaper, a Carole King song filtered through my pre-coffee brain ...

Gerald Ford and the 2016 Election

Columns

On Sept. 8, 1974, one month after he became the nation's only un-elected commander in chief, President Gerald R. Ford granted a "full, free and absolute pardon" to his predecessor, the resigned Richard M. Nixon, "for all offenses against the United States which he ... has committed or may have ...

Take bickering break to thank veteran today

Editorial

Let's face up to the fact that we live in a divided country right now, and the 2016 presidential election has brought the ugliness to the surface: Protest marches against the president-elect in the streets. Minorities getting verbally threatened and physically assaulted. Women getting sexually ...

Otherworldly Campaign Reflections

Columns

For months there's been a running gag on social media about "Earth 2," where the 2016 campaign is a happy, normal thing. For instance, in mid-October, shortly after the release of the "Access Hollywood video," I joked on Twitter that, "On Earth 2 (the GOP) is 15 points ahead, looking to gain ...

Reach across — don’t close — borders

Columns

A nation's border is nothing in and of itself. It's just an inanimate line on a map, in the dirt, on a riverbank. It has no philosophy, personality, feelings or meaning - beyond what people on either side attribute to it.Unfortunately, thanks to Donnie Trump's xenophobic demagoguery in this ...

More information needed on impact of new utility

Editorial

What are the possible impacts to ratepayers should a new utility be created? The Michigan Public Service Commission wants to know.Subsidiaries of the Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group in June proposed the creation of the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC). WEC also owns the ...

Great venue for road rally

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I would like to thank all those involved for allowing the final stage of the 2016 LSPR to take place in downtown Houghton. Also, the stage at the county fairgrounds was great, too.Although it was short, you could watch the complete stage from start to finish. Please consider ...

Community Coalition’s 20th

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Community Coalition on Grief and Bereavement recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its founding.In keeping with its mission statement to provide grief education, support and referrals to the people of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties, the program offered ...

33 gifts of life in Oct. blood drives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The U.P. Regional Blood Center thanks the following coordinators and organizations for hosting blood drives in the month of October:Mandy Ulbrich-OHM Advisors, Stephanie Jones-Walmart, Melissa Stein-GS Engineering and Mia Molianen-Michigan Tech Credit Union.As a result of ...

Referendum on demographic change

Columns

A black man was elected president, and white people lost their minds.Not all of them, no. Not even most of them. But not a piddling few, either.That, in a nutshell, is the story of America's hateful and obstructionist politics over the last eight years -- and of the nasty, arduous excuse for a ...

End or beginning of long national nightmare?

Columns

WASHINGTON - Much of America greeting Election Day not only with relief at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign, but with deep trepidation as well.Donald Trump, an ignorant, arrogant, egomaniacal snake-oil salesman, has conned the Republican Party and much of the electorate into placing ...

Homelessness is often unseen issue in UP

Editorial

The people and agencies that provide services to the homeless in the Upper Peninsula met in Marquette late last week to develop strategies to deal with a growing issue.The news from the Alger-Marquette Continuum of Care's first annual U.P. Homeless Summit, bluntly stating, was not good and ...

Surprise: Trumpsters are bullies

Columns

Well, here we go.The attempt to intimidate Hillary Clinton's supporters at the polls has begun.ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning independent news organization, described Donald Trump supporters heckling voters at the elections office in West Palm Beach, Florida. They were captured on video ...

Clinton turns former Never Trump-er to Ever Trump-er

Columns

As a former "Never Trump-er," I have been interested in others who have converted, however reluctantly, if not into Trump supporters, then pragmatic accepters of Trump against Hillary Clinton. Call us ever-Trump-ers.Another such convert is Joel C. Rosenberg, the mystery writer who once worked ...

Rise up, all you real patriots of democracy

Editorial

Are you up to taking the Real Patriot Test?It's a little more difficult than waving the flag or mouthing the words to the Pledge of Allegiance. This test demands more commitment.This test reveals character instead of characters. It demands commitment - not in just words but in deeds. You ...

Clinton Inc. set up like ‘Game of Thrones’

Columns

"Doug is very transactional."This was an apt description of Doug Band, Bill Clinton's longtime right-hand man and the figure at the center of the latest WikiLeaks revelation.The quote comes from an unnamed former White House colleague of Band's in an illuminating 2013 New Republic profile by ...