Opinion

How can we stop greedy banksters from robbing us?

Columns

In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/ I see lots of funny men/ Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/ Some with a fountain pen.” The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days. For example, while you would get hard time ...

Economic justice was King’s other dream

Columns

This is a column about Martin Luther King’s other dream. His most famous dream, of course, is the one he articulated at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. It was a vision of racial amity so frightening that people killed to keep it from coming true. Five decades later, it’s so broadly accepted ...

Libraries have power to take you anywhere

Editorial

There is a place where you can go to do anything, be anybody and travel anywhere, either to a place or in time. It is a portal to the universe of human knowledge, imagination and creativity. Knowledge is power, and this place produces the power of the people, offering unlimited access to ...

Carrying ghost of inspiration

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Gazette’s March reproducing of work for Youth Art Mouth should be lauded. Children and teenage art students in the Copper Country schools will not all grow up to be painters in Manhattan’s Soho. Others will be gentlemen or will, for good and for ill, pursue careers ...

Trump changes image but not reality of his record

Columns

WASHINGTON — In Donald Trump’s continuing attempt to look more presidential, his assertions of military and staff control may be having limited success. But his long record of impulsive and impetuous behavior based on impressions rather than established fact beclouds the effort. His swift ...

Really, O’Reilly

Columns

It’s hard to give the complete list of companies pulling their ads right now from Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News Channel, because the number keeps growing. Chances are that in the time it took me to write the previous sentence, another corporate sponsor decided to suspend advertising. ...

Spring caution: motorcycles on roads

Editorial

The coming of warmer weather means a lot of things to the residents of Superiorland and elsewhere. It means backyard barbecues and the planting of gardens. Swimming and long, lazy summer walks shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Neither should summer sports like baseball and soccer. And it also ...

Middle East’s siren call is exercise in futility

Columns

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Diversion is goal of obfuscation game

Columns

WASHINGTON — If there is one operative rule in this city’s left-right paradigm, it is to shift the focus of any conversation that seems at risk of revealing something approximating truth — a game at which the current administration and its media surrogates happen to excel. Thus, the ...

Trump cranking up fog machine

Columns

Donald Trump’s technique for dealing with bad news is to create enough confusion and partisanship to envelope it in dense fog. Consider the most explosive news to come along in recent history — that the FBI has commenced an investigation of Trump aides to find out if they colluded with ...

Closing skills gap involves group effort

Editorial

When it comes to closing a skills gap in the available workforce — a growing problem in recent years — there is no instant solution, but local officials are making the necessary investments and signs point to a shift that will help meet the demand into the future. But even as programs to ...

Lock-your-car tax is silly, should be dropped

Editorial

Michigan motorists might be surprised to learn that Lansing has been working to keep down their auto insurance premiums. Using an essentially secret tax on their auto insurance policies, state officials claim they are saving the average motorist about $77 in higher premiums. Michigan ...

Film exposes food conspiracy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The local, nonprofit group Northern Vegans will present the movie “What the Health” at the Thomas Theater at 1525 Commerce Drive in Marquette at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, and I’m urging your readers to come see this movie. “What the Health” –- the film that ...

A fix for legalized pyramid scheme

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The fact that Social Security is on the verge of collapse is know by one and all. Since it is a legalized pyramid scheme it should not surprise anybody. But, the reality is that it can not be allowed to collapse as it would be an economic disaster to retirees and, eventually ...

Discovering the lost art of letter writing

Columns

Like so many good stories, this is an old one. But if this April somehow does turn out to be “the cruelest month” politically, this old story could even betimely. Here’s the story: The brutal Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, realizing that his failing health meant that his days were ...

Mistrust of Trump promotes political corrosion

Columns

Donald Trump’s unorthodox campaign and unexpected victory have produced a culture of mistrust permeating our politics and threatening to undermine the rule of law. That’s not healthy, whatever you think of Trump or his political opponents. The partisan mistrust is evident in Senate ...

News coverage discredits mining

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What is the motive for the Daily Mining Gazette seemingly going out of its way to discredit mining development in the Ontonagon County region? On March 29, the Gazette ran a story which stated, “Highland Copper Co. expects to employ up to 320 people within a few years to ...

Early intervention is key in educational development

Columns

“Early On” is the state of Michigan’s early-intervention program for which the Copper Country ISD is responsible for providing services in Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties. Early intervention is a system of services that helps babies and toddlers with developmental delays or ...

Adoption: forever choice that can start with foster parenting

Columns

My wife and I have been married for almost 22 years. We started off like many newly married couples, I suppose. New jobs, new life together, shared dreams….etc. Kids were always a part of those dreams and plans. Someday we’ll have kids...not right away…but someday. Then “someday” ...

Let’s talk about O’Reilly and insults

Columns

Dear Bill O’Reilly: Let’s talk insults. Me, I like a good put-down as much as the next pundit. Judiciously employed, it can be an effective rhetorical tool, the equivalent of a slam dunk over the defense. You don’t just score, but you also demoralize and embarrass the other ...