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Opinion

Drafty Donald driving us to distraction

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump seems to think he’s still on his reality TV show shouting, “You’re fired!” while President Stephen Bannon is busy drafting executive orders with his favorite black crayon. Such is the surreal universe in which we find ourselves. Those who thought they ...

Practice safe food preparation all year-round

Editorial

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages consumers to use safe food handling practices at a championship level and avoid becoming one of the estimated 48 million Americans who gets sick from foodborne illnesses each year. The Super Bowl, to be played Sunday, draws more ...

Keep positive energy alive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thank you, DMG, for your Jan. 19 editorial supporting peaceful protest. I read it while riding one of the four buses that took women from the U.P. to the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. When we arrived at the metro station at the end of the Orange Line, we ...

Daring to speak truth to power makes media enemy

Columns

In this era of tweets and texts, the White House of President Donald Trump, ever respectful of tradition, is bringing back the personal phone call. For example, Steve Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, by telephone told The New York Times’ Michael Grynbaum that his paper and “the ...

Some Medicare reform will harm

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Congress is considering proposals to alter Medicare. Paul Ryan, R Wisconsin, is advocating changing Medicare from a “defined benefit” to a “defined contribution” program. Instead of a guaranteed level of coverage, a dollar amount would be set for Medicare ...

Thrill is gone: Trump bubble bursts

Columns

No! The bubble burst. My fantasy died. I wasn’t a big Donald Trump backer — on TV I have called him a bully, a narcissist, etc. — but his first days were thrilling! Finally, a president who meant it when he said he’d cut red tape that kills growth, a man who mocks political ...

School boards do good work for community

Editorial

It could be argued — convincingly, some might say — that sitting on a school board of education is among the most thankless jobs of its type out there. That’s not to say the work accomplished by such panels is neither rewarding nor important. Because we know for a fact that both of ...

Giving without seeking credit

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Committee of Helping Hands of Keweenaw would like to thank our community for a successful fundraiser, continuing to add to our future sustainability. There are many entities and individuals to thank for this success. We offer thanks and blessings to the following local ...

Funds for LL-H school teams

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The student athletes and coaches at Lake Linden Hubbell would like to thank the many parents, community members and local businesses that donated their time or made monetary donations to the first Fall Fundraiser Dinner held on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Lakes Lounge, Off Shore ...

5,000 toys for 1,000 children

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Outstanding community support enabled Toys for Tots to provide over 5,000 toys to over 1,000 children in the four county area. In addition to the hundreds of individuals who dropped off toys in our donation boxes throughout the community, the following organizations were major ...

The lonely death of Naika Venant

Columns

It has since been learned that the actual number is not clear. The original figure was based on the “views” logged on the site as reported by multiple people who watched the video before it was taken down by Facebook. One thousand views may mean 1,000 individuals or it may mean ...

Student input solicited for NMU’s project

Editorial

Northern Michigan University, and an engineering firm in its employ, are taking well-advised steps to determine what students might want in a renovated university center. NMU has committed to spending $17.5 million to complete all phases of the renovation of the Don. H. Bottum University ...

VA pads wallets of Democrats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The VA has the largest employee count in the entire government by a vast margin. It almost equals all the other government bureaus put together. Furthermore, it outnumbers the total current US military force by nearly 3:1, and it still can’t function worth a darn. The ...

Trump resumes Nixon’s war on American news media

Columns

WASHINGTON — Less than a week into Donald Trump’s presidency, he has already challenged American foreign policy since the end of the Cold War and resumed the Nixon administration’s war on the American news media. Sparked as much by his oversized ego and need for self-gratification as by ...

Not interested in a just peace

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The recent uproar over the US decision to abstain on a UN vote to condemn Israeli settlements in the occupied territories is disconcerting to say the least. As early as the Lyndon Johnson administration there was concern that Israel was not interested in a just peace and was ...

Wolves promote biodiversity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Facts don’t matter to those who detest the wolf. They embellish stories, make false claims and find any excuse to justify their hatred. The wolf population has shown no growth since 2011 when the population peaked at 687 animals. The most recent survey reflects a population ...

Word dance all you want, it’s still lying

Columns

Her name was Miss Nelson. I don’t recall her first name. She didn’t seem to need one. She taught fifth grade at West Elementary School in Ashtabula, Ohio. In the fall of 1967, my mother dropped me off in her classroom like a failed adoption. My mother would deny that characterization, ...

Give your input on proposed shooting range

Editorial

When we think about the Upper Peninsula and the places we call home, a common thought that likely comes to many of our minds is hunting. There are quite a few of us Yoopers who either take part in that activity firsthand or know of at least one person who does. For a lot of us, it’s a ...

Ban turns on American allies

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I believe in the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe also that we should support our troops and our veterans. I believe that when someone supports our troops by providing essential and honorable service for years, that we should support them, and if they ...

Feeling good (so far) about new way of doing business

Columns

“It’s a new dawn It’s a new day It’s a new life For me And I’m feeling good.” — “Feeling Good” President Trump’s critics are finding it difficult to stay focused following a flurry of actions taken by the new American CEO. In just the first two working days of ...