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Opinion

Skimmers continue to plague Michigan

Editorial

Credit card skimmers are still being found in Michigan more than one year after the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development found the state's first skimmer in the Grand Rapids area, according to MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams."Approximately 70 credit card skimmers have been ...

CEO feels good about being vile

Columns

Corporate price gouging is never nice. But gouging people on the price of medicines they rely on to stay alive is worse than not nice - it's predaceously evil.And if you think corporate morality can't go lower than that, how about gouging people on the price of a life-saving medicine in order ...

’16 candidates lack Jerry Ford’s emotional security

Columns

During my more than a half-century of living and working in Washington, D.C., in my semi-humble opinion, Gerald Ford was the most emotionally secure president I have observed. To support that position, allow me to tell you about President Ford's 1976 campaign against his Democratic challenger, ...

Help youth stay tobacco-free by talking

Editorial

According to the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 11.8 percent of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, 6.9 percent use smokeless tobacco, and 10.7 percent currently smoked cigars. Each year, 8,100 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers, and 213,000 kids alive ...

Libertarians don’t shift with whims

Columns

It was refreshing to moderate a "town hall" with the Libertarian presidential and vice presidential candidates last week because Govs. Gary Johnson and William Weld respect limits on presidential power.Sunday, when Fox's Chris Wallace challenged Johnson's plan to replace the IRS with a ...

Moving city compost site makes sense

Editorial

City residents soon might have to travel to a different spot for their compost and rubbish drop-off needs. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.Currently, the city of Marquette offers those services at the former Cliffs-Dow site along Lakeshore Boulevard.The Marquette City Commission earlier ...

Vaudeville’s return to stage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Calumet High School Drama Club would like to thank all those who performed, attended or supported us in our Vaudeville productions this summer. For those who do not know, Vaudeville is a series of unrelated acts performed in rapid succession, somewhat similar to a talent show. ...

Heartfelt act of kindness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Every once in a while someone comes along and truly brightens your heart, your day and your whole world around you. This is what happened to us on June 20.While Peggy, Sarah and I were having our lunch, our waitress came over and handed a hand-written note to us. This note had ...

Teacher was unforgettable

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Although I knew that I would eventually see the obituary of Pauline Steck in the Daily Mining Gazette, I nevertheless felt a tremendous sense of loss when I did read it.I first knew Pauline when she taught me Latin at the Calumet High School. I don't remember much of the Latin, ...

Range area has community spirit

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It seems there's always been a sense of spirit and pride in the Range Area community. Recently, I've come to experience it personally.Our vehicle broke down on the highway outside of South Range. We were able to coast into a relatively safe spot on the shoulder of the road.Within ...

Successful July 4 celebration

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:To the editor: The Dollar Bay Volunteer Fire Department & 1st Responders wishes to thank everyone who helped make our Fourth of July celebration a success. A special thanks goes out to the following businesses and individuals for their continuing support:Horner Flooring, ...

‘I am tired of Donald Trump’

Columns

I have a confession to make.I am tired of Donald Trump.At this point, November can't come fast enough. If we could cancel September and October, I'd do so in a heartbeat.In this, I'm hardly alone. Other pundits have said as much. Even comedians, for whom Trump is the functional equivalent of ...

Clinton image clouded by press conference phobia

Columns

WASHINGTON - My Webster's Dictionary defines "phobia" as "any persistent irrational and excessive fear of some particular thing or situation." That seems to fit Hillary Clinton's attitude toward the commonplace press conference, the traditional exchange between politicians and the news ...

Keep bus safety in mind as school starts

Editorial

Does anything pass more quickly than the summer break from school?While it might seem like the 2016 graduates just got their diplomas and classes just dismissed, Monday and Tuesday will mark the start of the first semester for most area public schools.The Daily News published bus route ...

Naked Trump public art not so funny

Columns

Well, darn it, I'd like to avoid sounding humorless just because I'm not laughing at something that so many others find hilarious.Most of the time, I don't care about such verdicts on my gift for mirth. I'm a liberal columnist in the heartland. I'm a living punch line.However, we are in ...

Off Orwellian deep end: ‘man’ abolished at Princeton

Columns

"He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" when they were created.- Genesis 5:2Poor God. He, or maybe I should say, "It," was so behind the times. If the deity had only gone to Princeton University and had its consciousness raised...Princeton, that once great ...

Township board junta overrules Chassell voters

Editorial

In a move resembling the act of a Third World banana republic, the ruling junta in Chassell Township granted itself authority to nullify a vote by residents to remain in the Portage Lake library district, apparently because the result of the vote displeased it.Chassell voters have spoken - and ...

Presidential golf hypocrisy out of bounds

Columns

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says "scandal for thee, but not for me."Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal of presidential golf. When George W. Bush was commander in chief, he played a lot of golf, and his critics were outraged - or at least pretended to ...

Hillary Clinton’s Felonious Friends in Virginia

Columns

Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua, New York. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a swing state, and thus in a position to help ...

New troopers have challenging careers ahead

Editorial

The decision to enter law enforcement as a career isn't an easy one, these days.Start with the fact that it's a dangerous way to make a living. Now add in the fact that many police agencies and its personnel find themselves at odds with the people they are pledged to protect and to serve.The ...