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Opinion

Proud to wear police badge

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:It may seem truly old-fashioned to the young people of today, but after 50 years I still recall with clarity and pride the day in June 1966 I first pinned that beautiful silver and blue shield on my chest. My life was irrevocably changed for the better. As a member of the ...

Warming causing extreme weather

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Recently a tornado raced by my home missing my house by feet and plowing into my hometown of Wakefield. It tore the 200-plus-foot hockey arena roof off and dumped it into Sunday Lake. Wakefield's first tornado had struck.The same storm dumped 10 inches of rain on the shores of ...

Prosecutor plays defense attorney

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As elections near I wanted to share our family's negative experience with the Houghton county prosecutor. In November 2011 we filed a criminal complaint for sign theft which took place in Ripley on private property. We purchased a small billboard sign from a local company in hopes ...

Scripture needs to be understood

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I don't like to criticize what other Christians believe. Even when they make mistakes about doctrine, devout believers are better than spiritually dead skeptics. However, doctrinal errors should be corrected because the Bible is too important to be misunderstood.A letter quoted I ...

Choice between 2 of 3 Stooges

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am 66 years old and have seen many elections. Usually in most years we are treated to candidates sounding more like John Wayne and after elected we discover we have ended up with someone more like Barney Fife of Mayberry. This year we have been treated to what is more like two ...

Fox and friends with benefits

Columns

No one would mistake Roger Ailes for a ladies' man, at least not without a fistful of dollars -- or a garter belt.So emerges a fresh image of the man who created Fox News, the cable network known for its leggy, law-degreed female hosts. Ailes, like Hugh Hefner, knew that a spoonful of sugar ...

Marines of all stripes have sacrificed

Columns

In 1945, Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn, the first Jewish chaplain in the history of the United States Marine Corps, was asked by his senior Protestant colleague to deliver the sermon at a single, interdenominational service dedicated to the fallen after the historically bloody Battle of Iwo Jima - ...

10 things to know today: Friday, August 5, 2016

Columns

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. OBAMA DENIES $400M PAYMENT TO IRAN WAS RANSOMThe money was delivered to the Iranian government in January, at the same time four Americans jailed in Tehran were released.2. UN BUNGLES ...

Taking low road: TV attack ads turn voters off

Editorial

Thank goodness it's over! The 2016 partisan primary with negative television ads primarily for the Republican candidates for the 1st Congressional District was as distasteful as it was troubling.The last couple of days before the election, the ads were all running back-to-back. A positive ad ...

Choice for president beyond two evils

Columns

Many people dislike both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - for good reason: Both are power-hungry threats to democracy and rule of law.But what can we do? What's the alternative?Fortunately, one political party wants government to have a little less power. Former governors Gary Johnson and ...

Populist insurgency ratcheting up

Columns

What an amazing democratic primary season it was! And we now have this happy result: WE WON!"We" being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressives, and other "outsiders" who felt The Bern and forged a new, game-changing, populist force of, ...

Homicide puts neighborhood in post-trauma crisis

Editorial

A blood-curdling howl shattered the silence in a Laurium neighborhood as the midnight hour approached on July 23 when the body of Kimberly Bess was found by her husband.Police said Bess was shot to death by her brother, Christian Kitti, as she mowed the lawn at her parents' residence on the 100 ...

Officers risked safety to help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:My husband and I were out for a walk on Friday night just as the fire became apparent in downtown Houghton. As we walked up to Sheldon Avenue at the corner, all we saw were several law enforcement officers running full-speed down the street towards the fire. I don't know their ...

Breakfast and firewood raffle

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Twin Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who came to support out annual pancake breakfast and wood raffle held on July 10.Special thanks to Krupp's Mini-Mart, Penegor Lumber, Econo Foods, Wal-Mart, Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, McDonalds and those who ...

Dems’ response reminds us of us

Columns

In the end, it wasn't even close.After a GOP gathering in Cleveland that had all the incandescent joy of a biblical plague, the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia was as bracing as snow down your back on the most scalding day in August. In terms of star power (Meryl Streep versus Chachi from ...

Settling a debt, Bill addresses Hillary deficiency

Columns

WASHINGTON - Perhaps in repayment for all the times Hillary Clinton has had his back, Bill Clinton held a typically winning "conversation" Tuesday night with the Democratic National Convention delegates - and millions watching on television - about the woman polls suggest remains unlikeable and ...

Sawyer runway work part of cost of doing business

Editorial

A running start on needed work to the Sawyer International Airport's runway will be handled, largely through federal funding, Marquette County officials confirmed recently.The money from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration - just over $175,000 - is about 90 ...

That Hillary

Columns

Six times now, I've revised the beginning of this column to avoid starting with the word "I," my mother's long-ago voice ringing in my ear.Not talking about oneself is a cornerstone of my upbringing. This is not uncommon for women of my generation. We came of age in the 1970s, at the height of ...

Email leaks from DNC provide delectable tidbits

Columns

Thanks to WikiLeaks, which has released nearly 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee - with promises of more to come - we have proof the party that styles itself as inclusive, diverse and tolerant isn't.Among the delectable tidbits on which Republicans are feasting are ...

Bike Magazine story spotlights area’s great trails

Editorial

Although Superiorland's bike trails - mountain biking and otherwise - are among the area's best-known recreational assets, a major spread in a national magazine will only burnish that reputation.Bike Magazine, in addition to its print edition, cites 1.6 million monthly visitors to its website ...