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Opinion

An open letter to Vice President Pence

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Mr. Vice President, I want to thank you for visiting us here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Your trip to Mackinac Island on Sept. 23, 2019, will help us expose the area to other Americans and highlight the beautiful land we live in. However, I was a bit disturbed that ...

Founding fathers were right

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Right-wing media often speaks of the founding fathers with reverence, often with good reason. The founders were right about separation of powers, separation of church and state, rights of the individual, and the dangers of tyrannical governments. In the words of Thomas ...

Soberfest a huge success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Saturday, Aug. 31 saw the largest Soberfest event yet! Soberfest III brought together approximately 400 people from the community and proved, once again, fun and fellowship is possible without alcohol or substances. Our posters, rack cards, and magnets were created and ...

Thank you from VFW Post 3900

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Aug. 17, VFW CLK Post 3900 held its golf fundraiser at Sandy Pebbles golf course. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for our post. The money raised at the tournament allows us to operate so we can support our fellow veterans and those in the community who are in ...

Chicken BBQ proved valuable

Letters to the Editor

Editor’s note: This letter is reprinted, with corrections, at request of the writer as some sponsors names were missing. To the editor: We would like to thank the following sponsors and volunteers for contributing to the great success of our annual chicken BBQ and fundraiser on July ...

Need to be able to protect ourselves

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Anyone in this country that thinks we, the citizens, don’t need AK47 and AR15 semi-automatic rifles and large capacity magazines just needs to look at what is happening in Hong Kong. If you don’t think that could happen in this country, you’ve got your head in the sand. ...

Nevermind about Russians

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We don’t have to worry about the Russians interfering in our elections. The greatest danger is Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. She has a bill H.R.1, which they plan to pass that will change the control of elections from the States to Federal. This is crucial to ensuring ...

Hockeyville is special for everyone

Editorial

Throughout this week, there will be events in the Calumet area relating to Kraft Hockeyville USA. There has not been this much buzz in the community for a hockey game since Michigan Tech hosted Bowling Green for the WCHA playoff title a couple of years ago. On Monday, the Stanley Cup was in ...

Thunberg holds a mirror at us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Greta Thunberg, the Viking with the mirror. Have you been following the saga of Greta Thunberg? She is the diminutive 16-year-old who just sailed across the Atlantic in, what might be called, a modern Viking ship. She, like her forebears, is well-armed. Instead of a ...

Trump is not the chosen one

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Donald Trump calls himself “the chosen one” and applauds the suggestion that he is like a “King of Israel” and a “second coming of God.” The foot soldiers in his war against women, immigrants and people of color chant “lock her up” and “send her back” and ...

An epiphany about arguments

Columns

Put two people together and you’ve got the basis for an argument. But there’s a difference between arguing and discussing: arguing is frustratingly emotional with no intention of giving in; discussion is a dispassionate plan to lay all the cards on the table, avoid the basic seven ...

Thoughts on smart meters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “Total body radiation emitted from a smart meter is hundreds of times more than that of a cell phone. Radio frequency radiation is a toxic accumulant,” said nuclear physicist Daniel Hirsch. There is no way of going back to the way you were before the exposure. These ...

Do we need more development in Houghton?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I find the plans for Houghton’s waterfront troubling. Waterfront space should be for everyone’s benefit not just for tourists. Why is there this big push to develop water frontage? We have a limited amount of it, why clutter it up with buildings. These spaces should be open ...

O captain, my captain

Editorial

Houghton Gremlins hockey coach Corey Markham will likely see his loyalties challenged locally this season as two of his former pupils, Raymond Brice and Connor Hannon, have each been named captain of their respective college hockey teams. Brice was announced as the Michigan Tech Huskies ...

Pasty Fest a great success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 16th Annual Pasty Fest was a great success, a wonderful celebration of the Copper Country, pasties and the beautiful weather we were lucky to have on Saturday, August 17th. Our vendors sold over 1400 full size pasties, plus 400 minis that were part of our Bake-Off event, ...

Good fun at Chicken BBQ

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to thank the following sponsors and volunteers for contributing to the great success of our annual chicken BBQ and fundraiser on July 4th: Copper Country Cubes, Dollar Bay Linoleum & Tile, Festival Foods, George Kirkish, Horner Flooring & Gift, Kirkish ...

Don’t make assumptions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I have been a resident of Torch Lake Township for about 15 years and happily paying school taxes for decades. Did you know that only a relatively small number of Torch Lake Township taxpayers are in the Dollar Bay School District? I just learned that. My tax bills from Torch ...

Don’t consider abandonment

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently a petite black and white cat was abandoned in our area. She was in a pet carrier along with a note stating that she is a very bad cat because she had been wetting in the basement. There are many reasons why a cat might be wetting inappropriately. If no medical ...

Quick history lesson in politics

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: A recent writer (Mining Gazette, 8/24) has an abridged view of history. Would anyone like the sins of their ancestors piled on themselves? The Democrat and Republican parties of today are not the parties of years ago. Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt wouldn’t recognize ...

CCISD is just one of 56 ISDs across state that serve students

Columns

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (ISD) is one of 56 ISDs in the state of Michigan. The CCISD serves thirteen individual school districts in a three-county area. The main mission of an ISD is to add value to students, schools and communities by providing student-centered, ...