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Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) annual Inside/Out Program brings high resolution reproductions from the DIA’s collection to outdoor venues throughout Michigan. This year the city of Hancock was selected as the Upper Peninsula site. Seven full-scale images have been ...

It takes a village

Columns

We have all heard the saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This is going to ring true more than ever this school year. I feel very fortunate to live and work in the Copper Country. The community has always been very involved in the education of our area students and I’m ...

Goebbels repeats

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It appears the Democrats are emulating Joseph Goebbels who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or ...

Amendment could help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Among other qualifications the Constitution requires a person to have attained the age of 35 years to be eligible to the office of President. An amendment is necessary to set an upper age limit, perhaps 66, to lessen the odds that in the future the electorate will not be ...

McLean doing good job

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I recently read a letter to the editor about Sheriff Brian McLean that I know was filled with misinformation of willful malice and an attempt on character assassination. I am a retired Sheriff with over forty years in the law enforcement business. I have been in law enforcement ...

The Census is important

Editorial

Perhaps no Census during the past century has faced challenges like those in charge of the 2020 population count must find ways to overcome. Clearly, however, the indeed must develop solutions to the problem of counting Americans who may have been too preoccupied with staying well to respond ...

Redistricting article misleading

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 8-20-20 redistricting commission article was misleading and biased. The Republicans have opposed the redistricting proposal from the beginning. The trio of Ed McBroom, Beau LaFave and Greg Markkanen favored the former method of redrawing voting district lines, because as ...

A need for reconciliation

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Nothing good comes from anger and hate. The killing of George Floyd, the shooting of Jacob Blake and the killings of 3 protesters remind us how far America is divided. Each victim left a mother, a father and other loved ones. Polarization has reached its worst level since the ...

Enough already

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It’s time that every law-abiding citizen in America rise up and give Washington D.C. an ultimatum - get to work in Congress and stop backbiting one another. All of you Senators running around the country for over a year campaigning and wasting tax payers’ money, when you ...

Parent and Community Support needed as we reopen K-12 schools

Columns

On March 12 at 11 p.m., Gov. Whitmer held a news conference announcing that all K-12 schools in Michigan would be closed to face-to-face instruction beginning on Monday, March 16. It was first thought that this would last 14 days or so. Now, six months later we will return to face-to-face ...

Displeasure with gov’t is normal

Editorial

Frustration with government is understandable. Sometimes, it blinds us to the good, dedicated public servants in the ranks who, like us, go to work every day and try hard to do their very best. Probably more often than we know, they go above and beyond the call of duty. Perhaps you missed the ...

To be or not to be

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “To be or not to be” remains a legitimate question. To riot or not to riot should never need to be asked. Kenosha, Minneapolis, Portland, St. Louis, whatever city is next. I cannot think of any family, neighbors, people in my neighborhood or town who would ever choose or ...

‘Dark stores’ affects all communities

Editorial

By now, many people have at least heard of the “dark store” theory. The practice — which entails “big box” stores using the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower their property taxes by 50% or more in some cases — has been going on for more than a decade. For example, Marquette Township ...

Keeping Social Security

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I believe in Social Security and Medicare. I believe they are precious programs for the millions and millions of us who are not millionaires. I want to keep Social Security and Medicare for workers who add value to our society. President Trump does not. He has said many times ...

Markkanen’s first term

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I am writing to rebut a letter printed on Aug. 26. The author incorrectly claimed that State Representative Greg Markkanen has introduced zero pieces of legislation since taking office in January 2019. That could not be further from the truth. A simple search on the website ...

Time for some transparency in local policitics

Columns

In the Thursday, Aug. 13, edition of the Daily Mining Gazette, the paper ran an article citing Commissioner Mr. Roy Britz stating, “Discussions had been on hold pending the results of the August Primary election for Sheriff, as one of the candidates opposed building a new jail, Commissioner ...

Thank you to the community

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank, IncredibleBank in Houghton and Calumet and the Calumet Colosseum, for hosting a blood drive in the month of August. As a result of their efforts, we collected 39 pints of blood. I would also like to thank ...

City council’s response

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Like many others who voted for the proposal to postpone the sale of the Lakeshore Drive parking deck, I am very disappointed by the response of the city council. Several members of the council asserted that nothing has been decided, so there is nothing to discuss at this point. ...

Trump’s America

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Look around you. What you see is Donald Trump’s America. Not Barack Obama’s, nor Joe Biden’s. Trump’s. Regardless of what he says, he “owns” it. Just like the CEO’s of the giant corporations that he admires. This is Trump’s America. Levels of race riots ...

Oh, Black Water

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In response to the letter in the DMG titled “Fascism in America” by David Keranen. First, I would like to thank David for the inspiration he has been to me in writing letters to the editor for the last 15 years. It’s been fun. Being an independent thinker and voter all ...