October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed October 2021 as Michigan Cybersecurity Month to highlight the importance of cybersecurity awareness among families and businesses around the state. In the past year alone, according to the FBI, Michigan residents and businesses have lost more than $165 ...

Squirrel and Roe v. Wade

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Warm greetings. Yesterday I saw a squirrel get run over by a car. It raises a question about when life begins and when life ends. According to Pro-Life, life begins at conception, and a heart murmur occurs at six weeks as God begins his wonderful, cozy warm 9-month assembly ...

Use firewood safely to avoid spreading pests, diseases


This October, support Firewood Month by choosing to buy firewood where you burn it to prevent the spread of tree pests and diseases. As natural resource managers across the state work to limit tree loss from oak wilt, hemlock woolly adelgid and other destructive invaders, you can do your part ...

On Houghton County apportionment


As reported in the Gazette on October 2, I have submitted a six-district plan for Houghton County apportionment that does not put cities and townships within the same district and divides only one municipality, the City of Houghton, into multiple districts. It is the population growth of the ...

Budget a hopeful shot in the arm for recruiting workers


Federal and state budget time tends to be one of familiar squabbles. A repeated tradition of absolute posturing and late-night additions and early mornings of resigned reconciliation. Fresh outrage — as if the tug-of-war isn’t the same every year — is part of the ritual. But this ...

To be or not to be

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To abort or not to abort, that is the question. The main purposes of religion is to give a rationale of why we are here, how we should live our lives, and where we might go after we leave this mortal coil. The latter requires the existence of a soul (some essence) that ...