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Opinion

Heartfelt community thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Dear Copper Country Community Members, Thank you for the generous support for the Barkell Elementary PTO Playground Project Can Drive on Saturday, July 18th. With the help of our gracious volunteers who sorted through over 23,000 cans and bottles and generous cash donations, ...

Songs to wash your hands to

Editorial

Put your hands together and rub them vigorously for the second edition of Songs to Wash Your Hands To: Rock and Metal Edition! As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, one of the most effective (and consistent) ways to protect yourself and those around you remains regularly washing your hands ...

Democrats are the problem

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The only “argument” the Left - the Democratic Party - has today is name-calling. If you don’t agree, you’re a “racist.” If we’re going to “cancel” racist organizations, let’s start with the historically racist party, the Democrats. The Republican Party, ...

August tidbits

Columns

Over the years, each month has developed a character all of its own, and August is no exception. The following are a few tidbits to help you enjoy it just a little better. If you live in Europe, if’s likely you’re taking an extended holiday during August. If you live anywhere in the ...

Both sides need to serve the voters who elected them

Editorial

Politics often seems to be an all-or-nothing contest — even when the American people are those who will get nothing. Whatever happened to common-sense compromise? When did putting off a battle in order to help the people survive a war become a bad idea? It was reported Friday that talks ...

Why is our jail overcrowded?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Open letter to our sheriff: The facts do not lie. This man has endlessly wasted our tax dollars, provided a level of work that would get one fired from Walmart and allowed our streets to become drug filled and some towns to descend into near horror shows. All while the only ...

How to write a FOIA request

Columns

There are two things to figure out before beginning to write a Freedom of Information Act request. The first is to whom you’re addressing the FOIA request. Local governments and state agencies are typically required to designate a “FOIA coordinator” who handles all the requests sent to ...

Kitwen not site for jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the League of Women Voters of the Copper Country, I want to endorse the August 8 DMG editorial outlining the reasons why Camp Kitwen will not work as a jail site for Houghton County. In 2019, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners appointed a task force ...

A 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, Econo Foods and Upper Great Lakes Family Health, for hosting a blood drive in the month of July. As a result of their efforts, we collected 31 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all the community ...

WRCG thanks you

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Waterfront Redevelopment Citizens’ Group would like to thank all of the citizens of Houghton who voted YES to postpone the sale of the parking deck property in the August 4 primary election. It is hoped the proposal’s overwhelming support will convince the ...

Lions Club Chicken BBQ

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This event is put on the by The Houghton/Hancock Lions Club along with the help of volunteers from the community. An instrumental group to the success of the event is the student athletes from the Michigan Tech football team. Coach Milbrath has organized for players to ...

Four questions

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Which countries are doing the best at controlling the coronavirus? Which are doing the worst? Is it true that all the best ones have women leaders, and all the worst ones have men leaders? Is it true that most of the best ones are opening schools right now with very little ...

What is it about?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Have you argued with your spouse or friend, and after you defend yourself, they say, “It’s not about you!” What do they mean? What they mean is, “I’ve told you something is hurting me, and you changed the subject to you!” By insisting on why you shouldn’t be ...

Police presence and funding

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We the Constitutional Party of Houghton County are against any defunding of any of our police departments. Our interactions with our local police departments have always been positive. Their professionalism, courtesy and attention to their duty is a reflection of the people in ...

Career & Technical Education update 2020

Columns

In August 2017, Copper Country voters passed a Career & Technical Education millage. At that time, I promised to give the public an annual update of what we are accomplishing with those millage dollars. The most important statistic is the number of students who are participating in CTE ...

Why Camp Kitwen will still not work as a jail site for county

Editorial

We continue to see letters asking one simple question: “Why can’t Houghton County use Camp Kitwen as its jail site?” With the failure of the county’s attempt for funds to build an expensive addition to the current court house to improve the jail conditions in 2018, it has needed to do ...

Defund or defend police?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a pastor, I have worked with local law enforcement officers and departments for over 30 years. I have worked with the officers in this community in challenging and critical situations, and from my perspective, we are fortunate to have highly trained officers that do a very ...

But what to request?

Columns

Even with the Freedom of Information Act, asking the government for information isn’t as simple as walking in and saying “I want information on road maintenance”, because you would receive far too many files (and that’s only if you could pay for the copies). Alternatively, you could ask ...

Life after COVID-19

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: One thing that has become apparent in our present situation is that the world population has become very interconnected, and it is very important to consider how our increasingly toxic nationalistic politics might affect the future quality of life around the world. An event that ...

What is wrong with Kitwin?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This is in regards about plans for a new jail temporarily on hold. However there are talks in play about purchasing new property off of Sharon Ave to build a larger facility. The people of Houghton County have clearly spoken that they don’t want to spend money on new, when ...