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Opinion

Provider relief fund needs change

Editorial

How is it possible for Congress to approve as much as $3.3 trillion in epidemic-related aid to Americans ­— the amount already provided ­— without ensuring at least that the health care network was made whole? It is, apparently. Nearly 240 members of Congress have signed a letter to ...

Houghton Soccer offers thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Houghton High School Club Soccer team would like to publicly thank the Portage Health Foundation for their generous support of our team.   This fall, our team received a grant of $2358 from the Small Grants Fund from the Portage Health Foundation, which has helped the team ...

Blood drives remain a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank, the Houghton Township Hall in Eagle River, The Pines Convenience Center in Baraga, GS Engineering and the Chassell Township Fire Hall, for hosting a blood drive in the month of September. As a result of their ...

Census is more important than we realize

Editorial

By March or April, it was clear the 2020 Census would be much more of a guessing game than in decennial population counts. COVID-19 has seen to that. Our whole society has been disrupted in multiple ways. Responding to Census questionnaires has been the last thing on the minds of millions of ...

Kasieta too immature to serve

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On March 6 at 1 a.m., Justin Kasieta participated in a harassing and obscene phone call to Jennifer Kelly. Kasieta didn’t initiate the call, but he sat in on it. He initially denied his involvement but later admitted that he was on the call and that foul language was used. ...

Vote against Kelly

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Democrat County Clerk, Jennifer Kelly, has had a very questionable tenure in office, to say the least. The Gazette reported In March that she faced censure by the County Board for allegedly harassing her employees by publishing restricted documents and biased allegations ...

Vote for Peters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Our hardworking junior senator is under attack by misleading ads funded by Mitch McConnell’s warchest. Don’t believe them. Gary Peters gets things done. The Detroit Free Press calls Peters “one of the more productive and bipartisan senators in a Senate riven by ...

Caveat emptor

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The 18th Amendment was ratified on 1/16/1919 and after nearly 15 years of crime, murder, havoc and a tremendous government expense of enforcement; the prohibition of alcohol was repealed on 12/5/1933. The prohibition movement was started by people that felt alcohol was ruining ...

Get out and vote!

Columns

Voting is the most fundamental right and responsibility of the American citizen. It’s an opportunity for each of us to pick the leadership of our country, and it’s what makes America a democracy; without free and fair elections, we cease to be a government of the people, by the people, and ...

Sometimes change is a good thing

Editorial

Sometimes, change is necessary. Four years ago, we as a country chose change over the status quo. We made a decision to move away from a career politician in Hillary Clinton to a businessman, whom many of us had seen on television. The country felt like he was a better choice in nurturing the ...

In support of Jennifer Kelly

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I heartily support the re-election of Jennifer Kelly and I condemn the actions of her opponent, Justin Kasieta, who has admitted to being on a threatening call to Jennifer last March. That he did nothing to stop the call at that time makes him complicit. I can’t imagine why ...

Kasieta: Great for Houghton

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As a Deputy Clerk at the Township level, I am extremely familiar with Michigan elections and how many details are involved with overseeing and ensuring everything is taken care of properly as well as the many other responsibilities that are put on the Clerk’s desk. While a ...

Cole’s Creek

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Yooper Strong is a mantra that was well circulated after the Father’s Day flood and represented camaraderie amongst residents. My family, along with many other locals, suffered heavy losses during that catastrophe. This level of natural disaster hadn’t been seen before in ...

It’s time to make your vote count

Editorial

There’s nothing more frustrating than a last-minute rules change. But that’s exactly what voters face after a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals decided to overturn a lower court’s decision about how and when absentee votes should be counted. The Friday afternoon ...

Vote for the right to life

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There are many reasons I am voting 100 percent Republican in the upcoming election – legal immigration, low taxes, personal and religious freedom, criminal justice reform, strong military, originalist judges, etc. But the most important reason is the sanctity of innocent ...

Candidate needs to grow up

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: While Mr. Kasieta did not personally make, and says he did not suggest, the call to Jennifer Kelly in March, he certainly was there and could have stopped it.  This is not a prank call made by an immature 13 year old.  It is a threatening and scary call made in the middle ...

Let’s pretend

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Let’s pretend we can control the whole world’s climate by throwing American money at it, and sacrificing American jobs to it... although efforts to date have succeeded only in consuming that money and those jobs. Let’s pretend the USA is the worst country in the history ...

Enforcement effort is part of School Bus Safety Week

Editorial

Law enforcement officers throughout Michigan will be ramping up patrols of motorists illegally passing school buses. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. In 2019, nearly 2,100 citations were issued to drivers for failing to stop for a school ...

Babies Lives Matter

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I never thought I would see this happening in America today. An article for “Right to Life Michigan by Barbara Listing, provided some interesting and frightening statistics. The coronavirus isn’t the only enemy of human life. Worldwide deaths from Jan. to March: — ...

Tribalism

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Race, referring to people, is not mentioned once in the Bible, rather they’re called tribes or families. The four uses of “race” that I did find in the Bible all refer to running a race (Psm. 19:5, Eccl. 9:11, 1 Corin. 9:24, Heb. 12:1). Even the sin of “racism” ...