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Opinion

Chassell residents’ votes should count

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a Chassell resident, mother and teacher, I completely agree with the recent very well-written letter by Bryan Johnson. The Chassell Township Board members (except for June Michaelson-Haataja who voted no) are not representing the majority of Chassell residents who voted by a ...

Jail is lawsuit waiting to happen

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The previous letter I wrote was for public awareness as to the state of this county's jail. I clearly stated that jail should not be a five-star vacation resort. I am incarcerated for breaking the law. I deserve to be punished for my poor decisions. I have had many months to ...

Shows disrespect to Chassell voters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In regard to the Chassell Portage Lake District Library vote: Since when if we do not like the outcome of a vote do we get to demand that there be another vote on it? Claiming ignorance that the vote was being held in August does not give you the right to demand another chance. ...

We can vote you out of office

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you Chassell Township Board for deciding more than 600 of your township voters did not have a clue about what we were voting on. At the Aug. 10 public meeting you approved a motion to once more place the issue of continued membership in the Portage Lake Public LIbrary system ...

Board disgraces democracy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Following is a letter mailed to the Chassell Township Board:Dear Chassell Township Board Members,I am writing in response to the Mining Gazette article in which it was reported that you have decided to put the library issue on the ballot again. What is your legitimate reason for ...

DNR should not manage farming

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I don't agree with judge Soika's decision to side with the DNR over Greg Johnson's hunting ranch. Where is our Department of Agriculture?When you raise livestock and breed them for characteristics and then consume the product, it is called farming. Why is the DNR involved if the ...

Plan would kill Quincy business

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:If anyone travels through Hancock, they are affected by the road construction. The people that live in Hancock are affected by it every day. The worst part of the construction is the two-way traffic on Hancock Street, which is part of the Hancock master plan. I commute every ...

Using positions for personal gain

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In the mid-1700s, Benjamin Franklin said, "When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."Hillary's list of lying and indiscretions keeps growing. When Bill headed the White House, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over ...

Hillary’s Heel

Columns

When I wrote the headline "Hillary's Heel," I was thinking of Achilles, not Bill, though the former president is usually within nipping range of his wife's pantsuit hem.Hillary Clinton's Achilles' heel is her very Clinton-ness. Just as her husband was willing to parse the meaning of the word ...

Happy (What Day Should Be Known As ) New Year

Columns

As regular readers may remember, I have long insisted that Jan. 1 - smack in the middle of winter and completely overshadowed by Christmas, just a week earlier - makes no sense as to when to begin the year. Labor Day - the first Monday in September, when days grow shorter and weather cooler, ...

Time to address state’s looming electricity shortage

Editorial

The writing is on the wall for Michigan's energy future, and the picture isn't pretty for consumers whose paychecks will shoulder bigger utility burdens.A Michigan Public Service Commission study recently confirmed what anybody with a basic understanding of economics could have predicted: ...

Libertarian Town Hall

Columns

Vote for Donald Trump? No! Hillary Clinton? No!They are not trustworthy. They push bad ideas.Fortunately, we have another choice: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, William Weld. But most Americans don't even know they exist.It would be good if the two ex-governors were ...

Study on future electrical use a good idea

Editorial

Gov. Rick Snyder's call last week for a comprehensive study on the potential benefits of connecting the Eastern Upper Peninsula electric grid to that of the Lower Peninsula, and Ontario, Canada, makes a lot of sense, given the relative volatile nature of energy prices going forward and the ...

CHS ’66 reunion was golden

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The class of Calumet High School 1966 celebrated their Golden Anniversary Reunion on July 14-15 2016. After fifty years we felt as though we were coming home again to the Friday night football games; the teen dances at the CLK Teen Center; and of course the study halls. We had the ...

Fantastic Agate Beach Jamboree

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Our 22nd Annual Agate Beach Jamboree was fantastic once again. Weather was perfect and everyone had a great time. When we started it 22 years ago Rick, myself and Don Arnson, we never thought it would get as big as it has and we want to thank everyone from over the years for ...

14th Linebacker golf tournament

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Lakes Linebacker Club would like to thank all the people who made their 14th annual golf tournament and benefit dinner a huge success. The Linebackers would like to thank the Calumet Golf Course for allowing us to host the tournament as well as Brian Baccus and Peninsula ...

How conservative pundits helped break reality

Columns

Ordinarily, I might gloat.Last week, a prominent conservative pundit conceded a point yours truly and countless others have been making for a long time. Namely, that in their constant assaults on mainstream news media, conservatives have wrecked the very idea of objective, knowable fact. In ...

Are Hillary’s emails Donald’s lifeline?

Columns

WASHINGTON - A judge's order that nearly 15,000 previously undisclosed emails from Hillary Clinton's private server may possibly be released has given Donald Trump's campaign a much-needed diversion to turn the public spotlight back onto her one glaring political vulnerability - her ...

Documentary on dark store issue recommended

Editorial

Few issues have riveted local attention in recent years like the dark store issue, where certain businesses lead by big box retailers had its property taxes significantly due to a so-called loophole in in the state tax code.And, notably, few issues have been so misunderstood by the people who ...

Better days are already here

Columns

The annual cicadas have barely begun their end-of-summer evensong in the trees behind our house, but children in the neighborhood are already headed back to school.Twice this week I've had to pull my car to a stop and wait until the school bus door opens with the familiar wheeze, releasing the ...