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Opinion

Here’s some election clarity

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Some voters may be undecided as to whom to vote for in November. Clarity may be in order. Both parties want to cut taxes. The Democrats want to cut taxes for the middle-class and low-income families. Republicans want to cut taxes for low, middle, high income and corporations.On ...

An Amazing Bargain at 47 Cents

Columns

Although most of us take it for granted, America's postal service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase A "Forever" postage stamp.Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will deliver your envelope to any address in the country by plane, train, bus, boat, truck, car, bike, ...

1-word presidential tickets make sound of history

Columns

What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word? For example, I always thought the winning 1980/'84 combination of Republicans Ronald Reagan and George Bush, or "Reagan-Bush," sounded like an Oktoberfest event in Wisconsin. "We had a great ...

Michigan needs comprehensive energy planning

Editorial

It's no secret Michigan is at an energy crossroads. Coal plants continue to come offline, and over the next 15 years that alone will reduce the state's total electricity generation by 30 percent. Without proper planning, the likelihood that electric service to Michigan families and businesses ...

Playing Sausage Party Politics

Columns

Seth Rogen, co-writer, co-producer and co-star of the animated comedy "Sausage Party," is unhappy with me - for defending him.His movie was attacked by some online commentators for using ethnic and sexual stereotypes, as cartoons often do. What was remarkable is how incensed some people get ...

Many missteps in Yik Yak ‘threat’ fiasco

Editorial

There are lessons to be learned from the Yik Yak fiasco, where a supposed threat posted to a Michigan Tech-related social media account caused undue alarm and outrage across the campus, overreaction by university officials to a doctored post and a miscarriage of justice.The first mistake was ...

Share the road with cyclists

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:BiKE! (Bike Initiative Keweenaw), the Hancock Bicycle & Pedestrian Recreation Subcommittee, and I extend sincere and heartfelt thank yous to the law enforcement departments and their officers who provided approximately 80 cyclists with police escort services during the ...

40th reunion was awesome

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I attended the 40th class reunion of the 1976 Jeffers graduating class in the beginning of August. It was an awesome, two-day event that I enjoyed immensely. Several people and organizations helped contribute to the celebration, and I feel they need to be recognized and ...

1st July Fourth Tapiola parade

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On July 4 Tapiola had its first-ever parade which was a resounding success, well attended and appreciated. It would not have taken place without the efforts of many volunteers in our community. Thanks to Rob Olson for introducing the idea, and to the faithful committee that ...

Postcard from Post-Factual America

Columns

"Why haven't you reported that Colin Kaepernick's actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?"So reads an email sitting in my inbox.Not shockingly, Snopes, the fact-checking website, has rated the claim it makes as false. Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback, did not ...

Trump’s ‘build wall’ campaign is house of cards

Columns

WASHINGTON - With Labor Day now behind us, the final drive for the presidency has begun. But there seems to be a kind of pause in the race as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton circle each other before their first nationally televised debate at Hofstra University less than three weeks away.In ...

Water safety especially needed now

Editorial

Water safety always is an issue, but it's especially pertinent this time of year.It's also important because of the changing weather patterns as fall sets in. Just a few days ago, fog rolled in and out of the area, which would have made for dicey boating had anybody been out on the water.It's ...

Schlafly’s Unintended Inspiration

Columns

Phyllis Schlafly founded her conservative Eagle Forum the year I graduated from high school, in 1975.So I can't summon a renewed sense of outrage after her death this week, at age 92. As much as I loathed Schlafly's politics, I have to acknowledge her impact at a crucial time in my development. ...

‘Could not recall…’: Is it because of concussion or lie?

Columns

One wouldn't think Hillary Clinton and former President Richard Nixon would have a lot in common, but in responding to FBI investigators that she "could not recall any briefing or training by State related to retention of federal records or handling classified information," Clinton took a page ...

Ishpeming seeks grant to raze blighted homes

Editorial

Look for the city of Ishpeming to put to good use revenue from a federal grant, removing blighted residential structures.The city, in partnership with the Marquette County Land Bank, was recently notified that it had been awarded $250,000 from the Michigan Homeowner Assistance Nonprofit Housing ...

Trump smashes moral compass

Columns

There was a time when one of the worst sins you could commit on the American Right was to buy into "false moral equivalence."During the Cold War, this usually meant saying that we were no better than the Soviet Union. For example, Democratic Sen. William J. Fulbright - Bill Clinton's mentor - ...

It’s not Flight 93, and Trump cannot save America

Columns

My old friends Dennis Prager, Bill Bennett and Rush Limbaugh, among many others, seem to have made a transition. It's not enough to vote for Trump. No, even reluctant supporters must now talk themselves into believing that conservative "principles" require a vote for Trump. Like John C. ...

Workable plan for UP electric power plants

Editorial

As it stands right now, we believe the recent joint announcement by Cliffs Natural Resources and WEC Energy Group to build new electric generating facilities sounds like a good move.The two companies last month announced a plan to construct 170 megawatts of new generation that would allow for ...

Why Hillary should fulfill Bill’s promise on CEO pay

Columns

What can be done to deter pharmaceutical companies from jacking up the prices of critical drugs, prevent Wall Street banks from excessive gambling, and nudge CEOs into taking a longer-term view?Answer: Fulfill Bill Clinton's campaign pledge on CEO pay.In 1992, he proposed to bar companies from ...

Why the Polls Are Tightening Up

Columns

Maybe Hillary Clinton isn't going to be elected president after all. That's a thought that's evoking glee in some, nausea in others, terror in some and relief at the removal of an increasingly tedious figure from public view in still more.The thought is prompted by the CNN/ORC poll showing ...