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Opinion

Plastics in Great Lakes should trouble everyone

Editorial

A pair of recent studies cited in a Mining Journal story Monday confirmed what many fisherman and women and untold others enjoying the water have known for years: There is a heck of a lot of plastic floating around in the Great Lakes and the watersheds that feed it.How much and where is it ...

For children, holiday from divorce

Columns

Jackie has decided to be an ice-cream cone. And why not? Who doesn't love ice cream?Carolyn is going to be a puppy. One of her favorite words so far is "woof," so this makes sense, totally.We have two superheroes this year. Superman is Milo; his cousin Spider-Man is Leo - in case you've been ...

Build economy on foundation of skilled labor

Editorial

As any construction worker will tell you, a solid foundation is the most important part of a house. So it is with a career in construction or any skilled trade in the traditional or new economy: a labor market of workers with a solid foundation of career and technical education (CTE) is the ...

Trump’s conduct surprises Marine

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Growing up in a small village in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in a working-class neighborhood populated by mostly iron miners and loggers, hanging around the local pool hall, we boys soon learned that road trips to northern Wisconsin provided insights into adult life. There were ...

Feed good wolf inside us all

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Door-to-door canvassing in my neighborhood for the candidates I support in the upcoming election has been enlightening.Most people are tired of the political process, and yet, people are friendly. Even those whose ideas are different from mine are willing to chat, with civility, ...

Game changer for Hancock

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I wish to add to recently published comments by Mary Tuisku regarding the city of Hancock's recreational improvement millage proposal. The proposal is for up to 0.80 mills per year for five years. It could generate about $85,000 each year that can only be used for recreational ...

Gun grabbing not very likely

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Regarding your Saturday headline story "Gun Showdown Vow" - give me a break. This is a scare tactic following Donald Trump's assertion that if Hillary Clinton were elected president the Second Amendment would be gone. That is wrong on several counts:1) Mrs. Clinton has never said ...

Last-ditch hope for dismayed voters

Columns

If you think 2016 will stop being weird come Nov. 8, please look at your calendars: This whole election process actually lasts almost an additional two months beyond that, finally ending when Congress counts the electoral votes in early January.But just because it's been a weird year, that ...

New face could lift Republican Party out of rubble

Columns

Something quite startling happened in a close House race in northern Virginia this year. The Washington Post endorsed the incumbent Republican, Barbara Comstock. Comstock has been a familiar figure in the region for decades, but not in a way that would typically earn the Post's admiration. In ...

Upper Peninsula makes list of best places to visit

Editorial

Out of all the different exotic and unique locales throughout the world, the Upper Peninsula was recently determined to be one place worth visiting by the travel publishing group Lonely Planet.The U.P. came in as No. 10 on Lonely Planet's list of the world's 10 Best Value Destinations, which ...

Trust destroyers damage nation

Columns

Donald Trump's warning that he might not accept the results of the presidential election exemplifies his approach to everything: Do whatever it takes to win, even if that means undermining the integrity of the entire system.Trump isn't alone. The same approach underlies Sen. John McCain's ...

The politics these unpopular nominees hath wrought

Columns

In last week's third and (thank goodness) final presidential debate, each candidate did an excellent job of presenting convincing arguments for why people shouldn't vote for the other.Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton a felon, and Clinton called Trump a traitor. Unfortunately for America, ...

Veterans’ exposure to herbicides can lead to health conditions

Columns

Thanks to the Daily Mining Gazette we will once again be providing you with veterans news. If there is something you would like us to address in these articles, or something you would like to have information about please call us at the Houghton/Keweenaw Veteran Affairs Office at ...

Feel free to freely express yourself for free

Editorial

With a nod to "The Twilight Zone":Imagine shopping at a marketplace where all the products are free.This is in a dimension beyond the day-to-day freedoms known to all Americans. It is one they tend to take for granted, yet it can be considered the root of all the others.This marketplace not ...

Revolt: Don’t vote for president

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Animals talk to each other, really. There is no question about that; but I suppose there are few people who understand them.Politicians are a lot like animals, especially during this current presidential race. Fighting and bickering at a personal level is what consumes most of the ...

Cougar attack fear unfounded

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In recent years, there have been 34 DNR confirmed cougar sightings across the Upper Peninsula. There have been many other claimed cougar sightings, but they have been proven to be false claims. The sighting of these large cats has some people worried that these animals could be ...

Points to ponder on library vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There has been, of course, a great deal of discussion in recent weeks about the decision of the Chassell Township Board to reverse the decision of the Aug. 3 election to renew the Portage Lake District Library bondage issue.This is where it gets both simple and complicated: On the ...

A civil, honest alternative

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:At this point it fortunately does not look like Donald Trump is at all likely to become our next president. Unfortunately the odds are excellent that Hillary Clinton will become our next president, and if that happens I think the second presidential debate gives us a pretty good ...

Men are natural vulgar talkers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The primordial beast of carnality and lust strikes early and often at practically all males of species homo sapiens. Few are exempt. The beast never lets up - when fulfillment is not forthcoming, one must sublimate his carnal desires.Richness of source material abounds-the most ...

Muslims threaten to take over US

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:One of the most serious threats America faces is to be taken over by Muslims who what to kill us. Hillary Clinton wants to bring in thousands of Muslims when there is no way to vet them. Donald Trump wants to stop anyone from coming here from Muslim countries.* Clinton plans to ...