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Opinion

Email revelation perves presidency

Columns

The last place - and I do mean the very last place - any candidate wants to be is in the frame with Anthony Weiner.This is especially true if you're Hillary Clinton.Even worse than being associated with the infamous sexter this week is being FBI Director James Comey, the least-envied man in ...

First lady becomes October surprise

Columns

We now know that the October surprise of the 2016 presidential campaign has turned out to be first lady Michelle Obama.When voters in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll were given a list of individuals and organizations and asked to rate their feelings toward each (on a ...

Give gift of blood before coming holiday season

Editorial

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood to help stock the shelves before the busy holiday season.Many regular donors delay giving between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day because of holiday activities. This often causes a drop in donated blood available for patients. ...

Others shouldn’t pay for my usage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:There has been much discussion concerning whether Chassell Township should withdraw from or remain in the Portage Lake District Library, and I also would like to briefly state my primary reason for supporting withdrawal.I am a resident and voter in Chassell Township but not a ...

CLK School Board candidate

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am running for a seat on the CLK School Board in the upcoming Nov. 8 election.I've been retired from the CLK Schools for the past five years. I have several grandchildren in the school system and want to offer my time and knowledge to help make the CLK schools the best they can ...

Rest of ballot is more important

Columns

The presidency isn't the only choice next week. There are more issues than "Who's worse, Trump or Clinton?"Other important things are on the ballot.Congressional elections may determine whether Obamacare lives or dies.Electionbettingodds.com currently says Republicans will hold the House but ...

Service dogs should be allowed in classrooms

Editorial

Who would have a problem with a 12-year-old girl with cerebral palsy bringing her fluffy white goldendoodle to school to help get her through the day?Apparently some folks did. The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a case regarding Ehlena Fry and her dog Wonder. It appeared most of the justices ...

First lady is a political hypocrite

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I read the Connie Schultz article about Michele Obama being "shaken to the core" when reading about Trumps statements. This is a woman who has held hands with Bill Clinton at rallies. Honey, you don't know where those hands have been. Typical political hypocrite. How does Connie ...

Did not address real issues

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I am writing this letter in response to the letter published in the Gazette written by Ms. Joan Chadde. Her implication of a valuable asset to the County Board of Commission implied that a carpetbagging "trained lawyer" would be valuable.The much-needed items that this trained ...

Ride same bus called ‘America’

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In volleyball this year Houghton and Calumet are intense rivals. But do you know that when there is a tournament in the Lower Peninsula, both teams ride in the same bus? How is that possible? Because Coach Christianson and Coach Twardzik say to their team, "We are opponents. But ...

GOP defeat is not enough: nuke it

Columns

I don't want the Republican Party defeated next week.This is written, just so you know, following an email exchange with a reader who suggested a recent column had been penned in consultation with the White House to soften the ground for a new presidential directive. It is written in the wake ...

Civics lesson in Trump’s odious campaign

Columns

WASHINGTON - As Donald Trump presses on with his scorched-earth politics, the mayhem he has created may well be striking a welcome chord of reflection and patriotism among many Americans. In the end, he may remind them of what has already made America great, and why they must reject his ...

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 ...