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Opinion

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 ...

To ID or not to ID?

Columns

Every election cycle we must endure challenges and allegations about fraud (conservatives) and discrimination (liberals) when it comes to voter ID laws. This year is no different.A federal court ruled that the Texas Voter ID law passed in 2011, requiring voters to present official photo ...

Protect kids against exposure to lead

Editorial

Michigan has begun to see an increase in the percent of children under age 6 with an elevated blood lead level (EBLL) from April through June 2016.Exposure to lead is higher in warmer months for a variety of reasons, including increased contact with lead dust from inside and outside the home ...

‘New Nationalism’ is white identity politics

Columns

To listen to both his defenders and critics, Donald Trump represents the U.S. version of a new nationalism popping up around the world. I'm not so sure.In a fairly representative analysis, Politico's Michael Hirsh explained the "new nationalism" as "a bitter populist rejection of the status quo ...

Not the way to do minority outreach

Columns

In the nanosecond between Donald Trump's foot-in-mouth moments this week, just before he made headlines by announcing changes in the topless blender that is his senior staff, he gave what many consider to be the finest speech of the campaign.CBS' Major Garrett tweeted "Having been listening ...

Orphanage project took years, but was worth the wait

Editorial

The landmark structure we all know as the old orphanage in Marquette hit a major milestone last week, as developers held an official groundbreaking ceremony on the project that will transform the abandoned building into an affordable housing complex.The former Holy Family Orphanage, at the ...