Opinion

Better tomorrow just day away

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: When I struggle to see the good in today’s news, a walk in the woods at this season of rebirth and new life reassures me of the overwhelming power of nature’s healing processes. Both as individuals and in groups we can foster a reciprocal relationship with nature, giving ...

One (restrained) cheer for Washington

Columns

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Reading Tea Leaves in Kansas 4 and Georgia 6

Columns

What to make of the results of the first two of this spring’s special House elections? Start off by putting them in perspective. They pose a challenge to both political parties, but especially to Republicans, who have been used to an unusually stable partisan alignment, an alignment that has ...

Before voting, know numbers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: What do the numbers say? Half of the $10,712,400 H-PT millage proposal is for ball fields and athletic related items at the high/middle school. Altogether, $5,601,200 will be spent on football field artificial turf, track, bleachers, press box, concession building, lighting ...

Be safe during senior prom/graduation season

Columns

This spring, the schools will be sending their graduating seniors out into the real world. Some may be sad to see them go, some may be glad. The students probably look at it in the same way. Whatever the case, it can be an exciting and emotional time for school staff, families, and of course, ...

Media, liberals often distort facts

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: It is wrong to say that facts are never debatable. They can be misleading if other facts are ignored. Here is how incomplete information can distort the truth: A few years ago an Associated Press article mislabeled Finland as a “Nazi-friendly” nation during World War ...

North Korea, Kim Jong Un and the Chicago way

Columns

There are many complicated theories on what to do about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He’s that crazy little fat guy with nukes and daddy issues who wants to strap his thermonuclear devices to long-range missiles that just might start World War III. Thermonuclear war tends to bother ...

Earth Day is religion for alarmists

Columns

Expect more craziness this weekend. Earth Day is Saturday. This year’s theme: Government must “do more” about climate change because “consequences of inaction are too high to risk.” They make it sound so simple: 1) Man causes global warming. 2) Warming is obviously harmful. 3) ...

State legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

Editorial

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

Fortunate to live in caring place

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to thank the Ahmeek Fire Department, Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Off-Road Rescue and Aspirus-Keweenaw Hospital for the great care my niece received after a recent snowmobile accident. She suffered life-threatening injuries but is now recovering due to the valiant ...

For people’s government, we the people must build it

Columns

In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early ‘60s, she essentially was a moderate — certainly not some movement rebel. Or so we thought... until one ...

Raised money for local veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Forgotten Eagles Chapter 2 of Michigan annual Jamboree went great. We would like to thank all the performers/musicians that performed. Also thank you to the Gazette for covering it and advertising for us and everyone else that announced the Jamboree, and all the people that ...

America’s well worth fighting for

Columns

BP has not been pleased. Indeed, BP, who is one of my readers, has been downright disappointed with what she’s seen in this space since last year’s election. She wrote me about it a few days ago. Her email said, in part: “I had hoped for your articles to be the beacon of light to show ...

Finally, politicans take some action against opioid use

Editorial

Although somewhat late in acting, the Michigan Legislature is considering a handful of bills that, if passed and signed into law, should help stem the terrible toll opioid use and abuse is inflicting on Michigan and its residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Politicians don’t represent us

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I wrote to our representative, Jack Bergman, about supporting HR 676 to provide health care for all. His reply stated that “infinitely expanding” Medicare so that it covers everyone in the US would be an “unfunded mandate.”  The last I heard, there is a finite number ...

Is Trump flip-flopping or showing flexibility?

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s sudden foreign-policy pivot, from “America First” to international engagement through military action and re-embracing NATO, may have reduced fears about him within the Republican Party establishment. But many voters may now see him flip-flopping from ...

Sean Spicer’s regret not enough

Columns

It started in 1939. Nazi Germany launched its euthanasia program, using poison gas to kill people whose only crime was to be mentally ill or physically disabled. They were unworthy of life, the Nazis had determined. After Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, in June 1941, they ...

Think about signing up as an organ donor

Editorial

It’s a good time of the season to consider a way to perhaps sacrifice so others might be saved. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson this week recognized April as Donate Life Month by visiting St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, the winner of the Transplant Center Challenge ...

Huge cost for science ignorance

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Important days for your kids are coming soon. One is Earth Day: the following Saturday, climate marches. Earth Day is Science Day. Science is the quest to understand our earth home. Our science watchdogs are EPA scientists. They guard against substances in our water that ...

Reform the tax code now!

Columns

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads ...