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Opinion

John Oliver’s defense of newspapers

Columns

Every couple of years or so, I feel the need to whine about the plight of newspapers. It's August. I'm Trumped out. So today's the day.Except that HBO's John Oliver beat me to it with the best defense of newspapers - ever. His recent "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" monologue about the ...

In the Company of American Heroes

Columns

Air Force Col. Bud Day, having already fought in World War II and the Korean War, was flying his 65th mission over Vietnam, when his plane was shot down and he, after bailing out, suffered a broken arm and injuries to his back and eye. Captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, he was beaten up ...

Phishing scam awarness needs constant vigilence

Editorial

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette recently issued a consumer alert after several Michigan businesses reported receiving a suspicious email from "The Office of The Attorney General."The email subject reads, "The Office of The Attorney General Complaint," attached to the email is a ...

Politicians cannot not tell lies

Columns

I don't want Hillary Clinton to be president. She's a liar.But I can't vote for Donald Trump. He lies almost as often.Trump denies he ever said things, claiming he never used terms like "fat pig" to describe women, that he never was open to using nuclear weapons against ISIS, that he never ...

City Hall impacts you more than White House

Editorial

Fear itself.That's the play in elections for office the farther they get from your community. These politicians know they have little to offer individuals, since they're bought and paid for by wealthy special interests like corporations, which have become "people" by the U.S. Supreme Court, so ...

Extraordinary efforts of people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The last week of June, Houghton and Michigan Tech hosted almost 500 people from six continents for five days during the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM). To make this huge event successful in our small community required out-of-the-ordinary ...

Chassell values library services

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As the director of the Portage Lake District Library, I want to thank the voters of Chassell Township for their continued support of the library millage. As a Chassell resident myself, it makes me proud to live in a community that values library services and the educational ...

MusicFest was a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Keweenaw County Historical Society wishes to thank all those responsible for making the eighth annual MusicFest at the Historic School in Gay on July 23 a very successful event.Entertainment was provided by: 1) Polka & Variety Band-Jim/Teri Enrietti & Don ...

22 pints of blood collected

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center I would like to thank Hannah Axley, Somero Enterprise for hosting a blood drive in the month of July. As a result of her efforts we collected 22 pints of blood.I would also like to thank all the employees who took the time to give the ...

How I got in trouble with ladies

Columns

Let me tell you how I got in trouble with ladies.No, not "the" ladies. Not, in fact, female human beings, period. Rather, I'm talking about the word itself, "ladies."Years ago, my editor was a female human being named Emily to whom I filed a piece that used the L-word as a synonym for women. Em ...

Buyers’ remorse starts to set in among Republicans

Columns

WASHINGTON - Barely two weeks after his resounding nomination as the Republican candidate for the presidency, Donald Trump's series of political gaffes has created a panic among once-enthusiastic party figures, who now wonder what they have wrought for the GOP's chances to regain the White ...

Consider donation to UP walker against cancer

Editorial

We like and support the efforts of a 37-year-old downstate man to raise money to fight cancer.Jake Cherwinski is walking from the Upper Peninsula, end to end, raising money along the way. It's the second consecutive summer he's taken on the task. His family, Cherwinski said, has been impacted ...

Getting ‘voting like woman’ lecture

Columns

A popular mantra of political discourse in this presidential season involves lecturing women not to cast our votes as women.There are various versions of this mantra, coming mostly from conservatives and too many Bernie-or-bust folks, designed to prevent us from voting for one of our own just ...

Latest ‘Ben-Hur’ highlights power of forgiveness

Columns

Since Mel Gibson's 2004 blockbuster "The Passion of the Christ" grossed more than $600 million worldwide, Hollywood has slowly begun to look at faith-based movies as a way to fatten their bottom lines and reach a demographic they have mostly ignored for decades.Last week in Los Angeles, the ...

More perfect union no matter who wins election

Editorial

Nothing in the Constitution states that forming a more perfect union is easy, or that we the people would ever attain a state of perfection. Government of, by and for the people is a messy, uphill slog in mud, sometimes resulting in downhill slides, with the summit of perfection never in clear ...

When ransom is indeed ransom

Columns

One of my all-time favorite lines is from Henry Thoreau: "Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk."It came to mind this week when the White House and State Department insisted that the charge the U.S. paid a ransom to get back American hostages was ...

Both parties dig graves — Republicans dig deeper

Columns

About 14 months ago, American politics began to resemble a B-level Washington, D.C., novel. A former secretary of state was revealed to have endangered U.S. secrets and possibly sold aspects of U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder. Will she face indictment? No. But the FBI director ...

Big Latch On raises awareness on breastfeeding

Editorial

Something completely normal is happening today around the world, and yet we felt the need to celebrate it on Saturday.The sixth annual Marquette County Big Latch On event was held Saturday at the U.P. Children"s Museum Courtyard. Events like this are held every August around the world to ...

Real reckoning coming after election

Columns

In her speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, Hillary Clinton said the nation was at "a moment of reckoning."She's right, but the reckoning is not simply the choice voters face this fall between her and Donald Trump. The real reckoning is larger, and it will extend beyond ...

Not clear if either party has winning strategy

Columns

What is the campaign strategy for the two political parties? Clues can be had from the responses to a question I asked about a dozen dignitaries of each party at their conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia. What's your best guess, I asked, emphasizing guess, of your nominee's percentage of ...