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Opinion

Presidential golf hypocrisy out of bounds

Columns

One of the most exhausting things about politics is a mindset that says "scandal for thee, but not for me."Consider the perennial (alleged) scandal of presidential golf. When George W. Bush was commander in chief, he played a lot of golf, and his critics were outraged - or at least pretended to ...

Hillary Clinton’s Felonious Friends in Virginia

Columns

Terry McAuliffe is a Hillary Clinton pal. He fronted $1.3 million for her house in Chappaqua, New York. We should all have such friends. Thanks to the Republicans who shut down the government in 2013, McAuliffe is now the governor of Virginia, a swing state, and thus in a position to help ...

New troopers have challenging careers ahead

Editorial

The decision to enter law enforcement as a career isn't an easy one, these days.Start with the fact that it's a dangerous way to make a living. Now add in the fact that many police agencies and its personnel find themselves at odds with the people they are pledged to protect and to serve.The ...

Single-payer health care inevitable

Columns

The best argument for a single-payer health care plan is the recent decision by giant health insurer Aetna to bail out next year from 11 of the 15 states where it sells Obamacare plans.Aetna's decision follows similar moves by UnitedHealth Group, the nation's largest health insurer, and by ...

2016 election could redraw political map

Columns

Is the political map, so familiar that even non-pundits offhandedly refer to red, blue and purple states, changing before our eyes? Yes, at least to a limited extent - and it's probably about time.The political map has been pretty static for almost two decades, the longest since the 1880s. In ...

Michigan’s Move Over Law protects road personnel

Columns

By now most of us have heard of the "Move Over Law," but I'm quite sure that there are drivers out there who haven't. This is mostly due to what we are seeing out there. Hopefully, this article may clear up some confusion or misconceptions about the law and at the same time raise some ...

Back-to-school time calls for some preparation

Editorial

The summer break is winding down, with public schools in the region set to start classes in only about three weeks.The hunt is on for those back-to-school specials, to stock up on supplies and get those latest fashions.The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is reminding families not to ...

Disheartening do-over vote

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:How disheartening it was to learn of the Chassell Township Board's decision to include a "do-over" vote of the Aug. 2 election on the November ballot. Voters overwhelmingly supported Chassell Township's continued participation in the Portage Lake library district.Just eight days ...

Chassell residents’ votes should count

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a Chassell resident, mother and teacher, I completely agree with the recent very well-written letter by Bryan Johnson. The Chassell Township Board members (except for June Michaelson-Haataja who voted no) are not representing the majority of Chassell residents who voted by a ...

Jail is lawsuit waiting to happen

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The previous letter I wrote was for public awareness as to the state of this county's jail. I clearly stated that jail should not be a five-star vacation resort. I am incarcerated for breaking the law. I deserve to be punished for my poor decisions. I have had many months to ...

Shows disrespect to Chassell voters

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:In regard to the Chassell Portage Lake District Library vote: Since when if we do not like the outcome of a vote do we get to demand that there be another vote on it? Claiming ignorance that the vote was being held in August does not give you the right to demand another chance. ...

We can vote you out of office

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Thank you Chassell Township Board for deciding more than 600 of your township voters did not have a clue about what we were voting on. At the Aug. 10 public meeting you approved a motion to once more place the issue of continued membership in the Portage Lake Public LIbrary system ...

Board disgraces democracy

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Following is a letter mailed to the Chassell Township Board:Dear Chassell Township Board Members,I am writing in response to the Mining Gazette article in which it was reported that you have decided to put the library issue on the ballot again. What is your legitimate reason for ...

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 ...