Opinion

Must supporters let Trump be Trump?

Columns

Like a passenger on a sinking ship, the president has been throwing one longstanding position after another overboard like so much dead weight. His closest advisors, biggest boosters and some members of his family are at war with one another, in a pitch battle to steer the president in their ...

Using private email for public business skirts transparency

Editorial

There seems to be a trend happening in our government where publicly elected officials are, perhaps, getting a little too comfortable with using their personal email accounts for official business. In our view, there is a serious problem with this. For one, it can most certainly be construed ...

Why doesn’t college work for blacks?

Columns

The headline was numbingly familiar: “For Blacks, College Is Not An Equalizer.” The op-ed in The Washington Post by Ray Boshara explored what he called a “troubling paradox,” namely that so many well-educated black Americans “feel so economically insecure.” It’s a startling ...

Power struggle in Trump presidency

Columns

The White House war between Stephen Bannon and Jared Kushner wouldn’t matter in a normal administration with a normal president. But there’s nothing normal about the Trump White House, whose major occupant exists in a giant narcissistic bubble impenetrable by anyone but close relatives and ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

Editorial

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next five years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

Put our kids first, vote for millage

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On May 2, the residents of the Houghton-Portage Township School District have the opportunity to put our kids first. This millage proposal will do many things for current students, future students, and the community. It is more than just a new elementary drop-off, it is an ...

Historical First: 3 Presidents Born in Same Year

Columns

With the inauguration of Donald Trump this year, we have now had, for the first time in our history, three American presidents who were born in the same year. There have been three pairs of presidents born in the same year — the very dissimilar John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson, in 1767; ...

H-PT committed to high standards

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Through my travels visiting our local schools across the western UP, the Houghton-Portage Township Schools are committed to high standards and fiscal responsibility which has maximized the resources going into the classroom to ensure our students receive a quality education and ...

In Plain Sight: Good, bad things we take for granted

Columns

OK, let’s get serious about something. There are some things that are perfectly obvious, so readily seen but taken for granted, that we make the mistake of ignoring them. Take restaurants, for example. We enjoy dining out so we search for the obvious places that offer fine foods, pleasant ...

Hateful speech from losing side

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Concerning the last U.S. presidential election, I have never witnessed such vitriolic, hateful speech and behavior from the losing side. And the unbelievable lying shows no sign of ceasing. Where is the tolerance that the left so profusely advocates? 1 Cor 15:52 says this age ...

As drums pound for regime change, questions arise

Columns

With the drumbeats pounding about Syria, drums demanding the toppling of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, you might want to ask yourself some hard questions. Assad used chemical weapons against his own people. And President Donald Trump acted quickly, decisively and properly in sending missile ...

Low-Rent for Big Bucks

Columns

WASHINGTON — Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill O’Reilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of millions — his ratings went up. A few days later, a United Airlines passenger was dragged from an airplane to make room for crew ...

Proposed cuts in research worry educators

Editorial

President Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for his administration’s proposed budget, which effectively cuts things like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts. Now, there are plans to slash federal research funding, which is causing concern among ...

Doesn’t look as if he’s from around here

Columns

When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured by the North ...

Trump turns warrior watching TV

Columns

Somehow, firing Tomahawk missiles at Syria suddenly changed people’s opinions of President Trump. Now they call him a “serious” leader. William Kristol said Trump’s action “reassures you.” Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain, long critical of Trump, now say he “deserves the ...

Copper Country CTE millage is winning parlay

Editorial

A dedicated millage to fund career technical education (CTE) in Copper Country schools will be a winning parlay on a sure thing. A parlay is using something of value in a way that creates more value, and that is what will happen if Copper Country voters approve the proposed CTE ...

Copper Country Predator Hunt

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The sixth annual Copper Country Predator Hunt was a big success. The hunt reduced the number of coyotes that pray on newborn spring fawns, giving our already low deer population a better chance of recovering. As well as helping small-game populations. The event also raised over ...

How can we stop greedy banksters from robbing us?

Columns

In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/ I see lots of funny men/ Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/ Some with a fountain pen.” The fountain pens are doing the serious stealing these days. For example, while you would get hard time ...

Economic justice was King’s other dream

Columns

This is a column about Martin Luther King’s other dream. His most famous dream, of course, is the one he articulated at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. It was a vision of racial amity so frightening that people killed to keep it from coming true. Five decades later, it’s so broadly accepted ...

Libraries have power to take you anywhere

Editorial

There is a place where you can go to do anything, be anybody and travel anywhere, either to a place or in time. It is a portal to the universe of human knowledge, imagination and creativity. Knowledge is power, and this place produces the power of the people, offering unlimited access to ...