Opinion

Cleveland will rise above Trump antics

Columns

For weeks now, many of us who live in Cleveland have been fielding questions about how safe we feel about the Republican National Convention's coming to our city this week.What most of them are really asking is whether we're worried about Donald Trump and the trouble his brand of campaigning ...

Hating police won’t change false race narratives

Columns

In just a few days recently, two African-American men were shot and killed by non-African-American police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana and five non-African-American police officers were shot and killed in Dallas by an African-American man who declared he "wanted to kill white people, ...

Democracy works through ongoing effort of people

Editorial

Democracy is not a spectator sport. If people fail to participate in a government of the people, then the system breaks down.This is true at all levels of republican government, where the people subject to a government give their consent to those who will govern them. One person, one vote and ...

Week of tragedy reveals blind spots

Columns

It seems almost ghoulish to look for a silver lining in the dark cloud that blanketed the nation last week. But I think there was one.The killings by police in Minnesota and Louisiana, quickly followed by the killings of police in Dallas, knocked the lazy certainty out of almost everybody.At ...

Obama falls back to leftist cliches at police memorial

Columns

In the aftermath of the violence of the past two weeks, I was genuinely rooting for President Obama to achieve the eloquence for which he has such an unearned reputation.If ever there were a moment that called for largeness of spirit, the racially motivated assassination of five officers ...

UP police tend to refuse to submit actions to public

Editorial

With only a handful of notable exceptions, Upper Peninsula media have historically been a docile lot when covering law enforcement.When hard questions and dogged pursuit were in order, we most often timidly took the press release and told ourselves it was what we had to do to get along.The ...

Conventions are really for big funders

Columns

I'll save you the guesswork. On July 21, Donald Trump will become the Republican nominee for president of the United States. On July 28, Hillary Clinton will become the Democratic nominee.Trump's pending coronation won't please elected Republicans who put the nation's welfare above party ...

Events spinning out of control roil 2016 campaign

Columns

"Events, dear boy, events," the late British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan supposedly replied when asked what he most feared. And events can certainly make a difference, as was apparent this week: Prime Minister David Cameron moved out of No. 10 Downing Street and Theresa May moved in. This ...

UP has hidden hideaways to enjoy during summer

Columns

There are three things we can now count on during our U.P. summers: road construction, violent weather changes and hosts of friends and relatives flocking north to appreciate what we in the Copper Country take for granted all year around.The seasonal construction work is an absolute necessity, ...

Arctic grayling faces upriver challenge

Editorial

Mankind wielded all three prongs of the spear that killed Michigan's arctic grayling - we caught too many, we damaged their watery home and we imported invasive species to compete with them.Now we've undertaken the difficult, but worthy, quest to restore the native Michigander to its rightful ...

HEET still has resources to help

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is making progress helping Houghton County save energy, but it wouldn't happen without the help of some amazing people and organizations.HEET was in a difficult situation last fall. We had been approved to host a team of eight AmeriCorps ...

What good are blight laws?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:For six years, I have requested that the Torch Lake Township Supervisor enforce the Torch Lake Township blight ordinance. Two homes on my road at Rice Lake meet all the criteria of blight. Both homes are not even habitable and are rodent-infested and a health and safety hazard to ...

Christian politics has reversed

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:As a teenager growing up in the middle of the last century, I had an older sibling who seemed to be the very fount of wisdom of the supernatural world. Christian fundamentalism and a literal interpretation of the Bible was the essence of absolute truth. The world was 6,000 years ...

Gun control is not the answer

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Those in Washington who fail to identify the real reason for the Orlando atrocity again join our president in echoing shrill voices demanding more restrictions and regulations on firearms. No matter the volume of past regulations the answer to the crisis of the moment is always ...

Privately-owned cabin in park

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:I must respond to the front-page story "Tax question dogs trustee resignation" of July 12 that I was cited in. It is important to know how the Shore Shack Cabin of Trustee Codere came to light.This spring the Schoolcraft Township Board was addressed by a well-known doctor who ...

Jews also show cruelty to people

Letters to the Editor

To the editor:Elie Wiesel's death was marked by commentary on national news and by President Obama. Wiesel made a fortune from the Holocaust business, and lost most of it by investing in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme.The justification for remembering the Holocaust is so things like that won't ...

David Brown is voice America needs

Columns

By now most Americans know the name of Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown - and quite a few wouldn't mind seeing him play a larger national role. I hear Republicans are looking for a substitute nominee.Brown is admired not only as a defender of law and order but also as a blunt spokesman for a ...

‘Who’s the alternative?’ is post-Comey campaign issue

Columns

Even though Democrat Hillary Clinton continues to lead Republican Donald Trump in nearly all major public polls, the answer to one question in the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll had to trigger panic attacks throughout the entire Clinton campaign. Respondents were asked whether ...

Take a Vet Fishing event Sunday in Iron Mountain

Editorial

Military veterans will have the opportunity to take a half-day guided fishing trip on the Bays de Noc on Sunday.It's part of a "A Day of Giving Back," an event sponsored by the Take A Vet Fishing organization. The purpose is to thank veterans, as well as provide support for those who have ...

No easy fix to race, crime problems

Columns

Claims about racist cops from groups like Black Lives Matter lead more people to fear and hate the police.That's bad news for cops. It's also bad for black people who live in crime-ridden neighborhoods, says Heather Mac Donald, author of "The War on Cops."She points out activist policing is ...