Editorial

Visiting futurist gives us things to think about

Society is constantly evolving. However, advances in technology can escalate this evolution, and people need to be up to the challenge. Otherwise, they might get left behind. Thomas Frey, founder of the Westminster, Colorado-based DaVinci Institute and former IBM engineer and designer, ...

‘Good Samaritan’ bill should get fair hearing

A great many of us have heard of the Biblical parable where an injured man on the side of the road was helped by a passing Samaritan. This so-called “Good Samaritan” went out of his way to assist someone in distress, helping not because he had to but because it was the right thing to ...

Can diverse views survive on campus?

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that's a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for "free" speech. Berkeley may ...

Community turns out to dedicate rink to Rick Comley

Congratulations go out to Hockeyville USA for coming through again by showing support for former Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Rick Comley and the dedication ceremony of the Rick Comley Rink at the Berry Events Center. Comley was overwhelmed by the number of people that came ...

Deserving U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Don’t expect much from auto insurance ‘reform’

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Police agencies lead in dealing with mentally ill

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Congress should move to ban bump stocks

By now, virtually everyone knows what details are available relative to the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, where a lone gunman sprayed a crowd with rifle fire, killing 58 and wounding hundreds. Investigators from at least a half-dozen police agencies have spent the past week digging into the ...

Protect people by rooting out bad police officers

Bad cops, like unethical journalists, incompetent plumbers and dangerous snow plow drivers, are out there. There can be no question that is true. The only difference, of course, is people with badges have guns and literally the power of life and death over the people they are sworn to protect ...

Moose population in UP is cautionary success story

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Another chance for Lansing to protect bike riders

First, there is no question that what Brandon Nickson did is reprehensible. The former Casco Township resident confessed to beating his girlfriend's dog to death in April. Despite the evidence, his lawyer argued at his sentencing Monday that Nickson didn't torture the animal and that his only ...

Catalyst Awards honor community contributions

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...

Supreme Court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Project Keep Kids Warm helps those in need

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Vote! It’s not hard — and it’s your duty

Fewer than 15 percent of registered voters showed up to the Lansing primary election Aug. 8 - to help choose the people who decide some of the most contentious issues in the city. And now it's time to make final selections for four Lansing City Council seats and Mayor of Lansing. Don't sit at ...

Dose of goodwill needed as nurses strike looms

Although negotiations between UP Health System-Marquette officials and registered nurses are ongoing, a strike date has been set by the nurses for Oct 5-6. We must all be aware during this process that both sides will share some talking points in the media during negotiations. What everyone ...

Public input essential to mine permit process

That spirited debate over the Eagle Mine’s request to expand operations to the Eagle East deposit continued earlier this week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gathered more community input during a public hearing at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The Eagle ...

Safe Delivery law worthy of awareness

Hopefully, the days of having to leave an infant in a basket on a strangers doorstep are over. Today, two law training sessions at Messiah Lutheran Church will focus on Michigan’s Safe Delivery Program. They were scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The Safe Delivery of Newborns ...

Great Girls exhibit offers valuable lessons

A recent front-page story in the Mining Journal highlighted the opening of a very worthwhile exhibit now on display at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit, called Great Girls in Michigan History, features nine inspiring figures from the Great Lakes State, including a wrestler, ...

Special courts are effective with special treatment

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...