Editorial

Newsprint still reigns in delivering news, advertising

Besides being something real you can hold in your hands, containing unchanging news and advertising content, the print version of a newspaper is literally a better read than the digital version. Nobody’s got a 13-by-22-inch spartphone or tablet screen, and that’s not going to be the next ...

Pasty origin uproar erupts as festival begins

As part of our daily mission to inform the people of the Copper Country of news they need to know, those who attend this weekend’s Pasty Fest in Calumet should know about Friday’s breaking news out of Great Britain: An official from Historic England claimed Cornish pasty was invented in ...

Reporting drilling impacts within park is our job

We exist to report the news of Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties, whether that news is good, bad, happy or sad. If it’s verified information that is important enough that people here need or want to know about it, we will report it, and we will not be intimidated or coerced in ...

Self-driving cars looking like road of destiny

At first glance, it doesn’t seem possible, but who knows? By 2030, electric self-driving cars will dominate our roads. That’s according to a report from RethinkX, an independent research group that analyzes and forecasts the speed and scale of technology-driven disruption and its ...

Mich. Vietnam vet awarded Medal of Honor

A downstate man will be the first service member or former service member to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Former U.S. Army combat medic James C. McCloughan of South Haven is scheduled to receive the nation’s highest military honor in ceremonies in the White House ...

Arts funding vital for schools, communities

What do the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the University Musical Society and the Mosaic Youth Theater all have in common? They all receive critical support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding from the NEA contributes to arts and ...

Mining a delicate balance of enviro vs. economics

Mining has, for some time now, been considered by many a contentious issue, and a delicate balancing act between a means of providing desirable economic benefits and a process that potentially leads to avoidable long-lasting environmental concerns. Precisely that situation, where opposing ...

No place spared from opioid addiction crime

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is trying to crack down on opioid crimes. A new unit in Schuette's office is prosecuting crimes involving heroin and other opioid-based drugs as the state confronts an overdose epidemic that claimed almost 2,000 lives in 2015. The four-person Opioid ...

Be safe in firing up the grill this summer

Now that summer unofficially has begun, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t already happened. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting corn and vegetables. Best to be careful, ...

DNR program offers education and recreation

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is making available an interesting opportunity that will allow participants to be entertained while engaging in a learning experience. The agency is launching its Hatchery Passport Program, which will reward visitors to all six state fish ...

State unit battling opioids already paying dividends

Give the state credit for trying to get out in front of what some term an epidemic of opioid-based deaths and crimes in Michigan. State Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is expected to announce his candidacy for governor in the near future, announced organization of the Opioid Trafficking ...

Soo Locks project should be OK’d by Congress

At a time in Washington, D.C., when partisanship is so rampant, about the only thing lawmakers in both parties can agree on is that they can’t agree on much, Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s delegation have found common ground. The elected officials, meeting on Mackinac Island this ...

Part-time legislature could be golden idea

Some states have part-time legislatures, some do not and some are in-between, with legislators in those “hybrid states” typically not earning enough to make a living without another source of income. In fact, the National Conference of State Legislatures lumps states into three ...

Essay contest celebrates higher purpose

An organization which works to help veterans and others with mobility challenges enjoy the outdoors, is launching an essay contest, named after a downstate resident. Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors has announced its first annual David Pollie Classic essay contest. Pollie was injured in a ...

Employment grant is good news but challenges remain

With 2016’s closure of the Empire Mine fresh in the minds of city, county and state planners, and too little employment opportunity for university graduates dating back a good number of years, the city of Marquette’s selection to receive a sizable grant to help spur jobs development comes ...

Protecting Great Lakes important to region, nation

Michiganders are lucky and they know it. No matter where you reside in the Great Lakes state, you can’t be too far from one of the iconic bodies of water. The lakes are essential to our way of life, culture and economy. That’s why we’re alarmed at the potential loss of funds to help the ...

They ‘gave last full measure of devotion’

On Memorial Day, Americans come together to honor every one of their fellow Americans who died in battle and service to this country, from the greens of Lexington in 1775 to the sands of Iraq up to the present day. Nearly 154 years ago, Abraham Lincoln wrote the perfect Memorial Day speech, ...

Now more than ever, you need this newspaper

Where do you get verified news and information about what is going on in your community, in your county and in your region that directly affects your daily life? Where do you get reports about how your local governments and schools are spending the money you pay in taxes and what services ...

Human trafficking should be concern here, everywhere

The remoteness of the Upper Peninsula often provides a feeling of security for those living here. But crime can and does happen here. Unfortunately, the U.P. is not immune from human trafficking. A presentation on this issue took place last week on the Northern Michigan University campus. ...

We don’t need others’ opinions to express ours

“This is not intended to be a letter to the editor...” reads the letter sent to the editor. That’s a red flag. So what is the intention, then? It is to use this newspaper to express the writer’s opinions and views while preserving the writer’s anonymity. Usually these people have ...