Editorial

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 ...

Gun-toting ignorance is threat to public health

Is it really a good idea to allow someone in the state of Michigan the legal right to carry a concealed weapon without any training? That’s the central question the Michigan House of Representatives is considering as it discusses, debates and, presumably, votes on a package of bills dealing ...

Tax-cut strategy proves to be drag on economy

Had enough yet? This will not even be an issue raised in the next governor’s campaign, because all the “serious” candidates are in on this, but the powers that be are driving this state’s economy into the ground with a tax-cut-driven economic development strategy that has proven ...

Ballast discharge bill needs work to become law

A bill that’s slowly moving through the U.S. Senate establishing one federal standard for ballast discharged from vessels has drawn the approval from the trade association representing Great Lakes shipping. Environmentalists and others, though, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General ...

Report reveals rise in campus sex crimes

It was a mixed-bag of news from a federal report out this week on certain types of sexual offenses and bullying. While the number of middle and high school students who report being bullied at one time or another seems to be decreasing, the incidence of reported sex crimes on the nation’s ...

Grant program battles invasive species locally

Grant money will be available in the near future for local service providers involved in the never-ending battle against invasive species, including the Asian carp and sea lamprey. The funding will be made available through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a statewide initiative ...

Robotics offers learning careers that don’t exist

Robots and automation will become the dominant force in the global economy, which is why robotics education should be added as a curriculum in schools. The digital medium has established itself as the primary communication medium. Digital technologies have opened access to a universe of ...

Kivela friendship, work will be sorely missed

A great pall of sadness descended on the state of Michigan in general and the Upper Peninsula in particular early last week as word spread that state Rep. John Kivela of Marquette had been found dead in his Lansing-area residence. For many, that sadness turned to despair when it became known ...

Young Authors Conference was literacy celebration

With great joy, we salute the Marquette-Alger Young Authors’ Conference and the wonderful things it does for our community. This past week saw the 40th edition of the program, which is geared toward building literacy and authorship within the education community. In this amazing program, ...

Cutting funds to battle drugs is dollar-foolish

Reports of a federal proposal to roll back support for an anti-drug program that most people agree has done good work over the years has us worried up here in Superiorland. With the opioid menace growing day by day here and elsewhere and methamphetamine always a problem, axing the Drug-Free ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...

UP economic entity right idea, right time

Although it doesn’t yet have an official name, and all of the details including base of operations haven’t been completely worked out, a brand new economic development organization appears off to a good start. Rolled out Friday in a joint Gov. Rick Snyder-Lt. Gov. Brian Calley press ...

Female genital mutilation needs to be outlawed

However long it might take state lawmakers to come to consensus on road and bridge funding, access to public employee records or environmental priorities, very little time passed after a trio of people were charged in connection to alleged female genital mutilation before bills were drafted and ...

Great Lakes funding appears safe — for now

One of the great concerns in the budget initially proposed by President Donald Trump was the big cuts targeted for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. That initiative is safe, at least for the time being. A budget deal reached Sunday night by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate ...

State doing right by its veterans to upgrade homes

We generally like what’s being discussed above and below the bridge relative to improving the delivery and overall quality of veterans’ care in the state of Michigan. Presently, the state operates two large-scale veterans homes, one in Grand Rapids and the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans ...

UP Health makes tough choices during hard time

Staff cuts at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has become the talk of the town. Since Duke LifePoint has taken over the hospital, there have been many changes including a reduction in the number of people employed at the hospital. People like to reflect back on the days that Marquette ...

Study on steel imports a good first step

We’re going to look forward to the results of a federal study into whether imported steel is placing U.S. national security in jeopardy. A lot of people, businesses and units of government no doubt will, too. The review will be conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department under the direction ...

Time for action to help struggling Michigan families

A report released last month by the Michigan Association of United Ways provides the latest documentation that far too many people are living in poverty or near poverty in northwest Lower Michigan. That needs to change if the region is to thrive. The 2017 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income ...

Contrived town hall with armed guard escort

It took him awhile — long enough that even some Republicans started wondering — but U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman finally got around to holding what was billed as town hall meetings last week. The Upper Peninsula session, at Escanaba’s Bay College, was one of two the freshman congressman and ...

Earth Day is reminder we only have 1 planet

Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the importance of our planet and of how forward-thinking environmental initiatives can have long-lasting and significant impacts on our world. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin politician, was a leading figure in the organization of Earth Day, which first came ...