Editorial

CTE investment will pay us all big dividends

It’s the end of the vocational world as we’ve known it. Traditional skilled trades and vocations have gone the way of the lead typesetter and appliance repairman. Digital technology and computers are a part of every skilled trade, and there continues to be high demand for qualified ...

Vaccinations are good for children, communities

Fewer Michigan parents are opting out of vaccinating their children since the state changed its waiver rules, and that’s a good thing. Nick Lyon, Health and Human Services director, said the state has changed the way the waivers work. Michigan parents now must speak with a public health ...

Former shelter dog saves life of 3-year-old

Officials in Delta County are crediting a former shelter dog with saving the life of a young child in circumstances that appalled readers in recent days. The scene of this drama was a location near the town of Rapid River. “Peanut,” formerly “Petunia,” had reportedly raised something ...

Not fading away: high time to face facts about jail

You can block your ears and yell “la, la, la” all you want, but the issues involving the condition and overcrowding of the Houghton County Jail are not going away. You might believe that anyone arrested but not convicted of a crime should not be coddled in jail and be punished while ...

Read this to find out how we’re biased

Where does this newspaper stand? What is our editorial slant? We have been shot at from all sides in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election for being biased either for or against all sides. OK, we’ll lay our cards on the table. We’ll tell you exactly where we stand. But first, let ...

State needs to stop STEM-cut madness

In looking at the state’s scheme to defund STEM education, let us just cut through the smoke and buffalo chips and plainly state how this budget proposal will affect Copper Country students: By cutting a mere $47,000 in funding to the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics ...

Senator on wrong side of history in opposing FOIA

State Sen. Arlan Meekhof has well-publicized problems with strengthening the Freedom of Information Act, opposing recent legislative moves that would have made the state House, Senate and Governor’s Office subject to the law. Now, members of the West Olive Republican’s own party have ...

Spread sunshine: call cops, tell them to report crime

Murder. Traffic mayhem. Million-dollar theft of public funds. Widespread corruption. Sexual predators on the loose. There is a lot going on around here that goes unreported — if one believes everything that is passed off as news on social media. Many people with reckless disregard for the ...

FCC tries going dark on wi-fi service for you

Throughout this country, information people need to know is routinely withheld by government, from Capital Hill and the White House in Washington, to the capitol building in Lansing, and at the local City Hall. As Upper Peninsula residents, we live in the darkest part of the darkest state for ...

Technology has brought with it info illiteracy

Now more than ever before, people need newspapers, whether they consume the product in its traditional newsprint form or digitally. Why? Because technological innovation always surges past human understanding — there is a lag time between invention and positive advancement in society. The ...

Time to upgrade state’s computer technology

The state of Michigan’s unemployment computer system, embattled recently for pointing the finger of guilt — erroneously, as it turned out — at some 20,000 residents, accusing them of unemployment fraud, has apparently been hacked. State officials last week confirmed that personal ...

Bill would hurt transparency in state government

More secrecy in government is one of the last things the state of Michigan needs. A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature, with the legislation expected to be up for a vote in the House today. The ...

Newspapers being besieged on all sides

If it comes to it, this newspaper — and undoubtedly a large majority of community newspapers across this country — will tell the truth to the death. In this social media-dominated, post-factual, fake-news, information-illiterate, instantly gratified, partisan-warring, blame-the-messenger, ...

Washington trip stresses forest products issues

Workers employed in the U.S. forest products industry traveled to Washington recently and had hundreds of face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and administration officials to underscore concerns about public policies impacting the industry’s future. The Pulp and Paperworkers’ Resource ...

Other revenue should pay for income tax cut

A vote last week in the state House of Representatives that, as a practical matter, killed a proposal to significantly cut the state income tax was the right one. The proposal, backed principally by Republicans but opposed by Gov. Rick Snyder — who is a member of the Republican Party ...

Proposed enviro panels is step in right direction

State legislative moves to reestablish a pair of citizen oversight committees to keep an eye on environmental enforcement have a lot of people talking — in and out of the capital. House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills in the respective chambers to set up panels to monitor the ...

MSU must redouble scrutiny of sexual abuse

High-brow credentials and impressive titles don’t give anyone the right to inappropriately touch vulnerable young women. Sadly, it appears Michigan State University gymnasts were lulled into trusting an alleged sexual predator because he bore the imprimatur of the college. That makes MSU ...

Green space makes an area a living place

One of the key factors that mobile, professional types often cite in deciding where to live is the amount of publicly available green space that’s in a given area. What is the status of the local parks system? What amenities can be found and where? How about trails, non-motorized and ...

Get involved in politics without taking a side

You don’t have to take a side in this time of awakening in American politics, when the people are realizing the importance of participating in the electoral process. There is plenty of room off the partisan spectrum, especially here in the Copper Country. Democracy demands participation of ...

Mentally ill offenders need treatment

What good comes out of putting a mentally ill person behind bars without the proper treatment? Pathways Community Mental Health recently received a $260,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a jail diversion program in Marquette County. The purpose of the ...