Editorial

Inauguration takeaway lesson: Power in unity

With the inauguration of a new president, it is time for us to pull together. When you look at the challenges ahead this year — from a local perspective, from a state perspective and from a national perspective — the only way  to make progress is for the people, the power behind the ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

There’s nothing un-American about protesting

In light of the recent protests regarding Obamacare and women’s rights, which are prompting local demonstrations in solidarity, we should keep in mind that the election of Donald Trump to the presidency was the result of a mass protest, a national voter protest. In fact the election and ...

Newspapers ask ‘Who are you?’ on your behalf

Who are you? The essence of the truth in reporting news and information resides in that question. Asking that question is second nature for professional truth-seekers, including the ones that produce the content of this and other legacy newspapers. (For those readers who might not be ...

Cabin fever meditation: See beyond snow

As the snow piles up to the window and begins to block your view outside, and with cabin fever threatening to set it, now might be a time to look forward to what’s coming to the greater Copper Country this year — in addition to more snow. Taking a longer view to a time when the snow goes ...

M.L. King Jr. held this nation to its promises

Martin Luther King Jr. is dead, martyred by an assassin’s bullet nearly five decades ago. Long live the legacy of King. King’s enduring legacy was on display Sunday on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, when dozens of protesters marched the bridge opposing the effort by the new Congress to ...

Winter getting you down? Heikki Lunta to the rescue

Thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club, area residents will have a special way to enjoy the snow and cold this weekend: Heikki Lunta is back in Negaunee. The Heikki Lunta Festival is back after a two-year hiatus thanks to the Upper Peninsula Luge Club along with Travel Marquette, Ponsse, ...

Online comments blend factual news with fiction

There’s a section in the nearly 600-page 2016 edition of the Associated Press Stylebook — a journalist’s bible to all things writing and reporting — that warns against mistaking the internet for an encyclopedia. The excerpt reads: “The internet is a sprawling information repository. ...

Time to check ghost-like threat of radon in home

It’s difficult to take seriously a threat that can’t be seen, one that creeps up ghost-like and silent from the ground into buildings. But radon demands being taken seriously. January is National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness about this colorless, odorless gas that according to ...

Snyder legacy tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

KBIC casino funds being used wisely in community

A pair of drowning deaths last summer in choppy Lake Superior waters off the Little Presque Isle recreational site north of the city of Marquette left the community reeling. And although the specific circumstances made it impossible for law enforcement, US Coast Guard, fire departments or ...

When government fails the people, who’s responsible?

How far up the line will criminal responsibility for the Flint water crisis extend? That’s the question prompted by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s latest round of charges, targeting two former Flint appointees, Howard Croft and Daugherty Johnson, and two ex-emergency managers, ...

A clear and present danger to democracy

According to a story posted three years ago on nationalreport.net, one Colorado pot shop is accepting food stamps. That’s right, taxpayer-funded marijuana for welfare recipients. Er, wait. That doesn’t sound right. We’ve heard it a thousand times before: Just because it’s on the ...

Why you should care about pension liabilities

Tuesday’s front page of The Mining Journal featured an in-depth introduction to the newspaper’s series on pension liabilities. Mary Wardell’s well-researched article kicks off more stories on this complicated, but important, topic. First, it must be understood what unfunded accrued ...

For safety, keep sidewalks clear of snow

The time of year has come when snow will be a regular part of the landscape. Christmas Day was ushered out with ice that lingered into Monday. In some parts of the city, it lingers still. Sidewalks and other walkways clogged with snow or a treacherous crust of ice are hazards that could ...

Transparency holds government accountable to you

Government should be transparent. Recent examples of bad government — like the lack of accountability at every level in Flint’s water crisis — show how great a need this can be, as well as how pieces of the truth sometimes only come out after public records are obtained using the Freedom ...

No better time than now to quit smoking

With a new year just days away there is no better time for people to adopt a healthy, tobacco-free lifestyle. According to the American Cancer Society, the benefits of quitting smoking are immediate. Within 20 minutes blood pressure drops, and within 24 hours a person’s chance of heart ...

Michigan takes step toward true justice

A bill to compensate wrongfully convicted individuals with $50,000 for each year they spent in prison has now been passed by both legislative chambers and is headed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. It’s a step toward righting the wrong that was done to them by the justice system. There is ...

Wheels of justice grind forward in Flint water cases

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette last week authorized criminal charges against four additional people in connection to the Flint lead-in-the-water crisis that rocked the Snyder Administration and southern Michigan after it was made public in late 2014. The latest cases bring to 13 the ...

Rec Passport grants good investments in communities

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced the recipients of Recreation Passport grants, which are funded from the sales of the $11 annual passes that grant entry to state parks and recreation areas in the state. That pass puts the “P” on a Michigan license plate ...