Editorial

Mosquitoes still threat to spread West Nile virus

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Information on suicide can be a lifesaver

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Affordable housing best use for old hospital

As the community awaits the opening of UP Health System’s new hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, city officials and the health care company’s leadership have been tight-lipped about what will happen to the enormous, soon-to-be vacant building. No one at City Hall or the hospital ...

Ski/Snowboard HoF inductees get enshrined

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame who will be honored with events this weekend. For those unaware, this national hall of fame is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in North America. This weekend, the hall presents its newest ...

Solar energy site near airport lights future way

We’ve used this space in the past to hold forth in favor of green energy projects. There can be little doubt the age of many fossil fuels is drawing to a close and green energy projects will light the way, so to speak, into the future. That said, it’s also true not every green energy ...

Know early, subtle signs of ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer can be a relatively subtle killer, experts say. No screening test exists, so only 15 to 20 percent of ovarian cancer cases are detected early. So it helps for women to know the initial internal clues that something more serious might be going on inside them, the Michigan ...

Police/zoning position worth consideration

A government employee — or just about any employee, for that matter — needn’t be pigeonholed into a specific title or duty. The Chocolay Township Board is considering adding a police/zoning employee, with township staff having worked on the 2019 budget for the past several ...

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Carl V. Pellonpaa was an Upper Peninsula treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Sept. 1. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ways. Perhaps ...

Getting ready for worst during National Preparedness Month

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

Swimmer’s fast action undoubtly saved life at Black Rocks

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

Due process returns to campus

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is following through on her commitment to stand up for the due process rights of all students on U.S. college campuses. From what we’ve seen of a new framework, it would go a long way to restoring constitutional protection in campus sexual assault ...

906-Day a great time to get out and support local merchants

The 906 area code, which spans the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. Today, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping incentives. Bugsy Sailor, owner of Upper Peninsula ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Healthy tips to prevent childhood obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Delta County incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their ...

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Designate new tax to fill holes and gaps

Did you pay your use tax this year when you filed your state tax return? Crunch the numbers on all that sales tax you didn't pay on your novelty woolen socks or specialty throw pillows from a specialized website in a far-off place, and send it to the state? Nobody did. But everybody now ...

Coal’s fate is sealed: Trump can’t change it

Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration's decision to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is on a downward spiral. The economics of burning coal to ...

Time to think safety in going back to school

Labor Day is Monday, and that means students will be heading back to school. While most parents are making lists of school supplies for the kids, the American Red Cross offered some suggestions in a Tuesday article for safety steps for parents to consider as well. Their first suggestion is ...

McCain showed true red, white and blue colors

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

Tobacco-free is way to go back to school

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...