Editorial

Blame for car attack not on ‘both sides’

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting a white supremacy rally. Heyer, 32, was with a group of counter-protesters that were gathered to show an alternative viewpoint to the ...

Beware of small stuff from runoff in lakes, rivers

The natural beauty of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would seem to make it the last place to have to worry about clean water in lakes and rivers. Yet even here, unfortunately, people need to be cautious about when and where they choose to go into the water — especially ...

Local veterans relief fund is idea with merit

Without a doubt, many of us will face financial hardships at one point or another during our lives. A bit of good news for veterans in Marquette County is that they can find some assistance through the Soldier Sailor Relief Act. The state-mandated program, administered by the Marquette ...

Give tiny homes a little policy consideration

Tiny homes represent a sizable break from residential construction trends seen in the United States during the past few decades. There's no universal set of size measurements that would define a home as "tiny," but some see the category including dwellings of up to 400 or 500 square feet. By ...

Statesmanship, cool heads needed in NKorea dispute

Someone needs to turn the heat down on the rhetoric flying between Washington, D.C., and President Donald Trump and Pyongyang and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Threatening each other on nearly a daily basis with destruction, nuclear and otherwise, is doing little to promote peace and ...

Invasive tech needs low-tech approach

In the digital age, threats are encoded, technology is expedient and the legal tradition of limiting the intrusiveness of government simply can't keep up. Law enforcement gadgets such as Stingrays, which pretend to be cell towers to trick phones into sharing locations, and "textalyzers," a ...

Report on Empire Mine shutdown offers yoopers hope

A report commissioned by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. in April, “The Empire Mine Layoff and Economic Future of the West End and Marquette County,” was released today. The project was spearheaded by Northern Michigan University professor Michael J. Broadway and Olivia ...

Great choice for U.P. Veteran of the Year

It’s hard to imagine a more deserving recipient for the prestigious Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year award than Larry Lee Dillman. The Negaunee man, who is a Vietman War veteran, was recently notified that he was the 2017 winner. Dillman served in the U.S. Air Force for more than 24 ...

Informed voters make democratic republics work

Founding father Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying: “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.” We believe an informed electorate is ...

Vote for CTE is vote for Copper Country economy

Since the Industrial Revolution of the late 1800s, local economies have risen and fallen on one four-letter word: J-O-B-S. A local workforce with good-paying jobs saturates the area with capital in every market: retail, housing, public services, durable goods, education, parks and recreation, ...

Keep protecting Great Lakes with GLRI funding

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does vital work across Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and the streams, rivers and lakes that run into them.” U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) – Michigan’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee – said it right, following ...

New League chapter good for Marquette voters

The current political climate is a strange one. Nationwide, it’s very polarized, with all sides sometimes being unyielding or at least antagonistic to each other, regardless of who is “right.” Locally, many issues face residents, from new development to millage renewals and other ...

Mineral lease request has people talking

Intriguing. That’s how we’d characterize a request from Eagle Mine to lease the mineral rights on thousands of Upper Peninsula acres including a small number of acres in Marquette County. According to Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser at Eagle Mine, most of the Marquette ...

Region represented on statewide education panel

Two of 24 teachers from districts across the state selected to serve on a committee to guide implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act are from the Upper Peninsula. Chris Woods is from Calumet while Gina Pepin is from Escanaba. They will join 22 others from K-12 public schools in ...

Voters should pay attention to Aug. 8 election

Every election is important, and — certainly it’s an overused phrase, but — every vote counts. The August primary election should be an interesting one. This is where voters get the opportunity to thin the playing field among same party candidates, and choose those they believe to be ...

Dark Sky Park prospects are growing brighter

The would-be Presque Isle Dark Sky Park has been the topic of discussion at many city meetings over the past year after the Marquette Astronomical Society proposed it in 2016. Basically, the park would provide a light-free area on the island for amateur astronomers and casual observers to ...

Green economy will need lots of skilled workers

As sure as the sun rises in the east, the green economy will rise to dominance, because it’s all about money in capitalist market systems — lower-price markets replace higher-priced ones. It’s already happening: the price of solar engery has become lower than coal, and that trend will ...

Assaulting road crew workers is senseless violence

No quarter should be given to the individuals who are assaulting the road workers working at the north end of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. This criminal activity is extremely dangerous and completely senseless. It can’t be explained away by saying these motorists, who if they are sane ...

State Police marking 100 years of service

The Michigan State Police was established 100 years ago, and while many things have changed over the last century, some others have not. Troopers don’t ride around on horses much anymore, having swapped out the four-legged animal as the primary option long ago for much faster and more ...

Enviro problems at former bases should be funded

Although the days of bipartisan cooperation seem well in the rearview mirror, we hope the U.S. Congress looks favorably on that portion of the recently approved Defense Authorization Act that requires the Defense Department to study the health impacts of exposure to certain chemicals used at ...