Editorial

Lansing should get Detroit tax fix done

Can we please just get this done? Six years ago would have been great. That’s at least how long Detroit has been asking the state Legislature to require suburban employers to withhold city income tax from the paychecks of employees who are Detroit residents. This legislative truculence is ...

Sports shape young people, build community

Over the next few weeks, students across the region will return to math classes and biology laboratories. But education is more than what is learned in the classroom. Education is a supervised experience in which young people learn how to socialize, deal with conflict, work together for ...

Safety should be priority for bicyclists

The Marquette area has been well recognized for being one of the best mountain biking areas in the United States. The city of Marquette and surrounding areas are working hard to make the entire area more bike friendly. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail offers a great bike riding experience between ...

Welcome GLRI grant funding for local project

Again and again we’ve used the allotted space on our editorial pages to underscore the importance of our Great Lakes and the critical role they play in our regional coastal communities, and that position is yet again brought to the forefront due to a recent grant award to the Superior ...

Safe Delivery offers option for newborns

The situation is difficult for most of us to comprehend. A woman in Michigan has, or is about to have, a baby. That woman decides she can’t adequately care for that baby but doesn’t know what to do or where to turn. That’s the reasoning behind Michigan’s Safe Delivery law that ...

Drinking water wells must have state protection

A confluence of recent headlines leaves a bad taste in our mouths — and worse. First, a project by journalism students at Arizona State University reveals that very nearly all the 45 million Americans who rely on private wells for their drinking water have no idea what they are putting into ...

Chocolay Raptor Center deserves local support

The Chocolay Raptor Center again came to the rescue of injured wildlife, the latest being two rehabilitated American kestrels released back into the wild at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course Wednesday. It’s another success story for the center, which has been doing as much as it can to save ...

Jerry Lewis was certainly a charitable soul

It isn’t often that we use this space to mark the passing of a Hollywood luminary. While we have nothing against those folks, their role in society overall is often overstated. That’s not the case, however, in the death of Jerry Lewis, who died Sunday in Las Vegas at the age of 91. Lewis ...

Sticking to truth in science sets humankind free

In ancient times, a solar eclipse was a bad omen, a sign of the apocalypse in some cultures. Now thanks to science, we know such celestial events are a natural occurence resulting from the motion of heavenly bodies. Our scientific knowledge discovered by such giants as Copernicus, Galileo and ...

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 ...