Editorial

Democracy in action will remove gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is defined as manipulating political boundaries to favor one party or class. Who would have thought that underhandedness has found its way into the political scene? However, the group opposed to gerrymandering, Voters Not Politicians, Monday submitted more than 420,000 ...

Continue righting wrongs done with welfare fraud cases

The state of Michigan has an opportunity to do the right thing in connection to a mess it created when it accused — falsely as it turned out — tens of thousands of state residents of welfare fraud between October 2013 and September 2015, when it depended on a computer system to determine ...

Keweenaw Co. needs to heed a real closer

As we have previously reported, the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge operation has been listed for sale since earlier this year — however nominally by a real estate firm based in North Carolina. Does anybody around here outside the Keweenaw County Board sincerely believe such a way-out-of-state firm ...

How to avoid overindulging during holidays

It’s only a week until Christmas, a prime period for holiday parties. It also likely will be a week of dealing with all the extra food and sweets that will be available for the holidays and beyond. There are steps that can be taken now to mitigate the damage that might be done during the ...

UP sports pioneer excelled in league of her own

Negaunee native Karen Violetta Kunkel will be remembered as a person who was an important part of the evolution of women’s sports — and who helped to bring Olympic sports training to our area. Kunkel died in Marquette Tuesday. She was 83. She shone on the diamond, playing softball and ...

Phone scamers don’t take holidays off

Phone solicitation scams don’t take a break over the holidays. According to Michigan State Police, scammers usually give the victim a sense of urgency, pretending to be an official of a legitimate organization to fool the victim into providing sensitive information. Some even threaten to ...

There should be no haven anywhere for sex predators

U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., resigned last week. He was following U.S. Rep. John Conyers’ lead. Conyers, D-Mich., “retired” earlier in the week. So, the two members of Congress in the news recently for sexual harassment have left. Problem solved? Hardly. The problem is not two ...

County Board needs real estate pro to sell lodge

After two different offers to purchase the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge have failed following the County Board’s acceptance of an offer, its time for the commissioners to concede the real estate business is not their forte. It would be in the best interests of Keweenaw County taxpayers if ...

Too much at stake for delays in carp study

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop delaying an important study on upgrading a key waterway choke point is a way of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Some 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives – including U.S. Rep. ...

State must monitor Mac line carefully

New information regarding Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that's the ...

Our Greatest Generation refused to lose

Seventy-six years ago this week, the U.S. Navy base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was assaulted in what has been termed a “sneak attack” Japan. Since then, we Americans have observed Dec. 7 of each year as Pearl Harbor Day for several reasons. We mourn the 2,403 Americans who died in the ...

Addressing jail is doing right by taxpayers

Doing the right thing is usually not the easiest thing, or the most popular thing. We see that on an all-too-regular basis with politicians in Washington. That is why the five commissioners of the Houghton County Board deserve thanks and praise for doing the right thing in renovating and ...

Governor’s awards recognize volunteer work

Know a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you. The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that ...

Wolves should be reintroduced back into Isle Royale

Wildlife experts have been saying for years that the collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park was approaching. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that just a single wolf ...

Great Lakes need to be protected

The Great Lakes, shared by the United States and Canada, are among the world’s most majestic and important bodies of fresh water. But their health is threatened on several fronts. Unless dramatic action is taken to safeguard them, the lakes may become an aquatic disaster area. Pollution and ...

Legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Love INC marks year of helping needy in region

The idea is that by working together, local churches can do more to help the needy. Love INC of the Upper Peninsula tonight celebrates one year of doing just that. Love INC connects area churches to residents in need. It is seeking the community’s help to continue the work of providing a ...

Beware of tax collection call scammers

Yet another phone scam has surfaced in Michigan that seeks to intimidate residents by posing as a Michigan Department of Treasury official, insisting a tax debt exists that must be paid immediately. These scammers have grown more technologically sophisticated, managing to alter their ...

Anti-tobacco ads are a long time in coming

Starting Nov. 26, the major U.S. tobacco companies have to run ads in local and national media sources telling the American people the truth about the deadly consequences of smoking and secondhand smoke. A federal court in 2006 ordered the companies to make these “corrective statements” ...

Michigan pact with Enbridge step in right direction

An agreement announced Monday between the state of Michigan and Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates petroleum pipelines in various places including most famously beneath the Straits of Mackinac, is progress, albeit modest progress that few outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s office will be ...