Editorial

Officials pleased with recent ‘dark store’ decision

A decision last week from the Michigan Supreme Court has officials with local units of government voicing pleasure because of the ruling’s fiscal ramifications. Justices Friday rejected an appeal from big box retailer Menards in a tax dispute with the city of Escanaba which has wore on for ...

Smart school agenda backed by Snyder

As Michigan seeks to improve the standing of its schools, there are many lessons this state can learn from others. That's why we've devoted space in these pages to our series, “Fixing Michigan's Schools.” And we will continue to do so in coming months. There are positive efforts already ...

UPAWS a worthy recipient of cash gift for project

There’s a pretty common saying many of us have heard before — that a dollar doesn’t go very far these days. But when you get 100,000 of those dollars all in one lump sum, well, that’ll put a smile on just about anyone’s face. There’s little doubt in our minds that the sold-out ...

Cities shouldn’t have authority to tax our pop

Michigan lawmakers are making sure your soda is safe. (Your what? Your pop.) Following attempts by local governments in nearby cities to tax sugary beverages, the House and Senate have passed a ban on local governments putting such measures in place. It's up to Gov. Rick Snyder now to sign ...

Government rules won’t prevent obesity

With fall making its appearance, the holiday eating season (from Halloween candy through New Year’s feasts) is nearly upon us. Some folks may already be bracing themselves for the annual winter padding they put on, and burn off in the spring, when fresher foods and a return to outdoor ...

Visiting futurist gives us things to think about

Society is constantly evolving. However, advances in technology can escalate this evolution, and people need to be up to the challenge. Otherwise, they might get left behind. Thomas Frey, founder of the Westminster, Colorado-based DaVinci Institute and former IBM engineer and designer, ...

‘Good Samaritan’ bill should get fair hearing

A great many of us have heard of the Biblical parable where an injured man on the side of the road was helped by a passing Samaritan. This so-called “Good Samaritan” went out of his way to assist someone in distress, helping not because he had to but because it was the right thing to ...

Can diverse views survive on campus?

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that's a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for "free" speech. Berkeley may ...

Community turns out to dedicate rink to Rick Comley

Congratulations go out to Hockeyville USA for coming through again by showing support for former Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Rick Comley and the dedication ceremony of the Rick Comley Rink at the Berry Events Center. Comley was overwhelmed by the number of people that came ...

Deserving U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Don’t expect much from auto insurance ‘reform’

Fixing the auto insurance business has been a perennial priority for the Michigan Legislature probably since the no-fault system went into place in 1973. The clamor from Lansing seems louder this session, but that does not mean that significant reform is likely any time soon. The problems ...

Police agencies lead in dealing with mentally ill

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Congress should move to ban bump stocks

By now, virtually everyone knows what details are available relative to the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, where a lone gunman sprayed a crowd with rifle fire, killing 58 and wounding hundreds. Investigators from at least a half-dozen police agencies have spent the past week digging into the ...

Protect people by rooting out bad police officers

Bad cops, like unethical journalists, incompetent plumbers and dangerous snow plow drivers, are out there. There can be no question that is true. The only difference, of course, is people with badges have guns and literally the power of life and death over the people they are sworn to protect ...

Moose population in UP is cautionary success story

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Another chance for Lansing to protect bike riders

First, there is no question that what Brandon Nickson did is reprehensible. The former Casco Township resident confessed to beating his girlfriend's dog to death in April. Despite the evidence, his lawyer argued at his sentencing Monday that Nickson didn't torture the animal and that his only ...

Catalyst Awards honor community contributions

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...

Supreme Court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Project Keep Kids Warm helps those in need

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Vote! It’s not hard — and it’s your duty

Fewer than 15 percent of registered voters showed up to the Lansing primary election Aug. 8 - to help choose the people who decide some of the most contentious issues in the city. And now it's time to make final selections for four Lansing City Council seats and Mayor of Lansing. Don't sit at ...