Editorial

Spend surplus on bridges, roads, schools

Count us among those advocating that at least a portion of a projected budget surplus to improve the state’s roads and bridges and school security, which most people agree are areas that need attention. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other key legislative officials announced that spending ...

NMU handled elevated lead reports correctly

The old saying, “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind on Northern Michigan University’s decision to close several buildings on campus last week after water testing showed inconsistent lead level readings, with some water samples showing elevated levels of lead. NMU officials on ...

Cruelty to bats is difficult to understand

Bats already are struggling to survive in the Upper Peninsula. White-nose syndrome — so named for the frost-like fungus that bats with the disease develop around their nostrils — has so decimated populations at their wintering sites that some area caves where numbers had been 20,000 or ...

Put safety first when putting boat in water

As boating season nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourage boaters to protect themselves and others by following important safety tips. Saturday marks the start of National Safe Boating Week and the DNR wants all Michigan residents and visitors to have fun while exercising ...

Foster parents play vital role in community

During National Foster Care Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to stress the important role that foster parents can play in a child or teen’s life. “When children are unable to stay with their families because of safety concerns, foster ...

Surprise — term limits don’t work in Michigan

If you've ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

NPS searches for preservation, public use balance

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Let commercial solar shine throughout state

Several northwest Lower Michigan townships appear to be clearing the regulatory path for small-scale commercial solar power generation. That's encouraging news for companies that seek to earn profits from power generation. It also is encouraging news for area residents, who would benefit from ...

Don’t take drinking water for granted

Safe, affordable water is a public health and economic necessity that requires greater investment, says the Michigan Section of the American Water Works Association (MI-AWWA), which is recognizing May 6-12 as Drinking Water Week, in Michigan as well as nationally. “Part of the message our ...

Green is good at VA center in Iron Mountain

Helping veterans with their daily lives and environmental excellence go hand in hand. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has earned the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a national nonprofit based in Reston, Virginia. Its ...

All of us live healthier lives with cleaner air

Probably only in small ways, the lives of all of us are going to get a little more difficult over the next several years. The sacrifices, though, will be small compared to the lives we save and the breaths we make easier. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which the Trump ...

Thank nurses for giving care with compassion

For many of us, nurses are at our sides the moment we are born, and the second our last breath escapes our lungs. They’re in the operating room when your parent undergoes surgery, and they’re in the emergency room when your daughter falls off her bike and needs to get stitches for that ...

Kivela legacy fund is fitting commemoration

On Wednesday, May 9, it will be one year to the day that John Kivela died, a victim of suicide following a long-term struggle with alcoholism. Kivela, who was a favorite Marquette son and sitting state representative, was known as a consensus builder who could bring people together for ...

Early-spring fire danger too high for burning

The delayed spring of 2018 managed in April to keep snow cover high enough and temperatures low enough in the Upper Peninsula to hold down the fire danger. But a week of warmer and dry weather has all but eliminated the snowpack and left last year’s grasses and brush like tinder, before ...

Make sure kids safe in water this summer

Drowning is the second leading cause of death for children ages 5 to 14, with children from communities of color at greatest risk. With National Water Safety Month in May and summer around the corner, it’s a great time for parents to remember the importance of ensuring their children are ...

Plan needed now to replace Line 5 operation

Enbridge, the company which owns controversial Line 5, has been saying for years the pipeline couldn’t simply be removed from service because of the key role it plays, despite numerous calls for it to be shut down due to concerns about leaks in the Straits of Mackinac. After reading a story ...

Voters will rule on recreational marijuana

Although it’s taken literally decades to get to this point, it appears the decision as to whether marijuana for recreational purposes in the state of Michigan should be legal is landing exactly where such decisions should go: to the people. Last week, the State Board of Canvassers ...

Contract needed to end acrimony at hospital

We realize that some people may have lost faith in the local hospital and are going elsewhere for their health care needs. This may have happened partially because of low Leapfrog Group ratings in the past. Now that the ratings are back up, we hope the community reconsiders going to ...

Campus crime probes should be done by experts

With so much attention focused on the failures of Michigan State University to stop the serial abuse of young women by sports doctor Larry Nassar, it’s a good time to highlight the shortcomings of campus sexual assault investigations. The university’s office for handling Title IX assault ...

Environmental concerns, kudos in northern Mich.

A healthy environment is an issue of special importance in northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for basic needs, such as clean water and air, but it’s also a big part of our way of life here. A state-level area of concern for us is a proposed Michigan ...