Editorial

Tobacco-free is way to go back to school

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

Public defender plan can enhance justice for all

Given the amount of work that needs to be done, we like the move Marquette County has made to establish a public defender’s office, which provide legal representation for adult defendants in Marquette County’s district and circuit courts who cannot afford counsel. The move traces its ...

UPAWS looks for little help from its friends

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter — UPAWS, for short — is building a new facility along M-553 in Sands Township. Although construction on the facility is nearing completion, and a capital fundraising campaign has generated about $3 million toward a goal of $3.7 million, facility ...

Beware college financial aid scammers

Hard to believe most colleges and universities will be back in session in roughly two weeks. As families make plans for the start of classes — and the tuition bills to come — the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team advises students and parents be alert and cautious ...

Closure needed for unsolved murder case

There are few things in this world more frustrating than an unsolved crime, particularly a murder..One of the most notable “cold case files” is the murder of 24-year-old Erin Rebecca Taylor, whose body was discovered 18 years ago in a secluded area off of Marquette County Road 492 in ...

State’s internet proposal could benefit region

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

Honor victims by building positive legacy

Building something new and useful from the ashes and debris of a tragedy is not done simply. But for examples of how to do it well, ask the families of Amarah Filizetti and Jessica Drummond. In 2015, Amarah was playing in the Gwinn High School gymnasium when a wooden partition fell on her. ...

Free press attacks expose enemies of the people

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” The term “fake news” now permeates all aspects of our national dialogue, becoming a catch-all phrase used by ...

New security awaits returning students in Fla.

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building, said an article by The Associated Press. But some say they still won’t feel protected ...

Forward-thinking leaders needed to preserve history

It wasn’t just a wall that was damaged. It was history. Ishpeming city officials were looking into the circumstances behind a damaged stone wall along Jasper Street that, at 120 years old, is reportedly tied to the region’s mining history. Although a portion of the wall was removed ...

Victim assistance denial in western U.P. was wrong

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency got it absolutely wrong last week when they opted to deny individual claims for assistance from the people whose lives, homes and businesses were turned upside down — literally, in many cases — in what’s known locally as the ...

All American remains need to come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

DNR is calling for snowmobile trail groomers

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a few good non-profit organizations or clubs to help with snowmobile trail grooming in Marquette County. Well, actually, just one entity will do for now, to take over 23 miles along Trail No. 8 between the “Crossroads” area in ...

Trades center will produce skilled workers

If you’ve taken a look around Marquette County lately, you might have noticed the construction going on. Workers are employed in all sorts of different trades, which are is an important part of our economy. There was some big news coming out of Negaunee Township last week as groundbreaking ...

Court is right to leave gun decision to school districts

The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Friday that schools can ban guns on their property, upholding policies against open carry that Ann Arbor and Clio districts put in place as safety measures to prevent disruptions. This was a good call for upholding both the law and common sense. The majority ...

Troubling drop in local turnout for primary

Turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Marquette County was slightly lower than last year’s primary. About 28.22 percent of voters cast their ballots in Marquette County, a small decrease from the 28.76 percent turnout in last year’s primary. The Detroit Free Press reported ...

Great fun awaits county fair visitors

Late summer might bring a little melancholy to lovers of warm weather, but it also means it’s fair time. The Marquette County Fair is marking 30 years in Sands Township this week, with the fair kicking off Thursday and ending Saturday at the fairgrounds along M-553. One change is that ...

Teen moped users need license, helmet

Have a kid buzzing around on a moped this summer? Well, not to throw a damper on a favorite summertime mode of transportation, but that could be illegal. This came out recently from the Iron Mountain Police Department: “The Iron Mountain Police Department would like to take the time to ...

Breastfeeding is foundation of good health

In a world filled with inequality, crises and poverty, breastfeeding is the foundation of lifelong good health for babies and mothers. With no additional burden on household income, breastfeeding is a low-cost way of feeding babies and contributes to poverty reduction. Breastfeeding prevents ...

CC flood recovery effort rewarded with federal aid

The Copper Country and western Upper Peninsula received some good news last week in the form of notification that President Donald Trump had declared Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties major disaster areas. Severe flash flooding had inflicted significant damage on the area, wrecking or ...