Editorial

Campaign finance report e-filing makes sense

It has taken a while, but there appears there may be support in the U.S. Senate for legislation that will require senatorial candidates to start filing campaign finance reports electronically, something U.S. House of Representatives and presidential candidates have been doing for most of the ...

Holiday good times can mean blues for some

If you are like many people, chances are you probably didn’t finish all of your holiday shopping this weekend, even with those Black Friday deals and Small Business Saturday stops. And if you’re like many of us, that holiday gift-giving is just one note on a long laundry list of tasks ...

Net neutrality rollbacks promise disaster

They once called it the world wide web, but a move this week by federal regulators could slow — in some cases stop — our virtual travels. Imagine a scenario where a utility company is allowed to reduce the flow of electricity to a home because of the brand of appliances its owner ...

Volunteers just might drain the swamp

State lawmakers who don’t like the way democracy works in Michigan have been working the past few years figuring out how to make the referendum process more difficult. One effort would have banned paid petition circulators. Getting something on the statewide ballot in Michigan is already ...

Family is a blessing, even during holidays

Imagine spending most of your life thinking you’re alone in the world because your family has been obliterated by a madman. But at age 102, Eliahu Pietruszka experienced what is tantamount to a miracle: He met a family member he had not known existed until quite recently. As told in a ...

Keep in touch with your teenager

Suicide rates for teenagers increased substantially from 2010-15, at the same time use of social media by young people shot up. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study hints the two phenomena may be linked. It would be foolish to suggest, based on this one study, that social media ...

Commission can still make the right appointment

The Marquette City Commission last week decided against appointing Tony Ghiringhelli as former Commissioner Sara Cambensy’s replacement. We, like many of the citizens of Marquette, feel that is the only appropriate move for the commission to make. Though it would appear the publicly elected ...

Homeless shelter may provide step off the street

The recent opening of Safe Harbor's emergency homeless shelter marks a crucial milestone in Traverse City's battle against homelessness. The 72-bed facility offers the area's homeless to eat a warm meal and sleep under a roof each night from November through April, the months when frigid ...

Veto ballast bill to protect Great Lakes

On July 11, state legislators from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania sent a letter to President Donald Trump calling from the prompt release of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' report on the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Joliet, Illinois. The ...

Rural adaptation to climate change is worthy goal

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the region on Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people were presumably killed after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque Isle. Their bodies ...

Hunters can help feed hungry by donating venison

Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Nearly 1.5 million Michigan residents — 15 percent of our residents and 18 ...

Make deer hunting season enjoyable, safe

As Wednesday’s firearm deer season opener nears, Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers encourage hunters to brush up on safety tips and hunting regulations to ensure a safe, enjoyable experience. Firearm deer season is a special time of year in Michigan. It brings ...

Rape kit tracking program will benefit victims

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

New Lansing gun legislation not the answer

A Wednesday article by David Eggert of The Associated Press states that “licensed gun owners with extra training could legally carry inside schools, churches, bars and other pistol-free zones under hotly contested legislation that was approved Wednesday by the Michigan Senate, days after the ...

This newspaper dominates local news coverage

Of all the reasons why people quit subscriptions to this newspaper, there is one that is far and away the most ridiculous: “There is no local news in your paper.” Before we respond to that, allow us to make a few concessions. We’re not perfect. Of the several thousands of bytes that a ...

Local news needs support of base to thrive

For the thousands of Copper Country residents who appreciate and value the local news and information produced and delivered to your door six days a week, you ought to know about the ongoing challenges that keep this operation on the razor’s edge in publishing local news. You all need to ...

You and this paper make good local news team

What this newspaper continues to do day after day in 2017 is unchanged from what it began doing in 1859. As far as what’s happening in the greater Copper Country, you can count on this newspaper to deliver local news directly to you. We’ve been doing this for 158 years, so we must be ...

Democracy only works with citizen participation

“Every nation gets the government it deserves.” This intriguing thought applies not only to the nation or country, but to the local level of a democratic government, as well. In a proper democracy, the ultimate power rests with the people. The masses have the ability to elect those we ...

Drug Take-Back Day is safe way to dispose drugs

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held throughout the U.P. was a success. The seven Upper Peninsula Michigan State Police (MSP) posts collected 193.86 pounds of prescription drugs during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held on Saturday, Oct. 28. The MSP partnered with the ...

Is baseball returning as America’s game?

As Nolan Finley stated in a column with The Detroit News — baseball is making a comeback as America’s National Pastime. Game 6 of the World Series continued the strong numbers on Fox, according to Nielsen overnight data. An article by Joe Otterson states the game is currently averaging ...