Editorial

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 ...

Jeffers student pays it forward at Beacon House

If you or anyone you know has ever battled a serious illness or debilitating medical condition, then you likely have an understanding of the stress and grief it can cause. The Beacon House is intended to help at least a little with getting people through those dark times. The nonprofit ...

New normal: security training vital in schools

Remember the good old days when you were young and the only thing breaking up the routine of school was the occasional fire drill? Teachers and principals told you how important it was to pay attention and know what to do in case of a fire. Take the drills seriously, they urged. You didn’t. ...

Health foundation grants support UP in variety of ways

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in many ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration Wednesday, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six ...

Take a walk in shoes of an autistic person

I am a person, but I shift between different worlds than most people. I walk this life on the thin wire of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Autism is a wiring glitch in my brain, a faulty connection which sometimes works properly, and I live in the same world as everybody else. Sometimes ...

Bringing people together with news is our reward

We’re not in this business for the accolades or awards, so it was no big deal that yet again, the Daily Mining Gazette was shut out of the Pulitzer Prizes announced April 16. What we do care about is — with a staff of four intrepid reporters covering the 1,000 square miles in our coverage ...

Focus on safety during spring turkey hunt

The snowbanks suggest it’s winter, but the calendar says spring. Likewise, spring turkey hunting begins Monday in the Upper Peninsula. Hunters may encounter snow, which is somewhat unusual, but the key factors for a happy season remain the same. “The two most critical ingredients for a ...

Well-being of children remains unmet challenge

The annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy, is a good gauge on how counties in the state are doing in economic security, health, family and community, and education. The MLPP has been compiling and releasing the Kids Count book ...

911 dispatchers perform unseen heroic service

The responding officer should be, and often is, thanked for being there so quickly. What most of us don’t think about is the person at the other end of the phone, the person answering the 9-1-1 call who actually completes the call out and communicates directly with the party in ...

Abuse reporting should make campuses safer

The Michigan Legislature is taking a look at ways to improve the reporting of and reaction to sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses across the state with some recently proposed legislation requiring notification of such accusations to the university’s top officials. It’s an ...

Following UP gas prices is one wild ride

We have not done an editorial on gas recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been paying attention to the price of gas in the Marquette area. The Mining Journal keeps track of the price of gas via the GasBuddy website. As it has been in the past, there have been several weeks when AAA ...

Watercraft fee won’t have desired effect

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

Speaker’s story of Holocaust haunts, inspires

At the annual Holocaust Memorial Service held Tuesday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette, Martin Lowenberg was the featured speaker in recognition of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. Lowenberg ...

Winter’s last gasps can bring severe weather

Despite winter’s grip lasting well into April this year, the warmth of spring and summer will eventually be making a return to Upper Michigan. With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, Gov. ...

Jersey Day offers support to Broncos

The hockey-loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, is going through an incredibly difficult time, having lost 15 members of the Humboldt Jr. A Hockey Club in a devastating highway accident this past weekend. We know the hockey-loving communities of the Upper Peninsula ...

Stabenow bills will reduce cost of prescriptions

The high cost of prescription drugs is a problem our elderly citizens don’t need, but it’s one that’s been growing more painful in recent years. “Gag clauses” bar a pharmacist from disclosing information to customers regarding lower cost options when purchasing prescriptions. ...

Straits coolant leak shows winter’s effect

A whole lot of people, in and out of government, are keeping a close eye on a 600 gallon coolant leak from an underwater electrical cable that runs under the Straits of Mackinac earlier this week. The liquid, described as mineral oil by officials from the American Transmission Company, which ...

King’s mission of justice for all still unfulfilled

Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, and his legacy was honored with marches, speeches and quiet reflection across the country. The Atlanta events culminated with a bell-ringing and wreath-laying at his crypt to mark the moment when he ...

State should demand proof of pipe condition

Seeing is believing, and we simply haven’t seen enough to trust Enbridge’s statements regarding Line 5 where it runs through the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. For some reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seems content to continue green-lighting the pipeline ...