Editorial

Elections chief commits another outrage on voters

If you're wondering why Americans expect only the worst from their government, consider the cowardly, conniving actions of Norm Shinkle, chairman of the Board of State Canvassers: The only item on the board's agenda this week is the certification of the anti-gerrymandering proposal for the ...

Much happening this summer at Sawyer airport

Sawyer International Airport and Marquette County officials are expecting an exceedingly busy summer construction season there. Central will be shortening of the facility’s U.S. Air Force-constructed runway, from 12,370 to 9,070 feet, which will be significantly cheaper to maintain, Sawyer ...

Superior trek focuses on school violence

There are many reasons to ride around Lake Superior, arguably the most scenic of the Great Lakes and certainly the most remote. A father-daughter duo, who lives in Indianapolis but has Michigan roots, is riding a tandem bicycle around the largest Great Lake to bring awareness to school ...

Water safety needs to be priority for all

Water is such an integral part of life here in the Upper Peninsula. But, unfortunately for some people, it can also be a part of death. Living on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michiganders are fortunate to have such an incredible attraction right at their fingertips. Lake Superior, or the ...

Operation C.A.R.E has saved lives

If you noticed a greater police presence on the streets and roadways this past weekend, it wasn’t your imagination. Most police agencies in the state of Michigan, with the Michigan State Police in the vanguard, ramped up patrols in the days leading into the long Memorial Day weekend. In ...

Don’t turn landlords into tax snitches

Private business owners should not have to serve as Detroit’s income tax enforcers. Demanding that landlords cough up detailed personal information of their tenants is an unreasonable request and an affront to privacy. Bedrock Management Services, an arm of the Dan Gilbert empire, is ...

Honor Flight accomplishes another mission

Congratulations to the organizers of Wednesday’s Upper Peninsula Honor Flight for putting together another wonderful trip for a most deserving population: veterans from throughout the peninsula. Wednesday’s flight was the 14th taking U.P. veterans to the monuments created in their honor ...

Mental illness should be taken seriously

A recent online MSN poll posed the following question: Which step would be least effective to prevent mass shootings? The options were: improving mental health treatment, more limits on assault weapons, better enforcement of existing gun laws and relaxing existing gun laws. As of early ...

Most wild babies should be left alone

The annual springtime wave of hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals has begun. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advised. Every ...

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 ...