Editorial

Public funding needed to upgrade infrastructure

If there’s water and sewer infrastructure, there are bound to be upgrades. Since those typically don’t come without a price tag, it’s beneficial for municipalities to acquire funding. So, the good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to ...

Take steps to avoid infection of viral hepatitis

With this past Saturday having been designated as World Hepatitis Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reminded residents how they can help avoid contracting viral hepatitis. Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The most common types are hepatitis ...

Trees getting loved to death by hammocks

There’s nothing like catching a few Z’s in a hammock that’s gently swayed back and forth by breezes from Lake Superior. Just ask the great many residents, visitors and Northern Michigan University students who, increasingly, are making the activity something of a leisure past ...

Pickers coming back to look for more rusty gold

They’re back. Antique pickers Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, stars of the popular syndicated television program “American Pickers,” are expected to return to the Upper Peninsula in September. The pair and attendant entourage visited a handful of U.P. locations several years ago including ...

UP community joins in grieving loss of Ainsley

Ainsley Rose Kargela, a second-grader at Cherry Creek Elementary School in Marquette, passed away Sunday. The 8-year-old had been battling a rare form of cancer — rhabdomyosarcoma — since 2012. The Marquette area community rallied around Ainsley, creating a group called Ainsley’s Army ...

Proactive water testing in schools can be lifesaver

Mention Flint nowadays and you think of high lead levels and a purportedly slow response by the state government, depending with whom you speak. If proper precautions had taken place before the crisis, though, the crisis likely would have been averted, or at least lessened. Recent ...

Tax scammers do not take summer off

Apparently, tax scammers aren’t inclined to take the summer off. A reader Tuesday reported an ominous message left on his voice mail, implying legal action and other dire consequences from supposedly unpaid back taxes. Worse, his grandparents had gotten the same call. These calls claim to ...

Local markets need support from community

Lansing City Market is no more, next attempt must be ‘use it or lose it’ Come September, there will be no Lansing City Market. It’s time to accept it. The market, which had its city subsidy halved in May, can’t afford to stay open. And the city can’t afford to let prime real ...

For greater good, zoning takes thought

The easy way isn't always the best way in city planning. Generally municipal planning and zoning discussions are not the stuff of many bar room or dinner table conversations. Indeed, talk of side yard setbacks, minimum square footage requirements, and similar sorts of minutia that planning ...

Theater marks two decades of excellence

We congratulate all involved with the Lake Superior Theatre as it marks its 20th anniversary. This little gem is located in a working boathouse filled with marine artifacts at 270 N. Lakeshore Boulevard. It began its season where it started with the local treasure “Beacon on the Rock,” ...

More diseases being spread by insect bites

Biting ticks, mosquitoes and insects usually are an annoyance, seemingly bent on keeping us from fully enjoying being outdoors. But these days, unfortunately, both six- and eight-legged pests can represent so much more of a threat than just a creepy-crawly, stalking source of ...

Mission to bring fallen home is neverending

One of the tragic consequences of war is death, and after it happens, families and loved ones have to bear the pain. It never goes away completely, but having some sort of closure in the form of a ceremonial burial might ease some of that pain. That happened recently when, 76 years after ...

Utilities program can help with cost of power

While nobody is claiming it’s going to solve all of the problems, a unique partnership between a local utility company and a non-profit associated with the environment should amount to positive steps in helping low-income customers cope with electrical costs. The initiative involves the ...

PFAS water crisis demands action from government

Michigan is at the center of an environmental disaster — and strong leadership is desperately needed. Now. More than a dozen communities across the state are already affected by PFAS as the chemicals contaminate drinking water, creating a real public health threat. Recent news stories ...

Past time to establish justice for Emmett Till

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.” –Yevgeny Yevtushenko Although we are reasonably certain the famous Soviet and Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and screenwriter was referring to something else altogether when he wrote those words, the concept could ...

Don’t let reveling ruin natural places

It's as simple as removing shoes when entering a friend's home, but for some reason throngs of visitors to the Grand Traverse region don't see fit to pick up after themselves. Most who flock to northern Michigan's breathtaking natural places take thoughtful steps to "leave no trace" as they ...

Thai cave rescue shows good still remains in world

Tuesday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured an Associated Press article that stated all 12 boys and their soccer coach had been rescued from the flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world. The boys and their coach were trapped in the ...

Hold invasive species in check by skirmishing

By this point in history, we believe most Michigan residents are well aware of the existence of invasive species, the often tiny (although not always) critters and plant life that end up doing great damage to area and regional water habitats. Most of what we hear, in terms of the battle to ...

Keep eye out for breakout of wildfires

As celebrations continue throughout the summer, the public is encouraged to put fire safety first. Fire weather danger is particularly high during this time of year, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast. “It doesn’t take much to start a wildfire,” said DNR fire ...

Operation Dry Water focuses on boating sober

Operation Dry Water. It’s a name that catches your attention, makes you think — which is a good thing. Because it’s aimed at getting people to think twice about mixing boating and alcohol. This weekend leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...