Editorial

State unit battling opioids already paying dividends

Give the state credit for trying to get out in front of what some term an epidemic of opioid-based deaths and crimes in Michigan. State Attorney General Bill Schuette, who is expected to announce his candidacy for governor in the near future, announced organization of the Opioid Trafficking ...

Soo Locks project should be OK’d by Congress

At a time in Washington, D.C., when partisanship is so rampant, about the only thing lawmakers in both parties can agree on is that they can’t agree on much, Democrats and Republicans in Michigan’s delegation have found common ground. The elected officials, meeting on Mackinac Island this ...

Part-time legislature could be golden idea

Some states have part-time legislatures, some do not and some are in-between, with legislators in those “hybrid states” typically not earning enough to make a living without another source of income. In fact, the National Conference of State Legislatures lumps states into three ...

Essay contest celebrates higher purpose

An organization which works to help veterans and others with mobility challenges enjoy the outdoors, is launching an essay contest, named after a downstate resident. Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors has announced its first annual David Pollie Classic essay contest. Pollie was injured in a ...

Employment grant is good news but challenges remain

With 2016’s closure of the Empire Mine fresh in the minds of city, county and state planners, and too little employment opportunity for university graduates dating back a good number of years, the city of Marquette’s selection to receive a sizable grant to help spur jobs development comes ...

Protecting Great Lakes important to region, nation

Michiganders are lucky and they know it. No matter where you reside in the Great Lakes state, you can’t be too far from one of the iconic bodies of water. The lakes are essential to our way of life, culture and economy. That’s why we’re alarmed at the potential loss of funds to help the ...

They ‘gave last full measure of devotion’

On Memorial Day, Americans come together to honor every one of their fellow Americans who died in battle and service to this country, from the greens of Lexington in 1775 to the sands of Iraq up to the present day. Nearly 154 years ago, Abraham Lincoln wrote the perfect Memorial Day speech, ...

Now more than ever, you need this newspaper

Where do you get verified news and information about what is going on in your community, in your county and in your region that directly affects your daily life? Where do you get reports about how your local governments and schools are spending the money you pay in taxes and what services ...

Human trafficking should be concern here, everywhere

The remoteness of the Upper Peninsula often provides a feeling of security for those living here. But crime can and does happen here. Unfortunately, the U.P. is not immune from human trafficking. A presentation on this issue took place last week on the Northern Michigan University campus. ...

We don’t need others’ opinions to express ours

“This is not intended to be a letter to the editor...” reads the letter sent to the editor. That’s a red flag. So what is the intention, then? It is to use this newspaper to express the writer’s opinions and views while preserving the writer’s anonymity. Usually these people have ...

Gun-toting ignorance is threat to public health

Is it really a good idea to allow someone in the state of Michigan the legal right to carry a concealed weapon without any training? That’s the central question the Michigan House of Representatives is considering as it discusses, debates and, presumably, votes on a package of bills dealing ...

Tax-cut strategy proves to be drag on economy

Had enough yet? This will not even be an issue raised in the next governor’s campaign, because all the “serious” candidates are in on this, but the powers that be are driving this state’s economy into the ground with a tax-cut-driven economic development strategy that has proven ...

Ballast discharge bill needs work to become law

A bill that’s slowly moving through the U.S. Senate establishing one federal standard for ballast discharged from vessels has drawn the approval from the trade association representing Great Lakes shipping. Environmentalists and others, though, including Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General ...

Report reveals rise in campus sex crimes

It was a mixed-bag of news from a federal report out this week on certain types of sexual offenses and bullying. While the number of middle and high school students who report being bullied at one time or another seems to be decreasing, the incidence of reported sex crimes on the nation’s ...

Grant program battles invasive species locally

Grant money will be available in the near future for local service providers involved in the never-ending battle against invasive species, including the Asian carp and sea lamprey. The funding will be made available through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, a statewide initiative ...

Robotics offers learning careers that don’t exist

Robots and automation will become the dominant force in the global economy, which is why robotics education should be added as a curriculum in schools. The digital medium has established itself as the primary communication medium. Digital technologies have opened access to a universe of ...

Kivela friendship, work will be sorely missed

A great pall of sadness descended on the state of Michigan in general and the Upper Peninsula in particular early last week as word spread that state Rep. John Kivela of Marquette had been found dead in his Lansing-area residence. For many, that sadness turned to despair when it became known ...

Young Authors Conference was literacy celebration

With great joy, we salute the Marquette-Alger Young Authors’ Conference and the wonderful things it does for our community. This past week saw the 40th edition of the program, which is geared toward building literacy and authorship within the education community. In this amazing program, ...

Cutting funds to battle drugs is dollar-foolish

Reports of a federal proposal to roll back support for an anti-drug program that most people agree has done good work over the years has us worried up here in Superiorland. With the opioid menace growing day by day here and elsewhere and methamphetamine always a problem, axing the Drug-Free ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...