Editorial

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Carl V. Pellonpaa was an Upper Peninsula treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Sept. 1. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ways. Perhaps ...

Getting ready for worst during National Preparedness Month

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

Swimmer’s fast action undoubtly saved life at Black Rocks

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

Due process returns to campus

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is following through on her commitment to stand up for the due process rights of all students on U.S. college campuses. From what we’ve seen of a new framework, it would go a long way to restoring constitutional protection in campus sexual assault ...

906-Day a great time to get out and support local merchants

The 906 area code, which spans the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. Today, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping incentives. Bugsy Sailor, owner of Upper Peninsula ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Healthy tips to prevent childhood obesity

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and as a leading community-based organization dedicated to improving health, the Northern Lights YMCA offers the following tips to help families in Delta County incorporate healthy eating and regular physical activity into their ...

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Designate new tax to fill holes and gaps

Did you pay your use tax this year when you filed your state tax return? Crunch the numbers on all that sales tax you didn't pay on your novelty woolen socks or specialty throw pillows from a specialized website in a far-off place, and send it to the state? Nobody did. But everybody now ...

Coal’s fate is sealed: Trump can’t change it

Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration's decision to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is on a downward spiral. The economics of burning coal to ...

Time to think safety in going back to school

Labor Day is Monday, and that means students will be heading back to school. While most parents are making lists of school supplies for the kids, the American Red Cross offered some suggestions in a Tuesday article for safety steps for parents to consider as well. Their first suggestion is ...

McCain showed true red, white and blue colors

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

Tobacco-free is way to go back to school

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

Public defender plan can enhance justice for all

Given the amount of work that needs to be done, we like the move Marquette County has made to establish a public defender’s office, which provide legal representation for adult defendants in Marquette County’s district and circuit courts who cannot afford counsel. The move traces its ...

UPAWS looks for little help from its friends

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter — UPAWS, for short — is building a new facility along M-553 in Sands Township. Although construction on the facility is nearing completion, and a capital fundraising campaign has generated about $3 million toward a goal of $3.7 million, facility ...

Beware college financial aid scammers

Hard to believe most colleges and universities will be back in session in roughly two weeks. As families make plans for the start of classes — and the tuition bills to come — the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team advises students and parents be alert and cautious ...

Closure needed for unsolved murder case

There are few things in this world more frustrating than an unsolved crime, particularly a murder..One of the most notable “cold case files” is the murder of 24-year-old Erin Rebecca Taylor, whose body was discovered 18 years ago in a secluded area off of Marquette County Road 492 in ...

State’s internet proposal could benefit region

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

Honor victims by building positive legacy

Building something new and useful from the ashes and debris of a tragedy is not done simply. But for examples of how to do it well, ask the families of Amarah Filizetti and Jessica Drummond. In 2015, Amarah was playing in the Gwinn High School gymnasium when a wooden partition fell on her. ...

Free press attacks expose enemies of the people

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with media outlets, referring to them as the “enemy of the people.” The term “fake news” now permeates all aspects of our national dialogue, becoming a catch-all phrase used by ...