Editorial

Protect people by rooting out bad police officers

Bad cops, like unethical journalists, incompetent plumbers and dangerous snow plow drivers, are out there. There can be no question that is true. The only difference, of course, is people with badges have guns and literally the power of life and death over the people they are sworn to protect ...

Moose population in UP is cautionary success story

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Another chance for Lansing to protect bike riders

First, there is no question that what Brandon Nickson did is reprehensible. The former Casco Township resident confessed to beating his girlfriend's dog to death in April. Despite the evidence, his lawyer argued at his sentencing Monday that Nickson didn't torture the animal and that his only ...

Catalyst Awards honor community contributions

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...

Supreme Court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Project Keep Kids Warm helps those in need

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Vote! It’s not hard — and it’s your duty

Fewer than 15 percent of registered voters showed up to the Lansing primary election Aug. 8 - to help choose the people who decide some of the most contentious issues in the city. And now it's time to make final selections for four Lansing City Council seats and Mayor of Lansing. Don't sit at ...

Dose of goodwill needed as nurses strike looms

Although negotiations between UP Health System-Marquette officials and registered nurses are ongoing, a strike date has been set by the nurses for Oct 5-6. We must all be aware during this process that both sides will share some talking points in the media during negotiations. What everyone ...

Public input essential to mine permit process

That spirited debate over the Eagle Mine’s request to expand operations to the Eagle East deposit continued earlier this week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gathered more community input during a public hearing at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The Eagle ...

Safe Delivery law worthy of awareness

Hopefully, the days of having to leave an infant in a basket on a strangers doorstep are over. Today, two law training sessions at Messiah Lutheran Church will focus on Michigan’s Safe Delivery Program. They were scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The Safe Delivery of Newborns ...

Great Girls exhibit offers valuable lessons

A recent front-page story in the Mining Journal highlighted the opening of a very worthwhile exhibit now on display at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit, called Great Girls in Michigan History, features nine inspiring figures from the Great Lakes State, including a wrestler, ...

Special courts are effective with special treatment

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

Fishing brings enjoyment, boosts economy

Trudging through thick brush along the riverbank, listening to the constant buzzing of mosquitos under the hot summer sun might not sound like a lot of fun. But for many people, with a fishing rod in their hand, it’s one of the few ways to get outdoors and really enjoy life. Lucky for those ...

Political sign swiping scandal sign of the times

Politics can often produce strange bedfellows, as witnessed recently in a sign-swiping case in Spring Lake Township. The case also provides a clear example of why we need to differentiate between professional journalism and citizen (read: amateur) commentary. Signs touting Ferrysburg City ...

Take some time to look at UP’s autumn splendor

It’s something easy enough to do, letting time slip through one’s fingers. But a lovely front page story and photo package on Sunday should serve as a reminder: catch the Upper Peninsula’s spectacular color season before it’s gone. With a few days of summery weather, it might be ...

School traffic safety issues tough to solve

Traffic issues near schools likely will continue as long as there are students and schools. How to make these areas safe is the big question. Recently, a Negaunee Middle School student’s foot was run over by a car as she walked across Teal Lake Avenue. The accident could have been more ...

New school year is time for immunization

The new school year is here, and it is time to make sure your school-aged child and everyone in your household is up-to-date on routine immunizations. Lately, we have been hearing about increases in childhood illnesses that many of us had nearly forgotten about in the United States — ...

Congratulations to ski, boarding hall of famers

Welcome to the Class of 2016 who are in Ishpeming this weekend for their formal enshrinement. Nine individuals were enshrined this weekend in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. This year’s inductees are president ...

Homelessness forum is good first step

We are happy to see that the issue of homelessness is being addressed in the Marquette area, and while we’re happy that our community is working to meet the needs of homeless people, we also realize there are real concerns that need to be analyzed. We have a beautiful multiuse path that ...

Help Michigan choose Teacher of the Year

With classes back in full swing, it’s time to look at honoring those who excel in guiding and educating all those students in the seats. The state Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help in finding the next Michigan Teacher of the ...