Opinion

Have a merry — and safe — holiday season

Editorial

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without the beauty of the lights, the decorated tree … and, of course, more lights. Especially in the Upper Peninsula, when the darkness conveniently comes earlier in December to let those lights shine longer and that perfect Christmas tree usually can ...

Incidence of vaping among teens on rise

Editorial

It was a mixed-bag of news from the medical and law enforcement communities Monday with the release of an annual report of teen drug use. The federally funded survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found that while overall drug use and abuse by teens seems to be declining, ...

Hail to the snow plow drivers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’d like to give a big shout-out to the Houghton County Road Commission and all the contractors who worked so diligently to get our Houghton Canal Road open again. Kudos to you all. Merry Christmas

Christmas lites on cement trucks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many thanks to Superior Sand & Gravel for so thoughtfully (and cleverly) putting Christmas lights on the cement mixer truck parked in their lot at night. Everyone who sees it really enjoys it. In fact, we enjoy it so much we took a picture of it and put it in our ...

Locals cited for blood drives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the UPHS Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank teacher Stephen Smith (Hancock High School), Patrice Lompre (Finlandia University), Mary Markham (Chassell High School), Pre-Health Association (MTU), teacher Joe Heflin (Calumet High School) and Ashley Laitinen ...

Plan ahead to limit pet stress during holidays

Editorial

The holiday season is among the most stressful for people, what with family gatherings and financial matters, to name but a few reasons. The same can be said for your pets. There are lots of things to eat around that could be dangerous, even deadly, to your furry friend, according to the ...

Families course on mental illness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “The Family to Family class was a lifesaver for us.” This comment is frequently heard in feedback about the free course for families from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). When mental illness hits an individual it also impacts the family and support people ...

Journalists cited as Time’s ‘Person of Year’

Editorial

The Time Person of the Year award is one of those honors that a lot of people wait for. Given out since 1927 and called “Man of the Year” until 1999, the nod has gone to dictators and debutantes. Soviet strongman Josef Stalin was man of the year twice, in 1939 and 1942. Lyndon B. ...

Outpouring of support for therapy puppy

Editorial

A recent story in the Mining Journal featured a front-Kado-Kibou, AKA “Kado,” a local puppy-in-training to be a therapy dog that was recently diagnosed with a rare liver condition that will require a costly surgery. Many community members are banding together in an effort to raise funds ...

Kids safety improved with bus law policing

Editorial

If motorists in the Marquette area are entertaining thoughts of passing that stopped school bus up ahead, the one with the blinking stop lights on it and the children around it, and the manifest danger of such activity isn’t enough to dissuade them, here’s another reason. A uniformed law ...

Students wake up to business experience

Editorial

A lot of people need their cup of coffee in the morning. News flash: High schoolers are people too. A student-run coffee shop called Wake U.P. operates in conjunction with Christine Columb’s marketing class at Marquette Senior High School. Located on the second floor, the shop is open ...

Prevent house fires by taking precautions

Editorial

We hope readers were paying attention to comments from a pair of veteran area firefighters in a recent story. Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio observed that the cold weather months, especially those that fall within the traditional holiday season, are the worst for fires. Not ...

Seek more public input on jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The problems of jail overcrowding and courthouse inadequacies did not disappear when voters narrowly rejected the millage proposal on Nov. 6. We have a responsibility as citizens of this county to work with our commissioners to address the crisis. Many questions need to be ...

Snyder needs to veto lame duck evils

Editorial

We have lost count of the atrocities perpetrated in the current lame duck session of our state Legislature. Our lawmakers unseemly behavior can only further damage the public’s confidence in our state government, which is already the least accountable and least transparent in the ...

Bipartisan fix of climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After this summer’s Father’s Day flood, it’s increasingly important that we respond to climate change to protect our community. Last week, two Republican and three Democratic representatives introduced bipartisan legislation that could go a long way ...

Deer disease monitoring vital to economy

Editorial

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

CCISD oldest students learn community transition

Columns

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is responsible for providing special education services from birth through the age of 26. Last month I described what the CCISD does to help some of our youngest students. Now I would like to share what we do to service our oldest ...

Lesson learned: Paving paradise causes flooding

Editorial

It used to be when a city like Houghton gave a break to a gigantic corporation like Meijer to reduce a development’s required parking by nearly half, it was a case of corporate welfare. Not any more, because things in this era of climate change are not what they seem. The recent action by ...

Lame ducks threaten G. Lakes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This month, the lame duck Legislature is working hard to undermine good governance. Regardless of where you stand regarding Line 5 and the proposed tunnel, we can all agree that any decision requires thoughtful deliberation. Transferring decision-making abilities to the ...

Veteran got great care at HCMCF

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name is Lynn DeRoseir. My brother, Charles Kilpela, was a veteran. In March, 2018, he was in Rehab at the Houghon County Medical Care Facility. He had excellent care. He passed away Nov. 13. I believe the care he received helped him to enjoy this past summer. It wasn’t ...