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State funding for U.P. trails is good idea

August 10, 2015 Marquette County and a few others in the Upper Peninsula and below the bridge were recently awarded grants to build and maintain new and existing sections of the Iron Belle Trail. more »»

Cecil’s death is part of bigger problem

August 8, 2015 Cecil, the lion killed illegally in Zimbabwe by an American dentist, will not have died in vain if what happened to him draws attention to the threat of extinction of his kind. more »»

Prevent bear troubles by removing food

August 7, 2015 As hard to believe as it might be, black bears see a bird feeder as a food source. Bird feeders, garbage cans and barbeque grills all are bear attractants that humans can control. more »»

Public libraries play vital role in a democracy

August 6, 2015 Since Ben Franklin — credited with establishing America’s first lending library — libraries have always been about providing equal opportunity to learn and access to information, and they’ve gone wa... more »»

Bill gives teens foothold on ladder of employment

August 5, 2015 Minimum wages are rising around the country, including in Michigan. And that’s having the unintended effect of keeping young adults out of the job market. more »»

Medical advances? There’s a mobile app for that

August 4, 2015 Mobile apps seem to come and go these days, generating a bit of news one day and gone from public view not many days after. more »»

Breastfeeding mothers should get paid leave

August 3, 2015 From Jenny DeDecker, Chair of Upper Peninsula of Michigan Lactation Coalition, of Hamilton Lakes: The first week of August marks the internationally-recognized World Breastfeeding Week. more »»

Not vaccinating presents public health risk

August 1, 2015 While the debate continues over childhood immunizations, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging parents to make back-to-school appointments, and keep children's vaccines... more »»

Lansing fiddles while people’s issues burn

July 31, 2015 Michigan has issues — lots of issues — that ought to be addressed by state officials. The trouble is: they are not being addressed. If they are being addressed, action is at a snail’s pac. more »»

MTU program helps seniors use web

July 29, 2015 A program that’s being run out of Michigan Tech University, in conjunction with the Portage Lake District Library, offers promise to seniors searching for ways to best use the worldwide web while... more »»

Business incubator is a government job creator

July 28, 2015 In the wide, wide world of free-market economics, there are numerous instances where government through public spending can provide more economic benefit than private enterprise. more »»

Community was well served by Judge Girard

July 27, 2015 The community owes a debt of gratitude to Dennis Girard, as he steps away from the Marquette County District Court bench and into retirement. more »»

Community was well served by Judge Girard

July 27, 2015 The community owes a debt of gratitude to Dennis Girard, as he steps away from the Marquette County District Court bench and into retirement. more »»

Pipeline plan should keep Great Lakes safer

July 25, 2015 Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette took a prudent step to protect the Great Lakes from an environmental disaster stemming from a break in the underwater pipelines carrying petroleum across the... more »»

Resources to help manage arthritis effects

July 24, 2015 Arthritis is one of the most common chronic conditions in the United States and the world. Currently about one in five U.S. adults report having arthriti. more »»

To cut prison costs, sentencing needs reform

July 23, 2015 It’s welcome news that the state is ending the three-year, $145-million contract early. But here’s the kicker. more »»

Michigan average when it comes to ease of voting

July 22, 2015 Consider Michigan’s Legislature. In fact, consider Michigan. When it comes to the makeup of our Legislature — and the ease with which citizens can vote to send folks there — we’re not doing so hot. more »»

Keep kids safe in hot weather — they heat up faster

July 21, 2015 In 2013, nationwide, 44 children died from heatstroke after being accidently left in a parked vehicle, including three deaths in Michigan. more »»

Worthy public spending for vets, families

July 20, 2015 We’ve voiced our concerns on many occasions in this space over the years relative to how government at any level spends the money it collects from the people it represents. more »»

New rules for oil, gas pipelines

July 17, 2015 Enbridge Inc. is the largest importer of crude into the U.S. via pipeline, bringing in 17 percent of U.S. imports on any given day. more »»



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