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What, when to recover costs for emergency calls?

August 26, 2015 A factory’s fire alarm sounds at the dispatch center and fire trucks roll, only to find it is yet another false alarm. There’s no smoke, let alone fire. more »»

Legislature fails, again—must try again—on roads

August 25, 2015 There is plenty of blame to go around in the latest collapse of negotiations in Lansing on a road funding deal, but a large piece of it falls on an unexpected party: Gov. Rick Snyder. more »»

Second look at fireworks law suggests repeal

August 24, 2015 The Fourth of July passed more than a month ago, but in many Northern Michigan neighborhoods the skies still light up with fireworks into the overnight hours on some days. more »»

Heroes in training at Camp 911

August 22, 2015 Emergency preparedness is literally a matter of life and death. Nobody knows when or if they’ll be called upon to perform in an emergency, perhaps one in which someone’s life is thrust in their hands. more »»

UP State Fair celebrates area’s heritage

August 21, 2015 It’s that time of year again. Summer is starting to wind down, but not before the U.P. State Fair takes center stage. Like other years, the 2015 U.P. more »»

Social Security needs permanent reform to continue

August 21, 2015 For 80 years now, Americans rely on the Social Security program or will once they reach the age at which they need income to replace paychecks they no longer receive. more »»

Cool jobs await young workers in auto industry

August 20, 2015 The auto industry is having a very profitable year, which is good news following its tumultuous past decad. more »»

Ideology threatens Keweenaw National Historical Park

August 19, 2015 It seems everything in Washington, D.C., can generate controversy these days — even the Land and Water Conservation Fund. more »»

Make good on tuition promise to Indians

August 18, 2015 Of the many ways American Indians have been mistreated since Europeans invaded, it’s hard to imagine anything more cynical in recent decades than what Lansing lawmakers have done. more »»

Santa Claus might bring $2 gas prices

August 17, 2015 Here’s news we want to believe, but are hesitant to fully embrace just yet. According to fuel experts, the price of gas at the end of this year could hover around the $2 a gallon mark. more »»

E pluribus unum: Diversity makes beautiful music

August 15, 2015 At first impression, the image of a professor from an American technological university conducting an orchestra in China, as reported in the August 8 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette, seems... more »»

Community colleges for job training

August 14, 2015 As Michigan seeks to tackle its skills gap, community colleges have been on the ground floor of training workers for specific jobs. more »»

Board recall threat perverts democracy

August 13, 2015 Of all the wrong reasons to threaten a public official with recall, the one formulated by anonymous opponents of East China School District potential building realignment has to be the most... more »»

Obama places climate change on political agenda

August 12, 2015 With fewer than 18 months remaining in his eight-year tenure, President Barack Obama has at last confronted what he accurately describes as the single greatest threat to America’s future: the... more »»

Reduce prison population for taxpayer relief

August 11, 2015 There’s little doubt lowering the number of inmates in Michigan’s prison would reduce costs, which is one of the goals of Gov. Rick Snyder’s criminal justice initiative. more »»

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 »»



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