Editorial

Real reason for wind opposition is revealed here

From the beginning, when the Summit Lake Wind Project was first proposed to be built in L'Anse Township in January 2018, opponents have been active in trying to undermine it. That's fine. It's still a free country, and people have a right to express their views. What is not right is the ...

Wind farm vote is about money plus much more

“It’s not about the money.” Defenders of a principle or cause they believe in often use that phrase in making their case. In the case of the Summit Lake wind farm, which is in effect facing an up-or-down referendum to be determined May 7 by the voters of L’Anse, it is about the money ...

Let’s be Copper Country strong for Hancock kids

Trouble and turmoil are swirling around the Hancock Public Schools District. As of Friday, two board members and the superintendent had resigned. This storyline is just in its beginning stage, and many of the details are yet to be reported. From investigating this situation and reporting on ...

Issue shows why public service is important

With the posting of an online petition by “Concerned Parent,” the whisper campaign against Hancock principal Ezekiel Ohan finally has been brought out into the open. As we’ve said in yesterday’s editorial, the content of the petition means next to nothing, given the corrupt nature of ...

Transparency equals credibility online, offline

On Friday afternoon, we were looking at a web site which had a petition to run principal Ezekiel Ohan out of the Hancock Schools District. It clearly indicated there were no petition signatures. On Monday afternoon, we checked the site again on the same computer. Same result: 0 petition ...

Municipalities face dicey call on retail weed

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act took effect Dec. 6, which made the state the 10th in the United States to legalize the use and possession of recreation marijuana. The actual implementation of the law is more complicated than it might seem. The Marquette City Commission ...

Know your rights when returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Want to try and get something better? The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you that savvy returner. Did you know that there are federal and state laws that dictate how and when you can return an item? Knowing ...

Cities sue to block strict lead rule

Would Flint have poisoned itself without the state’s help? It’s hard to say; maybe we will know when all the criminal and civil trials have completed their slow but fine grind through the court system. But other cities, including Detroit, want judicial permission to keep feeding lead to ...

Teen vaping poses future risks

This year, an estimated 1.3 million teenagers became addicted to nicotine, according to a new study published by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. While drug and alcohol use is down among youth, a spike in vaping is alarming and deserves attention. Despite ...

Story from Brighton defines true spirit of Christmas

The Christmas season may have come and gone, but its spirit still lives in the state of Michigan. A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has received more than 4,500 Christmas cards since late November, according to an article from the Livingston Daily Press & Argus. Emma ...

Cities sue to block strict lead rule

Would Flint have poisoned itself without the state’s help? It’s hard to say; maybe we will know when all the criminal and civil trials have completed their slow but fine grind through the court system. But other cities, including Detroit, want judicial permission to keep feeding lead to ...

SmartCommute good not only for environment but also for our health

Think back to more than 30 years ago when the forward-thinking and widely acclaimed “Back to the Future” movie series kicked off its debut and made its mark to be forever remembered in the pop culture history books. The three-part series takes viewers on a trip through the webs of time, ...

Good news from heaven angels sang

Much of what is published in this newspaper and other professional media that practice true journalism would not be considered "good news" to all people, because, as George Orwell wrote: "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations." Of ...

A Visit from Santa Claus (Yooper Version)

It was da night before Christmas, when all trew da house, Der was nobody making no noises, not even doze mouses; Da chukes hung on da chimney wit care, Wit hope dat St. Nick wood be der, eh; In sweaters and union suits, da kits were snug in bed, Wit dreams of pannukakku dancing in der ...

Have a merry — and safe — holiday season

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

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, ...

Plan ahead to limit pet stress during holidays

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 ...

Journalists cited as Time’s ‘Person of Year’

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

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

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 ...