Editorial

‘Welcome Here’ reflects well on humanity

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Northern Michigan University is participating in a nationwide effort to let students from other parts of the world know Marquette ...

Find common ground to end violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest, with the shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to President Trump’s and the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. That was apparent at a Monday candlelight vigil at Temple Beth Shalom in ...

He was there to serve UP people

To the editor: I am writing to tell everyone why they should support Ed McBroom for state Senate. I got to know candidate McBroom during his first term as a Michigan representative, which would have been in 2010. Those of you that know me know all about the problems I have had with the ...

Drug takebacks is vital service in this society

Although drug takebacks have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

Trick or treaters need extra caution, care

Area children of all ages are donning costumes and heading out for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, according to the Michigan State ...

Latest state job report is good news

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

DNR fish stocking benefits economy of whole region

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

We used to have good reason to elect judges

Nearly all state and local judges across the country have to run for election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Why the difference? Author Jed Handelsman Shugerman, a professor at Harvard Law School, found the answer in a book he wrote about the ...

Solar is right power option for businesses

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Cyber security must be priority in planning

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Heart of jail ballot matter is public safety

When you cast your vote on Nov. 6 to build a jail in Houghton County, the real question before you, regardless of how the language is worded is this: Are you prepared to pay a little more in taxes every year to improve the safety of your neighborhood and community? Because improving the ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in UP

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

U.P. top-ranked area for fall colors in nation

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA TODAY published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Be responsible by being smart with firewood

October is Firewood Awareness Month, and Michigan is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy to encourage smart firewood choices that protect forests and landscape trees. Most invasive species don’t move very far on their own. John Bedford, Pest Response ...

Opioids still leading cause of drug deaths

It’s a chore to summon any real enthusiasm about a mixed-bag of statistics reported Thursday in The Detroit News and elsewhere relative to the number of Michigan residents dying from opioid overdose. The News reported that although a new record was set in 2017 for OD deaths, fewer of them ...

Line 5 accord imperfect but step in right direction

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

Creative local thinking can spark economy

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city has many buildings of architectural interest, such ...

Fire safety at home can save lives

Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7-13 is about teaching people how to protect themselves from home fires, which is a matter of life and death now more than ever. Residential fire rates have been decreasing. That is the good news. But the bad news, which makes Fire Prevention Week extremely ...

Casperson bill could add to road damage

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

Register, vote: Do your duty for democracy

By definition, democracy depends on voting, and contrary to the lies and myths conjured to prevent we the people from voting, democracy works better when more people vote — always. Before addressing some of those crimes against democracy, every citizen 18 years old and older should know ...