Editorial

Prevent spread of invasive aquatic species

The summer recreation season is in full swing, bringing boaters from all over to fish and float on Michigan’s lakes. When watercraft are on the move, though, that means aquatic invasive species — non-native plants and animals that spread rapidly and have negative effects on recreation and ...

Millage renewal a no-brainer: ‘Libraries Rock’

"Libraries Rock!" is the new slogan of Capital Area District Libraries' summer reading program, and it's true. 10.3 million items checked out; 1.7 million computer sessions logged; 4.8 million visits to one of 13 branches; a gathering place for community members; opportunities for kids, teens ...

U.P. football all-star players pay it forward

The Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game is much more than a clash on the gridiron. Of course, some of the finest football stars from the class of 2018 from all over the U.P. will be competing at the Superior Dome at 1 p.m. Saturday. But the players are doing more than practicing for that ...

UP officers get honored by state MADD

A couple of our local police officers were recognized at the state level for their achievements related to the enforcement of impaired driving. Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputy Aaron Griffin and Ishpeming Police Department officer Kirby Frantti were honored earlier this month at a ...

Use fireworks with caution this July 4 holiday

Independence Day is Wednesday, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday, if not already lighting them up this weekend. That can represent a colorful home show of lights and sound — or a potential danger to the person firing off those pyrotechnics or, ...

Stay safe this summer with these advisories

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...

Dog credited with saving lost child’s life

In what may be the feel-good story of last week, a downstate dog is credited with saving the life of a child lost near the village of Paw Paw in rural Van Buren County. Princeton Peake, 2, was missing from is home early Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. Myhia Perez, the ...

Utilities should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multimillion dollar utility company ...

New perspective seen through eyes of children

Seeing through the eyes of a child brings perspective, as the people of the Copper Country were reminded in a sorrowful lesson last week, when news came of 12-year-old Thatcher Markham’s death resulting from the flash flood. Since the June 17 flood, we have seen Copper Country residents, ...

Keep pets in mind around fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. Be mindful of the following: – Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays. – Turn the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. ...

Understanding OCD important in helping people

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a persons wellbeing. Obsessive compulsive ...

Copper Country, western U.P. cruelly battered

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Casperson says he has stage 4 lung cancer

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and that it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Buried tanks pose challenge to development

The city of Ishpeming recently hit a little snag in the process of completing its multimillion-dollar water infrastructure project. In the course of replacing a good share of the city’s water system this summer, construction crews working near the intersection of Pearl and First streets ...

Image has priority in campus sex crime probes

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Quit smoking to protect your kids on dads’ day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

MAPS program feeds hungry during summer

We like a program starting at Marquette Area Public Schools this summer that will provide free meals for anyone wanting or needing them. The initiative, through the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will see lunches offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. at ...

Bringing wolves to Isle Royale is right decision

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Move to ban dangerous pets is good idea

It’s never been entirely clear to us why people chose to keep dangerous or exotic animals as pets. By dangerous we mean wild critters of whatever sort that could kill or very seriously injure the average human being without breaking much of a sweat. Venomous snakes come immediately to mind ...

Safety first when recreating about Great Lakes

In Wednesday’s Journal, it was reported that one man kayaking on Lake Michigan was rescued Monday, while another man drowned after their kayak overturned in rough waters off of the Schoolcraft County mainland Dispatchers had received a report at 3:30 p.m. Monday from a man who said his son ...