Opinion

Story from Brighton defines true spirit of Christmas

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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, ...

Alternative to Mac tunnel plan

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Instead of taking on such an ambitious project, why not start small, with a tunnel beneath the Portage Canal, as an alternate method of getting to the Keweenaw Peninsula via the only one-way bottleneck we have now; namely the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. For years people have been ...

Good news from heaven angels sang

Editorial

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 ...

Make this holiday season about presence, not presents

Columns

I’m not the first person to suggest that the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, ...

A Visit from Santa Claus (Yooper Version)

Editorial

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 ...

Polluting without penalty is over

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Pragmatism is defined as the practical approach to problems. This means if I am going to be pragmatic, I have to set aside pre-conceived opinions and evaluate problems as level headedly as possible. It may mean, at times, I will have to choose the lesser of two evils. How do ...

Grace of God needed again

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: History repeats itself - first as a tragedy, then the second time as a farce. The autocratic nationalistic movement of Adolf Hitler’s politics (1932-1945) resulted in more than 50 million human deaths, plus countless additional deaths (plants and animals). This tragedy ...

Santa appears at Mohawk Legion

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: We would like to give a great big thank you for all who helped make Santa at Mohawk Legion a success: Shopko Calumet, Pat’s IGA, Erickson Crowley, Mohawk Superette, Slim’s, Sara Lee (Bimbo), Econo Foods, Wal-mart. Mohawk Park, Bill, Brian and Julie, Carol, Eric and ...

Have a merry — and safe — holiday season

Editorial

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

Editorial

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, ...

Hail to the snow plow drivers

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’d like to give a big shout-out to the Houghton County Road Commission and all the contractors who worked so diligently to get our Houghton Canal Road open again. Kudos to you all. Merry Christmas

Christmas lites on cement trucks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Many thanks to Superior Sand & Gravel for so thoughtfully (and cleverly) putting Christmas lights on the cement mixer truck parked in their lot at night. Everyone who sees it really enjoys it. In fact, we enjoy it so much we took a picture of it and put it in our ...

Locals cited for blood drives

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the UPHS Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank teacher Stephen Smith (Hancock High School), Patrice Lompre (Finlandia University), Mary Markham (Chassell High School), Pre-Health Association (MTU), teacher Joe Heflin (Calumet High School) and Ashley Laitinen ...

Plan ahead to limit pet stress during holidays

Editorial

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 ...

Families course on mental illness

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: “The Family to Family class was a lifesaver for us.” This comment is frequently heard in feedback about the free course for families from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). When mental illness hits an individual it also impacts the family and support people ...

Journalists cited as Time’s ‘Person of Year’

Editorial

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

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...