Opinion

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 ...

Students wake up to business experience

Editorial

A lot of people need their cup of coffee in the morning. News flash: High schoolers are people too. A student-run coffee shop called Wake U.P. operates in conjunction with Christine Columb’s marketing class at Marquette Senior High School. Located on the second floor, the shop is open ...

Prevent house fires by taking precautions

Editorial

We hope readers were paying attention to comments from a pair of veteran area firefighters in a recent story. Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio observed that the cold weather months, especially those that fall within the traditional holiday season, are the worst for fires. Not ...

Seek more public input on jail

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The problems of jail overcrowding and courthouse inadequacies did not disappear when voters narrowly rejected the millage proposal on Nov. 6. We have a responsibility as citizens of this county to work with our commissioners to address the crisis. Many questions need to be ...

Snyder needs to veto lame duck evils

Editorial

We have lost count of the atrocities perpetrated in the current lame duck session of our state Legislature. Our lawmakers unseemly behavior can only further damage the public’s confidence in our state government, which is already the least accountable and least transparent in the ...

Bipartisan fix of climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: After this summer’s Father’s Day flood, it’s increasingly important that we respond to climate change to protect our community. Last week, two Republican and three Democratic representatives introduced bipartisan legislation that could go a long way ...

Deer disease monitoring vital to economy

Editorial

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

CCISD oldest students learn community transition

Columns

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is responsible for providing special education services from birth through the age of 26. Last month I described what the CCISD does to help some of our youngest students. Now I would like to share what we do to service our oldest ...

Lesson learned: Paving paradise causes flooding

Editorial

It used to be when a city like Houghton gave a break to a gigantic corporation like Meijer to reduce a development’s required parking by nearly half, it was a case of corporate welfare. Not any more, because things in this era of climate change are not what they seem. The recent action by ...

Lame ducks threaten G. Lakes

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This month, the lame duck Legislature is working hard to undermine good governance. Regardless of where you stand regarding Line 5 and the proposed tunnel, we can all agree that any decision requires thoughtful deliberation. Transferring decision-making abilities to the ...

Veteran got great care at HCMCF

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: My name is Lynn DeRoseir. My brother, Charles Kilpela, was a veteran. In March, 2018, he was in Rehab at the Houghon County Medical Care Facility. He had excellent care. He passed away Nov. 13. I believe the care he received helped him to enjoy this past summer. It wasn’t ...

We need spiritual climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: There is so much talk about climate change nowadays — and there is probably some valid concern for that — but my heart aches with a critical need for spiritual climate change. There is a constant ungiving change but in the wrong direction. As a senior citizen looking ...

Bridge bill one last parting shot from Casperson

Editorial

A proposed bill would expand the mission and focus of the 1952 charter for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, giving it the ability to take ownership of a tunnel housing Line 5 for Enbridge, should be scrapped. The bill, dropped in early November into the state senate by Sen. Tom Casperson — ...

Bipartisan bill on energy transition

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On Black Friday, the U.S. government issued the National Climate Assessment, a report that details how human-caused climate change will negatively impact the U.S. economy and the health of our citizens. Fortunately, a bill has been introduced in Congress that will encourage ...

Lame ducks pick on kids to ‘get tough’ on crime

Editorial

It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful. The Senate Government Operations committee last week did what everyone — the business lobby in particular — expected it to do and, on a party-line vote, ...

Crafters, Bakers Bazaar a success

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I would like to formally thank everyone who helped make this years annual all-local Crafters and Bakers Bazaar at St. Joseph’s Church in Lake Linden on Nov. 24 another great success. Donations were greatly appreciated from Sarazin Dental, Coppermine Restaurant, Fconofoods, ...

Support for Life Outreach Center

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: As the director of the Life Outreach Center, I would like to thank all that were in attendance at our annual fundraising banquet held on Oct. 23 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Calumet. This banquet could not have happened without the help of numerous people. I wish to ...