Editorial

UPAWS a worthy recipient of cash gift for project

There’s a pretty common saying many of us have heard before — that a dollar doesn’t go very far these days. But when you get 100,000 of those dollars all in one lump sum, well, that’ll put a smile on just about anyone’s face. There’s little doubt in our minds that the sold-out ...

Republic Township vets memorial a community effort

Upper Peninsula communities come together when help is needed and that’s exactly what people did in support of the Republic Township Veterans Memorial which will be dedicated at noon Saturday. Project coordinator Sterling Schultz has been working diligently to make the memorial a reality. ...

Niemisto honor fitting for someone who does so much

Although lots of people in the Marquette area do many good things, very few qualify as community treasures, people who give selflessly of themselves, over a very long period of time, for the greater good, and expect nothing in return. Area residents came together Tuesday to honor one such ...

Donald Trump is his own worst enemy

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump has a special talent for creating political problems for himself and then compounding them. Attempting to counter the allegation that for nearly two weeks he had failed to call the bereaved mother and wife of an Army soldier killed in the line of duty in Niger, he ...

Fresh Coast Film Festival kicks off today in area

The second annual Fresh Coast Film Festival is set to kick off today, and the event runs through Sunday. The Fresh Coast website states that the event is the first of its kind — “a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of ...

Visiting futurist gives area things to think about

Society is constantly evolving. However, advances in technology can escalate this evolution, and people need to be up to the challenge. Otherwise, they might get left behind. Thomas Frey, founder of the Westminster, Colorado-based DaVinci Institute and former IBM engineer and designer, ...

Proposed ‘Good Samaritan’ bill should get fair hearing

A great many of us have heard of the Biblical parable where an injured man on the side of the road was helped by a passing Samaritan. This so-called “Good Samaritan” went out of his way to assist someone in distress, helping not because he had to but because it was the right thing to ...

Plans proceeding to repurpose old Lower Harbor dock

The Lower Harbor ore dock is a familiar structure along the city of Marquette’s shoreline, and with a little elbow grease, and an estimated $90 million, the iconic landmark could be transformed into a regional attraction and community events venue. The non-profit group known as Friends of ...

Community turns out to honor Rick Comley

Our congratulations go out to Hockeyville USA for coming through one more time by showing support for former Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Rick Comley and the dedication ceremony last weekend for the naming of the Rick Comley Rink at the Berry Events Center. Comley was ...

New sex education bill is common sense approach

A bill introduced this week in the state Senate would require Michigan schools to teach something called affirmative consent. Affirmative consent falls under sex education, and, in a nutshell, it means young people will receive instruction in knowing when yes means yes and no means no, as far ...

U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees very deserving

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Dryland Dash and Fun Run shaping up to be great fun

The U.P. 200 Dryland Dash and Fun Run will return to the Negaunee Township Hall Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t attended the U.P. 200 to get a small dose of what the experience is all about. Spectators can see the sled dogs in training, the equipment ...

Why criticize Harvey Weinstein?

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” —Proverbs 29:18 Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey ...

Bill addressing youth sports concussions OK

Is a football helmet always good enough to stave off a head injury? Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a ...

Police agencies taking lead in dealing with mentally ill inmates

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Congress should make move to ban bump stocks

By now, virtually everyone knows what details are available relative to the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, where a lone gunman sprayed a crowd with rifle fire, killing 58 and wounding hundreds. Investigators from at least a half-dozen police agencies have spent the past week digging into the ...

Rooting out bad police officers a worthwhile task

Bad cops, like bad journalists, plumbers and snow plow drivers, are out there. There can be no question that that is true. The only difference, of course, is that people with badges have guns and literally the power of life and death over the people they are sworn to protect and ...

Comley most deserving of ice sheet honor

On Saturday night, just a little over a year after Marquette celebrated hockey with its Hockeyville USA NHL exhibition game, there will be another significant hockey event taking place. The ice at The Berry Events Center will be dedicated as the Rick Comley Rink. We encourage all community ...

Moose population in Upper Peninsula growing at fast rate

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Catalyst Awards honor worthy businesses, individuals in county

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...