Editorial

UPHS-Marquette making hard choices in tough environment

Recent employee cuts at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has become the talk of the town. Since Duke LifePoint has taken over the hospital, there have been many changes including a reduction in the number of people employed at the hospital. People like to reflect back on the days that ...

City should proceed with caution in Ok’ing waterfront businesses

Presque Isle Park in Marquette this summer will have one more attraction to draw tourists and local outdoor enthusiasts after the city commission approved a non-exclusive lease with Superior Kayaking Co. The company wants to set up a kayak rental operation near the Superior Watershed ...

NMU graduation speech should be one worth catching

It’s a familiar tale but one that we never tire from telling: Local person does good. Or in this case, does phenomenally. On May 6, that person will be speaking to the audience at Northern Michigan University’s commencement ceremonies, and we have no doubt those assembled will be ...

Workers Memorial Day marks sacrifices made by US workers

Readers’ attention is directed to a pair of geographically separated Friday events that are both designed to commemorate and honor workers who have been injured or died on the job. In Negaunee, at Ronn Hall, an event at 6:30 p.m. will be held, according to the Marquette Alger Central Labor ...

City commission too cautious on Cliffs-Dow offer

It’s not exactly Chernobyl or Love Canal, but the former Cliffs-Dow site along Lakeshore Boulevard and Wright Street in Marquette has the reputation of not being the cleanest spot in town, and with good reason. The property, the site of the former Cliffs-Dow Plant that operated as a ...

Federal study on steel imports a good first step

We’re going to look forward to the results of a federal study into whether imported steel is placing U.S. national security in jeopardy. A lot of people, businesses and units of government no doubt will, too. The review will be conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department under the direction ...

NMU professor wins prestigious award from education association

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus of congratulations directed toward a Northern Michigan University educator who was named among the best in the state in his business. NMU English professor Dr. David Wood was one of three recipients of the prestigious 2017 Michigan Distinguished ...

Format in Bergman town hall meeting left much to be desired

It took him awhile — long enough that even some Republicans started wondering — but U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman finally got around to holding what was billed as town hall meetings last week. The Upper Peninsula session, at Escanaba’s Bay College, was one of two the freshman congressman and ...

Earth Day an annual wake-up call that we only get one planet

Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the importance of our planet and of how forward-thinking environmental initiatives can have long-lasting and significant impacts on our world. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin politician, was a leading figure in the organization of Earth Day, which first came ...

Project Feed a Neighbor doing great work in area

We, unfortunately, have to say this often: hunger knows no season. It is with great gratitude, therefore, we thank the local churches and organizations that are putting together the eighth annual Project Feed a Neighbor. Saturday, dozens of volunteers will be distributing bags marked with ...

Eliminating program that supports needy is wrong way to go

A program designed to assist Michigan’s neediest residents with food and heating bills was axed Tuesday by a state Senate committee as part of an effort to, among other things, free up funds to roll back the state income tax rate, something Gov. Rick Snyder says he does not favor. According ...

Downstate dog hospice a very worthy final home

As heartless as it may seem, some people surrender their senior dogs to a local shelter when they no longer have the desire to care for them. It’s akin to throwing away an old, beloved toy, except that a dog is a living thing, one that in many cases has been part of a family for ...

State taking action in war against opioid use, abuse

Although somewhat late in acting, the Michigan Legislature is considering a handful of bills that, if passed and signed into law, should help stem the terrible toll opioid use and abuse is inflicting on Michigan and its residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

It’s unclear how Project Empire study will help workers, economy

An upcoming study, which is a part of the Project Empire following the 2016 closure of the Empire Mine in Palmer, will measure the impact that mine closures have had on hosting and surrounding communities. Once complete, it should provide interesting reading, especially for the historians among ...

Using private email for public matters not recommended

There seems to be a trend happening in our government where publicly elected officials are, perhaps, getting a little too comfortable with using their personal email accounts for official business. In our view, there is a serious problem with this. For one, it can most certainly be construed ...

Pay raises should be held in abeyance for state officials

The panel that’s empowered to recommend pay increases for elected state officials including the governor, lieutenant governor and members of the State Legislature and judiciary is meeting to consider whether those folks should see their pay increased this year. Because it’s been 15 years ...

Electrical crews stood very tall in wake of storms

A special word of thanks must go out to all the people who worked so diligently to help the area rebound from a terrible windstorm Monday. Thousands of homes in the western end of Marquette County were without power after the early-morning storm blew through the area, with winds estimated at ...

Schools should not be involved in new immigration policies

It’s unclear what the U.S. immigration policy is going to be going forward after new policies were declared unconstitutional by federal courts. But whatever it ends up being, we believe schools should be kept out of it. So does the Michigan departments of Civil Rights and the Education, ...

Proposed cuts in research worry state educators

President Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for his administration’s proposed budget, which effectively cuts things like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts. Now, there are plans to slash federal research funding, which is causing concern among ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next 5 years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...