Editorial

Prop 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Homelessness summit a good first step

A regional summit held in Marquette last week underscored what a lot of people already knew: Chronic homelessness is not only on the rise nationally but in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties as well. And here’s something else. According to Kayla West, special project coordinator for Central ...

Motorists should avoid drowsy driving at all costs

Drowsy driving doesn’t typically get the publicity that drunk, drugged or distracted driving garners but it should, according to a top insurance executive. “Nationwide, more than 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are hurt every year in crashes involving a driver drifting off to ...

Veterans Day traces roots to end of Great War

One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, soldiers from many nations lowered their swords and quieted their rifles, as hostilities were put to a stop in what was then called The Great War, or “the war to end all wars.” We, of course now, refer to ...

UP Health System hospitals get improved inspection grades

The news was good this week for UP Health System’s hospitals in Marquette and Hancock. The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade was out and both institutions fared well. According to a press release from UP Health System, both hospitals received an “A” grade for efforts ...

Voter turnout high in divisive midterm election

The most recent election cycle brought a good number of voters out to the polls Tuesday, and that’s a trend we hope continues in the coming years. First off, we’d like to thank the many poll workers and volunteers who spent their Tuesday helping at the ballot boxes, and the countless ...

Hematites looking to start another state title run Saturday

It’s November, which means the fall colors have come and gone, our clocks get set back an hour, and the Ishpeming Hematites are in the process of working their way back to Ford Field. At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Hematites (11-0) are set to go toe-to-toe with another undefeated juggernaut in ...

Stonehouse most worthy of magazine recognition

“Mr. Maritime” himself, Fred Stonehouse, has received the 2018 Achievement Award from Lake Superior Magazine. The Duluth, Minnesota-based publication has given the award since 1994 to individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to the wellbeing of Lake Superior and ...

Ishpeming on right track in blight battle

The city of Ishpeming continues to make progress in battling blight, although more remains to be done. Most recently, it was announced that Ishpeming has been awarded about $221,000 from the Marquette County Land Bank Authority for blight elimination, funds that originate from the Michigan ...

Hospice plays key role in end-of-life circumstances

Ask anyone who has watched a loved one or dear friend slip away how important hospice was, especially as the end approached, you’re likely to hear something along the lines of, “They were essential.” That’s because hospice is essential in those emotionally trying times. A ceremony ...

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday; it’s the right thing to do

Are you tired of the political ads yet? The months leading up to Tuesday’s general election have been full of politicking on all sides of the aisle, with a good deal of negative campaigns by all sorts of candidates. The mudslinging, in our opinion, is a good representation of just how ...

Program promotes inclusivity in greater Marquette area

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information issued this week by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Missing U.P. GI is found, finally interred in Arlington

It has been our pleasure and privilege to have used this space on several previous occasions to detail work being done to find and bring home the remains of missing American servicemen, some unidentified since World War II. We believe that the quality of a nation’s character is directly ...

Paw Packs battling hunger in Sawyer area, worthy of support

To help alleviate hunger in the region, a new program called Paw Packs has been created to get food in the hands of students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Hannah Erickson, program coordinator for Paw Packs, said money is being raised to buy food to put into packs so kids don’t go ...

Finding common ground a good start to ending violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest. The shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to outspoken critics of President Donald Trump and the fatal shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seared into many people’s minds. That was apparent ...

Drug take backs a needed activity in today’s world

Although drug take backs have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

Trick or treaters mean extra caution, care in order

In only a couple of days, area children of all ages will don costumes of whatever variety and head for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, ...

DNR fish stocking supports big part of regional economy

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Superior Health Foundation keeps up great work

Wednesday was a night of great news for a number of area organizations as the the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $443,000 in health-centered grant funding. The announcement of what organizations were receiving the funding came at SHF’s Fall Grants Awards ...

Employment report from MSU good news for job seekers

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...