Editorial

Cliffs, USW find common ground in challenging environment

Anytime negotiators for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America can get a new deal while keeping the bickering to a minimum, experienced observers will tell you it’s a good day. But, throw in the uncertainty of the times we live in, the general volatility of the iron ...

Week of Action provides support for NMU students

It’s called the red zone, that time period near the beginning of a school year on college campuses when students are most at risk for sexual assault. Breaking it down into raw numbers, the red zone is typically in the first 6-8 weeks of the semester. At Northern Michigan University, we’re ...

Senate bill could cause damage to area roadways

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

Project Keep Kids Warm doing great work in local area

Many welcome this time of year, when there’s a nip in the air for the first time. But that bit of chill causes great concern for many families as they are unable to provide warm winter clothes for their children. Imagine being a child and having to wait for the school bus with just a thin ...

Snyder played central role in deal to get road workers back on job

It wasn’t a perfect solution, not by a long shot, but with winter just around the corner, road crews are going to work immediately, courtesy of an agreement hammered out by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday. The Associated Press reports the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association ...

U.P. a top location to take in autumn’s dazzling colors

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

Stop Google’s kiddie data predators

No consent. No disclosure. No escape. For legions of unwitting students and teachers across the country, this is the dangerous, de facto data policy Google has imposed over their school districts. An estimated 80 million students and teachers are now signed up for free “G Suite for ...

Brish’s life an example of strength, perseverance

Becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study and hard work, and then staying a successful one means more effort. After all, there’s a reason people jokingly say, “It’s not brain surgery.” That implies that people who are brain surgeons are highly skilled, accomplished ...

YMCA official trained in CPR, AED saved life of Marquette man

On Aug. 18, Jeff Bidigare of Marquette died. Just ask him if you have any doubts. Because on that day, the outwardly healthy 78-year-old was stricken with what emergency medical personnel often refer to as the widow-maker, a massive heart attack that typically kills. To Jeff’s everlasting ...

Despite persistent reports, UPHS/DCHS talks go nowhere

One of the many reports making its way through the local community relative to the future of UP Health System’s plans for health care in the Upper Peninsula came to an abrupt end last week with the announcement that Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System have terminated ...

Naturalization ceremony a solemn gateway to citizenship

“We the people” are three words we should all know. You’ve surely heard of them before, and, therefore, should be familiar with the concept of self-government, where the true power rests in the hands of the governed and the will of the many. Many of us would likely be able to identify ...

Paul L. Lang Jr. Garden a memorial to NMU administrator

A memorial ceremony was held on the Northern Michigan University campus recently that didn’t dedicate a new building or extension to an existing structure. It commemorated the service of a former NMU administrative official who died unexpectedly in 2015. The Paul L. Lang Jr. Garden is ...

Film profiles football Wildcats championship run

As the leaves explode in vivid color and a chill permeates the air, we know homecoming season is upon us, with Northern Michigan University, Marquette Senior High School and Ishpeming High School all observing that tradition this weekend. Homecoming brings back memories, hopefully happy ones, ...

Michele Butler well deserving of Pendill wall honor at MAPS

Anyone who’s involved with community or service projects in the central Upper Peninsula knows that it’s essential to assemble the right team willing to work, often without public accolade, to get things done. If team organizers are smart, one of the first calls will be to Michele Butler, ...

Stake the Lake event doing great work in Munising

Garden stakes that are expected to line Munising Bay Sept. 29 have a special meaning. The second annual Stake the Lake will celebrate and honor individuals who have survived or passed away from cancer. Proceeds will benefit The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, which has provided grant ...

Closure of Sawyer Community Center would be real loss

We were really hoping this would come out differently. After a great deal of planning and discussion, it appears the K.I. Sawyer Community Center will close its doors Oct. 1. The center is, well, the center for many community activities and meetings at the former military base. It has a ...

Conference provides valuable information on suicide, grief

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Old hospital site could serve as location for housing effort

The question must be asked, and it still has to be answered: What will happen to the current UP Health System-Marquette hospital along College Avenue? As the community awaits the opening of UP Health System’s new hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, city officials and the health care ...

Congratulations to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductees

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame who will be honored with events this weekend. For those unaware, this national hall of fame is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in North America. This weekend, the hall presents its newest ...

Solar energy proposal near Sawyer airport filled with possibilities

We’ve used this space in the past to hold forth in favor of green energy projects. There can be little doubt the age of many fossil fuels is drawing to a close and green energy projects will light the way, so to speak, into the future. That said, it’s also true not every green energy ...