Editorial

Safety on, around water should be everyone’s priority

Water is such an integral part of life here in the Upper Peninsula. But, unfortunately for some people, it can also be a part of death. Living on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michiganders are fortunate to have such an incredible attraction right at their fingertips. Lake Superior, or the ...

Operation C.A.R.E ongoing, has saved lives over years

If you’ve noticed a greater police presence on the streets and roadways in recent days, it wasn’t your imagination. Most police agencies in the state of Michigan, with the Michigan State Police in the vanguard, ramp up patrols in the days leading into the long Memorial Day weekend. In ...

U.P. Honor Flight accomplishes another mission

Congratulations to the organizers of Wednesday’s Upper Peninsula Honor Flight for putting together another wonderful trip for a most deserving population: veterans from throughout the peninsula. Wednesday’s flight was the 14th taking U.P. veterans to the monuments created in their honor ...

America’s clown show negotiations are not funny

When bluster ends in capitulation, what do other negotiating partners see? Blood in the water. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, surely absorbed the lesson from the Trump administration’s recent dealings with China. He saw how rashly President Trump waged trade war against China and how ...

More attention needed to prevent mass shootings

In the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, there was a Keeping our Kids Safe Town Hall meeting held at Ishpeming High School on Sunday. The town hall, hosted by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, brought together members of law enforcement, school administrators and legislators to ...

Mental illness should be taken seriously

A recent online MSN poll posed the following question: Which step would be least effective to prevent mass shootings? The options were: improving mental health treatment, more limits on assault weapons, better enforcement of existing gun laws and relaxing existing gun laws. As of early ...

Marquette makes top of USA Today best choice list

Although residents of Marquette hardly needed confirmation, the fact that the city and its environs is a pretty cool place to live was underscored recently with the announcement that Marquette made the top spot in USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice contest. According to a press release from ...

Roads, bridges, schools are areas to spend extra money

Count us among those advocating that at least a portion of a projected budget surplus to improve the state’s roads and bridges and school security, which most people agree are areas that need attention. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other key legislative officials announced that spending ...

Residents should be informed about development plan

Marquette’s coveted lakeshore is making headlines once again. A proposal was recently presented to the Marquette City Commission that involves a 4.6-acre parcel of property along Lakeshore Boulevard. The commission on Monday OK’d getting the property appraised and directed its city ...

NMU administration handled elevated lead reports correctly

The old saying, “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind on Northern Michigan University’s decision to close several buildings on campus last week after water testing showed inconsistent lead level readings, with some water samples showing elevated levels of lead. NMU officials on ...

Beautiful music will be made tonight at children’s museum

Tonight’s a very special evening at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. UPCM will be hosting students in the pre-kindergarten through eight-grade music programs at the AuTrain-Onota Public School in Deerton, the Wells Township School in Arnold, and the Powell Township School in Big Bay ...

Upcoming raffle a good way for area to support Beacon House

The fifth annual “Reverse Draw Raffle” party for the Beacon House will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the Marquette Regional History Center in Marquette. Tickets are $100 each, and only 250 tickets will be sold in order to keep the odds of winning high. However, guests may ...

New state law would help victims to start over

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...

Microchipping pets can help animals find their way home

A feel-good story that crossed the Associated Press wire services over the weekend and was published by The Mining Journal Monday underscores how important it is to get a microchip implanted in your pet. Bradley Wieferich of Lansing was caught completely offguard recently when he received a ...

Chocolay Township session to address STR ordinances

Chocolay Township residents should seriously consider attending the Chocolay Township Board meeting tonight. After working on the issue for well over one year, the panel is expected to discuss updating the township’s ordinance framework that governs short-term rental properties. Public ...

Park service planners search for preservation, public use balance

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Hope Starts Here Challenge a most worthy fundraiser

Hope is something all humans need, in many forms and on many levels. A particularly important hope is for medical science to discover a cure for health problems, cancer being at the top of that list. Which is why the 2018 River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge is such an important ...

House Resolution 5717 deserves, fair, full hearing

In a rare display of bipartisanship, legislation has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that won’t solve the nation’s mass shooting woes, but we think it’s a step in the right direction. The Jake Laird Act, also known as House Resolution 5717, is sponsored by downstate ...

Young Authors opens educational doors for area youth

Students and teachers from 13 schools in Alger and Marquette counties visited Northern Michigan University this week for the Marquette-Alger Young Authors Conference. This year, students attending the event are coming together to share their writing with each other and meet with children’s ...

Green is good at Iron Mountain VA medical center

Helping veterans with their daily lives and environmental excellence go hand in hand. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain has earned the Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth. Practice Greenhealth is a national nonprofit based in Reston, Virginia. Its ...