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Editorial

Now is the time to step up, lend hand to neighbors 

It’s simple, really: if you are able to help a neighbor, please do, especially with times being as trying as they are as the world navigates through a pandemic. As we say after every Christmastime when food drives are many, hunger knows no season and donations help all year round. And at ...

Parades a great way for people to connect during pandemic

One of the many challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been isolation, especially for older adults and those who live in assisted living or nursing facilities. However, we’ve been glad to hear many recent reports of the community banding together to bring a little light into the lives of ...

Memorial Day an opportunity to mark country, veterans

Memorial Day in the Upper Peninsula is typically the official opening of spring. Campgrounds are packed, grills are brought out and dusted off, and the air is filled with the smell of barbeque. But as we know, 2020 is anything but a typical year. With Friday’s partial reopening of many ...

Rep. Bergman helping to honor first responders, others

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman is on the right track in his introduction of legislation that would honor first responders and the many others who have done so much honorable duty during this pandemic. The measure, which is bipartisan, is titled Coronavirus Front-line Responders Commemorative Coin ...

Presentation shone a light on fascinating local history

A fascinating journey through time was offered — virtually, of course, these days — in the form of a presentation by LouAnn Wurst, a professor of archaeology at Michigan Technological University, hosted by the Marquette Regional History Center. The topic of great interest? Camp Au Train, ...

Area volunteers come together to make Day of Service

Love might, in fact, make the world go ’round but it’s volunteers, selfless individuals who often work behind the scenes with neither pay nor notoriety, who make the world work — period. That fact was on display in the greater Marquette area Saturday when the United Way of Marquette ...

Great to see area business starting to reopen

It’s a wonderful thing to see more local businesses starting to come back to life. And we remind our readers that a most important factor in these re-openings is support from the community. So as always, shop local. We are proud of the businesses which were able to keep going through this ...

Possible funding cuts to schools unacceptable

School budgets are challenging even in stress-free times, but these aren’t stress-free times. And businesses and individuals aren’t the only ones facing financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 crisis and the related closures and shutdowns. Michigan Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a ...

Rain gardens add a bit of sunshine while helping big lake

Marquette residents can help decrease stormwater and runoff that can pollute Lake Superior. The Lake Superior Rain Garden Challenge is underway, with the help of the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Community Foundation of Marquette County and other local groups, to promote these ...

Federal funding needed for expanded COVID-19 testing

Testing is essential in the age of COVID-19, and recently announced federal funding should go a long way in helping the situation. U.S. Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow announced that almost $14.5 million in federal funds will be awarded to 39 health centers across Michigan to expand ...

NMU using CARES Act funding to help support students

Hats off to Northern Michigan University for putting forth a program that will help what may turn out to be a substantial number of students whose finances have been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. NMU is making available what is being termed emergency grants in the amount of $700 to ...

Fundraising can drive a commendable, sustainable idea

With the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspending returns of cans and bottles that consumers pay deposits on in Michigan, many people are likely facing a growing mountain of recyclables in their homes. Some, in a desperate move to free up space, might consider tossing the cans and bottles in ...

Teachers deserve much praise in pandemic

The National Education Association has designated this as National Teacher Week and we have to say, now, more than ever, the value of good teachers is evident. With schools closed to the coronavirus pandemic, many parents have had to be more hands-on with their children’s daily ...

Nurses need special support during pandemic crisis

Nursing is hard work. Many people have known this for quite a while. However, nurses being on the front lines of a major event, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, brings their efforts to the forefront in a way not seen in recent years. So, we’re glad to hear the UP Health System-Marquette has ...

Influenza vs COVID-19; Numbers show stark difference in lethality

“Liberate Michigan.” That was the battle cry of protesters who recently descended on the state Capitol to voice their displeasure — and that’s putting it mildly — with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, which has shuttered businesses and schools. It’s ...

Properly maintaining national parks well worth money, effort

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all facets of society, with businesses closing, schools going to distance learning, and even parks closing in some instances, such as the situation in the city of Marquette. However, with some exceptions, people still are allowed to get outside and recreate. ...

New Treasury Department hours will assist taxpayers

The Michigan Department of Treasury took what we believe was a very wise — and preventative — step last week when it started staffing its downstate offices on a 24-hour, seven day a week basis. The move, according to a treasury department press release, was taken to better serve state ...

Adopt a senior program making best of tough situation

The restrictions and changes brought about by the coronavirus pandemic haven’t been easy for anyone. But we feel for high school seniors who had so much to look forward to as the winter turned to spring. Most of those milestones appear as though they may not take place, things like prom, ...

Ore to Shore scheduling comes as great news

Any bit of positive news is welcome during the uncertain times of the COVID-19 crisis. So, we were happy to hear the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic still is planned for Aug. 8. There are several races of varying distances in the event, including the grueling 8-mile Hard Rock, which starts ...

Keeping connected with family, friends, helps with stress

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal everyday life ...