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Editorial

Sawyer in running for spaceport designation, activity

A spaceport at Sawyer? A cosmodrome in our county? Some might say that sounds out of this world. But it’s certainly a possibility, as the Michigan Launch Initiative — a public-private partnership organized by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and backed by private investors ...

Marquette badly in need of affordable housing options

There are plenty of nice places to live in the Marquette area. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, just peruse the real estate ads on any given day and you'll find a great many desirable homes, assuming, of course, you have the cash. Put another way, Marquette needs an infusion of ...

Noquemanon among winter’s premiere events

Welcome to all the hundreds of competitors in the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon, which takes place this weekend. Whether you come from far away or are a local participant, we wish you great luck as you take part in one of the key events of winter in Superiorland. Conditions may be a ...

Holocaust anniversary reminds us, ‘Never again’

Monday, which has been declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. On the Jewish Virtual Library website, it is stated that various ...

Training to detect trafficking a good idea for local hotels

If there’s one thing people need to be proactive about, it’s human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as the practice of illegally transporting people from one area to another, usually for forced labor or sexual exploitation. And it often involves young girls. In a story in ...

Smart911 sounds like a wise way to extra safety, protection

It takes about a quarter-hour to prepare, but could provide residents many years of protection. It’s free but may end up saving residents a lot of money, depending on circumstances. What is it? It’s called Smart911, and it’s a program that residents create for their household that ...

Transparency needed in Senate Lucindo investigation

We hope the Michigan Senate finds the intestinal fortitude and legal means to release the results of an internal investigation of one of its own, Sen. Peter Lucido. Lucindo, R-Detroit, allegedly planted his foot squarely in his mouth recently when he told a female reporter for the Michigan ...

Age doesn’t improve safety in distracted driving

Taking a peak at a cellphone while driving is hardly a rare occurrence, but the dangers of splitting our attention while behind the wheel have come into sharp focus in recent years, with Michigan reporting around 19,000 crashes and 77 fatalities in 2019 involving distracted driving. However, ...

UPAWS to benefit from Raise the Woof fundraiser

If you’re searching for something to do on a cold and blustery Friday night, we have a suggestion that is fun and helps out a most worthy cause. Tonight, the Raise the Woof Comedy Show Fundraiser to benefit Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter is planned at River Rock Lanes and Banquet ...

YMCA’s annual campaign a worthy cause

Not everyone can afford a class at the YMCA of Marquette County. That’s why it’s important for the community to step up and help out, which it has done many times in the past. The need, though, still continues. The YMCA has begun its annual campaign, with a goal of $120,000. It ...

United Way focuses on local people, projects

There’s an agency in Marquette County that supports local entities, and residents — typically thousands of them — and does it all with donations. That agency, the United Way of Marquette County, is now in the process of raising money, according to Andrew Rickauer, executive director. ...

Land preservation in Marquette a positive move

We applaud a land transfer made recently within the city of Marquette that results in a handful of acres being protected from future development. The 25-acre tract includes a combination of forest types, open meadow, wetlands, a brook and several historic sites plus a wide variety of ...

Rock the Socks does great work helping area needy

Hats off, once again, to the Marquette Alternative High School’s annual Rock the Socks program, which collects donated pairs of socks for distribution to area needy. This year’s campaign collected 5,632 pairs. Local organizations St. Vincent de Paul, the Marquette Women’s Center, the ...

Common sense should prevail in state proposal

Now in 2020, we are offically five years beyond the events of the 1989 film by Robert Zemeckis, “Back to the Future Part II.” As you may recall, this is the one where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) uses the DeLorean to time travel to 2015. Zemeckis used his imagination to create a ...

Special Olympics athletes deserve much support

When the 2020 Upper Peninsula Winter Games for Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 take place Saturday in Marquette, we hope that many people turn out to watch these athletes giving it their all in competition. The athletes and coaches will be participating in activities and events before and ...

Debate over MSHS nickname must be civil

You wouldn’t think a potential name change would cause a lot of consternation, but that seems to be the case with the Redmen/Redettes controversy brewing in the Marquette Area Public Schools district, specifically Marquette Senior High School. At the Dec. 16 MAPS Board of Education meeting, ...

Climate change predicted to impact lamprey control

We’ve noticed Great Lakes basin residents often observe that the negative impacts from climate change happen to people who live elsewhere, out west, for example, the Gulf coast states or, more recently and dramatically, Australia. Yes, we endure the occasional odd snowstorm, lake gale or ...

Scam involving tax debt resolution vexing residents

State and federal officials are reporting a dangerous scam that arrives in potential victims’ homes in official-looking envelopes asking recipients to dial a toll-free number as a first step in resolving a state tax debt. The letter aggressively threatens to seize a taxpayer’s assets — ...

Schools, other bodies, vulnerable to cyberattack

Educators, including decision makers on university campuses, are in all likelihood closely watching events unfold in a small school district downstate this week. That’s because the district — the Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County — was hit with a sophisticated cyberattack. It ...

You don’t need quid pro quo to check out banished words

According to a recent story from The Associated Press, quid pro quo has got to go. That’s according to Lake Superior State University’s 45th annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness.” Quid pro quo, a centuries-old Latin ...