Editorial

Public needs to help police catch area vandals

Vandals are a classification of crook we just don’t understand, assuming any of them are understandable, of course. What the thrill might be in destroying someone else’s property is well beyond us. So when we find ourselves reporting on the crime, especially as it relates to public ...

Tax scammers out to victimize innocent residents

The scammers are at it again, this time using the U.S Mail to bilk unsuspecting people over past-due tax bills. According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, the scam goes like this: an official letter arrives asking the recipient to immediately contact a toll-free number to resolve their ...

When it comes to electricial power, times are changing

Remember a few years ago when the Upper Peninsula’s energy picture was just a little bit murkier? The pending closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette still loomed over the region, with some calling for its immediate shutdown, and others saying it must remain operating to keep ...

Cambensy mining bill a step in right direction for industry

Although the matter was somewhat in doubt, it now appears that the bill introduced back in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy relative to mining practices in Michigan will become law. House Bill 4227 would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. It would be responsible for ...

Summer is finally here so get out and take advantage

Today’s the day: the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, with the June solstice occurring at 11:54 a.m. EDT. As explained by the website for the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “This date marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring when Earth ...

MCOLES nod a feather in cap of Sheriff Zyburt

Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt has added yet another accolade to his name, as he was officially sworn in as a commissioner with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards at the Marquette County Courthouse Tuesday. Zyburt, who will be filling a seat to represent the Michigan ...

Won’t be easy but we must kick the polystyrene habit

What should happen with Styrofoam, which is being used in many products but is considered by some to be detrimental to the environment? According to CBS News, Maine in May became the first state in the United States to ban polystyrene food containers at restaurants and grocery ...

Time to stop releasing balloons into atmosphere

Ever wonder where released balloons go once they float over the tree line or horizon? We do, after all, release millions and millions of them each year, commemorating everything from birthdays and sporting events to business openings and anniversaries. Turns out a lot of them are coming down ...

Boating rules might work in the U.P. as well as downstate

Many us have had a pleasant afternoon or evening on a Michigan river, boating, fishing or just drifting with the current, ruined by the drunks in the next boat over. Regrettable as it might be, these uncaring people make it miserable for everyone, including campers, by being loud, rowdy or ...

Reading a life skill you just can’t do without

If you’re able to read, and, hopefully, comprehend, this editorial, then you’ve got a skill that some people may never learn. Possessing the ability to read is something many of us likely take for granted. It’s a skill we learned years ago as children back in school, when the scrapes on ...

Senior sports showcases will feature only the best

We hope tons of people show up to some upcoming senior sports showcases on the court and field in the coming weeks. Some of these young women and men are going to play their sport in college in the coming years but for some, it may be the final hurrah. All deserve support from sports ...

Early decision on Kirkwood Building badly needed

Letting go of old, venerable and familiar structures in communities is never easy. Just ask the people who tried some years ago to save the John D. Pierce building on the campus of Northern Michigan University from the wrecking ball. On that particular occasion, organizers worked hard to ...

Always keep safety first when out on Lake Superior

Lake Superior is there to be admired, enjoyed — and respected. With the warm weather approaching, more people will take to the lake to swim, boat, fish and take part in other recreational activities. However, these activities take on a different dimension when they’re on Lake Superior, ...

Marquette City Commission right in Pride endorsement

Metaphorically speaking, a rainbow is shining over Marquette. The Marquette City Commission on Monday officially declared June Pride Month in the city. Its longer name is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual, or LGBTQIA+ Month. Humans are complicated ...

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

Legalization of recreational pot happened; start acting

As Michigan cities and townships work to make decisions and craft ordinances relating to marijuana, they should keep in mind that 56% of voters at the polls in 2018 said yes to legalizing marijuana. We realize there are many details to be worked out regarding state and local ordinances for ...

The summer tourism season is here

Freshwater seas, flowing rivers and waterfalls, natural wilderness and more are all right outside our front doors. We should consider ourselves lucky, seeing as we’re the ones who live where others choose to vacation. It’s that time of year again, when our grass is greener, the skies are ...

Kivela’s impact continues on

Former state Rep. John Kivela had a profound impact on the community he lived in and served. This was evident at the second annual Spaghetti and Sisu event Monday. The event, which was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, celebrated the memory of Kivela while raising money for ...

Congratulations to Mark Slown on his retirement

As Ishpeming seeks a new top administrator, it occurs to us that outgoing City Manager Mark Slown’s replacement has big shoes to fill. Slown, who was hired by the city in 2013, retired from the position Wednesday. Many vital projects have come to fruition under his leadership. He ...

D-Day should always be remembered

Seventy-five years ago today, Allied troops numbering more than 160,000 landed along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline, on the beaches of Normandy, in what is most often referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Surviving World War II veterans — including many ...