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Editorial

Corrections officers deserve our respect

Some jobs are easier than others. One job that’s definitely in the “others” category is a prison corrections officer. Consider that a CO has to deal with a population that’s probably not the easiest and most cooperative, and is one that requires a constant amount of diligence and ...

March declared reading month in Michigan

It is an important reminder from our Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who kicked off the month by declaring March as Reading Month in Michigan. Of course, we here at a daily newspaper believe every month should be reading month, but we always are pleased to have a special month for reading. Whitmer ...

Common type of battery a fire hazard; handle it carefully

We’d like to use this space today to underscore a public advisement local landfill officials made last week concerning fire hazards. The notice related to a blaze that took place at the Marquette County Landfill in early February, when a small number of batteries inappropriately deposited ...

Ben Lauren’s lifetime of service to community never to be forgotten

A fallen hero and his family were honored by the Marquette Elks Lodge 405 during a heartfelt ceremony earlier this week. The Elks on Tuesday night presented a medal of valor to the family of the late Benjamin Lauren — a 23-year-old Forsyth Township firefighter who was fatally injured while ...

Ishpeming Ski Club most deserving of community support

It’s important to remember what a big part skiing and other sports have played in this area’s history. After all, Ishpeming is the birthplace of skiing in North America and is home to the U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame. So we hope the public steps up to support the Ishpeming ...

Meijer State Games another opportunity to showcase area

In 2016, Marquette was recognized for its deep love of winter sports when it was selected as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA. It didn’t take long for Marquette to be recognized once again, as it has been selected as a host site for the 2022 Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter ...

COVID-19 milestone a national tragedy that continues to unfold

Some milestones are great, some are not so great. The milestone reached earlier this week — the 500,000 fatality total due to COVID-19 in the U.S. — is beyond not so great. It’s terrible, depressing, unthinkable — the adjectives go on, and they’re all negative. Other countries ...

Tech support available through Peter White Public Library

The pandemic has revealed a great deal about our society that we either didn’t know beforehand or did know but ignored. Chief among these is our increasing dependence on the Internet from home, where millions of students — including thousands from Superiorland — attended virtual classes ...

New drone will greatly improve local search and rescue

Hats off to the Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue organization and its president, Michael Neiger, for providing the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office with funds to purchase a new piece of equipment that could end up being very valuable — especially up in this neck of the woods. Using ...

Need for second circuit judge is clear, as cases, safety issues mount

With the Marquette County Prosecutor’s office reporting a steady uptick in felony cases during recent years, local leaders are reiterating requests to reinstate a second judge position to the 25th Circuit Court. A resolution passed by the Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday ...

Negaunee officials appropriately recognized for military support

We like a great deal of what we’re hearing these days coming out of the city of Negaunee, with improvement projects being launched and the city Downtown Development Authority getting back on its feet. And now, another feather can go into the city’s cap, or specifically the caps worn by ...

Michigan utility crews lauded for helping out in southern US

If there’s one thing Michiganders are fully versed in dealing with, it’s winter. Who better to lend a hand to those that are less experienced? Utility crews from Michigan will help their counterparts in North Carolina restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following a series ...

Zero can be a good thing, if it refers to COVID-19 cases

Not too many people need to be told that 2020 was a less-than-stellar year on many fronts, but with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, COVID-19 still being in full swing and extremely cold weather in many parts of the country, including the Upper Peninsula, 2021 is posing its challenges ...

Loss of Jack Reynolds makes community less fun

We would be remiss if we did not mention the passing of someone who had a positive impact in the community for many years: John Richard Reynolds, known as Jack by most. Jack passed away unexpectedly on Feb. 6 at the age of 74. As his obituary noted, Jack’s was a life tied to baseball. He ...

Proper disposal of hazardous waste critical to environment

It’s easy to toss an item in the trash bag or recycling bin without much thought. But sometimes, there’s danger lurking within a seemingly innocent item. One prime example of this lies with lithium-ion batteries, which can be found in common items such as cell phones, laptops, ...

Proposed budget plan seeks to get state back on track

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday proposed a $67 billion state budget that she said would aid Michigan’s pandemic recovery by solidifying new programs to expand eligibility for free community college tuition, bolstering child care assistance and boosting local bridge repairs, according to an ...

Philanthropy comes in wide variety of shapes, sizes

T the listing of America’s top 50 donors of 2020 was released this week in an article provided to The Associated Press by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. These women and men are the donors who gave the most in 2020, according to the Philanthropy 50, which is an annual ranking compiled by the ...

Be safe this winter; keep your meters clear

Now that we are well into winter, you probably don’t have to be reminded to keep snow off your driveways and away from mailboxes. However, you might have to be reminded to keep your gas meter clear of snow and ice. It might be easy to forget, but it’s needed. Built-up snow and ice ...

Political climate isn’t improving, even after election

Here’s a question we’d like someone to answer for us: When will the political climate improve in this country? Think it already has with the defeat of Donald Trump? Sorry, no. The impeachment trial of the former president is set to launch in the U.S. Senate Tuesday. Get ready for a ...