Editorial

NAMI provides important service to people in need

“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on.” Those supportive words are the lyrics to a song called “Lean on Me,” ...

Earth Day 2019 right around the corner

Monday will mark the 39th celebration of Earth Day, and the date may be more important to recognize now than ever before. The website www.epa. gov states that on the first Earth Day in 1970, 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land and water. Back then, there was no Environmental ...

Mudjekewis Wildlife Refuge ecologically, historically significant

The Upper Peninsula most likely will never be dotted with major metropolitan areas, given its remoteness and terrain. Still, a close watch has to be paid on development, making sure the environment is considered. Since development is inevitable, it’s gratifying to hear when a large tract ...

Think carefully about gifting animals for Easter

If you’re thinking it might be cute to get the kids some chicks, ducklings or even a bunny for their Easter basket, we’d ask that you think again. Animal experts warn that very much like puppies and kittens at Christmas time, chicks, ducklings and bunnies are not good Easter basket ...

Tough call made to close St. Christopher preschool/daycare

It’s a shame but the economics of the situation have forced decision makers at the St. Christopher Preschool in Marquette Township to announce that the facility will close its doors permanently at the end of the school year. The popular preschool and daycare has been in operation for more ...

NTN purchase of Heartwood parcel good public policy

A single pathway can take the user on a journey from point A to point B. Sure, you can retrace your steps and end up back at the beginning, maybe catch a few new sights along the way, but — unless you venture off the path — that’s about it. A network of pathways, on the other hand, ...

Becoming an Outdoors Woman helps women develop outdoor skills

A long-standing Michigan Department of Natural Resources program, which has a decidedly female focus, deserves recognition, even as organizers start planning for the summer session. It’s known as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and for the past 22 years, it’s exposed women 18 and older to a ...

Careers in trades increasingly a great choice for women

The knocking of hammers and buzzing of saws can easily be associated with construction and the trades industry. Typically, at least in the more traditional sense, those people swinging the hammers and working the saws have been of the male variety. But that may be changing. A good example of ...

Clean U.P. Marquette will help spruce up area

To combat a winter’s worth of litter that has accumulated and is now beginning to reveal itself, the multi-week Clean U.P. Marquette initiative kicked off Monday and is encouraging area residents to take personal ownership and responsibility during the spring litter pick-up ...

Green burials a good alternative for city of Marquette

Green burials have been given the green light for Park Cemetery. The Marquette City Commission on Monday OK’d an updated version of the rules and regulations at the cemetery, and this includes allowing green burials and mausoleums. At Park Cemetery, an area for green burials will be ...

Eagle Scout project in Negaunee will do much

A project that’s taking place in the city of Negaunee that, if successful, will see the city’s aged veterans memorial refurbished, establishment of a public green space nearby and Eagle Scout honors earned certainly has our support. Westwood High School junior Nick Mattson, who is a ...

Biden’s principal problem is ego

Joe Biden wants us to believe that all his touching speaks to how deeply he cares about other people. It’s really a testament to how much regard he has for himself. As everyone has always known, Biden is prone to weird and wildly overfamiliar interactions with women, which are ...

Old Beacon House being sold a key part of plan

We’d like to offer our congratulations to Beacon House officials, realty reps and others involved in the very recent sale of the former hospitality house in north Marquette to people from the Chicago area. It was announced late last week that the building, located at 1301 N. Third St., had ...

Wage playing field between men, women must be leveled

Equal pay for equal work. Seems like a pretty simple concept, right? In practice, though, it apparently hasn’t been easy enough for those doling out wages to women. Tuesday was Equal Pay Day and has been observed as a way to raise awareness of the inequality in earnings among men and women ...

NMU nursing student saves choking person’s life

Talk about applying what you’ve learned to a real-life crisis situation. That’s what happened when first-year Northern Michigan University nursing student Tess Kostelec saved the life of a fellow student. Kostelec performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a student choking in the Northern Light ...

Additional enviromental review of Line 5 process not a bad idea

Enbridge officials and their many supporters didn’t like it when it happened but a federal judge’s ruling last week that a key state agency should take a closer look at the pipeline company’s plans for dealing with potential oil spills in the waterway connecting lakes Huron and Michigan ...

Event marks death, celebrates life of student

Northern Michigan University’s Biology Department invited the public to join in remembering student Guiancarlo “Carlo” Bayot Estupigan during a commemoration Saturday. Estupigan passed away on Jan. 27 from exposure after getting caught in a snowstorm near the Yellow Dog River, just ...

Presque Isle Park should be enjoyable for all — and safe

Without a doubt, Presque Isle Park is one of the crown jewels in the region. Not just the city of Marquette, but Marquette County, the Upper Peninsula and maybe the state of Michigan. The peninsula park, surrounded on three sides by Lake Superior, has many attractions, including a gazebo. a ...

Great Lakes money is back in Trump FY 19-20 budget

We’re pleased President Donald Trump backed off a proposal to cut funding for Great Lakes cleanup and support by 90 percent. At a rally last week in Grands Rapids, Trump announced that the program’s $300 million annual cost, cut from his fiscal year 2019-20 budget in its original form, ...

Possibility of Sawyer spaceport intriguing and exciting

A proposal that would see an airport in Michigan used to launch satellites into orbit is intriguing. That Sawyer International Airport in rural Marquette County is on some sort of short list for consideration takes the concept from intriguing to exciting, especially given the potential economic ...