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Editorial

Community to observe Pride Festival

The inaugural Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride Festival is set for Saturday at Tourist Park in Marquette. The purpose of the event is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The Marquette City Commission even declared Saturday Rainbow Pride Festival Day, extending its wishes for a ...

Politicians need to stop bickering and get to work

Anyone who thought now the Great Recession is over and the good times are rolling in the state of Michigan got an ice cold dose of reality recently with the release of an mLive story on the Michigan economy and how residents are faring.According to the report, about 40 percent of Michigan ...

Labor Day is much more than brats, backyards and brews

On this Labor Day, many of us will take some time to cheer on our friends and neighbors during the annual Labor Day Parade in Ishpeming, and get together with family for a Monday afternoon barbecue, weather permitting.This is a unique national holiday in that it celebrates the accomplishments ...

Opolka well deserving of agency boat honor

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources -following a long-standing tradition of its law enforcement division- named a new 27-foot patrol boat for Frank Opolka, a former deputy director of the agency, whose career spanned more than three decades.We think this is a great way to honor Opolka, ...

With great police firepower comes great responsibility

Dundee police have a mine-resistant ambush vehicle. Barry County has not one, but five, grenade launchers.Since 2006, 128,000 military surplus items worth about $43 million have been transferred to Michigan police departments, Christina Hall reported in Sunday's Free Press, through a federal ...

Blues Fest is great way to spend weekend

You might need your umbrella, but don't let the possibility of rain keep you from checking out tonight's start of the 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest at Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park.The event is one of Marquette's main entertainment attractions, and for good reason: It brings in ...

School is in session — extra caution needed

It's easy to tell that classes started this week at Northern Michigan University - there are a lot more people moving around town.That movement includes foot, bicycle and motor vehicle traffic, with the city streets being a little more congested than usual.Then following Labor Day, public ...

Funding will help maintain lakes habitats

The Great Lakes, to put it lightly, are important to Michigan in more ways than one.Economically, they're important for shipping, Recreationally, they provide many ways to have fun. And environmentally, they provide homes for numerous wildlife species.Michigan U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and ...

Despite weather, Harbor Fest was great gathering

It seems to be that every year when Marquette West Rotary hosts its Harbor Fest, the weather poses its own challenges.And so it was this past weekend, when Mother Nature dumped a bit of rain on the Mattson Lower Harbor Park at various times during the event. Undaunted, area residents, plus a ...

New education scorecard frustrates many

The State of Michigan, in an effort to make school accountability simpler for parents to understand and more transparent as a whole, released a new color-coded rating system a few years ago.It seems to us that rather than simplify the process, these new School Accountability Scorecards have ...

Demolition of blighted residences good use of funds

Hats off to five Upper Peninsula counties - led by Marquette County - in their successful joint bid to secure $143,000 in Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant funding to help raze 11 blighted residences.We think this is great news and continues efforts by Marquette County ...

Keep corporations home, grow economy with new tax reform

Walgreens has decided it will not relocate its corporate headquarters from the United States to Switzerland by acquiring a Swiss drugstore chain.The company would have saved money in the move, but, as a storefront retailer, risked alienating customers.Walgreens deserves credit for staying put, ...

Another telephone scam hits area, Upper Peninsula

We must regrettably report another telephone scam being worked in our area, and like many of the others previously reported, this one seems to single out elderly residents.According to a story in Thursday's Mining Journal penned by Staff Writer Mary Wardell, Chocolay Township Police Chief Greg ...

HOG steps up for Bay Cliff Health Camp, campers

Motorcycle groups often are presented in movies as lawbreakers and thugs, a stereotype that probably has been kicking around since the first time a motor was slapped on a two-wheeled vehicle.Of course, there may be some people who ride motorcycles who are troublemakers, but we believe the ...

Cooperative wildfire efforts pay great dividends

The lingering snow from the winter of 2013-14 and cool, wet weather this spring and summer have spared the Upper Peninsula from a major wildfire season, but it's a much different story in the West.Severe drought and the lack of precipitation this year in several western states have spawned ...

Communications that are open key in city evaluations

Evaluation time is here for the city of Marquette.The city charter requires an annual review for City Manager Bill Vajda and City Attorney Ronald Keefe. However, it's not just one person performing the reviews.A newly formed committee consisting of Mayor Pro Tem Fred Stonehouse and city ...

Ebola prep here proper planning, given threat

Although some, perhaps many, might argue that it's a waste of time, we wholeheartedly support moves made in recent months by the Marquette County Health Department to prepare for Ebola cases that might appear in this area.Certainly readers are aware that the disease has reared its deadly head ...

Senior Provider Network best way to utilize resources

The work being done by the Senior Provider Network is getting some much-deserved recognition by the state of Michigan for its innovative use of collaboration among many senior services agencies to help stop some of our most vulnerable citizens from slipping through the cracks.Founded six years ...

Take state’s advice: Fill propane tank, make plans early

In recent days, state officials have been urging propane customers to start thinking about the upcoming heating season now.They say filling propane tanks early, locking in a price for the winter and inquiring about potentially available budget payment plans can help consumers avoid being stung ...

Kids Count offers sobering stats on children in Michigan

For 25 years, the Annie E. Casey Foundation has been compiling valuable information on the well-being of children, both nationally and in individual states. While the foundation's annual Kids Count reports have found some areas of progress, the overall trend of child welfare in Michigan is ...