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Editorial

Police kick off new effort aimed at drunk drivers

We noted with pleasure that law enforcement officials, locally, regionally and across the state, have kicked off a new effort to aimed at finding, and arresting, drunk drivers.This one is called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Everything got started Friday and will run through the Labor Day ...

‘Oz,’ Woodstock were pair of significant milestones

Today marks the anniversary of two American cultural milestones.It's the 75th anniversary of the Hollywood debut of "The Wizard of Oz" and the 45th anniversary of the start of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair.After sneak previews in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and Cape Cod, ...

Depression often a private struggle but it doesn’t have to be

We join the collective outpouring of grief and sympathy being expressed at the unexpected death of Robin Williams. He was much too young and much too loved and admired to die as he did. Yet, as this tragedy kindles the discussion and debate on this troubling topic, we find that his celebrity ...

Frank Sciotto remembered fondly by many people

Politicians come and go, but not all of them receive the fine tributes that have come the late Frank Sciotto's way.The former city of Marquette mayor, city commissioner and assistant fire chief died Friday at Marquette General Hospital.At Monday's city commission meeting, members of the ...

IPD officers called upon to handle unusual problem

Give the Ishpeming Police Department a good measure of credit. Officers last Friday night were called upon to handle a situation that was more reminiscent of the old west than modern police work. That said, they got it done, and with no reported injuries.This unusual situation started at about ...

Vets expo provided assistance, info to area veterans

The U.P. Veterans Expo put on Friday and Saturday inside the Superior Dome in Marquette likely helped a lot of people.Hundreds stopped in to learn about benefits they may have been eligible for for years, but had no idea about.The expo put a special emphasis on Vietnam-era vets, a group that ...

Locals look to state for cash to help offset freeze costs

County and municipal officials in Marquette County are continuing to seek financial aid for communities whose public works department budgets were devastated by last winter's deep freeze.Nine counties, including six in the Upper Peninsula, were jointly seeking federal disaster aid to help local ...

Feds, Veterans Administration have to find another way

We've heard and seen it all before.But until Congress and the White House agree to a new way to provide medical care to the nation's military veterans, there is little reason to think the latest deal - cooked up under the pressure of lawmakers itching to go on vacation - will serve us any ...

State’s GDP outpacing national average

With the near incessant refrain of bad news the average information consumer is apt to encounter these days, it's easy to see how good news can sometimes escape attention.That's what happened this week with the public release of information relating to Michigan's Gross Domestic ...

Plan to attend the U.P. Community Band Festival

We must offer a salute to the Marquette City Band, not just for the special event which it is hosting this weekend, but for its ongoing work in expanding its offerings.The band is hosting the inaugural Upper Peninsula Community Band Festival Saturday at Presque Isle Park Band Shell which will ...

Voters made sound decision on MAPS millage request

Voters in Tuesday's election came out solidly in support of the Marquette Area Public Schools sinking fund millage request.By a 2,687 to 1,533 margin, district voters approved the .95-mill request for 10 years, which will provide about $1.1 million in revenues for the first year.Under a sinking ...

Idle Congress left Obama with no choice

WASHINGTON - The 113th Congress has just slinked out of town for a five-week summer recess, leaving behind its lowest public approval rating in 25 years, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC News Poll. A majority of voters surveyed - 51 percent - expressed disgust with their own ...

30 years of injustice for Bhopal

The night of the industrial disaster is forever seared into the memory of the people of Bhopal, India. Heavy clouds of methyl isocyanate - a deadly toxin - and other gases engulfed crowded shantytowns, the railway station, and surrounding settlements after a runaway chain reaction at a ...

State marks 40 years of Endangered Species Act

Rare wildlife species don't always recover on their own. They need help from government as well as private groups and individuals concerned about their survival.Perhaps no one effort has done more to help these species in Michigan than the state's Endangered Species Act. This year marks the ...

Marquette County Fair offers something for everyone

The Marquette County Fair gets underway Thursday and we encourage everyone to head out to the fairgrounds to check out all the fair has to offer.Completely staffed by the generous time of local volunteers, the fair has something to offer everyone, from the food to the exhibits and from crafts ...

Primary election important on multiple fronts

Even though Tuesday's election is a primary, there are important issues to be decided by this election. We encourage you to get out and vote and help make some important decisions about our community.We usually don't get involved with endorsing local candidates and we are going to hold true to ...

Best to be aware of area bears on prowl for food

State wildlife biologists said this year's late spring has left local berry crop ripening behind schedule, keeping black bears in the area looking for additional food sources, including garbage and seeds from backyard bird feeders.The situation resulted in the state's Deer Lake Roadside Park in ...

Vote on Veterans Administration can open door to more

In an unexpected - and exceedingly rare - display of inside-the-Beltway cooperation, the U.S. House and Senate last week approved legislation that included a significant infusion of cash to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care.The Associated Press reported ...

National Night Out events are worth attending

The spirit of neighborliness shines during National Night Out.National Night Out events are planned through Aug. 16 at various locations in Marquette County.NNO parties can be hosted by anyone - organizers said in a news release that last year, 20 different parties throughout Marquette County ...

Lack of federal funding for winter woes unfortunate

The recent news that federal disaster relief funds wouldn't be coming to our area to help local governments deal with deep-freeze problems last winter was not good.The Federal Emergency Management Agency informed the Michigan State Police late last week that $10.1 million of the reported damage ...