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Editorial

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 ...

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 ...