Editorial

Report possible threats to help stop mass killings

The news last week that a gunman attacked journalists at a Maryland newspaper and killed five people was disconcerting to say the least. We know firsthand that people take things that are printed in a newspaper personally. We receive threats on occasion telling us if we run an item in the court ...

Keep an eye on fire danger this weekend

As Independence Day holiday celebrations continue throughout the weekend, the public is encouraged to put fire safety first. Fire weather danger is expected to be particularly high today and Sunday, with increased wind speeds and low humidity in the forecast. The eastern Upper Peninsula east ...

Pipeline spill plans should be public

We appreciate the spirit behind the bills introduced by Reps. Tristan Cole and Lee Chatfield banning anchoring in the straits area to keep the pipelines running through there from dents, but are concerned with the secrecy they are including in their bills. Chatfield, R-Levering, Sue Allor, ...

Conservation corps workers doing great work in flood relief

Thanks to support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and other local and regional funding sources, the Superior Watershed Partnership was able to deploy additional crews from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps to assist the flood-ravaged communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Currently, a ...

Don’t spread aquatic invasive species

The summer recreation season is in full swing, bringing boaters from all over to fish and float on Michigan’s lakes. When watercraft are on the move, though, that means aquatic invasive species — non-native plants and animals that spread rapidly and have negative effects on recreation and ...

Local sports teams shine at state level

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone High School Baseball Boosters: The Gladstone High School Baseball Booster’s would like to thank Pat’s Food and Elmer’s County Market for allowing our players, coaches and parents to fund raise at your places of business for our playoff ...

Iron Ore Heritage trail designation will help area

The news recently was good for the people that oversee the Iron Ore Heritage trail, a 47-mile, multi-use, year-round trail that connects the sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range, a significant historical area where iron mines operated to serve the country during the Civil War, the ...

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multi-million-dollar utility company ...

Groups fight fair vote districts

For the time being, it looks like Michigan voters will get a chance to straighten out Michigan’s crooked electoral districts. Under orders from the Michigan Court of Appeals, the state board of canvassers met Wednesday to certify the more than 400,000 petition signatures that Voters Not ...

Lawmakers, governor step up for schools

It's campaign season in Michigan, in case you haven't noticed. And candidates for governor and the Legislature — especially Democrats — are blaming their Republican colleagues for many of the woes in education. But as this latest budget shows, GOP lawmakers just approved the largest ...

Keep safety in mind this summer

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...

Copper Country cruelly battered by storms

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Keep pets in mind when using fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks. Be mindful of the following: - Keep your pets indoors during ...

Americans are a generous people

Americans are famously compassionate people. When we learn of someone in need, we tend to dig into our pockets to help them. Last year, we set a new record: about $410 billion in charitable giving, according to an authoritative report by the Giving USA organization. It totaled donations from ...

So far, politics takes break in school safety talks

Since the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a flurry of school safety plans have been presented to the Michigan Legislature. Despite political division over related issues, notably gun control, lawmakers are admirably working across party lines to adopt legislation to make schools ...

Engler must apologize, raise standards of conduct to remain MSU’s leader

Interim President John Engler, who was hired to lead Michigan State University through arguably its most difficult time, is now part of the university’s problem. If he hopes to stay - if a majority of the board wants to keep him - there are apologies to make and serious mistakes to ...

Learn signs of elder abuse, how to report it

One in 10 older adults in the United States experiences abuse, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging residents to learn the warning signs of elder abuse and the ways they can help prevent it. Physical, psychological or verbal abuse, neglect, sexual ...

Benefit concert for the homeless a success

This week’s bouquets go to: The Delta County Chapter Remnants Chorus sponsored a concert to benefit Hope At The Inn, Delta County’s (Michigan) faith-based, rotating, emergency homeless shelter on May 19. The shelter’s mission is to provide support for those who are homeless in Delta ...

Park service made right decision in Isle Royale wolves case

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Are reputations of more concern?

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...