Editorial

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 ...

Graduates’ future bright, finances are not

Hundreds of newly minted graduates will wear wide grins as they stride out of high school and onto the path they hope will lead to the good life. Many will set their sights high and achieve great things. And like generations before, nearly all of today’s graduates face pressure to quickly ...

Father’s Day a great day to quit smoking

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one ...

Family’s donation improves boat launches

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba Recreation Department: A huge thank you to Mel Ozimac’s family for donating fish boards at the Aronson Island Boat Launch and the North Shore Boat Launch in his memory. Mel was an avid fisherman and had an interest for keeping kids involved ...

Flight 93 wreckage will rest in hallowed ground

Sept. 11, 2001, seems so long ago, in many ways. A whole generation of Americans has no personal recollection of that tragic day. We are being reminded of it once again, by the announcement that some wreckage from Flight 93, no longer needed for purposes such as investigating the tragedy, ...

Cemetery walking tours an excellent way to learn about city, area

Stories of war, love, hope and courage were shared Tuesday at a tour of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Marquette. The tour, presented by the Marquette Regional History Center, focused on the lives of local World War I veterans to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. The event ...

Want a good job? Think Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder hasn’t wavered in his priorities for the remainder of his term. He’s actively pursuing the talent development program which he’s dubbed the Marshall Plan. It’s a fine sendoff and legacy for a governor who has striven to make Michigan more competitive. The Senate on ...

Spelling bees are about more than competition

The issue: Local speller steps to the mic at national spelling bee Our view: Our support isn’t just about competition, it’s about literacy These days we are glued to ESPN. We can’t take our eyes off the competition. We grimace and groan with the contenders. We stop breathing as they ...

Congress should not take the VA’s word

Members of Congress made their bipartisan frustration with the Department of Veterans Affairs clear last week. The U.S. Senate approved a bill expanding accessibility of veterans to private health care providers as an alternative to the VA system. The vote was 92-5. Previously, the House of ...

Trek is ‘Superior’ way to focus on school violence

There are many reasons to ride around Lake Superior, arguably the most scenic of the Great Lakes and certainly the most remote. A father-daughter duo, who lives in Indianapolis but has Michigan roots, is riding a tandem bicycle around the largest Great Lake to bring awareness to school ...

Heroic behavior by teachers, school staff

What happened at a middle school in Noblesville, Ind., last Friday could have been much, much worse had Jason Seaman not risked his own life to protect his students. Seaman, 29, was teaching his class when a student with a gun entered and opened fire. He shot a 13-year-old girl, who was hurt ...

More attention needed to prevent mass shootings

In the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, there was a Keeping our Kids Safe Town Hall meeting held at Ishpeming High School on Sunday. The town hall, hosted by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, brought together members of law enforcement, school administrators and legislators to ...

Elections board is outrageous

If you’re wondering why Americans expect only the worst from their government, consider the cowardly, conniving actions of Norm Shinkle, chairman of the Board of State Canvassers. The only item on the board’s agenda last week wasthe certification of the anti-gerrymandering proposal for the ...

Give business a say on regulations

Environmentalists are pitching a fit in Lansing over the prospect that those most impacted by state regulations may have their views considered when the rules are weighed. That does not seem such an outrage. Despite the hysterical claims that the foxes “will be guarding the hen house,” ...

Reflect on the price of freedom

In large cemeteries in our cities and small ones on our hills and in our valleys, they lie. Some rest in churchyards, others in family plots. Some never made it home at all, remaining where they fell in far-off lands. We mourn them all today, Memorial Day. We celebrate their lives, give ...

Concert was showcase of talent

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike Olson, Ford River/Escanaba: Last Saturday evening, the local Remnants Barbershop Chorus hosted a benefit at the Memorial Methodist Church in Gladstone, with the goal of raising money for the operation of Delta County’s homeless shelter, Hope at the ...

Why do some children decide to kill?

Once again our children have paid with their lives to teach us a lesson about school violence. It is that banning so-called “assault rifles” or even semi-automatic pistols will not stop them. It is that people kill people, and unless we learn more about what triggers homicidal behavior, ...

New state law would help victims to start over

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...