Editorials

State jobs creation program appears a step in right direction

Although the program is in the early stages, we think a new state jobs effort offers potential. Step UP Your Business comes to the eight Upper Peninsula counties most adversely affected by the 2016 closure of the Empire Mine. In addition to Marquette, the other counties include Iron, ...

March for Life photo deserved to run front page

Barb From Mary Calo, Kingsford: Tuesday’s Daily News demonstrated a good example of poor judgement on the part of whoever choses what stories get what placement in our paper. I was extremely surprised at the decision to give front-page, color-picture placement to a woman who is shoveling ...

YMCA projects, pool fund drive deserve support

It’s not difficult to make a case for donating to the Northern Lights YMCA-Dickinson Center’s capital campaign, officially launched Thursday evening. The YMCA wants to do a number of improvements to its nearly half-century-old building and, especially, its outdated pool. Not ...

Unstable ice remains a danger, regardless of new snowfall

Monday’s snowstorm could be misleading in a number of ways. A lot of snow was dumped on the area, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to walk out on ice. A pressure crack in the ice of West Munising Bay was discovered Saturday morning, with the crack extending from Powell’s Point on the ...

Be aware of the risks of home fires in winter

When the winds begin to howl, temperatures plunge or snow flies, perhaps nothing is more tempting than curling up in front of some form of warmth, be it a fire or other heat source. It’s our way of defying the elements. But in that effort to withstand whatever the weather deals out, be ...

The role of an Opinion page

A reader last week called to complain about an item on the Opinion page. It was partisan. It was wrongheaded. It didn’t just report the news, it had a distinct point of view — one that didn’t square with how the reader feels, in particular, about President Donald Trump. The reader ...

In Nassar scandal, US gymnasts were failed at many levels

The horror doesn’t seem to end. Just one or two victims of sexual assault is terrible. When a victim count rises to the triple digits, that goes beyond terrible. Larry Nassar, a once well-regarded sports medicine doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, pleaded ...

Casperson bills to shift environmental controls risky move

If we needed help securing a houseful of hens, foxes’ well-known hunting and eating habits would keep those creatures fairly low on our list of potential picks for the job. When we learned about a set of bills in the Michigan Legislature which would revamp the Michigan Department of ...

MTU engineer solid choice to lead line inquiry

State officials have moved in the right direction in who was selected to head up the research team looking at the risk analysis of the controversial pair of pipelines that carry huge amounts of oil beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Guy Meadows, who is professor of engineering at Michigan Tech ...

Time again to consider risks of cervical cancer

A year ago, we pointed out during Cervical Cancer Awareness Month it was among the few forms of cancer that actually has a preventative vaccine. Another year has passed. Another 4,210 people in the United States have died of cervical cancer. Another 12,820 learned in 2017 they have the ...

Economy recovering but much work remains to be done

Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-10 continues, a panel of economists and other officials said Monday, but things are starting to slow up a bit, especially in the area of jobs creation. “Moderation in the pace of job growth was bound to come at some time as the ...

A reminder: Federal changes don’t take effect for 2017 taxes

It’s mid-January, which means most in the United States should start seeing their W-2s and other income documents arrive for 2017. Taxes — and tax cuts — became the focus of federal lawmakers at the end of 2017, with a significant overhaul of the income tax code gaining approval just ...

Republic native receives French award for service

The front page of the Jan. 8 edition of the Journal featured an article about 97-year-old Republic native Howard Keskitalo becoming a Knight in the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony in September. The medal, which was initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest award ...

Woodland student cards for veterans much appreciated

A big shout-out to Woodland Elementary School’s fourth-grade students and teachers for the beautiful Christmas cards they made for our area veterans. Each year our local Red Cross volunteers take holiday cards to the service men and women in our area who are in assisted living and nursing ...

St. Vincent food pantry a success thanks to help

To all of the amazing people of our community who helped our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry this holiday season by donating food, time, money and their good hearts, we say thank you. Thanks to the Daily News for their support; Kingsford High School, which donated more than a ton of food to ...

Charitable giving may slip under federal tax overall

Although it may have been an unintended consequence, the new federal tax overhaul will, in all likelihood, end up meaning fewer dollars going forward will find their way into charities of all types. That’s because the overhaul doubled the standard tax deduction, which will mean fewer people ...

In tax season, beware of scams, cybercriminals

New year. Same old tax scams. As tax season approaches, the Michigan Department of Treasury again is warning residents to be ready for those phishing and — how old-fashioned — even calling in efforts to separate taxpayers from the money they deserve from 2017. Cybercriminals typically ...

State lawmakers have obligation to be present at votes

The recent Missed Votes Report by MichiganVotes.org offered some reassuring news on state lawmakers from the Upper Peninsula. State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, missed only one of 570 roll call votes. Even more impressive, Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, and Rep. Scott Dianda, ...

Opioid litigation may be one way to help stem societal problem

The Marquette County Board recently decided to throw its support behind a growing number of municipalities that are picking a legal fight with the “big pharma” industry. The litigation is centered around opioids the drug companies created and allegations that these companies knew about ...

Thanks for another successful year of Shop with a Cop

Bouquet From Sheriff Jeff Rickaby of Florence County, Wisconsin: I would like to say thank you to the 55 business and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. Your donations led to another very successful year serving more than 35 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming ...