Opinion

Fines for ship’s bilge discharge should have been higher

Editorials

We applaud the recent leveling of a hefty fine in connection to a German-based cargo ship dumping oily bilge water into the Great Lakes - and only regret the sanction wasn't much higher.As reported by MLive and other news gathering agencies, the firm MST Mineralien Schiffahrt, based in ...

Vote no Aug. 2 on millage proposals

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:I hear that the Dickinson County Commissioners are talking about adding another millage proposal to the ballot, probably for the November election, to fund the veterans program in the county. That's fine and good but instead of piecemealing money out of the taxpayers for good things or ...

Take a Vet Fishing program comes to U.P.

Editorials

Military veterans will have the opportunity to take a half-day guided fishing trip on the Bays de Noc on Sunday.It's part of a "A Day of Giving Back," an event sponsored by the Take A Vet Fishing organization. The purpose is to thank veterans, as well as provide support for those who have ...

Need to recognize the humanity in all lives

Columns

WASHINGTON - Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early, exhausted by the ...

Effort on to return arctic grayling to state

Editorials

Mankind wielded all three prongs of the spear that killed Michigan's arctic grayling - we caught too many, we damaged their watery home and we imported invasive species to compete with them.Now we've undertaken the difficult, but worthy, quest to restore the native Michigander to its rightful ...

Too many U.P. children exposed to drugs in womb

Columns

By CHERIE FILACoordinatorDickinson-Iron Early OnIn response to recent editorials regarding drug use in Dickinson and Iron counties, I would like to offer the following facts and concerns:Drug use in our culture and the long-term effects of children exposed to substances in the womb and/or later ...

Appreciated all the work for a great Fourth

Editorials

BouquetFrom Agatha Cavaini, Kingsford:Our great community and surrounding areas did themselves good in observance of Independence Day:-The parade, with Aaron Harper as grand marshal;-When the color guard passed, some men removed their caps and placed their hand over their hearts, but the ...

Applauding Apple for organ donor drive

Editorials

It's difficult not to like and support a program about to be offered by Apple designed to encourage people - especially young people - to register as organ donors.The program, in the form of new software that will be included in the latest iPhone operating system, will enable users to sign up ...

Conservation District asks voters to support millage

Columns

By BILL RICEDickinson Conservation District Boardof DirectorsMany people in Dickinson County are unaware of what the Dickinson Conservation District actually is. Some may think it is an agency of the state of Michigan, others an agency of Dickinson County. It is neither. It is an independent ...

Don’t let food spoil your outing

Editorials

Now that summer is in full swing, more people will be spending time outdoors. To extend that experience, that will mean dining or picnicking outside while camping, boating or otherwise taking full advantage of the few months available to enjoy the Upper Peninsula's limited warm weather.Nothing ...

We should rethink naming wild animals

Columns

Animals do not name themselves. The lion illegally hunted down in Zimbabwe last year did not know he was "Cecil." The western lowland gorilla shot at the Cincinnati Zoo after a 3-year-old fell into his enclosure did not answer to the name "Harambe."We can understand why zoos, nature preserves ...

Take care to not spread invasive species

Editorials

It was a glorious Independence Day weekend in the Upper Peninsula, with scores of people taking to the region's waterways.Let's hope while having fun, those on boats or other forms of watercraft in the Upper Peninsula region took care to make sure they didn't have any foreign riders on board ...

A salute to those who serve

Columns

ISIS, Al Qaeda, beheadings, butchering of Christians and other religious minorities, the San Bernardino slaughter of innocent civilians, and turmoil throughout the world: This is what precipitated a 34-year-old woman who turned 35 during her Basic Training to enlist in the Army. You see, she ...

State education budget going in right direction

Editorials

Gov. Rick Snyder last week inked into law a bill authorizing $16.1 billion in education spending.The measure included modest increases in per-student spending and a bump in higher education spending.The Associated Press reported the minimum K-12 per-pupil grant will jump from $7,391 to $7,511, ...

Crusade on ‘corruption’ corrupts

Columns

WASHINGTON - The progressive drive to broadly define and thoroughly eradicate political "corruption" has corrupted politics. But discord is not altogether pandemic in Washington, and last week a unanimous Supreme Court, in this term's most important decision, limited the discretion prosecutors ...

The Declaration of Independence

Editorials

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate ...

Garden club works to ‘keep area beautiful’

Editorials

BouquetThink the flowers look nice at the Dickinson County Courthouse? Or at Kingsford City Hall?Thank the Northwoods Garden Club. For more than a quarter-century, they have faithfully planted flowers, shrubs and even trees at different locations in the Iron Mountain and Kingsford area.They ...

Consider others when using fireworks

Editorials

There's no denying the visual appeal of vivid, bursting fireworks against a night sky.Fourth of July this year falls on a Monday, which means a long weekend of celebration, cookouts and recreation. And likely the sights and sounds of fireworks as people create their own shows.For some, that ...

GOP’s Benghazi report seeks repetition, not truth

Columns

When Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, her approval ratings hit an all-time high. Republican luminaries Jeb Bush, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, John McCain - the list goes on - all sang her praises.Then she ran for president.The applause stopped, and the Republican opposition ...

Join Norway in celebrating 125 years this week

Editorials

Twenty-five years ago, the city of Norway marked its centennial with five days of festivities at Marion Park.The event was so popular, and so successful, community officials didn't hesitate to plan a similar festival for the city's quasquicentennial, or 125th anniversary, in 2016.That ...