Editorials

When it comes to electrical power, times are changing

Remember a few years ago, when the Upper Peninsula’s energy picture was just a little bit murkier? The pending closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette still loomed over the region, with some calling for its immediate shutdown and others saying it must remain operating to keep ...

Scammers targeting northern Michigan in collections scheme

No matter what the season, tax scams seem to persist. The latest in northern Michigan again threatens the target with dire consequences if they don’t resolve what’s claimed to be unpaid state taxes, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. An Emmet County taxpayer received what ...

Cambensy mining bill a step in right direction for industry

Although the matter was somewhat in doubt, it now appears the bill introduced back in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy relative to mining practices in Michigan will become law. House Bill 4227 would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. It would be responsible for making ...

Won’t be easy but we must kick the polystyrene habit

What should happen with Styrofoam, which is being used in many products but is considered by some to be detrimental to the environment? According to CBS News, Maine in May became the first state in the United States to ban polystyrene food containers at restaurants and grocery ...

Balloon releases put wildlife at risk, become trash

Ever wonder where released balloons go once they float over the tree line or horizon? We do, after all, release millions and millions of them each year, commemorating everything from birthdays and sporting events to business openings and anniversaries. Turns out a lot of them are coming down ...

Michigan Tobacco Quitline offers free aids to fight habit

For any Michigander who has longed to quit tobacco products but lacked the resources to try some of the methods available, now might be the opportunity to give it a go. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has announced it can provide free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges ...

Boating rules might work in the UP as well as downstate

Many us have had a pleasant afternoon or evening on a Michigan river — boating, fishing or just drifting with the current — ruined by the drunks in the next boat over. Regrettable as it might be, these uncaring people make it miserable for everyone, including campers, by being loud, rowdy ...

A reminder to properly secure trailers and cargo

Getting ready to head out for a day or more of boating, camping or other recreation? Make sure the equipment being hauled gets to the destination without problems that can ruin that outing. As part of the June Law of the Month, the Wisconsin State Patrol reminds motorists to ensure that ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company offers these safety tips — — Power lines: Always consider a power line to be energized, even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed line or try to move ...

Recognizing women veterans every day

Wednesday was Women Veterans Recognition Day in Michigan, as declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in recognition of the nearly 44,000 living women veterans in the state as well as the many more who served before them. While there’s nothing wrong with setting a day aside for women veterans, the ...

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big-wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayers’ ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Make sure to grill safely this summer

Now that the Upper Peninsula has had at least a taste of summer this past weekend, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t happened already. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting ...

Father’s Day a great opportunity 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 cause ...

Foster care an important service for children in need

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May was Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

Leave fawns where they lay

It’s the annual time to remind residents of the region to leave the fawns they might find alone. The first week of June usually is near peak for fawns to be born in the Upper Peninsula. Like most prey species, deer tend to give birth at about the same time, a natural strategy that means ...

Anxious to see what new DNR office means

Last week came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new DNR ...

Schools must report bullying; it’s Michigan law

Laws are not optional. If they were, they’d be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt’s Law, which requires all Michigan school districts to investigate reports of bullying and inform school ...

Bake sale a success for Alpha museum

Bouquet From Sharon Eaton, secretary/treasurer, Alpha Historical Museum: The Alpha Historical Museum would like to thank all the bakers and buyers in the community who once again contributed to the success of the annual bake sale. A special thanks to the Alpha Brewing Company for ...

A worrisome lack of young people pursuing teaching

A story that ran in the May 21 Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with Bryan that ...