Editorial

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Another great U.P. Honor Flight is in the books

Congratulations to all who put in countless hours of work planning the 16th mission of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. On Wednesday, a plane full of Vietnam, Korean War and World War II veterans left Escanaba just a bit after sunrise and winged its way to Washington, D.C. These veterans, ...

Judge Greeley will be missed, but his legacy will live on

On Monday, May 20 retired U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley was honored during an official portrait unveiling recognizing his retirement. When Greeley applied for the magistrate judge position in 1988 he was only 33 years old and he became the youngest federal judge in the United ...

Always use caution when flying drones

One of the hottest electronic items being purchased the last couple of years has been drones. Being able to fly a drone with a camera on it is very exciting and we understand why it is such a popular item. What comes along with the enjoyment of flying a drone also comes the responsibility of ...

Salmon in the Classroom a great addition to schools

It’s easier to understand how fish grow when you actually watch them. Throughout the school year, area schools have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the fish eggs, and the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout ...

We must make it clear we want to help Palestinians

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Marquette Police Department deserves congratulations

The Marquette Police Department, long known as a highly professional agency with top people all through the ranks, has recently gone where no Upper Peninsula police department has gone, achieving accreditation from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The feat places MPD ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Development of the IOHT kiln project good for the area

History buffs and just anyone who enjoys the Iron Ore Heritage Trail have an opportunity to support an effort that aims to resurrect the historical Carp River beehive kiln and feature it on the new destination plaza along the IOHT. Anyone who frequents the Marquette area is familiar with the ...

Play written by vet of year provides valuable insight

We encourage everyone to try to get to the Vista Theater in Negaunee to experience “The Brain Trust,” a play written by Marquette County Veteran of the Year Bill Hager. As detailed in a story this week by Mining Journal Staff Writer Lisa Bowers, Hager has dedicated his time to service of ...

New security system will have big upside for Marquette jail

As of Monday, the Marquette County Jail is the Upper Peninsula’s first jail to have a full-body scanning security system. The jail has begun using a Soter RS X-ray body scanner, made by OD Security North America. The X-ray scanner was needed, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said, as ...

Short-term rentals worth watching in Chocolay Township

Short-term rentals. Ask nearby residents if they have an opinion on them, and likely you’ll receive a variety of strong-worded answers. The Chocolay Township Board on Monday voted 5-2 in favor of a new ordinance regulating all rentals, which include short-term ones. Short-term rentals ...

Sinotte departure from UPHS a real loss to community

The medical community, indeed the community at large, received a dose of bad news last week when it was announced that Brian Sinotte, market president of UPHS and CEO of UPHS-Marquette, would depart the position effective June 21. Sinotte has worked here for the past three years, arriving at ...

End-of-life planning something all of us should do

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Gwinn school millage failure was major disappointment

If you want good schools, you have to pay for them. It’s that way in the Gwinn Area Community Schools District and everywhere else, for that matter. We understand many people are on a fixed or limited income, but the GACS millage request for 1.75 mills for 10 years for a sinking fund to ...

Local artists have unique opportunity to display work

Local artists seeking a venue to display their work my have caught a break from UP Health System-Marquette. Hospital officials have invited local artists to apply to have their work put up in public areas of the new hospital, which is scheduled to open June 2. UPHS has formed a committee to ...

Hoping for a fair conclusion to west end water issue

The Ishpeming City Council voted on Wednesday to table a proposed catastrophic water loss policy until its June meeting, and to negotiate with property owners Ashley and Matt Cody separately. The large bill was caused by a broken pipe in the crawl space of the Codys’ rental home which went ...

River Valley Bank initiative a positive community effort

We are hoping a record number of people participate in Saturday’s River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge, an event that supports brain tumor research and raises awareness. Now in its 14th year, the event shows support for those impacted by brain tumors by raising funds for the Upper ...

Young Author’s Conference nutures children

Learning the differences between nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and the like is part of just about every grade schooler’s education. They are, after all, the fundamentals of writing. However, like creating a watercolor painting, writing involves more than technique. To help ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth, since becoming the dominant species awhile back. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United ...