Editorial

Niemisto statue worthy of care

The January vandalism of the statue of the late Phil Niemisto, located at the downtown Marquette pocket park named after him, could have been a lot worse. The statue could have been crushed or cut in half. Fortunately, only the hat and scarf were removed, although that in itself isn’t an ...

Hospital’s ‘A’ grade to be commended

UP Health System-Marquette has leapfrogged into a better rating for overall quality. The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report Tuesday, with UPHS-Marquette earning an “A” rating for data reported on its spring survey this year. ...

Rotary clubs step up, help township with equipment purchase

The three Rotary Clubs in the Marquette area, in conjunction with the Rotary Foundation, have come together to support purchase of a piece of playground equipment for the Lions Field Recreation Area in Marquette Township. The clubs — the breakfast Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Marquette ...

PWPL taking key steps in project to improve building

A lot is going on at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette these days that has little to do with books and learning, at least in the traditional sense. The library board recently picked Closner Constructon of Marquette as the prime contractor in its estimated $4.2 million renovation ...

Area teen’s support of Beacon House inspires, motivates

If you or anyone you know has ever battled a serious illness or debilitating medical condition, then you likely have an understanding of the stress and grief it can cause in a person’s life. The Beacon House, the Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house, is intended to help at least a ...

Marquette Township underpass will be boon to recreation

The news was good earlier this week at the Marquette Township Board meeting. A significant recreational project to construct a tunnel underneath U.S. 41 is now fully funded, officials announced at the meeting. Township Planner Jason McCarthy was the bearer of the positive news, noting the ...

Superior Health Foundation grants support entire U.P.

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in myriad ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration Wednesday, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six ...

Brits and Brews will combine charitable giving, recreation

On April 28, the Ore Dock Brewing Company of Marquette will host Brits and Brews: Music of the ’60s British Invasion. In addition to great music, the proceeds from this event will be donated to JJ Packs, a local charity that collects and packs food for public school students that need ...

Progress made but child well-being remains challenge

The annual Kids Count in Michigan Data Book, released by the Lansing-based Michigan League for Public Policy, is a good gauge on how counties in the state are doing in economic security, health, family and community, and education. The MLPP has been compiling and releasing the Kids Count book ...

Emergency dispatchers perform tireless service but are behind scenes

When you need a police officer, firefighter or medical expert to come to your home because you are experiencing some sort of an emergency, you dial 9-1-1 and typically just minutes later, 24 hours per day, the needed person is there. The responding officer should be, and often is, thanked for ...

Abuse reporting bill should help make campuses safer

The Michigan Legislature is taking a look at ways to improve the reporting of and reaction to sexual misconduct allegations on college campuses across the state with some recently proposed legislation that, among other things, would require notification of such accusations to the university’s ...

Following area gas prices a full-time job for newspaper

We have not done an editorial on gas recently, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been paying attention to the price of gas in the Marquette area. The Mining Journal keeps track of the price of gas via the GasBuddy website. As it has been in the past, there have been several weeks when AAA ...

Proposed watercraft fee won’t have desired impact

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

Project Feed a Neighbor a superb effort

Pretty much everyone knows that hunger is present in Marquette County. You can find it everywhere, from the cities to rural areas, people are missing meals, children eating only at school, seniors whose Social Security checks just don’t stretch until the end of the month. In response, ...

Holocaust speaker’s words a reflection on terrible tragedy

At the annual Holocaust Memorial Service held Tuesday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette, Martin Lowenberg was the featured speaker in recognition of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. Lowenberg ...

YMCA’s Youth Center a positive for community

The community has the Marquette Skate Park, the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum and local playgrounds for youngsters to spend their time. In several months, the area will have another place: the YMCA of Marquette County’s new Youth Center. Construction just got underway at its ...

Jersey Day a chance to offer support to grieving community

The hockey-loving community of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, population 6,000, is going through an incredibly difficult time, having lost 15 members of the Humboldt Jr. A Hockey Club in a devastating highway accident this past weekend. We know the hockey-loving community of Marquette will step up ...

Fundraising needed for Karen Kunkel facility dream

Karen Kunkel needs no introduction to Mining Journal readers. The former Northern Michigan University administrator and professor who was instrumental in establishing the United States Olympic Education Center at NMU, died in December at the age of 83. She was well-known in not only the local ...

Stabenow bills will help reduce cost of prescription drugs

The high cost of prescription drugs is a problem our elderly citizens don’t need, but it’s one that’s been growing more painful in recent years. Gag orders are something we’re more familiar with in court battles, but similar situations are occurring behind pharmacy counters across the ...

Straits coolant leak shows difficulty of winter environment

A whole lot of people, in and out of government, are keeping a close eye on a 600 gallon coolant leak from an underwater electrical cable that runs under the Straits of Mackinac earlier this week. The liquid, described as mineral oil by officials from the American Transmission Company, which ...