Editorial

School budget deficit something to be avoided

Balancing the budget is a challenge nowadays for nearly any school district in Michigan, and Marquette Area Public Schools is no exception. MAPS’ total general fund revenues are projected to decrease to nearly $31.37 million, which is about $202,000 down from the 2016-17 budget. Total ...

State aid money should not be used in suits against state

Although many educators may oppose this viewpoint, we believe language included in the new state budget prohibiting school districts from using state money to underwrite lawsuits against the state is a good idea. The fiscal year 2017-18 state school aid budget was approved by the State Senate ...

City of Marquette’s zoning ordinances need upgrading

Marquette city government, assisted by grassroots types and business leaders, have started a long-term planning process that, unlike a lot of similar municipal efforts we’re seen over the years, should end with substantive changes in how the city does business. Specifically, the city is ...

Beacon House pact with UPHS-M a great step forward in process

Beacon House’s project to establish a new facility near UP Health System-Marquette’s new hospital took a positive turn last week. The hospital announced that it reached an agreement to lease a portion of its property, near the intersection of Seventh and Spring streets in Marquette, to ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized in state?

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators — principally Republicans but a handful of Democrats too — that believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ...

All things trails happening this weekend in area

The beautiful Noquemanon Trail Network has become one of the greatest assets and attractions in our area. NTN, as it’s called, is a nonprofit organization created to build and maintain the recreational trails. Today through Sunday, The Marquette Trails Festival celebrates and supports all ...

Tick Pick CEO did right thing to handle public relations mess

Say what you will about distant, big city CEO types, with their limousines, Lear jets and lifestyles most people can only dream of. At least one Big Apple executive — Brett Goldberg, co-CEO and co-founder of Tick Pick, a secondary ticket sales website — got a taste Tuesday night of what it ...

Cyber safety must remain priority in minds of parents

Parents can’t always be with their kids to watch out for them. It’s always been that way, but the digital age is making their jobs even tougher. Even if they keep up with technology, often kids are more internet-savvy than their parents. That’s why public talks from groups like the ...

Group is studying tsunamis on the Great Lakes

An interesting, albeit somewhat unusual gathering, is taking place this week in Ann Arbor. The University of Michigan’s Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is hosting a three-day meeting of experts who are seeking ways to warn the general public about tsunamis on the Great Lakes. ...

Snyder right to keep cabinet members, for now

In previous opinion pieces, The Mining Journal has taken a hard stance relative to the Flint water crisis and Gov. Rick Snyder’s role in it. We believe Snyder and his team should have done more and done it sooner to safeguard the health and safety of people consuming Flint water. But now, ...

Father’s Day a chance to reflect on father’s important role in life

The physical act of creating a child, for some, can be an easy thing. But raising that child is an act that requires great care, deep thought, patience and a lot of love. That’s the difference between a man who has simply sired a child, and one that put in the time and effort to earn the ...

‘Boxed In’ did great job detailing dark store tax issue

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Comley deserving of Berry Events ice rink honor

Well done, Northern Michigan University. NMU’s Board of Trustees this week named the university’s ice surface at the Berry Events Center the Rick Comley Rink, an honor that’s extremely well deserved. Comley is not only the founding coach of the NMU Wildcats hockey program, he is the ...

Downstate Medal of Honor winner humble in accepting award

A downstate man will be the first service member or former service member to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Former U.S. Army combat medic James C. McCloughan of South Haven is scheduled to receive the nation's highest military honor in ceremonies in the White House on ...

To insure safety, more monitoring needed on pipeline

The news could bring a sigh of relief to some and more suspicion to others. Enbridge reported an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac has passed pressure tests, which took place Saturday on one pipeline that’s part of Line 5. The tests were required in a Justice Department ...

PayNearMe program offers convenient way to pay one’s bills

A program that went into effect about one year ago that enables parents to make child support payments at certain retail outlets appears to be working well in Detroit, although Upper Peninsula parents haven’t availed themselves to the opportunity — yet. It’s called PayNearMe. It was ...

Change in age to purchase tobacco is very bad idea

It’s always tempting to enact laws that tie age beyond 18 years with making good-quality adult decisions, especially when there is a perception that with a little extra time, people will figure out the best course of action — and follow it. From what we can tell, that’s the thinking ...

Eagle Mine ops a delicate balance of enviro vs. economics

Mining has, for some time now, been considered by many a contentious issue, and a delicate balancing act between a means of providing desirable economic benefits and a process that potentially leads to avoidable long-lasting environmental concerns. Precisely that situation, where opposing ...

State at least going in right direction on changes to pensions

Give the state Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder credit for finding a bit of common ground in solving the impasse the state budget process has been mired in, even though neither side, we're betting, got exactly what they wanted. The sticking point that generated the most news coverage in ...

Relay, Run both wonderful events doing great work

We encourage area residents to support two local events that are life-affirming. It even says so in their names. The American Cancer Society’s Marquette County Relay for Life starts at 4 p.m. today at Al Quaal Recreational Area in Ishpeming. The event raises funds to support the ACS and its ...