Editorial

Inductees into ski, snowboard hall of fame congratulated

Congratulations to the newest group of inductees to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and welcome to all those visiting the area to take part in the annual Hall of Fame Weekend in Ishpeming.At 7 p.m. today, this year's class of honored members will join the hall at an enshrinement ...

A dozen years later, 9/11 should remain important

Ask anyone who was old enough to remember what they were doing when they initially heard that the Japanese Imperial Navy had attacked Pearl Harbor, plunging the United States into World War War II.The bet is you'll get a quick, and accurate response about Dec. 7, 1941.Likewise, people who were ...

Drones are like guns: It just depends on how they‘re used

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles - commonly refered to as drones - has become an emotional issue, closely bound up with people's feelings about foreign policy, war and personal privacy.It's clear that those feelings are hovering over the recent news that local officials are backing a bid to ...

Input to recreational committee needed to chart course

Three local governments will begin taking the next steps tonight toward the official establishment of a multi-jurisdictional recreation authority.Roughly a year after being appointed to the group, the six members of a recreation authority ad hoc committee have decided to undertake a feasibility ...

New western U.P. trail a positive for all concerned

Just in time for the fall color season, a new 70-mile Ottawa Eastern Connector off-road vehicle route opened recently in the western Upper Peninsula, providing an important link for three established ORV trail routes in the area.We think this new trail will bring with it new opportunities for ...

Politics, big government dominate affordability talks

The debate (if it can be elevated to that distinction) over President Obama's proposal to tie future federal financial aid for colleges and universities to a broad new government rating system is instructive - but not of how to make a college education more affordable or what's best for ...

Special needs kids not impacted by absence of NCLB

Something of a tempest in a teapot is brewing inside the Beltway over parts of the Bush administration's centerpiece education initiative known as "No Child Left Behind."No longer the law of the land, the initiative remains on the federal books in a technical sense, although most states no ...

Despite good record, fracking remains controversial

A new University of Michigan Study unveiled Thursday found it may take some time - perhaps many years - for the substantial natural gas reserves buried deep in Michigan ground to be fully developed.And all things considered, that's probably a good idea, given the significant public health and ...

Despite good record, fracking remains controversial

A new University of Michigan Study unveiled Thursday found it may take some time - perhaps many years - for the substantial natural gas reserves buried deep in Michigan ground to be fully developed.And all things considered, that's probably a good idea, given the significant public health and ...

Food truck grant from state boosts local business

It can be tough to run a small business and sometimes a little assistance will go a long way.This was the case recently when Mike Walker received a grant to help boost his business - Dia de Los Tacos.Walker's mobile food truck business is one of the first of its kind in the Marquette area and ...

Chocolay residents can have a voice in planning issues

Chocolay Township residents are about to have a valuable opportunity to steer the future of their municipality.As The Mining Journal reported Monday, planning officials are hoping to make a township-wide survey available to the public soon, likely by next week. Citizens will be alerted of the ...

Crisp Point project a good deal for public recreation

Through a cooperative $6 million land deal worked out over the past few years, a new addition of 3,810 acres of forestland and waterfront has been secured for the public as part of the Lake Superior State Forest in northern Luce and Chippewa counties.This is a wonderful acquisition which will ...

Today a time to reflect on the legacy of labor

Labor Day is a holiday that means vastly different things to different people. Many people around our region - as in most parts of the country where the weather cooperates - will take the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor leisure time. We'll be putting brats on the grill, camping, swimming or ...

Today a time to reflect on the legacy of labor

Labor Day is a holiday that means vastly different things to different people. Many people around our region - as in most parts of the country where the weather cooperates - will take the opportunity to enjoy some outdoor leisure time. We'll be putting brats on the grill, camping, swimming or ...

BLP rate increase effects need to be weighed carefully

The news that the Marquette Board of Light and Power is asking for a rate increase is, at first glance, unwelcome news to residents and businesses receiving their electricity from the BLP.If this rate increase is approved, it will only be the second such hike in the last 30 years. That is part ...

Info from Snyder’s NERD Fund just leads to more questions

If you've been waiting for Gov. Rick Snyder to release the names of donors to his clandestine nonprofit - well, get used to disappointment.Snyder's New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund (NERD) has released its second required tax filing, but this year's documents don't shed any further ...

Staying safe as the school year starts up again

As back-to-school season approaches, we want to remind our readers to get the semester off to a safe start.In advance of the beginning of classes, the Marquette County Sheriff's Office has released a number of safety tips for students and motorists alike, for when those big yellow buses hit the ...

Weekend fest will have everyone singing the blues

They'll be singing the blues - in the best way - in Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park starting this evening.And they'll keep singing and playing them all weekend during the Marquette Area Blues Society's 2013 Marquette Area Blues Fest.This is the 10th year the society has organized the musical ...

Levin connects with those he’s served

The small community of Rock that straddles the boundary line between Marquette and Delta counties is a world away from Washington, but it's good to know that the people we have elected to represent us in the nation's capitol know where it is.This was brought home last weekend when U.S. Sen. ...

Fall Fest a great chance to explore opportunities

The weather this weekend couldn't have been more welcoming for Northern Michigan University students returning to classes - and to extracurriculars.It was balmy for Monday's annual Fall Fest, an event which gave students the chance to learn about 120 campus and community organizations, with ...