Editorial

State’s stoplight camera bill is way out of focus

This is a fairness issue. It's as simple as that. Two bills in the Michigan House would amend state law to allow municipalities to place cameras at certain intersections to catch people who commit traffic infractions, such as running a red light.Photos would be taken of the license plates of ...

Learning about the man called Marquette

What's in a name? Residents and visitors in Marquette will have the opportunity to discover more about the city's namesake during a series of events related to Rev. Jacques Marquette and the statue honoring the city's founder."By Way of the Water: Celebrating Marquette's Legacy," events will ...

No easy answers for US policy in ‘Arab Spring’

The so-called "Arab spring" has turned into a long, hot summer in Egypt - but for now, the hottest seat is in the Oval Office at the White House. There, President Barack Obama and his advisers are wrestling, ineptly as usual, with an issue that need not be difficult to solve.Earlier this year, ...

Community will help overcome tragedy of fire

The tragedy of fire hit hard early Monday morning at the Seeds and Spores family Farm when the main barn burned to the ground.The farm has been a fixture in the community for 15 years, supplying its products to area farmers markets, the Marquette Food Co-op, subscription members and local ...

Arming rebels could have future consequences

Members of Congress of both parties are right to balk at President Barack Obama's request for money to arm rebels fighting the Syrian regime. Clearly, some of the lawmakers have better memories and more strategic attitudes concerning the Middle East.After many months of doing nothing to aid the ...

Swimmers are examples of adventurous spirit

Congratulations are in order for the three Northern Michigan University Swim and Dive Team members who braved cold waters and Great Lakes freighter traffic to cross the Straits Of Mackinac Sunday.Juniors Tara Dowling of Marquette, Megan Crowder of Mikado and Madisen Sechena of Great Falls, ...

Kudos for Regional History Center are well deserved

The Marquette Regional History Center earned a well-deserved pat on the back for getting a top award from the Historical Society of Michigan.The center received the Superior Award, which was established in 2006 to recognize the achievements of historical societies, museums, and other historical ...

Fourth of July a huge success in Marquette County

Once again, the Fourth of July was a hit in Marquette County, where fantastic weather and dedicated locals helped to offer an array of events appealing to residents of all ages.Independence Day was honored throughout the region in the usual way, by parades and honorary events, including a ...

New Detroit police chief will face all of the same problems

To say that we wish the Detroit Police Department's new chief the best of luck may sound flippant, but it's God's own truth.At least 375 people were murdered in the city last year, the worst murder rate in years. More than 1,121 people were shot in 2012. The murder rate is a direct assault on ...

Vietnam War hero, state resident, finally comes home

It took more than 40 years but U.S. Army Spec. John L. Burgess has finally come home.Missing since June 30, 1970, Burgess, along with two members of his crew whose partial remains had been previously recovered - 1st Lt. Richard Dyer of Central Falls, R.I., and Sgt. 1st Class Juan Colon-Diaz of ...

Student loan debt an issue that impacts nation

There just aren't any easy answers as far as addressing what has become the massive problem of student loan debt.According to the most recent figures we've seen, the average college student (notice we didn't say graduate) leaves campus carrying somewhere in the neighborhood of $26,500 in debt ...

Holiday should mean safety first in all things

The Fourth of July holiday means different things to different people. All of us, however, should think safety first.One principal concern is the use of fireworks, another is being careful with fire. Bon fires and outdoor grilling are great activities, but they can also lead to dangerous ...

International Food Festival helps support area

Visitors from all over will have a chance to socialize, eat good food and listen to some top-notch entertainment starting tonight at the annual International Food Fest.The fest runs through Friday in Ellwood A. Mattson Lower Harbor Park, with fireworks set for dusk on Thursday.The annual ...

Police paying special attention to drunk drivers

Four Upper Peninsula counties, including Marquette, are among 26 statewide to participate in crackdown on drunk drivers this week.Starting Monday night and running through Sunday, police departments in Michigan will be involved with the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over effort.The special focus ...

UPPCO should do more to justify rate increase request

The Upper Peninsula Power Co. applied Friday with a state oversight board to raise its electric base rates by 8.1 percent. On the surface, at least, this is a move that concerns us.Of the numerous electric providers servicing various parts of the central Upper Peninsula, UPPCO already has the ...

County board on right track on revenue sharing

Recently, the Marquette County Board took a dramatic stance in resolving to accept no new state mandates that services be provided, without receiving the funding to support those directives."Any future mandate, we're going to refuse to pay," said board Chairman Gerald Corkin.The board's ...

Time to stop the games — Adopt Common Core now

For the last three years, Michigan teachers have had a clear goal: Develop lesson plans and teaching targets that align with the Common Core educational standards.All Michigan school districts are on schedule to start using the standards this fall, and by 2014, they'll be assessing educational ...

Businesses in downtown Ishpeming remain accessible

We'd like to take this opportunity to remind people to shop businesses in and around the city of Ishpeming's downtown, despite significant construction in the area.A story Wednesday's Mining Journal, written by Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot, detailed that customer traffic in some businesses has ...

Mariucci, Izzo good works help support area

In an era in which the sports pages sometimes seem to be a police blotter, Steve Mariucci and Tom Izzo are a fantastic breath of fresh air.The two Iron Mountain natives are genuinely nice men who have not forgotten from whence they came, despite achieving great success in their careers.They ...

Swimming can offer relief but be very cautious

Summer has finally arrived and the warm weather followed closely, putting residents and visitors to the area fully into the outdoor recreation mode.Evidence of this can be seen by the large number of people flocking to local beaches, including the main beach along Lake Superior in ...