Editorial

Additional funds for roads welcome but more needed

This week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced a combined $60.9 million in special winter road maintenance money was being distributed from the state to counties, villages and cities across Michigan, including a total of $2.7 million for the Upper Peninsula's 15 counties.The ...

Higher ed investment must be made priority

Each day, statewide, there are more than 65,000 jobs waiting to be filled by qualified applicants. To fully understand the magnitude of this problem, visit the state's employment website: www.mitalent.org.But Michigan's lingering challenges are not the result of a lack of jobs; they are the ...

Severe winters play key role in deer mortality

I read with interest the recent Mining Journal op-eds by Richard P. Smith and George Lindquist debating Upper Peninsula buck harvest regulations.While I have a great deal of respect for both writers, I challenge some of their conclusions.More importantly, I can't understand why they're ...

Bill pending in House may not lead to lower electrical bills

We're all about paying less for electricity, but we're unconvinced that a bill pending in the Michigan House would lead to lower bills, and we're satisfied to see this legislation on a slow track.Energy deregulation is getting a lot of attention recently, in spite of the fact that a bill that ...

Effort to increase state foods in institutions worthy

We support an effort that got off the ground this week that encourages schools, hospitals and other institutions to use increasingly larger amounts of food from the state of Michigan.The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental ...

Digitalizing Journals worth community support in vote

Bringing history into the digital age. That's the objective of a grant program for which Peter White Public Library in Marquette is a finalist in the state of Michigan.Online voting for the grant program has begun and continues through April 15. The winning request will have up to 12,500 pages ...

Former Cliffs Dow site offers great opportunities

The city of Marquette is blessed with some wonderful stretches of Lake Superior shoreline, and has taken care in making sure the property is put to wise uses.This includes retaining ownership and either leaving or restoring some parcels close to their natural states, such as the city's beaches ...

Peer 2 Peer program a bridge to understanding

A special program in Gwinn Area Community Schools is making it easier for students in the general population to understand students with special needs - and it seems to be working.Peer 2 Peer involves an elective class that allows peers, or general-education students, to work with these ...

County to again seek emergency declaration

MARQUETTE - With costs continuing to rise and the results of winter freeze-ups expected to worsen, Marquette County officials plan to submit a new request for a state emergency or disaster declaration from Gov. Rick Snyder this week.The action comes after a recent Senate committee hearing in ...

Readers can help select best in local businesses

Have a favorite automobile dealership? How about restaurant, or appliance store or car wash or dozens of other kinds of local businesses?If you do, and most people do, a chance to make your preferences known is at hand in the form of The Mining Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards.This marks ...

April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month

According to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, Parkinson's is a chronic and progressive movement disorder, meaning that symptoms continue and worsen over time. It involves the malfunction and death of vital brain cells called neurons. Symptoms include tremors of the hands, arms, legs jaw and ...

New Sawyer study should help chart community’s future

If used properly, a new study examining resident viewpoints and other information at K.I. Sawyer, could help pay great dividends for the small community, which has been making diligent strides to improve itself over the past several years.K.I. Sawyer has 2,624 residents, is unincorporated and ...

Who is watching out for Marquette’s interests?

The city commission of the city of Marquette has long known that the Eagle Mine owners wanted to haul ore from the mine to Marquette County Road 550 and Sugar Loaf to Wright Street and west through Marquette Township to U.S 41 and west to Humboldt for processing.I wrote the commissioners and ...

Development on our lakeshore? Not so fast!

In a recently published issue of The Mining Journal (March 12), I read about a Marquette City Commission vote to allow the U.P. Community Rowing Club to build a very large building on the Lake Superior shoreline.Commissioner Sara Cambensy was the lone no vote. Her reasons for her no vote were ...

Now is perfect time for Gov. Snyder to order fracking review

Gov. Rick Snyder deserves a lot of credit for proposing to spend more than $100 million on a year-long effort to protect and restore Michigan's vast water resource, the greatest in the nation.The "water strategy" initiative will focus on dealing with invasive species, toxic pollution, ...

U.P. delegation in Lansing continue to fight for relief

An Upper Michigan delegation is continuing to fight to get the U.P. much-needed emergency relief funds.Following the coldest winter in 35 years, the frost levels in many U.P. communities has pushed past the 10-foot mark. This causes all sorts of trouble.First off, all the frozen water pipes ...

Honor Flight provides special recognition

The Upper Peninsula Honor Flight did magnificent work in conducting an Honorary Honor Flight two weeks ago.In five missions thus far, U.P. Honor Flight has taken more than 400 World War II veterans from the U.P. to the memorial in their honor in Washington, D.C.Two more missions are planned for ...

Challenges of winter getting tough to overcome

It was no surprise that large snowbanks and the overnight parking ban were brought up as the main concerns at the city of Marquette's inaugural "snow summit" Tuesday evening - seeing that this winter has been long and cold.Most residents across the region are pretty much fed up with the wintry ...

2014 yet another great year for Miners basketball

The Negaunee Miners boys basketball team made a habit out of giving basketball lovers all over the Upper Peninsula something to cheer about during the 2013-14 season.This past season was one for the books for the Miners and we'd like to recognize them for the outstanding year they had.For the ...

New sex offender law is appropriate move by state

It's hard to feel very much sympathy for the thousands of sex offenders who are going to have to pony up a few dollars in a one-time payment to the state, courtesy of a new law that's going into effect next month.The $50 fee will be used to cover the estimated $600,000 the Michigan State Police ...