Editorial

Catalyst Awards honor worthy businesses, individuals in county

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Project Keep Kids Warm an outstanding community effort

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Richard Pyle was reporter for the ages, will be missed

The print journalism world lost a titan last week with the passing of Richard Pyle. The longtime Associated Press reporter and bureau chief died Thursday at the age of 83 of respiratory failure due to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease. In a storybook career that spanned upwards of 50 ...

Letters to the editor: Honor the flag

To the Journal editor: A friend of mine with whom I had served in the U.S. Army with had shared a video with a caption, “Those who disrespect the flag, have never been handed one.” It was a very moving video. It prompted me to comment on it and the ongoing controversy over standing for ...

As registered nurses’ strike approaches, goodwill needed

Most people are aware that negotiations between UP Health System-Marquette officials and registered nurses are currently taking place. We are also aware that a strike date has been set by the nurses for Oct 5-6. It is unfortunate that negotiations have not progressed well enough to get a ...

Bicycle safety bills largely common sense approach

As regrettable as it is, sometimes it takes a tragedy to prod lawmakers into passing legislative bills to address whatever the situation was that contributed to the tragedy. That’s the case with a bill that would require drivers to stray at least five feet away from bicyclists when passing ...

Honor Flight completes 13th mission this week

Veterans again had the thrill of taking part in Upper Peninsula Honor Flight this week. A group of 72 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans lifted off in the wee hours of Wednesday morning for a busy day visiting the monuments in their honor and other landmarks in Washington, ...

Public input essential to Eagle East permit consideration process

That spirited debate over the Eagle Mine’s request to expand operations to the Eagle East deposit continued earlier this week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gathered more community input during a public hearing at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The Eagle ...

Safe Delivery law worthy of awareness

Hopefully, the days of having to leave an infant in a basket on a strangers doorstep are over. Today, two law training sessions at Messiah Lutheran Church will focus on Michigan’s Safe Delivery Program. They were scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The Safe Delivery of Newborns ...

Great Girls in Michigan History offers valuable lesson

Just the other day, The Mining Journal’s front page highlighted the opening of a very worthwhile exhibit now on display at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit, called Great Girls in Michigan History, features nine inspiring figures from the Great Lakes State, including a ...

Sadly, theft is sign of the times

Politics can often produce strange bedfellows, as witnessed recently in a sign-swiping case in Spring Lake Township. The case also provides a clear example of why we need to differentiate between professional journalism and citizen (read: amateur) commentary. Signs touting Ferrysburg City ...

Fishing brings enjoyment and economic boost

Trudging through thick brush along the riverbank, listening to the constant buzzing of mosquitos under the hot summer sun might not sound like a lot of fun. But for many people, with a fishing rod in their hand, it’s one of the few ways to get outdoors and really enjoy life. Lucky for those ...

RSVP stars shine in our community

Our readers need to learn about some shining stars in our community who were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night. Those stars are the participants in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, people who do great work without a lot of fanfare. In this past year alone, RSVP ...

Special courts may need special treatment

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

Weekend events a great way to kick off Autumn season

Autumn officially kicks off on Friday, and there are a couple of events on the west end this weekend to start the season off right. First, the third annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday in Negaunee. “We invite you to enjoy ‘Gemutlichkeit,’ that feeling of warmth and friendship ...

School traffic safety issues tough to solve

Traffic issues near schools are nothing new, and they likely will continue as long as there are students and schools. How to make these areas safe is a big question. Recently, a Negaunee Middle School student’s foot was run over by a car as she walked across Teal Lake Avenue. The accident ...

Take the time to look at the splendor of U.P. autumn

It’s something easy enough to do, letting time slip through one’s fingers. But a lovely front page story and photo package on Sunday should serve as a reminder: catch the Upper Peninsula’s spectacular color season before it’s gone. With a few days of summery weather, it might be ...

Sports help shape young people

Over the next few weeks, students across the region will return to math classes and biology laboratories. To English literature and creative writing — perhaps even to journalism — as the academic year begins. But education is so much more than what's learned in the ...

Marquette leaders take good first steps with homelessness forum

We are happy to see that the issue of homelessness is being addressed in the Marquette area, and while we’re happy that our community is working to meet the needs of homeless people, we also realize there are real concerns that need to be analyzed. We have a beautiful multiuse path that ...