Editorial

Congratulations to officers honored by MADD

A couple of our local police officers were recognized at the state level for their achievements related to the enforcement of impaired driving. Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputy Aaron Griffin and Ishpeming Police Department officer Kirby Frantti were honored earlier this month at a ...

Conservation corps workers doing great work in flood relief

Thanks to support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and other local and regional funding sources, the Superior Watershed Partnership was able to deploy additional crews from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps to assist the flood-ravaged communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Currently, ...

Repairs continue to be made at Shiras Park

Although it was nowhere near as damaging as the heavy floods that devastated the Houghton-Hancock area June 16-17, the storm that hit the Marquette area in October left its mark as well. Winds as high as 77 mph along Lake Superior and 49 mph at the National Weather Service office in Negaunee ...

Downstate dog credited with saving lost child’s life

In what may be the feel-good story of last week, a downstate dog is credited with saving the life of a child lost near the village of Paw Paw in rural Van Buren County. Princeton Peake, 2, was missing from is home early Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. Myhia Perez, the ...

Local work of art honors Marquette’s Phil Niemisto

While we have used this space in the past to recommend readers attend art exhibits or benefits, we haven't often suggested Journal followers seek out a specific piece of art. The reason has been simple: there are so many fine artists in Superiorland, focusing on just one in an opinion piece ...

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multimillion dollar utility company ...

Federal designation for IOHT will greatly help area, region

The news recently was good for the people that oversee the Iron Ore Heritage trail, a 47-mile, multi-use, year-round trail that connects the sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range, a significant historical area where iron mines operated to serve the country during the Civil War, the ...

Art Week a great time to sample best city has to offer

One of the most special weeks of the year starts Sunday when the City of Marquette presents the fourth annual Art Week Sunday through June 30. People wil have the chance to take part in seven days of events dedicated to arts and culture. There will be exhibits, artist receptions, concerts, ...

Immigration issue representative of troubling times

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Wednesday’s edition of The Mining Journal, there was an editorial cartoon that featured a Latina toddler being escorted down a street by Homeland Security officials with the word “ILLEGAL” written on the wall. This cartoon is a ...

Understanding OCD important in helping people

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a persons wellbeing. Obsessive compulsive ...

Copper Country, western U.P. cruelly battered by storms

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Casperson confirms he’s battling stage 4 lung cancer

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and that it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Buried storage tanks pose challenges to modern development

The city of Ishpeming recently hit a little snag in the process of completing its multimillion-dollar water infrastructure project. In the course of replacing a good share of the city’s water system this summer, construction crews working near the intersection of Pearl and First streets ...

Realistic disaster training at mine is insurance policy

The headline package that dominated Thursday’s front page probably said it best: “It’s not real - but they train like it is.” The story detailed disaster training coordinated in support of the Eagle Mine in Marquette County. The training included fabricated injuries — Westwood ...

Contract settlement good for LifePoint, nurses, community

We wanted to wait for the dust to settle following the contract agreement between UP Health System-Marquette and the registered nurses represented by the Michigan Nurses Association to make a comment. Now that the dust has settled, we want to congratulate both sides for coming up with a new ...

MAPS fundraiser tonight chance to mark ‘60s tunes, support music program

If you haven’t bought your tickets already, you can get them at the door tonight. Because you don’t want to miss the show that is going to take place at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. It’s a fundraiser for the Marquette Area Public Schools’ music program, a continuation of an epic ...

Finding Heartwood middle ground key to issue resolution

Beloved trails or more money in the city coffers? It’s a tough decision. But as with many difficult decisions, a middle ground can — and should — be found. The Marquette City Commission is grappling with the issue of developing parcels in the Heartwood Forestland where parts of the ...

New MAPS program will do a great deal to combat hunger in area

We like a program starting at Marquette Area Public Schools this summer that will provide free meals for anyone wanting or needing them. The initiative, through the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will see lunches offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. at ...

Park service made right decision in Isle Royale wolves case

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Yes means yes but should it be taught in public schools?

Should sex education courses taught to Michigan students require instruction on affirmative consent? That’s a question we may not have seen coming a few decades ago, but the times, yes, they are changing — and quickly. The #MeToo movement and the scandals and stories seeping out of ...