Editorial

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Besides being tasty, beer has big impact on economy

You don’t have to like beer to appreciate its impact on the economy. The benefits of the beer industry here in Michigan can be seen in a whole heap of ways, from the jobs it provides directly, to the industries and other occupations it supports indirectly. The trickle-down effect is ...

Not everyone in US is enjoying post-recession prosperity

In very general terms, most would agree that our economy is generating jobs and improving the lives of Americans, from sea to shining sea. And why not? A lowering unemployment rate and peppy stock market together would seem to suggest that. The truth, however, is much more complicated if the ...

Blues Fest weekend means great music in Lower Harbor

The beautiful American art form The Blues is taking center stage this weekend in Marquette. The 15th edition of the wonderful Marquette Area Blues Festival kicks off with a free evening of great music Friday night at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Then the music continues with ticketed ...

School approaches and safety should be on everyone’s mind

The last thing we knew, it was Memorial Day and nice weather was just beginning to make its way across the Upper Peninsula. In a blink, Labor Day is right around the corner, and that means students will be heading back to school. While most parents are making lists of school supplies for the ...

McCain set fine example that all of us can follow

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

Marquette Econ Club speaker lineup for 2018-19 a good one

Looks like a solid line up of speakers for the Economic Club of Marquette County’s 2018-19 season. Known informally as the Econ Club, the group has been bringing in speakers of note and import for decades in one-per-month addresses Monday nights at the Ramada Inn. If the greater Marquette ...

Public defender plan will improve quality of legal representation

Given the amount of work that needs to be done, we like the move Marquette County has made to establish a public defender's office, which provide legal representation for adult defendants in Marquette County’s district and circuit courts who cannot afford counsel. The move traces its roots ...

Bennett well spent career helping others at Bay Cliff camp

A life well lived might be measured by the number of people attending your funeral. A career well served, on the other hand, could be measured in many ways, from professional accolades to the amount of wealth you’ve accumulated. For Tim Bennett, longtime executive director at Bay Cliff ...

UPAWS looking for a little help from its many friends

By now, just about everyone knows that the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter — UPAWS, for short — is building a new facility along M-553 in Sands Township. Although construction on the facility is nearing completion, and a capital fundraising campaign has generated about $3 million ...

Many great musical performances on display this weekend

The Marquette area is well known for its vast array of musical talent. That array is on full display locally this weekend. That includes tonight’s concert at Lighthouse Point Park, put on by the Marquette Maritime Museum and featuring The Knockabouts, a local Celtic music group. The show is ...

Kids’ nature program at Lakenenland example of what’s possible

With more of our children’s time being spent staring at screens, there is a movement that is trying to bring attention back to the basics. The event “Sharing Nature With Kids” took place Friday evening at the Lakenenland Sculpture Park along M-28 in Harvey. The Marquette-Alger Great ...

Closure needed for unsolved Erin Taylor case

There are few things in this world more frustrating than an unsolved crime, particularly a murder. Getting a criminal off the street, giving loved ones closure, seeing that justice is done — these all are compelling reasons for solving a crime. One of the most notable “cold case ...

Snyder on right track with high-speed internet proposal

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

Kangas appointment to state board a wise selection

State appointments very often can fall into a kind of political largesse category; favors are repaid and statuses rewarded with locals being placed on various commissions and boards, destined to produce reports and findings that no one sees or cares about. By all accounts, that is not the ...

‘Fake news,’ ‘enemy of the people’ rhetoric must come to an end

It was less than a month into his term when President Donald Trump ramped up his “fake news” battle with several national media outlets, referring to them at that time as the “enemy of the people.” The rhetoric continues 18 months later as the term “fake news” now permeates all ...

Building something positive from tragedy is very possible

Building something new and useful from the ashes and debris of a tragedy is not done simply. But for examples of how to do it well, ask the families of Amarah Filizetti and Jessica Drummond. In 2015, Amarah was playing in the Gwinn High School gymnasium when a wooden partition fell on her. ...

Bob, Shirley Moore commemorate 75 years of love, life

A measure of how much someone is loved and admired can be determined by the actions of others when that someone reaches a milestone of some sort. We offer that a special couple from Marquette is much beloved as they reach a wonderful mark this date, because The Mining Journal received ...

New security awaits students returning to Florida classroom

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida returned to a more secure campus on Wednesday as they began their first new school year since a gunman killed 17 people in the freshman building, said an article by The Associated Press. But some say they still won’t feel protected ...