Editorial

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Many years have passed but never forget Pearl Harbor

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, remembering those who died that day 77 years ago when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We hope each of our readers takes a moment to recall those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Of course, the majority of people living today ...

Program gives girls exposure to construction trades

An event hosted by the Northern Michigan University construction management program that exposes high school girls to construction trades is a good one, we believe. The recent Women in Construction event at the Jacobetti Complex on the campus of Northern Michigan University saw more than 100 ...

White-tailed harvest was good one for recent firearm season

With another firearm deer season in the books, preliminary numbers show the total number of white-tailed deer coming into Upper Peninsula check stations to be up 10 to 15 percent from 2017. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the deer numbers were similar to the 10-year ...

City scrutiny of water quality the right move

Being proactive when it comes to local water quality seems to be on the rise, and that’s good for the community. The city of Marquette decided to have testings performed after elevated levels of lead were discovered at Northern Michigan University and in Marquette Area Public Schools ...

State police student training could save lives

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood. (Just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Kids get grades: so should schools in this day and age

Michigan’s resistance to common-sense education reforms has continued to hold back progress in K-12 schools. Case in point: Lawmakers have tried for years (and failed) to pass a clear and transparent A-F school grading system. It’s on the docket for lame duck, and the Legislature should get ...

Thank you Mr. Casperson for serving the Upper Peninsula

Thank you, Tom! There was a surprise gathering at Northern Michigan University’s University Center on Nov. 24 to honor and thank Sen. Tom Casperson. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate and was ...

Microbeads pose serious threat

Even at microscopic levels, plastics polluting our Great Lakes can be a very severe threat. Microbeads, or microplastics, are tiny plastic particles measuring less than 5 millimeters in size. They’re typically found in popular skin care products and toothpaste, and can also be the leftover ...

Response to dog’s case heartwarming tale

Wednesday's edition of the Journal featured an article from the Escanaba Daily Press, illustrating the outpouring of support from the community that was shown for an abused dog. The public rallied behind little Chevy, a Jack Russell terrier mix, by donating above and beyond what the Delta ...

It’s great to see gas prices are coming down

We are glad to see that gas prices in Marquette improved since our last editorial on Nov. 17 when we reported that Meijer in Escanaba was .33 per gallon less than the Meijer in Marquette. On Monday, the price of gas at Meijer in Marquette was listed on Gas Buddy as $2.57 per gallon. The ...

Be careful out there in the woods

It's too early to know the exact circumstances behind the shooting deaths of three men in Michigan last week. But all three were celebrating the Michigan time-honored tradition of deer hunting in the woods. Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford was hunting on private property near Alden and was ...

Michigan should consider raising hunters’ limits

A cherished Michigan tradition resumed Nov. 15 with the opening of the annual firearms deer hunting season in Michigan. And while the number of hunters has declined steadily over the past two decades, deer hunting is an important piece of Michigan’s outdoors economy, generating more than $2 ...

Please consider spending holiday cash locally

We know many people are excited for the Christmas season and some are fired up for the accompanying shopping season. We hope when each of you decides how to spend your hard-earned money, you think locally. There are many wonderful small businesses in our communities and a good holiday ...

Cheer Club is now underway; please consider contributing

Now that we’ve all had our share, or probably more than our share, of turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving, the holiday season can really get into full swing. As we like to do every year down here at The Mining Journal, spreading cheer becomes a major focus in the weeks after Thanksgiving ...

Even in our current state, there’s much to be thankful for

Thanksgiving often is lost between the Halloween hoopla and busy Christmas season. It bears repeating that this annual holiday should be appreciated and celebrated on its own. And it goes beyond turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday ...

Show your support for UPAWS by voting online

We were encouraged to learn that our local animal shelter was again the recipient of some much needed financial support. As many of you know already, the Upper Peninsula Animal Shelter is in the process of a major capital campaign to raise money for a new shelter building. So far, the Imagine ...

Helmet Head Project a positive, worthwhile venture

We are all aware of the serious injuries that can result from a fall on the slopes when skiing or snowboarding, and we can also appreciate the protection one receives by wearing a helmet. That’s why we’d like to thank organizers and sponsors of Sunday’s Helmet Head Project, which was ...

Community support is critical for local hospitals

The planned retirement for John Schon, the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System is the next chapter in what has turned out to be a very sad story with the demise of the hospital in Iron Mountain. Everyone is always looking for someone to blame when things go awry. The truth of the matter ...

High gas prices need to be addressed

We haven’t had to do an editorial on gasoline for a while. But based on recent prices in our area, it looks like it is time once again to question why gas is more expensive in the Marquette area, a situation several of our subscribers have also noted, and felt important enough to call us ...