Editorial

Pioneer Days needs supporters

The first pitch drops today at the Negaunee Alumni Softball Tournament at LaCombe Field, signaling the start of the annual Pioneer Days celebration in Negaunee. But those who enjoy the festivities that make Pioneer Week a time for celebration by residents and visitors alike should be aware ...

Monday’s a big day if you want to vote in primary election

Monday’s the day. If you’re not registered to vote by then, you’re not going to be able to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election. For some, that’s not a big deal, but to us, it’s a very important life detail, being registered to vote and able to participate in American democracy. In ...

Niemisto statue deserves more respect than vandals show

For the second time since its public unveiling in October, the statue of the late Phil Niemisto has been vandalized. The statue of Niemisto, who died in February, is located in the pocket park along West Washington Street in Marquette that bears his name. That statue, according to the ...

Make sure safety comes first on this Fourth of July

Today is Independence Day, and with this celebratory holiday come the usual parades and fireworks. Although Fourth of July is meant to be enjoyed, like any holiday, some caution is warranted. And since fireworks are involved with this holiday, that means special caution. The National ...

Report possible threats to help stop mass killings

The news last week that a gunman attacked journalists at a Maryland newspaper and killed five people was disconcerting to say the least. We know firsthand that people take things that are printed in a newspaper personally. We receive threats on occasion telling us if we run an item in the court ...

Food fest is deserving of much community support

Forget about that fishy smell harbors and marinas are known for. Starting today and running through the Fourth of July, Marquette’s Lower Harbor will have all the delicious scents of a carnival. Kicking off at noon today is the 2018 International Food Fest, which is hosted by the Exchange ...

Fundraiser for Treado endowment worthy of support

Mention Becky Treado’s name and you will hear descriptions like dedicated, hard-working, creative, fun, caring, positive and innovative. On Dec. 23, Becky Treado passed away unexpectedly from a brain aneurism, but her memory lives on in the form of the Rebecca Elaine Belanger Treado ...

U.P. Football All-Star Game worth our support

The Upper Peninsula Football All-Star Game is much more than a clash on the gridiron. Of course, some of the finest football stars from the class of 2018 from all over the U.P. will be competing at the Superior Dome at 1 p.m. Saturday. But the players are doing more than practicing for that ...

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, ...