Editorial

Plans proceeding to repurpose old Lower Harbor dock

The Lower Harbor ore dock is a familiar structure along the city of Marquette’s shoreline, and with a little elbow grease, and an estimated $90 million, the iconic landmark could be transformed into a regional attraction and community events venue. The non-profit group known as Friends of ...

Community turns out to honor Rick Comley

Our congratulations go out to Hockeyville USA for coming through one more time by showing support for former Northern Michigan University head hockey coach Rick Comley and the dedication ceremony last weekend for the naming of the Rick Comley Rink at the Berry Events Center. Comley was ...

New sex education bill is common sense approach

A bill introduced this week in the state Senate would require Michigan schools to teach something called affirmative consent. Affirmative consent falls under sex education, and, in a nutshell, it means young people will receive instruction in knowing when yes means yes and no means no, as far ...

U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees very deserving

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Dryland Dash and Fun Run shaping up to be great fun

The U.P. 200 Dryland Dash and Fun Run will return to the Negaunee Township Hall Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t attended the U.P. 200 to get a small dose of what the experience is all about. Spectators can see the sled dogs in training, the equipment ...

Why criticize Harvey Weinstein?

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” —Proverbs 29:18 Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey ...

Bill addressing youth sports concussions OK

Is a football helmet always good enough to stave off a head injury? Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a ...

Police agencies taking lead in dealing with mentally ill inmates

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Congress should make move to ban bump stocks

By now, virtually everyone knows what details are available relative to the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, where a lone gunman sprayed a crowd with rifle fire, killing 58 and wounding hundreds. Investigators from at least a half-dozen police agencies have spent the past week digging into the ...

Rooting out bad police officers a worthwhile task

Bad cops, like bad journalists, plumbers and snow plow drivers, are out there. There can be no question that that is true. The only difference, of course, is that people with badges have guns and literally the power of life and death over the people they are sworn to protect and ...

Comley most deserving of ice sheet honor

On Saturday night, just a little over a year after Marquette celebrated hockey with its Hockeyville USA NHL exhibition game, there will be another significant hockey event taking place. The ice at The Berry Events Center will be dedicated as the Rick Comley Rink. We encourage all community ...

Moose population in Upper Peninsula growing at fast rate

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

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, ...