Editorial

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 ...

Preserving historic structures important

It wasn’t just a wall that was damaged recently. It was a piece of history. Ishpeming city officials were looking into the circumstances behind a damaged stone wall along Jasper Street that, at 120 years old, is reportedly tied to the region’s mining history. Although a portion of the ...

FEMA aid decision in western U.P. was absolutely wrong

We think officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency got it absolutely wrong last week when they opted to deny individual claims for assistance from the people whose lives, homes and businesses were turned upside down — literally, in many cases — in what’s known locally as the ...

Trail groomers sought for upcoming snowmobile season

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a few good non-profit organizations or clubs to help with snowmobile trail grooming in Marquette County. Well, actually, just one entity will do for now, to take over 23 miles along Trail No. 8 between the “Crossroads” area in ...

Skilled trades center will provide well-trained workers

If you’ve taken a look around Marquette County lately, you’ll have likely noticed the amount of construction going on. Behind all that construction are people employed in all sorts of different trades, which are not only an important part of our economy, but also a good way to make a ...

Ford Motor Co. got it right with the venerable ‘Stang

Few in the automobile industry have resumes that compare with former Chrysler Corp. and Ford Motor Co. President Lee Iacocca, who is credited with leading the former company back into the black after bad cars and worse management had all but driven it into ruin. While at Ford, the visionary ...

87th FIS reunion highlighted Sawyer’s history, importance

On the website for the K.I. Sawyer Museum, there is a patch for sale that serves as an important reminder to our area. It reads: K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan, Gone But Not Forgotten. It has been more than two decades since the base closed in 1995 and of course, it’s still an active, living ...

Given election’s import, drop in voter turnout troubling

Statistics show the voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Marquette County was slightly lower than last year’s primary. As ballots finished rolling in from the city of Marquette early Wednesday, results provided by the Marquette County Clerk’s Office state that 28.22 percent ...