Editorial

Park service made right decision in Isle Royale wolves case

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Yes means yes but should it be taught in public schools?

Should sex education courses taught to Michigan students require instruction on affirmative consent? That’s a question we may not have seen coming a few decades ago, but the times, yes, they are changing — and quickly. The #MeToo movement and the scandals and stories seeping out of ...

Ishpeming move to ban dangerous pets a good idea

It’s never been entirely clear to us why people chose to keep dangerous or exotic animals as pets. By dangerous we mean wild critters of whatever sort that could kill or very seriously injure the average human being without breaking much of a sweat. Venomous snakes come immediately to mind ...

Pocket Park in new hands, to be spruced up

Many who work in Downtown Marquette still expect to see Phil Niemisto hard at work, cleaning windows or toiling with flowers and other plants in the lovely little park downtown. His passing earlier this year still hasn’t registered for some. But Phil’s memory and work live on, especially ...

Safety always should be first when recreating about Great Lakes

In Wednesday’s Journal, it was reported that one man kayaking on Lake Michigan was rescued Monday, while another man drowned after their kayak overturned in rough waters off of the Schoolcraft County mainland Dispatchers had received a report at 3:30 p.m. Monday from a man who said his son ...

8-18 Media a great way to nurture young minds

The mind of a child can be innocent yet insightful, simple yet deep. Where else can you discover that Esme Ulland-Joy, a fourth-grader at Sandy Knoll Elementary School, can perform two types of splits? And that she loves to dance and read? The Mining Journal, in various Sunday Youth ...

Area, community should support second grader battling cancer

It’s hard to imagine a better cause to get behind than that of a child battling cancer. That’s why we’re recommending readers take a good, long look at supporting Ainsley Kargela, a second-grade student at Cherry Creek Elementary School in Harvey who is facing her third battle with a ...

Time to build a new, large lock at Sault Ste. Marie

Gov. Rick Snyder seems to be putting his money, or the state’s, at least, where his mouth is in setting aside $50 million for construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie. Snyder will tap an unexpected surplus in the state budget, which is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, for the ...

City commission should approve Dark Sky Park

The Marquette City Commission took another bite of the apple when it approved a second trial period for the Dark Sky Park at Presque Isle during its meeting last week. The key word there is “trial,” as it seems the commission is kicking the can down the road, so to speak. Last year, the ...

Warm weather means Petunia Pandemonium!

We locals might take it for granted, but it’s Petunia Pandemonium time again in the city of Marquette. For 30 years now, the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee Inc. has sponsored the event during which some 23,000 colorful blossoms of all sorts will be planted along South ...

Best option is to be prepared for pets if emergency strikes

The Michigan State Police are reminding residents that June is National Pet Preparedness Month and that means preparing a plan that will see to the needs of the family pet in case of an emergency. “Being prepared for emergencies and disasters means having a plan for everyone in your family, ...

Cemetery walking tours an excellent way to learn about city, area

Stories of war, love, hope and courage were shared Tuesday at a tour of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Marquette. The tour, presented by the Marquette Regional History Center, focused on the lives of local World War I veterans to mark the 100th anniversary of World War I. The event ...

Trek is ‘Superior’ way to focus on school violence

There are many reasons to ride around Lake Superior, arguably the most scenic of the Great Lakes and certainly the most remote. A father-daughter duo, who lives in Indianapolis but has Michigan roots, is riding a tandem bicycle around the largest Great Lake to bring awareness to school ...

Much going on this summer at Sawyer airport

Sawyer International Airport and Marquette County officials are expecting an exceedingly busy summer construction season there. Central will be shortening of the facility’s U.S. Air Force-constructed runway, from 12,370 to 9,070 feet, which will be significantly cheaper to maintain, Sawyer ...

Memorial Day a good time to pause, consider

Technology has made war seem like a video game to some Americans. We read of remote-controlled “drones” killing our enemies. We watch videotapes of “smart” bombs blowing up bunkers. The rare footage we see of combat involving rifle fire, rocket-propelled grenades and house-to-house ...

Safety on, around water should be everyone’s priority

Water is such an integral part of life here in the Upper Peninsula. But, unfortunately for some people, it can also be a part of death. Living on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michiganders are fortunate to have such an incredible attraction right at their fingertips. Lake Superior, or the ...

Operation C.A.R.E ongoing, has saved lives over years

If you’ve noticed a greater police presence on the streets and roadways in recent days, it wasn’t your imagination. Most police agencies in the state of Michigan, with the Michigan State Police in the vanguard, ramp up patrols in the days leading into the long Memorial Day weekend. In ...

U.P. Honor Flight accomplishes another mission

Congratulations to the organizers of Wednesday’s Upper Peninsula Honor Flight for putting together another wonderful trip for a most deserving population: veterans from throughout the peninsula. Wednesday’s flight was the 14th taking U.P. veterans to the monuments created in their honor ...

America’s clown show negotiations are not funny

When bluster ends in capitulation, what do other negotiating partners see? Blood in the water. North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, surely absorbed the lesson from the Trump administration’s recent dealings with China. He saw how rashly President Trump waged trade war against China and how ...

More attention needed to prevent mass shootings

In the wake of the latest school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, there was a Keeping our Kids Safe Town Hall meeting held at Ishpeming High School on Sunday. The town hall, hosted by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, brought together members of law enforcement, school administrators and legislators to ...