Editorial

State landline bill is bad policy, news for people rural areas

The Michigan Senate passed Senate Bill 636 earlier this month, streamlining the process for telephone companies to disband their landlines services as soon as 2017.Once again, it seems like Lansing legislators are leaving those in the Upper Peninsula to fend for themselves.Cell service is ...

State still has chance to do right thing on disaster declaration

We would like to see Gov. Rick Snyder reconsider his recent decision to deny a request to declare a state of disaster or emergency for Marquette County.The severe impact this record-breaking cold has had on our county is real. The problem is that there are not visible signs of the impact that ...

Time to be thankful for current U.P. deer regs

In a recent op-ed, (writer and outdoorsman) Richard P. Smith suggested that we need to turn back our Upper Peninsula rules and kill more bucks here in the U.P., as they are going to die anyway.Effectively, this would be a step backwards with our U.P. deer management. To throw up ones hands, and ...

Now is not the time to cut back on Great Lakes funding

Mother Nature gets credit for a big assist in the fight to keep the Great Lakes healthy, with ice coverage now topping 92 percent for the first time in nearly four decades.The long, cold winter means the lakes are far above the 50 percent-60 percent ice coverage that they have been experiencing ...

Film work at Sawyer will help showcase area

The Marquette County Board agreed to a license agreement this week, which will allow a film production company to film parts of its post-apocolyptic movie at K.I. Sawyer late this year.We're glad to see Marquette County officials agreeing to work with the company in allowing the two weeks of ...

NMU Relay for Life has unusual twist this time around

It's already a special event in and of itself, but this year's Northern Michigan University Relay for Life has a twist that will draw even more interest to it and consequently in the event's effort to raise funds to help to battle cancer.The relay, which begins at noon today and ends at noon ...

Tourist Park project worthy of DNR support

Since the devastating Dead River flood of May 2003, the city of Marquette has been gradually reclaiming its Tourist Park along the river's shores.With the washing out of the dam at the Tourist Park, the swimming area was gone as was the north entrance/exit road to the park and a good chunk of ...

Service club award winners are all most deserving

Several local service clubs handed out community-based awards Monday to recipients who we believe all agree are most deserving.Michele Butler, owner of Vango's Pizza and Cocktail Lounge in Marquette and a member of the Downtown Marquette Rotary Club, was the recipient of the Rotary ...

Death of gray wolf by pellet wasn’t likely preventable

It's a shame that a female gray wolf died as a result of being shot with a pellet gun.But at a glance the circumstance, which occurred very recently, doesn't appear to be criminal in nature.Here's the story's background, as reported by The Associated Press.A gray wolf that fled Isle Royale ...

Weekend powwow a celebration of culture, life

The 21st annual "Learning To Walk Together" Traditional Powwow welcomed hundreds of people Saturday inside Northern Michigan University's Vandament Arena.We're happy to see this great tradition continue in Marquette.In a world that is often criticized for its Hollywood obsession and ...

DNR land swap deal provides rare win-win situation

A 160-acre land swap approved Thursday by Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh provides a great win-win situation for the public and Dean Oswald, the owner of the popular Oswald's Bear Ranch, the largest bear ranch in the country.The deal will allow Oswald to expand ...

Beltway regulations do little to spur jobs in U.P.

My fight against unnecessary regulations is often construed by those that support big government programs as a fight to allow private companies to run wild without any oversight and any regard to our safety, our environment, or our communities in general. Nothing can be further from ...

Industry support for e-cig ban deserves much skepticism

The sellers of addictive substances will try to convince you otherwise, but they're in the business of getting people hooked on their products. If they say they support legislation that would restrict that business, it's wise to be skeptical.Such is the case for a pair of bipartisan bills in ...

Well-deserved Partnership awards given out at dinner

The recipients of the Lake Superior Community Partnership's annual awards deserve positive public notice.U.P. Home Health, Hospice, & Private Duty accepted the award in the business category and Dave Aro of Negaunee accepted the individual award.The awards were presented Thursday night ...

Icy dip will support great cause

Despite the brutally cold weather this winter, some brave souls are doing something Saturday you have to watch to believe.They are going to jump into a pond of icy cold water on the Ides of March.These brave - and yes a little bit crazy - folks are participating in the Law Enforcement Torch Run ...

City moving wisely in Lake Bancroft clean-up effort

The city of Ishpeming appears to be heading in the right direction in regard to the planned clean-up of Lake Bancroft.At its recent meeting, the Ishpeming City Council voted unanimously to pursue a grant to help pay for the project.The grant application will be made to the Michigan Department ...

National parks well worth federal investment

If you've ever wondered if the tax money the federal government sets aside for national parks is money well invested, wonder no more.A story in Tuesday's Mining Journal penned by Staff Writer John Pepin should have provided an otherwise obvious answer: Yes.Pepin wrote that a new National Park ...

All who are able and willing should think about giving blood

The Upper Peninsula Regional Blood Center is struggling to survive a tough winter. Because the winter has been so severe, the center has seen falling numbers relative to the constant need it tries to sustain.Cold, snow and ice have caused blood drive cancellations; a drop in donors outside of ...

Reopening of rustic state campgrounds a good thing

In recent years, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources shut down numerous state forest campgrounds, including several in the Upper Peninsula, for reasons largely related to budget concerns.These small, rustic campgrounds are favored by a segment of the public not attracted to the crowded ...

Economics among stumbling blocks in MAPS talks

We believe it is unfortunate that there is no current contract in place between the Marquette Area Public Schools and its teachers. Even though both parties can't agree on all contract language, it does seem like both sides recognize how important teachers are to our school system.Further, we ...