Editorial

Thorough debate needed on what to do with state windfall

A bit of unexpected good economic news made its way out of Lansing late Friday, all but passing unnoticed as the weekend approached and residents from one end of the state to another enjoyed a brief respite from the bitter cold.The administration of Gov. Rick Snyder and other economists said ...

Renovation of Carnegie Library gains support

The Ishpeming City Council has expressed a desire to change its meetings to a different location, and the ideal place is moving toward being a perfect venue.Where is perhaps the most appropriate place to have council meetings? The historic Carnegie Public Library, of course, and ongoing ...

Flu season means taking precautions, care of oneself

Although the holiday season is over, flu season just getting startedFlu season is here and we'd like to remind everyone of a few things to remember as the illness peaks.Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, but with the winter starting as early as it did this year, it's not too ...

Charitable giving still needed after holidays are over

By all accounts, the 2013 Mining Journal Christmas Cheer Club was a resounding success.Area residents reached into their pocketbooks and hearts, giving thousands of dollars in cash, clothing and new toys so families could enjoy a great Christmas.But with the holiday giving season behind us, ...

Brutally cold temps mean care, caution with pets outdoors

Animal advocates, and The Mining Journal, remind readers to not forget their furry friends outside when temperatures plummet. The American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty of Animals offers a handful of commonsense suggestions that are worth repeating here, given the conditions:1. Keep ...

Marquette General will be well served by Banos selection

We'd like to join others in the community in welcoming Ed Banos to his new role as chief executive officer at Marquette General Hospital. Banos -who has been president and chief operating officer at Marquette General since May- became the hospital's CEO effective Wednesday. Banos will also ...

Evil intent must be shown when prosecuting cases

Historically, evil intent has been an element of most crimes. Prosecutors had to show a person willfully intended to break a law.Statutes have generally contained words such as "knowingly," "willfully" and "deliberately" to signify the element of intent in a crime. But increasingly, statutes ...

Munising Facebook page has unexpected impact, results

What started out as a light-hearted attempt to give Munising residents, former and otherwise, an online opportunity via Facebook to reconnect, turned into something much more significant - and just in time for the holidays."You know you are from Munising if ..." has 1,770 members who have ...

Jobless benefits need to be reinstated

It was disappointing to see Congress adjourn for the holidays without taking action to help make the season brighter for many Americans who are unemployed.The inability of Congress to reach an agreement to extend unemployment benefits for more than a million U.S. citizens, including 1,400 in ...

New Year’s arrival ends another busy year in 2013

It's easy to forget some of the big events that happened in the past year. People often get so caught up in the trials and tribulations of their own lives to spend more than a few moments marking world-wide events.With the new year about to crash down on the calendar when most of us have just ...

Giving up keys on New Year’s Eve is the right thing to do

The coming of the new year is almost always a joyous occasion. It's a time to gather together with friends and family and look back on the year gone by, reminiscing on the good times had and looking forward to whatever the future brings.With one of the biggest partying nights of the year just a ...

Getting a solid report on space needs helps the county

Earlier this year, the Marquette County Board established a Space Needs Ad Hoc Committee to review operations at the Ishpeming branch of the district court, the county youth home in Marquette and jail bed shortage issues at the county jail and Mangum Farm detention center.After receiving the ...

House speakers’ criticism of private groups a bigger issue

Much is being made of House Speaker John Boehner's blunt criticism last week of conservative groups.And much should be made of Boehner's justifiable outburst. But we think the big picture is being overlooked.The speaker was responding to the attacks waged by right-wing interest groups on a ...

National Weather Service warns of winter weather

Across the Upper Peninsula, the National Weather Service has forecast moderate to heavy snowfall for tonight into Sunday near Lake Superior. The forecast indicates only the latest in a recent volley between snow storms and bitterly cold temperatures - a back-and-forth combination that can be ...

If you don’t have anything nice to say, stay quiet

The relationship between political correctness and the first amendment right to free speech is under constant scrutiny.Most recently, "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson may have pushed for the divorce of the two with his unfavorable remarks about gays, blacks and Japanese people.No matter which ...

State shows support for local projects; hope the trend continues

It is good to see some road projects in the Upper Peninsula receive funding from state grants recently.A total of about $6.9 million were awarded to four U.P. counties, including: Alger County, $700,000 for two projects; Schoolcraft County, $4.9 million for two projects; Dickinson County, ...

Final countdown to Christmas is winding down

The buildup to Christmas has seemed longer this year than it has in the past.Going all the way back to Thanksgiving as usual, and even before as commercials and Christmas songs tried to drown out our yearly day of thanks.The final countdown to Christmas is finally here. There is only today left ...

Organ donation allowed life to come from tragic death

On Dec. 12, 27-year-old Dollar Bay resident Sanaz Nezami passed away inside Marquette General Hospital, the victim of an alleged domestic assault by her husband, Nima Nassiri, 34.But Nezami's story does not end with death.Her story lives on through every breath taken by the person who received ...

‘Tis the season to be on the lookout for scam artists

As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year."Unfortunately, that is likely the credo for thieves too with numerous scams launched increasingly throughout the holiday season. In addition to outright theft of money, goods and services, thieves seem to increase their scamming ...

Ending must-revive mandate a positive move for families

It has taken us a long time as a society to get to the point where we trust adults to make their own decisions about the end of their lives.The practice of individuals making out living wills or creating "do not resuscitate" orders is relatively new.Without such directions, those in the medical ...