Editorial

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 ...

Transportation funding crossroads approaches

A good transportation system is essential to the lives of the people of Michigan. It's how we get the kids to school, how we get Grandma to the doctor, and how many of us get ourselves to work each day.But it's even more essential to our economy. From iron ore to pulpwood logs, from cereal to ...

Eminent domain use in road issue is dangerous

People far and wide, familiar with Upper Peninsula residents, speak admirably of their independence and individualism. This individualism demands adherence to personal liberties and rights for all. We are portrayed as ardent defenders of free speech, Second Amendment rights, and private ...

Incarceration agitation: We must work on sentencing guidelines

No country incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than the United States. How does that grab you?At 716 per 100,000 people, according to the International Centre for Prison Studies, the U.S. tops every other nation in the world - yup, even Cuba, Russia and a host of other countries ...

Arts, antiques event in Ishpeming a fine diversion

Proponents of the local arts and antiques scenes have been quietly enjoying an event in Ishpeming this week that brings both worlds together.Starting Thursday and ending today, people have been able to purchase or simply enjoy the artwork and antiques throughout the first floor of Pioneer ...

Funding needed to address widespread frost problems

The prolonged frigid temperatures that have smothered the area this winter have everybody hoping for early arriving springlike weather.Most hopeful for a shift out of the cold and into spring are undoubtedly members of public works crews, who have been battling an extreme winter of water line ...

Proposed cuts to Great Lakes programs a very bad deal

We think President Barack Obama is in deep water in proposing significant cuts to programs that address the Great Lakes most urgent environmental threats.The president's proposed 2015 budget released Tuesday requests $275 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which he established ...

Flag law isn’t game changer but still important

It might be a small thing to most but we whole heartedly support a move made last week by Gov. Rick Snyder relating to flags put on the graves of veterans.The governor signed into law a statute restricting local governments from buying American flags made outside the U.S. for veterans' ...

Local DWTS a positive fundraiser, experience for area

In homes across Marquette County, people are practicing their fox-trots, two-steps and tangos as the contestants in this year's "Dancing with the Stars Marquette County Style" get ready for the May 22 competition.The cast was announced last week and is comprised of Tyler Jenema and Monica ...

Extending mine life is unqualified good news

Great news for the Marquette iron range was announced recently with Cliffs Natural Resources saying it had entered into a revised agreement which will allow the life of the Empire Mine to be extended by at least two years.We think this is great because just as the national, state and local ...

Time to change U.P. combination licenses

It's time for a change in combination deer licenses for the Upper Peninsula back to what they were prior to 2008 with one unrestricted tag.That's the best option for scientific deer management in the region, given the reality of periodic severe winters.That option also best serves hunters by ...

Increasing minimum wage a good way to reward hard work

Congress should raise the minimum wage to make sure work is worthwhile for all Americans.When it does so, it should also link future increases in the minimum wage to the inflation rate so we don't have to repeat this political battle over and over again.The main argument against raising the ...

Always remember safety comes first in festivities

St. Patrick's Day may be two-plus weeks away, but the end-of-winter parties are getting started as early as this weekend.The countdown to Mardi Gras is nearing its final bell and many revelers will take to their favorite watering holes tonight to get in on some early at-home Mardi Gras fun.We ...

Region certainly pleased to see February end

Saturday, we turn the page to another month as March makes its appearance at last. February might technically be the shortest month, but weather-weary Upper Peninsula residents no doubt feel as though the month had 56 days, not 28.That's because of the bitter, brutal cold that gripped the area ...

Lakeshore plan another wise use of property

The city of Marquette has been gradually transforming its Lake Superior shoreline from its bygone industrial lands into prime recreational tracts.Mattson Lower Harbor Park was perhaps the first of the noteworthy projects, which turned the former Spear Coal Dock into a grassy expanse that hosts ...

War against sea lamprey may take new direction

There is evidence to suggest that it's going to become more difficult, and potentially, more expensive, to wage war against what might be considered the grandfather of all invasive species: The sea lamprey.As detailed in a recent Associated Press story, federal scientists have determined that ...