Editorial

Good riddance NERD Fund; the mess won’t be missed

The good news is that Gov. Rick Snyder has finally agreed to stop tapping anonymous donors to pay for government personnel and initiatives he was unable or unwilling to fund with taxpayer dollars.The New Energy to Reinvent and Diversify Fund, which collected more than $1.6 million on Snyder's ...

Locally grown initiatives starting to bear fruit

It's been fairly simple this year to see the big push toward using locally grown food - all you have to do is visit one of the farmers markets that are offered regularly across the region.The success of these markets makes it obvious that more Upper Peninsula residents are growing and using ...

Never too early to remind residents to shop locally

We realize the wax in your jack-o-lantern hasn't become solid yet, but it's still the right time for this message: Shop locally this Christmas season.National ads touting holiday layaway programs have already been running on television for weeks and we're sure the airwaves will soon be ...

Leadership prevails in Marquette on BLP rates, trucking

Just when we were starting to be very concerned about the leadership in the city of Marquette, it seems like wise decisions were made at the last city commission meeting on Monday night.The rate increase for the Marquette Board of Light & Power was approved on a 6 to 1 vote. Even though ...

Effort to impact amount of plastic in lakes a worthy one

No one understands the importance of the Great Lakes more than the people who live, work and play on its shores. The Mining Journal proudly counts itself in that sizeable group.That's why we support a call from an organization comprised of representatives of more than 100 U.S. and Canadian ...

Home visit program seems like wise use of federal funds

An announcement this week that the state of Michigan is in line to receive an infusion of money aimed at, among other things, reducing infant mortality, seems like a wise use of federal dollars.According to The Associated Press, Michigan will receive $14.4 million from the Department of Health ...

Public should be part of MAPS grade configuration

Tonight, the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education is expected to vote on a new grade configuration for the district during its regular meeting.This is one of the most important decisions a school board can make, outside of passing a budget, and we would encourage anyone and everyone ...

Road commission handling 510, AAA issues correctly

Under the gun to make a prudent decision, with consideration for a wide-range of competing interests, the Marquette County Road Commission and its engineer-manager James Iwanicki performed admirably in their recent ruling on a controversial project to upgrade portions of Marquette County Road ...

Congress must act to curb federal forfeiture laws

No charges have been filed against Terry and Sandy Dehko, the owners of a Fraser mom-and-pop grocery, yet the federal government has seized their bank account and crippled their small business. This David vs. Goliath tale is the latest outrage in federal takings that have confiscated billions ...

Sea grant helps develop Great Lakes teaching tools

We like a web-based program now being offered by the Michigan Sea Grant program that, by all accounts, costs little while providing a wide array of learning opportunities for the general public.According to The Associated Press, one of the initiatives is called Teaching Great Lakes Science. ...

Family Weekend replete with fun activities for all

We welcome parents and others who have arrived in town for Northern Michigan University's annual Family Weekend.We hope you discover Marquette's many treasures during your visit to our community. Family Weekend kicked off Thursday night with a Rodney Atkins concert, then continues from 2 to 5 ...

Trail Town designation for city very appropriate

Anyone who enjoys the outdoors in the Marquette area is well aware of the wonderful hiking opportunities that abound.There are a wide variety of trails, as well, with everything from paved pathways that offer young and old the chance to take a leisurely walk to rugged backwoods trails that ...

City going down wrong road on trucking ordinance

To say we were surprised by the city of Marquette talking about a new trucking ordinance that could prohibit logging trucks and future truck traffic from Lundin Mining among other trucks to come through the city would be a huge understatement.At first glance, this move caused us to ask, "What ...

Michele Butler well deserving of annual Evergreen Award

We are pleased to join what will no doubt be a chorus of local residents in congratulating Michele Butler for being selected the 2013 recipient of the Evergreen Award.Organized by the Zonta Club of Marquette, the honor recognizes a local resident who has done outstanding work mentoring women ...

Many area agencies benefit from Cliffs, Lundin grants

Marquette County's public and nonprofit organizations are smiling a little broader today after Cliffs Natural Resources and Lundin Mining announced the recipients of $1.2 million in funding from the Cliffs/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Foundation.A total of 12 organizations were chosen ...

Women’s Center has provided four decades of service

Last week, Mining Journal reporter Renee Prusi produced a four-part series showcasing the development, activities and services of The Women's Center in Marquette, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.We extend our congratulations to the center, its workers and all the good ...

‘Dark money’ in judicial races is statewide scandal

In no branch of government is it more important for a public official to be beyond even a hint of conflict of interest than in the judiciary.Our judicial system is based on the presumption of impartiality, and anyone going into court has the right to assume that his or her case will be decided ...

No-smoking effort working but more must be done

We applaud news from Lansing this week noting that what started as a small effort to help people kick a nasty habit has turned into a major health initiative.According to a story published by The Associated Press, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline has grown from a regional pilot project offering ...

Project Keep Kids Warm is difference for many families

Many people greet winter with great enthusiasm, thrilled by its chilly beauty and excited to participate in the many activities that mark the season in the Upper Peninsula.But for many families struggling to make ends meet, winter is a time of dread.Not only do they have concerns about paying ...

NMU concussion research potentially could help many

The damaging effects of sports concussions has drawn much attention in recent years, particularly at the pro sports level.There have been programs developed to track athletes who suffer head injuries to ensure they don't return to action too soon, threatening even greater brain damage.These ...