Editorial

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 ...

Family struggles after losing everything in fire

During the Christmas holidays, we fully realize there's no dearth of absolutely wonderful causes to donate to.Indeed, here at The Mining Journal we have spend much of the past month asking readers to donate to the annual Cheer Club, which collects toys, clothing, money and food for needy ...

Still time to shop (locally) for Christmas gifts

Christmas is hurtling toward us like a runaway freight train but really, there's still plenty of time to be ready for its arrival.Christmas is Wednesday and with busy schedules often keeping people from getting everything done, shopping might seem a terrifying proposition.Shopping locally is ...

Kids Count study results should be call to action

The annual Kids Count in Michigan study takes an in-depth look at the well-being of youth in the state, including how they can be affected by such things as economic status, access to health care and education.The 2013 study, released earlier this week, took a little different approach than in ...

New bishop named in Marquette Catholic Diocese

We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome to the Upper Peninsula the man who will be the 13th bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Marquette.In a much anticipated announcement Tuesday, the Rev. John Doerfler, vicar general of the Diocese of Green Bay, was named to replace Archbishop Alexander ...

Lower gas prices welcome as holiday driving increases

With many people getting ready to travel Michigan's roads leading up to the holidays, we're happy that Marquette-area gas prices seem to be holding close to the statewide average of about $3.14 a gallon.Those of us looking to jump in our vehicles and travel either across the U.P., the state or ...

NMU board made right call on smoking statute

Northern Michigan University will officially be a tobacco-free campus Aug. 1, following the go-ahead vote given by the organization's Board of Trustees Friday morning.That's a vote we wholeheartedly agree with. A number of other college campuses around the state - including the University of ...

US 41 corridor group on right road toward upgrade

The U.S. 41 Corridor Committee -which has member communities from Harvey to Michigamme- has crafted a preliminary draft wish list of improvements for the busy traffic corridor the highway services in Marquette Township.The panel said the property along the 2.7 miles of highway has "been subject ...

Despite fire tragedy, Hickey’s Bar steps up for 2013 Cheer Club

We have just experienced one of the coldest spells of weather that we have had in years. If you are looking for a way to warm up I have a suggestion. How about donating to the Mining Journal Cheer Club, which supports the Salvation Army in Marquette County?Knowing that you are helping a ...

Mining minerals needed to sustain area

The following items have something in common. Perhaps you can connect the dots before reaching the end of the list:1.) Living in this somewhat remote location at the top end of Michigan where many items needed for day-to-day existence must be transported in natural gas, propane, petroleum ...

When the big bad wolf wasn’t a wolf in first place

The story was untrue, fabricated and misleading - much like the fairy tale. Unfortunately, the Big Bad Wolf in this story isn't a wolf at all.Earlier this month, Michigan Sen. Tom Casperson R-Escanaba, acknowledged he put false information about wolf sightings into his 2011 resolution that ...

Donations to Cheer Club coming in but much still needed

Strides were made this week in the 2013 Mining Journal Cheer Club. Strides were made but complete goals were certainly not accomplished.For example, Marquette General Hospital CEO Gary Muller and his wife, Sandi, dropped off a check for $2,000 to the newspaper's Marquette office. It's ...

Fire won’t stop Hickey’s Bar from holiday benefit

Landmark Ishpeming establishment Hickey's Bar may have been reduced to a pile of rubble by a devastating fire in November, but the kindness of owner Brian Polkinghorne was not altered.Despite the physical presence of the bar being gone, Polkinghorne is carrying on a Hickey's tradition by ...

Trust funds grants have enriched the community

Marquette County has once again fared well in the annual recommendation of grants from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.The trust fund board announced this week that of about $3 million in grants recommended for the Upper Peninsula, roughly $1.87 million are pegged for Marquette ...

NMU graduates face trying world but are ready to do well

Saturday is a bittersweet for many in Superiorland as it will mark winter commencement ceremonies at Northern Michigan University.That's bittersweet for parents, because it's another sign of the passing of time and how grown up their sons and daughters really have become. That of course is ...

Time to adjust driving to allow for winter conditions

It's easy to look around these days and wonder if certain U.P. motorists have forgotten everything they may have known about driving on winter roads.Now that Old Man Winter has officially reared his ugly side and covered our roads with snow and ice, it's a good time to remind ourselves of a few ...

Bill to eliminate phone service before its time

A bill introduced in Michigan's Senate in October by state Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, is gaining a bit more notice locally, namely from the Marquette County Board.The board voted Tuesday to draft a resolution opposing Senate Bill 636 because it would allow telephone companies to eliminate ...

Suicide prevention program well worth community effort

Congratulations to all those who have been involved in the effort to put together a strategic suicide prevention plan for Marquette County. The plan, revealed recently at a meeting of the Marquette County Board, was developed over the past year."There's a lot that we did in this, a lot more to ...

Marquette wants regional transportation solution

Marquette County needs a regional transportation solution. This is a long-standing challenge for which the city of Marquette, Marquette County, Marquette Township, Negaunee Township, Northern Michigan University and the Marquette County Road Commission have developed a framework for moving ...

Working families have bigger issues than deficit

The greatest challenge facing the economy of the Upper Peninsula is the crisis of high unemployment and low wages, not the deficit. This problem isn't unique to our region or our state. Nationwide, over 20 million people are in need of full-time work.Although U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal ...