Editorial

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 ...

Dislike freeloaders? Then it’s time to change state law

No one likes a freeloader. Count Michigan teachers among that number. As more public school teachers exercise their rights to leave the union, some of their colleagues are displeased.They feel it's unfair to share the good benefits they paid for with those who withhold their dues.Coopersville ...

Never forget what happened at Pearl Harbor

There is an old saying that goes, approximately, "Time heals all wounds."While that might be true, we hope the passage of time doesn't dim memories of what happened 72 years ago today at Pearl HarborOf course we're talking about the Japanese attack on the U.S. Pacific Fleet and other military ...

Skate for Life event an excellent way to help great cause

Tonight and Saturday, hockey fans have the chance to watch some great action while at the same time aiding a special cause.The inaugural Skate for Life, an event being planned by U.P. Run for Life, Superior Health Foundation and the Marquette Royales hockey team, is set for this weekend at ...

City working hard to be more bike friendly

Regardless of what season it is, it doesn't take long to realize the bicycling fraternity has taken Marquette by storm.Even this week, when the first major snowfall of the season hit town, bikes were seen working their way up and down city streets and bike paths - some riders peddling for ...

Cheer Club helps area residents in need

Every year, The Mining Journal editorial board asks the central Upper Peninsula for help in supporting the annual Christmas Cheer Club. This year is no different, except the need is even greater than usual.The 35th annual Cheer Club launched, as it does every year, the day after Thanksgiving. ...

Going forward, wolf hunt will add variety

With serious hunters willing to travel across the country and even around the world for a chance to hunt many different types of game, the 2013 Michigan wolf hunt in the Upper Peninsula adds variety, if for no other reason it's unusual nature.Hunters have the opportunity to harvest up to 43 ...

MAPS meeting tonight a key one for public to attend

The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education is expected to make a decision tonight on accepting a new grade alignment proposed by its Strategic Planning Facilities Subcommittee.The proposal is as follows: make all the district's current elementary schools K-5 buildings, along with the ...

Extra care, caution needed in safe holiday driving

With wintery conditions and increased holiday shopping activity arriving almost simultaneously, we wanted to remind everyone to take extra care when driving to try to help ensure a safe holiday season.It's easy to become distracted when rushing from here to there, trying to get this and that, ...

State should resist willy nilly changes to key enviro statutes

Better safe than sorry.For decades, that was Michigan's standard to regulate the pollutants belched into the air by industry smokestacks.That's about to change, as the state continues its headlong rush to make Michigan friendlier to business.Eliminating unnecessary regulation has been a high ...

Cheer on the Hematites today at Ford Field

If you're reading this page while having your first cup of coffee of the morning, there is still time for you to watch the Ishpeming Hematite football team defend its Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 7 title.The Hematites will be taking on the Detroit Loyola Bulldogs at 10 ...

Holiday shopping can make, break retailer’s business

Although a great many stores opened Thursday afternoon and Thursday night, today is often considered the official start of the Christmas shopping season.It's called Black Friday and the phrase traces its roots as far back as the early 1960s. Many sources credit - or blame as the case might be - ...

Thanksgiving Day a time to count one’s many blessings

It's easy to forget one's blessings and to forgo giving thanks at this, or any, time of the year.If one looks around, especially in the areas of politics and international relations, the news does seem to be unrelentingly bad, doesn't it?In no particular order then, political parties that can't ...

Lake bottom provides intriguing clues on long- missing ship

It's been a season of discovery in the Great Lakes this year, after the Henry Smith was found in Lake Superior just 535 feet from the shores of Marquette.And now, we are closely watching the drama unfold in Lake Michigan as the legendary Griffin - a 17th century ship - may, or may not, have ...

Adoption is always a great option to build families, lives

Saturday may have been one of the most important days in the life of a foster child.As National Adoption Month culminated with Saturday's National Adoption Day celebrations in almost 400 cities nation wide, nearly 4,500 children in foster care just hoping and wishing for a permanent family will ...

New loan program will assist local businesses

A new fund announced this week will provide a total of $750,000 for loans to Marquette County entrepreneurs to get loans for equipment or working capital.We think this new effort developed by the Lundin Foundation, Eagle Mine and Northern Initiatives will provide a good deal of new opportunity ...

Superior Dome will rock high school football today

Are you ready for some football? Today's the day for you, then, as Northern Michigan University's Superior Dome will be the site of a triple dose of Michigan High School Athletic Association football semifinal action featuring Upper Peninsula teams Ishpeming, Menominee and Forest Park.For just ...

JFK assassination anniversary should give pause to all

There are just a handful of historic events living Americans recognize have galvanized memories to the point that most everyone can recall with clarity where they were and what they were doing when news arrived.Certainly the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 falls into that category, ...