Editorial

Hazards of digital world seen on local computer hack

In recent days, news of another credit card security breach hit consumers in the Marquette area, this time involving the Tadych's Econofoods in Marquette. Management officials said some customer's credit or debit card information may have been compromised over a 41-day period and obtained by an ...

Do homework, don’t allow propane crisis to happen again

Many of our neighbors in the Upper Peninsula are facing a real crisis this winter, caused by both man and nature, the astronomical price hikes for propane are causing hardship across the country - and right here in Delta, Schoolcraft and Menominee counties.Due to a shortage of propane, ...

Plan to spend more on water programs a positive move

We like an idea from Gov. Rick Snyder that would see, if it comes to fruition, an influx of new dollars into programs that support and restore Michigan waters, including the Great Lakes.In a story Friday, the Associated Press reported that Snyder is calling for millions in new spending to ...

Weekend loaded with fun activities for everyone

If you are bored this weekend, you're not trying hard enough to find something awesome to do.There's an Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Ride in Big Bay at 10 a.m. Saturday during which times sleds from 1985 and older are invited for the spectator show. An annual 25-mile ride begins and ends at ...

Recycling transfer station makes economic sense

The value of recycling many household items keeps rising as landfill space becomes more expensive and scarce.In addition, emerging markets for the recycled materials make it more economically feasible to expand recycling efforts.Many local communities have initiated comprehensive programs that ...

New longer, sharper teeth placed in state anti-poaching laws

Thinking about doing a little spotlighting, also known as poaching? If you get caught - and in all likelihood, you will - be prepared to pay big bucks to the state.That's because recent changes in state law have increased the penalties associated with illegally shooting whitetail deer. A ...

Sled dogs put on another wonderful show over weekend

As time ran away toward the starting gun of 2014's U.P. 200 sled dog weekend, many were concerned the event would suffer from a lack of participants.Happily, that wasn't the case.This year's U.P. 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 provided some of the best racing we can recall in recent ...

Run of frigid temps one for the record books — literally

Bust out the hot coffee and thermal socks - we just broke a 35-year-old record for the number of consecutive days when the high temperature was below freezing.The record was previously set Feb. 22, 1979 after 72 consecutive days of miserable, cold, below freezing weather.On Sunday, we hit day ...

State response to propane shortage more than adequate

As Michigan has joined many of its neighboring states in struggling through a difficult propane shortage this winter, the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder seems to have been particularly responsive.Snyder has combined several state agencies into a collaborative responding to the situation on ...

State budget surplus serves both policy and politics goals

Spreading Michigan's budget surplus to cover as many bases as possible seems to be the goal of Gov. Rick Snyder's final first-term spending plan, while not-so-subtly answering the demands of election year politics.Presented recently, it's a smart blueprint that gets a good deal of mileage out ...

100DayArtProject a good way to get community involved

It's our belief that arts and culture play a critical role in the fabric of a community.That's why we were so pleased to learn of a community-wide arts program that will span some 100 days.The Community 100DayProject art project will have participants work on an artistic endeavor every day for ...

Valentine’s Day an appropriate time to share adoption story

On a day that's all about hearts, we must thank David and Amy Bond and Judith Wanichek Adams for opening theirs.The Bonds are the young couple from Negaunee who shared the story of their search for David's birth mother in a two-part story that appeared in The Mining Journal Thursday and ...

U.P. 200 offers excitement, fun for everyone

It doesn't seem that long ago that the first sled dogs bolted from the starting gate and sprinted down Washington Street through a large, loud crowd of spectators in the inaugural Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Championships.However, that cold February day was way back in 1990, and from then on the ...

Delft Theater project a boon to city’s downtown area

We were pleased to learn that plans are proceeding apace to resurrect the Delft Theater in downtown Marquette.Mining Journal readers Tuesday found out that the Marquette City Commission the night before had OK'd an application for a Community Development Block Grant to help offset costs ...

Olympics may be recalled for mishaps rather than athletics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are upon us and with the world watching, there have been a great many interesting mishaps taking center stage and overshadowing the actual competition. It's starting to look like the collateral damage the city of Sochi and Russia as a whole is enduring will be what the ...

Cliffs donations underscore firm’s commitment to area

Cliffs Natural Resources recently announced its intention to donate a total of $400,000 to charitable organizations in Marquette County over the next five years.We're happy to see Cliffs continuing its long-standing tradition of supporting the community surrounding its mining operations.The ...

Election season has already started so meet the candidates

Though it may not seem possible, this year's election season is upon us or is at least probably a lot closer than you think. If you need any more proof of this contention, take note of all the political figures making trips to the Upper Peninsula, with increasing frequency.In recent weeks we ...

Changes needed by state to promote hunting

I hesitated to write this commentary regarding the decimated deer herd in knowing the juggling act that the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has to endure with pressure coming from the auto insurance industry, farmers, sportsman's clubs, the timber industry and licensing, to name a ...

Michigan has no reason to license so many occupations

Should the state license doctors and lawyers? Almost everyone would say "yes," given the harm that could be suffered at the hands of an unqualified and unscrupulous practitioner.But how about barbers, landscape architects, manicurists and window installers? It's a lot harder to make a case that ...

Olympics should bring out the best everyone

As the 2014 Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia, Superiorland residents have a special interest in that we can watch for athletes who have a connection to our area.The opening ceremonies will be broadcast on WLUC-TV6 starting at 7:30 p.m. today.Some of the locally connected athletes to watch ...