Editorial

Library program a positive example of grassroots effort

We like a movement that's slowly taking root around the country - including at least two places right here in the Upper Peninsula - that not only encourages reading but fosters a positive sense of community and sharing.The Little Free Library concept goes something like this: Books of whatever ...

Winter driving means safety, planning foremost

Superiorland drivers awoke Monday morning to windshields that needed to be scraped and roads that needed to be navigated - carefully.Although the National Weather Service tells us the skies will be sunny Wednesday and temperatures a moderate 45, winter is here.If history holds, as area drivers ...

If you have a chance today, thank a veteran

Officially declared a legal holiday by the U.S Congress in 1938, Veterans Day has become a time to honor those that honorably served their country in the U.S. military.Today, all across this country we will throw parades for our veterans, hand out flags, proclaim our support for our troops in ...

Motives of road, mine opponents easy to observe

At a meeting Monday night, the Marquette County Road Commission is expected to discuss a recommendation from the Marquette County Board which was passed last week.The county board -acting on the request of opponents of the Eagle Mine and a $20.8 million project to widen, pave and in some cases, ...

Local cities should reap the riches from nat gas drilling

Rochester has lost out for now on an opportunity that could enrich both residents and its government coffers, allowing a misinformation campaign to scare off two Traverse City-based engineering companies that wanted to lease mineral rights on public land. Community members opposed the lease, ...

Superiorland trio of teams continues on championship trail

Tonight, three Superiorland high school football teams - the "Boys of Fall" as so memorably named in a song by country star Kenny Chesney - will continue their quest for a Michigan High School Athletic Association championship.In Division 8, the L'Anse Purple Hornets will travel to Crystal ...

Ski, snowboard hall 2013 inductees best of the best

U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame officials in the city of Ishpeming have announced their 2013 inductees.And what a wonderful class it is.According to a hall of fame written statement widely distributed to media this week, they include big mountain skier Scot Schmidt, freestyle pioneer and ...

Food bank can use additional donations

The Ishpeming Knights of Columbus this week kicked off what we hope will be a tradition as the holidays approach - donating to local food banks.The Knights presented a $2,000 check to the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank in Ishpeming, which can certainly use the assistance.According to ...

NMU effort to ban tobacco on campus a positive move

Northern Michigan University is looking to its students, faculty and staff to answer a question that's long been asked on campus: Should the university go tobacco-free?It's a topic that comes to the forefront every few years at Northern, and we think it's time to put this debate to rest.Making ...

Ticket ‘scalping’ law has overstayed its welcome

A downstate representative seems on the right course in introducing a bill that would make it legal to sell a ticket to a concert or sporting event for above face value.Commonly known as scalping, the practice has been illegal in the state of Michigan since 1931, unless the transaction is ...

Electorate must become educated, motivated

There is an election coming up Tuesday for two new commissioners for the city of Marquette.There are important decisions that will need to be made in the future regarding the city.It is important that voters pay close attention to how candidates would represent the constituents of the city, if ...

Coburn park views must be tempered by info, perspective

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, has caught the attention of many Michigan residents with his new report critical of congressional spending priorities related to the nation's national parks.The report has local significance because Coburn -noted for detailing places government could trim ...

Here is example of what a compromise is not

The recent controversy surrounding truck routes has brought to light some glaring vulnerabilities in the way permitting decisions for the Eagle Mine have been handled by affected municipalities.When Kennecott Minerals first applied for a permit to operate Eagle Mine, the City of Marquette, the ...

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 ...