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Editorial

Bundle UP MQT highlights community generosity

While this month has brought warmer, milder weather than we typically expect here in the Upper Peninsula, it’s still critical to bundle up and practice cold-weather safety. However, not everyone has a warm coat, boots, gloves, hat and scarf, or the resources to purchase cold-weather gear, ...

Polar Roll will take place but will involve new format

We congratulate Polar Roll organizers for thinking outside the box by coming up with a new format for the event, which has proven to be a highlight of winter. This fat tire bike race will done in a new format this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organizers refer to the new format ...

Baraga, Delta county moves understandable but may prove unhelpful

In the same week that coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300, officials in two Upper Peninsula counties have spoken out in opposition to the shutdown regulations. First, the Delta County Board of Commissioners on Monday announced it passed a resolution making ...

Ban on Capitol open carry wise but didn’t go far enough

The Michigan State Capitol Commission earlier this week banned the open carry of firearms in Michigan’s Capitol. Good move, but it didn’t go far enough. The timing was right to do this. Most of us know what happened on Jan. 6 when an out-of-control mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, which ...

No-knock warrants open door to wide variety of bad results

Law enforcement agencies throughout the nation have been rethinking their tactics this year, in efforts to prevent tragedies such as the death in March of Louisville, Kentucky, resident Breonna Taylor. Taylor died during a raid by police investigating illegal drug trafficking — with which ...

2020 is over but many challenges remain in 2021

Just because we have turned the page on 2020, does not mean that the issues we faced in that abysmal year are now behind us. The truth is, they are still very much here. The U.S. registered more COVID-19 deaths in a single day than ever before — nearly 3,900 — on the very day the mob ...

Equitable, efficient distribution of vaccine is key challenge

As we enter the second full week of January, we will also enter a new phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Michigan. Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with vaccinating residents who are 65 and older; frontline essential workers ...

It’s easy to forget but world contains much good

A lovely set of photos was featured on the front page of this newspaper Wednesday, pix of the first baby born in 2021 at UP Health System-Marquette. The year’s first bundle of joy weighed in at 6 pounds and 11.8 ounces and measured 20.5 inches His name is Sam James and he was born to ...

Post office did its best during holiday rush but problems remain

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. The ...

Time to accept that Biden won election and move on

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-1st District, along with state U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7th District, announced earlier this week that they will formally object during the Electoral College certification process that begins today. “Since Election Day, constituents have demanded Congress launch a ...

Donating blood is a critical act

As the holiday season wanes and we all find ourselves with maybe a bit more time on our hands, it’s time to think of how we can give back to our communities while filling our mid-winter days. There are many ways to give back and make a difference locally, such as volunteering, contributing ...

Veterans here and elsewhere deserve best in health care

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, has a lot of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves, including a great many right here in Superiorland. For decades, ...

2020 was tough but area residents have hope for better year

The year 2020 was certainly one for the books. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, a highly contentious presidential election and movements for racial, social and economic justice amid increasing socio-economic, cultural and racial tensions, it’s been a year that’s changed us forever as ...

State COVID-19 relief bill good news but politics should stop

With 2020 drawing to a close, it appears that more relief is on the way for Michiganders. On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a $106 million plan that will provide relief to businesses and fund efforts to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus, according to an Associated ...

County survey another good tool in COVID-19 battle

It helps to be proactive in many situations, and the COVID-19 pandemic is one of them. The important rules still hold true: maintaining a healthy social distance of 6 feet, washing hands frequently, wearing facial coverings and avoiding large gatherings. However, now that COVID vaccines are ...

Start planning on summer school now

The pandemic has wreaked havoc in many aspects of our lives, but one of the greatest disruptions it’s caused is in the realm of education. Children across Michigan have lost months of learning this year, and it’s on our state’s school leaders to help them catch up. That should include ...

Ending year on strong note most important

We’ve done it — there are only three days left of 2020, and it is surely a year that will not be missed. However, it is important to end the year on a strong note, and that means being smart about celebrating the new year and putting this dreadful year behind us. According to the ...

Cheer Club donations made season brighter for all of us

It’s certainly been an unusual holiday season, but we’ve been glad to see one thing continue as usual: demonstrations of generosity by area residents. And many of us here at The Mining Journal office have had the joy of observing this giving spirit firsthand, as we’ve watched our ...

Child’s inquiry to New York newspaper sets world straight on Santa

Editor’s note: This is the reprint of the 1897 New York Sun editorial responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City. O’Hanlon said friends had claimed there was no Santa Claus and so she asked, “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” This is the ...

To travel for Christmas is a key decision we must all make

We urge our readers, friends and relatives in Superiorland and elsewhere who are thinking of traveling this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the COVID-19 woods yet, not by a long shot. Yes, the vaccine is slowly being distributed and cases and deaths seem to be dropping, ...