Editorial

Life Tracker celebrates 10 years of helping our community

A program that helps caregivers and the authorities keep track of people who have a tendency to wander recently turned 10. Life Tracker is the result of a partnership between the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Marquette County, Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, TRIAD of Marquette ...

State initiative to ban Chinese lanterns a very good idea

We like a good time down at The Mining Journal as much as anyone. But legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban Chinese lanterns in Michigan might make sense. The popular devices, which are already illegal in 29 states including Minnesota, Illinois, ...

State initiative to ban Chinese lanterns a very good idea

We like a good time down at The Mining Journal as much as anyone. But legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban Chinese lanterns in Michigan might make sense. The popular devices, which are already illegal in 29 states including Minnesota, Illinois, ...

Michigan State Police marking 100 years of outstanding service

The Michigan State Police was established 100 years ago, and while many things have changed over the last century, some others have not. Troopers don’t ride around on horses much anymore, having swapped out the four-legged animal as the primary option long ago for much faster and more ...

Developing county jail diversion effort a step in right direction

For a long time, sociologists and other professional observers of human behavior have been telling us that putting mentally ill criminal offenders into the same cell arrangements as garden variety crooks is the wrong thing to do, often creating more problems than there were to start out. With ...

Hiawatha Traditional Music Fest great family entertainment

The weather hasn’t always cooperated, but in terms of events, it has been a lovely summer so far in Marquette County. The good news is there is still much more to come. Like this weekend’s Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette’s Tourist Park. Musicians, artists and people ...

Snyder’s state task force on public retiree costs on right course

Although the real work hasn’t started, we like the direction a statewide task force is taking in helping chart a viable course on public retiree costs. The task force, seated by Gov. Rick Snyder, released a 41-page report earlier this week, noting that immediate action is needed. The ...

All of us must pitch in to remove cigarette butts from landscape

Sometimes red buckets aren’t enough. Last Wednesday at the Lydia Olson Library at Northern Michigan University, a presentation called “Nine Lives of a Cigarette Butt” was given to the public as part of the UP4Health Challenge. Part of the focus was on the health hazards of smoking, of ...

Letters to the Editor: Eulogy to Paris

To the Journal editor: Mother Nature. The crow’s feet at the corners of her ancient eyes deepen. Her eyes take in the whole of her blue-green sphere of teeming life. Her placid loving countenance slowly hardens as her furrowed brow of creases deepen into crevices of concern. Humankind, ...

Community asked for assistance in locating another missing person

The police are asking for the public’s help once again to help find a missing person in the central Upper Peninsula. Last week, a Cooks woman and Rumely man were missing for much of the week before the couple — LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth, 28 and Eric Scott Ruska, 37 — was located Friday in ...

Enviro problems at former bases should be remediated

Although the days bi-partisan cooperation seem well in the rear view mirror, we hope the U.S. Congress looks favorably on that portion of the recently approved Defense Authorization Act that requires the Defense Department to study the health impacts of exposure to certain chemicals used at the ...

Police, community came together in missing persons case

Emotions were high this week for many in the Upper Peninsula as the details of a missing persons case unraveled. LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth and Eric Scott Ruska, who had been missing since Sunday, were found alive early Friday at a gas station in Munising. Our immediate thoughts are with the ...

‘Grease’ provides great opportunity to enjoy local theater

We have heard nothing but rave reviews for the current Lake Superior Theatre production in which “Grease” is the word. And we’re confident that others who have heard the same will be snapping up tickets to the musical, which will be presented Tuesday-Saturday for the current week, next ...

Battle against opioid abuse often starts at home

We were astounded to read an opinion by an emergency room physician and University of Michigan assistant on the dangers of opioid abuse. According to Brad J. Uren, MD, who wrote recently in a column for The Detroit News, opioid-related overdoses are responsible for the largest share of ...

‘Good Jobs’ program needed to compete for new employment

Although a lot of people have problems with the concept, the State House of Representatives Wednesday put Michigan squarely in the middle of the tax incentive game, when it comes to attracting new jobs to the state. The House OK'd a package of bills, 71-35, in a bi-partisan vote, setting up ...

No Asian carp found doesn’t mean no Asian carp exist

Page one of Tuesday’s Mining Journal shows several photographs of the invasive Asian carp. One was of the fish in a controlled environment: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The other showed a multitude of carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumping from the Illinois River ...

NPR Declaration of Independence incident a reflection of divisiveness

A week ago, our nation celebrated Independence Day. Revelers crowded main streets and waterfronts across America to mark the day in patriotic fashion — the way it has been done since at least 1941, when it became a federal holiday. NPR tweeted out the Declaration of Independence, line by ...

State isn’t done with pension reform

Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state’s school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list. A report presented to the West Michigan Policy Forum last ...

Residents should get involved in discussion on garbage pickup

Let’s do some trash talking about the city of Marquette. No, we don’t mean insults or publicly ridiculing officials. We literally mean trash collection and recycling changes that could be coming down the line for city residents this fall. The Marquette City Commission and city staff ...

Dysfunction wins again in Lansing

Michigan’s best hope of landing 5,000 or so high-tech manufacturing jobs now rests with the governing process in Wisconsin and the other states with which it’s competing being just as dysfunctional as it is here. The state House began June 20 with good prospects of having enough votes to ...