Editorial

It’s time to end state driver responsibility fee money grab

We can all debate what the role of state government should be, but one thing it definitely shouldn't be doing is imposing criminal penalties just to raise revenue.That's what Michigan has been doing since 2003, when it instituted "driver responsibility fees" - state penalties for certain ...

Farmers market starts today in Marquette

Although temperatures aren't supposed to get very deep into the 50s today, come hell, high water and snowflakes, the curtin goes up on the15th consecutive farmer's market season in downtown Marquette today.A page one story in Friday's Mining Journal authored by Journal staff writers Christie ...

Flights to D.C. honor area’s unsung heroes

Another successful Upper Peninsula Honor Flight has been completed.The flight took 78 veterans of World War II and the Korean War to Washington, D.C., to visit the monuments in their honor along with other landmarks.This was the first flight that had its majority from the Korean War set.The ...

City truck pact a move in the right direction

The city of Marquette and Lundin Mining Co. have taken a positive step to address the inevitable - hauling of ore from the Eagle Mine to the Humboldt processing plant.This step came in the form of an agreement between the city and Lundin's subsidiary, Eagle Mine LLC, that was unanimously ...

Practical learning experience a rare student opportunity

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, "The only source of knowledge is experience."While we're not certain we completely agree with the esteemed theoretical physicist's assessment, certainly doing things as a practical matter nicely augments what's taught in a formal classroom.Just ask a ...

Click It or Ticket an outstanding safety reminder

The first phase of the annual Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign by the Michigan State Police started Monday with ads and will grow into enforcement zones next week. We think this campaign to get drivers to use their seat belts is a good way for all of us to remember how important the ...

Gwinn teen battling medical issue runs benefit race

Good things happened in Marquette on Saturday with the running of the 2014 Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center's Hope Starts Here ChallengeLet's start with the event itself, a collaboration between Northern Michigan University and Marquette General Hospital.Organizers tell us some $30,000 was ...

Long-term whitetail study should yield valuable results

A planned nine-year study, begun in 2009 and being undertaken by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory at the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University, is welcomed and should provide a great deal of ...

Earth’s resources are needed for survival

In response to Rosa Musket's points in her 5-4 op-ed, I offer the following counterpoints. Considering the Upper Peninsula's mining history of boom and bust, I doubt many today consider a single resource extraction company as more than a short term opportunity for jobs, taxes, etc.Three percent ...

Good advice: Don’t rush school bus seat bills just yet

Student safety is of the utmost importance for Michigan families, and it should be for school districts as well.Lawmakers in the state House have introduced several bills that would require shoulder belts in all new school buses. Yet studies related to the effectiveness of seat belts on buses ...

Marquette Food Co-op services to be enhanced

The Marquette Food Co-op had some great news to share this week, with an announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that the co-op will receive a $615,000 performance-based grant through the Michigan Community Revitalization Program along with a tax abatement from the city ...

Mother’s Day just around corner but still time to plan

It's not too late to be ready for one of the most important days of the year, in our humble opinion.That is of course Mother's Day which is Sunday.Moms deserve to be pampered every day but most especially on Mother's Day. That doesn't always mean material things, although a box of candy or a ...

Cold Water Challenge a fun activity with dangerous side

Did you see a video online of someone jumping into freezing water before learning that he or she dared you to repeat the act within 24 hours or you have to pay $100 to charity?Good, harmless fun, right?The Cold Water Challenge is something that's caught the eye of just about everyone who spends ...

Cliffs/Eagle Mine Fund wide ranging in giving

Thirteen community organizations will be able to accomplish more thanks to recent contributions from the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.More than $1 million will be distributed throughout the area from the second round of grant approvals for the fund, ...

Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state's foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction.The Department of Human Services initiated the online system last week in a "soft launch" of the ...

Many good things are happening at Sawyer

The Sawyer Community Alliance is celebrating its fifth year of existence in 2014, with plenty of progress to show for it.The area around Little Trout Lake has been cleaned up and a playground now exists for kids to use. A fishing event takes place there every year, a great way for families to ...

Melting ice on lakes and rivers pose problems, danger

The recent ice rescue by Marquette County Sheriff's deputies of a Republic Township man's dog illustrates the inherent danger and problems involved in trying to safely walk on river or lake ice at this time of year.Steve Nesbitt's Canadian husky had wandered across a roughly 300-foot section of ...

Stem gun violence

To the Journal editor:Once again, we have gun violence resulting in multiple deaths and injuries.On April 2 at Fort Hood, a soldier killed three, wounded 16, and committed suicide.Does justice require a new anti-gun violence law?Supporters of a new anti-gun violence law state there is a right ...

Farm grant will aid MSU research station in area

A Michigan State University research center in Superiorland is in line to receive a healthy financial boost, courtesy of a federal grant.The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center at Chatham, which has been around cince the late 1800s, is in line to get $500,000 from the U.S. Department ...

Years of hard work pays off for NMU graduates

Another May and another graduation season begins with the Northern Michigan University spring commencement exercises.It's hard to fathom it can be graduation time already - especially with the snowy and cold April weather we experienced - but indeed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Superior Dome ...