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Editorial

‘Doc’ and Mae could give lessons in love, commitment

In a world in which relationships are fleeting and divorce is commonplace, what a beautiful love story Tauno "Doc" and Mae Etelamaki have shared.The Negaunee couple celebrated 75 years of marriage this week at a party attended by family and friends, as told in a story by Journal Staff Writer ...

Problem with fireworks didn’t disrupt holiday

The Fourth of July holiday featured all the events area residents and visitors expect when we celebrate the founding of our great country.Included were parades, festivals, social gatherings and, of course, fireworks. Fireworks displays are particularly welcomed at the end of the day that marks ...

Fresh food an option for all at city’s farmers market

At the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, it's possible to get healthy, local food, even if your wallet isn't overflowing with cash.The market reminds the community it accepts multiple payment options that include Project Fresh, Market Fresh and the SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ...

State grant program may help locals fund projects

We hope area municipalities, tribal governments and others take the time to participate in the state of Michigan's Wildlife Habitat Grant Program. Administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, applications are now being accepted.State officials, according to The Associated ...

Bond family saga proves love is eternal

Today's feature on the Superior people page, (page 6A) will most assuredly tug at the heart strings of anyone who reads it.Penned by veteran Journal staff writer Renee Prusi, it tells the tale of another Mining Journal staffer, David Bond, and the moment he finally met his birth mother after ...

County board support in tax case positive

At a recent meeting, the Marquette County Board voted unanimously to allow its chairman, Gerald Corkin to enter into an agreement with the city of Marquette and the Marquette Alger Regional Education Service Agency to finance legal costs incurred in defending a challenge by We Energies to the ...

Detroit has its problems but things are starting to look up

Detroit's population continued to decline in 2013, despite revitalization efforts within and outside the city.But the rate of population decline has slowed significantly.Other data indicate that economic growth in and around Detroit is strong.While, ideally, Detroit's population will increase ...

As menace grows, drug summit needed in region

A drug summit being held in the Upper Peninsula this fall will be a much needed chance for several different police agencies to come together to combat a growing problem happening right here in the Marquette area.Registration is being taken for the Sept. 16 Meth and Opioid Drug Education Summit ...

Nation celebrates birthday today — enjoy it!

America celebrates its birthday today with sparklers, red, white and blue bunting, parades and fireworks.The Fourth of July is a day when family and friends get together to enjoy what's hopefully a beautiful summer day. The area is abuzz with activity for these people to partake in after the ...

MGH helicopter medical service will save lives

We understand why people in the neighborhood where the new Marquette General Hospital air ambulance helicopter will land and take off aren't thrilled about the intrusion that this will mean to their lives.Helicopters create a loud and unique noise and because you can never predict when they ...

Cautious optimism needed for state budget

The new $53.2 billion state budget allows for a spending increase of 6 percent this year. This scenario came about mostly due to Michigan's new expansion of Medicaid eligibility to more low-income adults and expected higher tax collections in an economy that's seeing an uptick.That's good news. ...

New meth laws are welcome step in right direction

Anything reasonable that makes it harder to cook up batches of methamphetamine makes a lot of sense to us.That's why we support a trio of bills signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder intended to clamp down on access to one of the illegal drug's primary ingredients.In stories reported by The ...

Grant will greatly improve Sawyer lighting system

Sawyer International Airport recently received a $1.1 million grant, which will be used to fund vital improvements to the airport's runway lighting circuit, pave runway shoulders and finance the replacement of aircraft rescue and firefighting suits.We're happy the airport received the grant ...

Commission recall effort is appalling over reaction

Here we go again. The recall process is being used to try to oust three Marquette city commissioners over the boathouse flap.Let us say right up front that we are not in favor of this type of recall. We didn't support the recall several years ago when city commissioners were turned away over ...

Proposal 1 will greatly improve Michigan employment climate

A proposal that helps Michigan businesses without hurting local governments and schools is a good deal for everyone, including homeowners.That's why voters should support Proposal 1 during the Aug. 5 state primary.Proposal 1 eliminates Michigan's personal property tax, an equipment tax paid ...

Michigan Merit Curriculum law a positive step

Legislation signed this week by Gov. Rick Snyder that helps ease restrictions put in place by the Michigan Merit Curriculum are a long-awaited change we're excited to see made.Upper Peninsula legislators have been fighting this battle for years, trying to make the argument that not all high ...

Township rink plans shaping up into great project

We like plans from Marquette Township that made a bit of news this week, plans to develop an outdoor ice rink and warming house at Lions Field.A township official told Mining Journal Staff Writer Mary Wardell, for a front page story Thursday, that completion is expected by this winter.The ...

July 4th fireworks displays deserve community support

As the Fourth of July holiday draws near, residents across the Upper Peninsula and visitors to the region are eagerly awaiting all the festivities that accompany it.American's observance of independence Day is perhaps the biggest celebration in the country, with parades, festivals, picnics and ...

Jill Richardson

People in the transportation industry, including Michigan Department of Transportation officials, have been telling us for years the state's bridge system is, in many respects, in exceedingly poor condition.Mining Journal readers heard it again Monday in a front page story titled, "Bridge to ...

Accountability needed in Medicaid overpayment mess

A recent state audit showed that Michigan improperly spent $160 million over three years caring for Medicaid recipients needing in-home services primarily because it failed to obtain invoices and other required documentation from service providers.That's $160 million that could have been spent ...