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Editorial

Adopt-A-Highway program continues doing great work

This month, Michigan's Adopt-A-Highway workers will return to roadsides across the state to clean-up trash in the first of three annual trash pick-up efforts.The program is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. We applaud the Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Forest programs Michigan has ...

Anderson did superior work in lengthy career

Superiorland lost a respected educator recently when Karen Anderson called it a career.An Ontonagon native, Anderson served as CEO of North Star Academy in Marquette, a school chartered by Northern Michigan University since 2007.Although she became interim superintendent at Gwinn Area Community ...

Gwinn students learn a persuasive letter can pay off

One would not normally equate socks with self-expression. But students at Gwinn High School recently learned the two can be linked.And 328 pairs of socks prove that.As Journal Staff Writer Mary Wardell detailed in a story that appeared in Wednesday's paper, each student and staff member at GHS ...

BLP maintenance effort has multiple benefits to area

A project underway at the Shiras Steam Plant has additional benefits beyond maintaining and updating the coal-burning facility.The Marquette Board of Light and Power performs annual maintenance on its electricity generating plant to keep everything shipshape and operating as clean as possible. ...

Tribunal missed mark

To the Journal editor: The recent decision of the Michigan Tax Tribunal to dramatically reduce the taxable value of big box stores such as Lowe's, Target and Menard's is impacting more than local units of government and the Peter White Public Library.It is also impacting local water quality and ...

FOIA request to city should be fine tuned to get best results

The Marquette City Commission earlier this week upheld city officials' decision to deny a Freedom of Information Act request from Michael Neiger, a representative of Save Founders Landing Beach, for disclosure of City Manager Bill Vajda's emails.Neiger has been active in fighting the ...

New drunken, drugged boating standards make good sense

We join what we suspect is a significant majority of people in the state of Michigan in applauding new laws addressing what might be described as drunken or drugged boating or snowmobile and ORV riding.According to stories from The Associated Press, the laws regulating drunken and drugged ...

Marquette in process of developing new master plan

Because of the importance of the document and its role in charting future developments, the people making decisions at Marquette City Hall are wise to update the city's Master Plan.This year's plan builds off the 2004 model. It notes a handful of key projects completed since that time, ...

Although gains made locally, VA has work to do in health care

We sincerely hope readers paid close attention to a long-awaited report on veterans health care that was released last week.In stories from The Associated Press, it appears the Veterans Administration hasn't made all that much progress following a flood of bad publicity last year on the ...

Blueberry Fest poster design contest a fun, artistic activity

Although today's sloppy, late winter conditions might not look a lot like it, the warm days of summer are just ahead.If you're in the city of Marquette, that means a string of popular festivals and gatherings.One of the nicer ones that we've come to look forward to is the Blueberry Festival, ...

Fellow Flowers movement growing stronger by the day

Two native central Upper Peninsula women are blossoming on the national stage, evidenced by being featured on the "Today" show last Saturday.Tori (Koski) Sager, who grew up in Baraga, and MaryEllen "Mel" (Poutanen) Charbonneau, a Negaunee native, were the subject of a story by Erica Hill of ...

Mill permit revision process went way it was supposed to

In any large industrial operation there needs to be the proper environmental checks and balances.Regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels are charged with overseeing these controls, and how they carry out their mission is fairly straightforward and spelled out in the laws governing ...

Beware IRS scams as tax filing deadline approaches

The tax deadline of April 15 is fast approaching, so many people most likely are scrambling to file their returns in time. However, there's something they also should keep in mind: the possibility of an Internal Revenue Service scam.Marquette City Police have been seeing a recent surge in scams ...

Rolling Stone has no one to blame but itself

There is very little anyone can say in defense of Rolling Stone magazine's handling of the sexual assault story it published last year, which sent the University of Virginia campus and fraternity Phi Kappa Psi into turmoil."A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely was brimming with bad ...

New on-campus archive source will spark memories

An exhibit at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives should interest men and women of a certain age, and, the university is betting, a great many others with an interest in local history, especially of the cultural and political types.The college's tumultuous era ...

Warming temps has made area ice covers hazardous

With springtime weather hitting the local area over the past couple of weeks, rain, sunshine and rising temperatures have been undermining the thickness and integrity of what was once solid ice over Lake Superior in the Marquette and Munising areas.Law enforcement and fire department officials ...

Journal’s annual Progress Edition a positive comment on community

It's that time of year when my pride as Publisher of The Mining Journal reaches a new high for the year.On Tuesday, we published our annual Progress Edition. This year's edition included 128 pages of good news about the Central Upper Peninsula.The annual Progress Edition is filled with positive ...

Hidden Talent tour brings message to Upper Peninsula

If you're a Detroit Tigers fan, watch the team on television and pay the least amount of attention to the commercials in the broadcasts, you know who Richard Bernstein is.A Detroit-area lawyer whose firm is among prime Tigers sponsors, Bernstein out of private practice these days, now serving ...

Despite disagreement on commission, trip to Tennessee worthwhile

A trip to Tennessee by the Marquette City Commission and some administration is a step in the right direction - literally - given the scope and importance of the pending hospital construction project.Duke LifePoint, of course, is located there, prompting the venture.Following discussion Monday, ...

Traffic study will be well worth time, trouble

Just as most motorists in the area are well aware that the spring pothole season is upon us, the Marquette City Commission is also talking about it.The commissioners did more than just talk about it this week, too, as they approved funding for a traffic study on one of the more well-traveled ...