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Editorial

Journal planning major coverage of upcoming election

With less than a month until the Nov. 4 general election, there's not a great deal of time remaining for voters to familiarize themselves with the numerous issues and candidates on the ballot.In addition to the statewide races for governor, U.S. senate, attorney general, secretary of state and ...

Answers hard to come by in recent gas prices spike

Here we go again. On May 25, we ran a positive editorial thanking the local gas stations for being more competitive over the past year. We were consistently competitive for over a year with other Upper Peninsula communities.At times we were a bit lower than Escanaba and Iron Mountain. We were ...

Legislature should amend state’s civil rights law before year’s end

The election is over and so, too, is the infighting among Republicans trying to win over conservative voters.Now, the legislature should confront the issues it failed to resolve before campaign season took hold a couple months ago.Dedicating more money to improve Michigan's roads is certainly a ...

Cliffs events provide education opportunity

Employees of Cliffs Natural Resources took a group of roughly 20 area teachers on a tour Friday of the organization's extensive transportation division, a move we think was a great idea.Education in all its forms is an important facet of our society. Showing these teachers how modern-day mining ...

Zombie Run a great community event Saturday

One of the most talked-about television shows in America returns Sunday night when "The Walking Dead" begins its much anticipated fifth season of scary fun.But local residents will get the jump on the action with a little zombie excitement of their own while at the same time helping kids and ...

Alternative high school a solid program here to stay

Marquette Alternative High School is having quite a year. Not only is this its 10th year of serving students in the Marquette school district, but it is also vying to capture a $100,000 prize in a national contest.The school - now housed in the Vandenboom building after stints at Graveraet ...

Bargain license fees good deal for visitors to state

It's no secret Michigan is a haven for hunters and anglers. State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, has introduced a bill that might make it more attractive for out-of-state residents to come to the Wolverine State.Casperson wants to sell discounted licenses to nonresidents who own property in ...

Transplant seminar to provide wide range of information

An event scheduled for Wednesday night this week promises to inform people about one of the most important yet least understood medical procedures available: organ transplant.And as an additional bonus, the person who has done the lion's share of work organizing the event is someone who can ...

Sikkema well represented MDOT, did solid work

Andy Sikkema was a familiar face to those visiting Michigan Department of Transportation's Ishpeming Transportation Service Center anytime within the last 20 plus years.He's been an MDOT employee for 24 years, retiring in July.To honor his time working for the department, MDOT renamed a ...

Manley did good work as register of deeds; so will replacement

This week marked a changing of the guard at the Marquette County Register of Deeds Office.After 25 years of dedicated service, Register of Deeds Patricia Manley retired. Her last day on the job was Friday. Thursday afternoon, a three-member panel of elected officials appointed Manley's chief ...

Growing anti-vaccination trend causes concern in region, state of Michigan

It's easy to label anti-vaccine rhetoric spouted by a tiny handful of outspoken activists as gullible, short-sighted and even dangerous.But the natural next step - to say parents who seek waivers to prevent their children from getting vaccinated are also gullible and short-sighted - is an ...

Vigilance needed in monitoring kids and the Internet

We echo concerns voiced by a Michigan State Police officer recently relative to children and safety on the Internet."There are people out there on the Internet doing things they shouldn't be doing," Det. Sgt. Wesley Smith of the MSP Computer Crimes Unit in Traverse City, said in an interview ...

Don’t forget North Korean threat

It's easy to ignore, rarely making headlines or causing the average American lost sleep, but North Korea deserves our attention.This week, the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University released a report showing satellite images of construction of what appears to be an intercontinental ...

Is Romney the obvious GOP frontrunner?

Let me admit upfront that I have a real soft spot for people who dare to run for public office. For most of us, life is a series of quiet successes or setbacks. If you and I are the two finalists to be promoted to regional manager and you get the job, the local press - when it announces your ...

Gossard to host unique event Saturday

We cannot help but get excited when the past and the present are merged into a great event.That's what's happening Saturday when the inaugural Oktoberfest takes place at the old Gossard building in downtown Ishpeming, which is definitely a treasure with links to the past.Construction on the ...

Graveraet school still serving its purpose well

There are many old buildings spread across the Upper Peninsula that help tell and preserve the history of the region.These structures vary greatly, from old industrial buildings and prominent homes to city halls and county courthouse to churches and schools.The condition of these buildings also ...

New Delta animal shelter needed for homeless pets

Animal shelters are both inspiring and heartbreaking. They bring on good feelings simply because the people who run the shelters care enough about the animals to provide them a home until they are adopted. The dogs, cats and other animals receive food, water and shelter to keep them out of the ...

Break out the pink: It’s breast cancer awareness month

Wednesday starts the first of 31 days of breast cancer awareness all over the country. Symbolized by the color pink, the month of October has been designated the time of year to focus on breast cancer, remember those who have battled the disease, and to remember there are ways to get the upper ...

Alzheimer’s weekend walk was worthy event

Alzheimer's disease was once something that people didn't talk about.Grandpa just forgets things. Grandma's not as sharp as she used to be.But these days, it's becoming more socially acceptable to discuss the effects of Alzheimer's with others. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact ...

DNR correct in getting ahead of invasives threat

Michigan Natural Resources Department officials are working to add seven aquatic invasive species to Michigan's list of "prohibited species," a move aligned with the intentions of several Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces.We think this is a good move and an important step in trying ...