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Editorial

Additional care, caution needed when on ice

With the winter solstice officially behind us, the days have now started to slowly get longer (even though it doesn’t feel like it, at all). But as most Yoopers already know, the grip of winter will still be around for months to come. With that under consideration, we must remember to use ...

Let’s keep civil discourse in mind for 2020

At midnight today we will celebrate the dawn of a new year and a new decade, and with that traditionally comes renewed resolve to become “better.” Whether via weight loss, earning more money, a reduction in electronic screen time, paying down debt or volunteering more, the desire to improve ...

We should all attempt to do our part with keeping beaches clean

Although it should have come as no surprise to anyone, a recent federal study has linked increased beach trash with a decrease in tourist use. Put another way, the more garbage on beaches, the less those beaches — and surrounding businesses — are frequented by visitors. The study, by the ...

Judge James Collins was outstanding legal mind

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Collins of Negaunee last week. Judge Collins, as he was more commonly known, died Dec. 20 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. He was 91. We won’t attempt to recount everything Collins accomplished in a life well lived. Other ...

Make a point to help the Point- In-Time Count

How can you help people when you don’t know they exist? That’s a problem facing officials who deal with, or want to deal with, homelessness in Marquette County. However, the annual Point-in-Time Count, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, should help remedy ...

Make a point to help the Point-In-Time Count

How can you help people when you don’t know they exist? That’s a problem facing officials who deal with, or want to deal with, homelessness in Marquette County. However, the annual Point-in-Time Count, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, should help remedy ...

2019 Journal Cheer Club a big success

Toys aren’t necessary for a child to have a happy Christmas. However, just knowing people had the generosity to donate toys to kids they didn’t know is enough. Plus, it can’t hurt to have a truck or stuffed animal under the tree on Christmas morning. That’s why we’re glad to see ...

Paying for Christmas with expected tax receipts is dicey

If you’re like a lot of people in today’s world, many if not all of the bills associated with Christmas will be paid for using the expected income tax return. But because some tax returns may require additional review and take longer to process, the Michigan Department of Treasury thinks ...

St. Paul Singers to provide beautiful music

Ideally, the Christmas season should be a time of togetherness and a period during which everyone is especially charitable. So it’s heartening to learn two Negaunee parishes have banded together to keep a holiday tradition alive, one that raises funds for two most worthy causes: St. Vincent ...

For safety’s sake, always manage snow wisely

With the monstrous dump of snow the region received in recent days and weeks, residents have been pressed into the snow management business en mass. And with it, the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding residents to keep a handful of simple guidelines in mind when plowing and ...

Giving Tuesday an overwhelming success

The Upper Peninsula may be a small, rural area, but that doesn’t mean its residents can’t make a huge difference. That was proven on Giving Tuesday, when Yoopers contributed over $1 million during the annual day of giving that took place Dec. 3 this year. Through nearly 3,200 transactions ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

Great Lakes makes best travel destinations list

We’d estimate that most people who live near any of the Great Lakes will attest the bodies of water are world-class travel destinations, easily comparable to any on the planet. Now, apparently, a lot of people have come to the same conclusion. Travel magazine Travel + Leisure just named the ...

Taxing online businesses a good state move

Bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week are an entirely appropriate way for government to deal with businesses using the internet to sell goods and services to state residents. Whitmer signed legislation ensuring that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more ...

Grand Island Ice Caves receive unusual recognition

A Superiorland winter attraction, well-known to locals and people who visit the local area, has received a bit of national attention in an unusual way. The ice caves on Grand Island, located off Munising, is famous for their striking beauty. Now, that beauty has been recognized by the U.S. ...

Tinseltown in downtown Negaunee happening Saturday

Ishpeming, Marquette and Munising have done it, now it’s Negaunee’s turn to be in the Christmas spotlight when the Irontown becomes Tinseltown on Saturday. The downtown area of Negaunee will be filled with sounds and sights of the holiday season in what has become a well-attended December ...

Ring that bell and help out your community

With Christmas now under two weeks away, the final stretch is upon us, and many of us are scrambling to make those final preparations for the big day. However, for those who may have their shopping well in hand, they may want to consider a different kind of gift this holiday season — the gift ...

Short term, long term solutions both needed for embattled roadway

Lakeshore Boulevard, without a doubt, is one of the most scenic corridors in the city of Marquette. As its name says, it runs along the Lake Superior coastline from South Front Street north to Presque Isle Park. Even when various obstacles such as trees, buildings, rocks and other objects ...

Deer hunters are generous with harvested venison

Bravo to deer hunters in the state of Michigan for demonstrating a high degree of generosity in sharing their venison with people and families in need. According to a story in The Detroit Free Press, this year has been record-breaking. Michigan hunters have donated more than 58,000 pounds of ...

Improve background checks for people who work with seniors

We wholeheartedly agree with the conclusions of a new report that says the state Aging and Adult Services Agency should tighten up its criminal background check policies for employees, contractors’ staff and volunteers to better protect older adults. The report is from the state Auditor ...