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Editorial

Passing of Pete Hamill a loss to those who seek the truth

It’s with sadness we note the passing of Pete Hamill, who might be the last of a certain breed of journalist: self-taught, street-wise and colorful. Hamill, 85, was a New York fixture for decades. The tributes that poured in about him included the words crusading, sentimental, passionate ...

Tuesday’s ballot results contained much local hope

If we needed any proof that Superiorland residents are hopeful amid a global pandemic, the results of Tuesday’s millage proposals on the ballot surely accomplished that. Voters approved a request by Negaunee Public Schools for a 0.99-mill bond proposal for a period of 25 years. A total of ...

Ready or not, NMU students are on their way back

It’s safe to say the 2020-21 academic year for Northern Michigan University will be a little different than previous years. The world still is in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning the coronavirus threat still exists. So, social distancing, hand sanitizing and other protocols ...

Claims for jobless benefits continue to decrease in state

A dollop of mostly positive economic news was released in recent days with word that the number of unemployment claims in the state of Michigan has dropped for the most recent reporting period. As reported by The Detroit Free Press, new claims dipped to 21,949 in the week ending July 25, down ...

Honoring the fallen

Capping a week of deserved tributes, the funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church brought me back a quarter-century to another funeral for another revered member of Congress, former House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill. On a cold January day at St. ...

Apparent drunk driver kills downstate trooper

Michigan State Police officers in both peninsulas, and, indeed, police everywhere, are mourning one of their own today, with the news that a downstate trooper, injured some weeks ago in a crash with a drunk driver, passed away Friday. Trooper Caleb Starr of the Lakeview post was struck by ...

MHSAA on right path in restarting sporting activities

The Michigan High School Athletic Association is doing things right in this unprecedented age of COVID-19. The Representative Council of the Michigan High School Athletic Association — the MHSAA’s 19-member legislative body — on Wednesday approved the next steps in returning sports for ...

Can, bottle drive great way for non-profits to raise funds

While the temporary moratorium on returning cans and bottles for the 10-cent deposit amid the COVID-19 pandemic has led to returnables piling up in area residences, the situation has had an unexpected bright side. Several highly successful can and bottle drives for local nonprofits have been ...

Absentee ballots will play role in primary election

We are now just five days away from the primary election, and if you want your vote to be counted, you may want to save the postage at this point. On Tuesday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson urged people with absentee ballots to return them to their local clerk’s office or drop ...

Schools face uncertain future as opening looms

The 2020-21 school year is fast approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic has not gone away. So, what does this hold for school districts? Marquette Area Public Schools broached the subject at its Monday virtual meeting, with Superintendent Bill Saunders talking about developing plans for the ...

Gray wolf population steady but future uncertain

A bit of positive news from the natural resources front surfaced Monday when the Associated Press reported the wolf population in the state — principally the Upper Peninsula — has apparently stabilized. According to AP, the gray wolf count is around 695, divided up into about 143 ...

RATI volunteers from Houghton lead by example

Marquette’s downtown Friday was the scene of one of those circumstances that make the Upper Peninsula the great place to live that it is. Business people and passersby alike were surprised to see a group of principally young people washing windows. Clad in neon vests, these were ...

Women’s center campaign well worthy of donations, support

As many people spend more time than usual at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that home isn’t always a safe or happy place for everyone. Some area residents may face domestic or sexual violence in the home, and it’s more critical now than ever to ensure ...

Safety should be primary consideration in school decision

Thursday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured the results of an Associated Press/NORC poll about schools reopening in the fall. The article states only about one in 10 Americans think day care centers, preschools or K-12 schools should open this fall without restrictions. Most think ...

ADA marking 30th anniversary, still doing great work

We sometimes take for granted things — important things — that others battled to make part of the mainstream. That might be the case for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is being celebrated this year on its 30th anniversary. Access to programs and facilities became much more ...

Water safety particularly important on Little Presque

Water safety sounds like such a benign subject, but is a crucial one to understand considering the region borders Lake Superior, which has its share of undercurrents and weather — and the inherent danger. This was apparent during two recent incidents at Little Presque Isle. On July 11, 40 ...

Police reform needed but it should start with cops

Ever since the horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands (or knee) of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, there have been calls to defund local police agencies. By defund, we assume supporters of that action mean take funding away from departments that is currently being allocated and ...

Lewis’ death leaves moral leadership vacuum in House

There seems to be little the political parties in Washington, D.C. can agree on these days, except the passing of John Lewis. The civil rights icon and Georgia Democrat died Friday after battling advanced pancreatic cancer. He had served some 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and ...

Lake Superior Day always worth celebrating

Lake Superior is a constant source of pride and joy for many who live on the north coast of the Upper Peninsula. And on Sunday, we have an official reason to celebrate: Lake Superior Day. The special day in recognition of the big lake, which started in Thunder Bay, Ontario, during the early ...

Small business virus impact survey worthwhile endeavor

The more that’s known about a situation, the more can be done to address it. This seems to be recognized by Upper Peninsula economic development organizations, which have released a new survey to measure the economic impact of COVID-19. The goal is to develop a better understanding of what ...