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Editorial

Have we forgotten lessons, sacrifices of 9/11?

Ask any of the remaining World War II generation how they feel about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, and we can all but guarantee you the response you’ll get will be an emotional one — nearly 78 years after the fact. With freedom on the line, everyone ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in Michigan

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...

Weekend Edition has something for everyone

Welcome to our brand-new Weekend Edition, an expanded edition of The Mining Journal that will be published and distributed on Saturdays in place of the Sunday paper. After a lot of thought, discussion and work, we think you’re going to like it. The newspaper business is evolving, here and ...

Pine Ridge fire, aftermath was test for local agencies

As summer turns to fall, it is hard not to put the events of last season in the rear-view mirror. Long days at the beach, class reunions, weddings, they all seem to become a distant memory as the weather gets colder. But some can’t quite close the book on one summer event. As of today, 139 ...

U.P. Fall Beer Festival will make you proud of state’s breweries

Saturday’s U.P. Fall Beer Festival will be taking an already huge event to the next level, with over 100 breweries in attendance, offering around 650 unique Michigan-made beers at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. “The U.P. Fall Beer Festival provides a unique opportunity for people ...

Marquette residents should voice views on recreational marijuana

To opt in or opt out? That is the question. The Marquette City Commission is expected to meet at 5:15 tonight in chambers for a work session to discuss recreational marijuana. The commission in February by a 4-2 vote passed an ordinance opting out of allowing commercial marijuana ...

Move to terminate top state official well founded

We support the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission’s move last week when the panel sent the agency’s director packing. The commission voted 5-2 Tuesday night to fire Agustin Arbulu, following a controversy regarding remarks he had made that many found sexist and ...

Michigan’s roads need to be addressed by Legislature

Right now, our roads are crumbling as our state lawmakers do what politicians do best: continue to debate with no resolution in sight. But the problem is, there’s a deadline in sight, and it’s coming up pretty quickly. The Great Lakes State needs $2.5 billion to fix the roads, and at ...

Epstein case is far from over with other predators out there

A few of the women victimized by the late Jeffrey Epstein got their day in court on Tuesday, and some expressed frustration that they will never see him there. Epstein, the rich sexual abuser who committed suicide in jail earlier this summer, was to have been tried on various charges that he ...

Community response to arson loss has been heart-warming

Just when it seemed a grinch had spoiled a Christmas tradition in Ishpeming, the response of the community, some students and one former resident has helped to brighten the situation immeasurably. It started with a case of suspected arson which burned to the ground Santa’s Workshop in ...

Courageous efforts of men who saved child honored

At the Marquette Fourth of July parade earlier this summer, two men immediately jumped into action when disaster struck, and their courageous efforts did not go unnoticed. Justin Gustafson and Eric Johnson were honored with lifesaving awards presented by the Marquette City Commission Monday ...

Kudos to all involved in local Project Keep Kids Warm

It’s not too early to plan for cold weather. Yes, it’s only August, but it is the Upper Peninsula, so early planning probably is warranted. Volunteers in Marquette County will donate their time for the 10th annual Project Keep Kids Warm winter clothing drive. Every year, the project ...

Summer on its way out, winter is right around the corner

The reality of the situation is inescapable. Summer’s almost over. Actually, for students in the Negaunee and Gwinn school districts, as well as at Northern Michigan University, summer ended when they went back to class this week. The weather in recent weeks has been glorious, leading ...

Downstate city council candidate off base in forum

We join what we believe are literally millions of people who were absolutely appalled by comments made last week by a downstate city council candidate during a forum attended by local residents and media. Jean Cramer, who is running for a seat on the Marysville City Council, was asked if the ...

Recycling has been, will continue to be, a personal choice

Residential recycling has been something we’ve heard quite a bit about in recent years, but recycling in the workplace hasn’t always been at the forefront of the discussion. That’s unfortunate, considering the workplace is where many of us spend a good chunk of our time during the week ...

Brumm well within rights to request ballot recount

Marquette City Commission candidate Margaret Brumm was the subject of a modest dollop of criticism in recent days after she asked that the votes cast for commission candidates in the August primary be recounted. Thankfully, the criticism was mostly muted and short lived. Brumm received the ...

HarborFest returns to Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park

Two days of food, music and fun commence this afternoon when Marquette West Rotary’s HarborFest returns to Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. It’s an action-packed two-day festival, with all kinds of activity in and near the park. There are inflatables for the kids to enjoy and a ...

Amarah’s Light nonprofit doing great work for others

Author John Green wrote, “Grief does not change you. It reveals you.” This has rarely been more evident than with the local nonprofit, Amarah’s Light. Amarah’s Light will be holding the fourth annual Amarah’s Light Prince/Princess Parade: Walk Run Family Fun at noon on Saturday at ...

Giving books a good home a noble undertaking

Unwanted books are a sad thing. However, thanks to efforts from several caring K.I. Sawyer residents, that literary population is on the decrease. Melissa Derby is founder of Read UP Bookmobile, a book exchange program that promotes literacy in the Upper Peninsula. Derby got the idea for ...