Editorial

Changes in state forfeiture law are long past due

Although some in the law enforcement community might take issue, we believe legislation that’s headed to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer making fundamental changes in Michigan’s forfeiture law is not only appropriate but long past due. Under the bill, which enjoyed rare bi-partisan ...

Coal was fuel of Industrial Revolution but it’s not future

The good thing about coal, unlike some other natural resources, is that we don’t have to fight wars halfway across the world to get it. Mountains of coal can be found right here within our own country’s borders, and we’ve got the infrastructure in place to mine it, ship it and use it to ...

County-wide millage to fund single-stream recycling a bad idea

The recent debate over the possible millage increase to cover single-stream recycling in Marquette County spurred us to look back at an editorial we did on Dec. 23, 2017, regarding the way the city of Marquette handled a new waste agreement. We are including that missive exactly as it appeared ...

Our Dec. 23, 2017 editorial

As long as we are on a roll with questioning the city of Marquette for the way they handled filling Sara Cambensy’s vacant seat, we have to also question the way the city commission handled the trash removal contract for Marquette residents First off, they allowed Waste Management to submit ...

New dictionary entries help us stay current with words

For those of you who missed it, it was announced earlier this week that the Merriam-Webster dictionary added some entries. There were 640 additions, in fact. As a newspaper staff, we at The Mining Journal, of course, have an interest in these additions. After all, words are of paramount ...

Take-back day prime opportunity to dispose of old drugs

Although it may not be widely known, police and others involved in law enforcement — especially activities related to drug investigations — tell us that the first place many addicts obtain dope isn’t the stereotypical street corner pusher but the family medicine cabinet. It’s not ...

Free speech means everyone has chance to comment

Greg Lukianoff, author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, presented “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What to Do About It” on Monday at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall. Lukianoff is co-author, with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, of ...

Kid Count data worth considering

The latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book has been released, and it’s fairly good news for Marquette County. The county ranks 20th out of 82 counties for overall child well-being in Michigan, with Keweenaw County not included because it lacks sufficient data. The ranking puts Marquette ...

Nessel’s battle against puppy sale schemes justified

We applaud Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and others in law enforcement and positions of advocacy in cracking down on illegal and inhumane puppy sale schemes. Nessel has said she plans to focus on the operations that include not only puppy mills but storefronts that sell sick or injured ...

Whitmer on right track with jobs training initiatives

That rarest of political circumstances occurred not many days ago in Lansing when many — certainly not all — Democrats and Republicans found an issue they could agree on. Ok, that’s something of an overstatement as the two parties do cooperate from time to time. But that cooperation is ...

Line 5 tunnel not perfect solution but best that’s out there

We see it as good news that Gov. Whitmer is rethinking her position on the replacement of the current Line 5, which carries petroleum in the straits of Mackinac. Enbridge is proposing to build a tunnel 100 feet below the lake bed to carry a replacement system to the current Line 5. We ...

Superior Health Foundation a great community partner

In case you missed it, Superior Health Foundation was back at it this week, awarding more than $107,000 in health-centered grants at its Spring Grants Celebration, which was sponsored by 44North. SHF awarded $107,329.53 at the celebration, some $82,138.83 being dispersed in large grants to ...

NAMI provides important service to people in need

“Sometimes in our lives we all have pain, we all have sorrow. But if we are wise, we know that there’s always tomorrow. Lean on me, when you’re not strong, and I’ll be your friend. I’ll help you carry on.” Those supportive words are the lyrics to a song called “Lean on Me,” ...

Earth Day 2019 right around the corner

Monday will mark the 39th celebration of Earth Day, and the date may be more important to recognize now than ever before. The website www.epa. gov states that on the first Earth Day in 1970, 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land and water. Back then, there was no Environmental ...

Mudjekewis Wildlife Refuge ecologically, historically significant

The Upper Peninsula most likely will never be dotted with major metropolitan areas, given its remoteness and terrain. Still, a close watch has to be paid on development, making sure the environment is considered. Since development is inevitable, it’s gratifying to hear when a large tract ...

Think carefully about gifting animals for Easter

If you’re thinking it might be cute to get the kids some chicks, ducklings or even a bunny for their Easter basket, we’d ask that you think again. Animal experts warn that very much like puppies and kittens at Christmas time, chicks, ducklings and bunnies are not good Easter basket ...

Tough call made to close St. Christopher preschool/daycare

It’s a shame but the economics of the situation have forced decision makers at the St. Christopher Preschool in Marquette Township to announce that the facility will close its doors permanently at the end of the school year. The popular preschool and daycare has been in operation for more ...

NTN purchase of Heartwood parcel good public policy

A single pathway can take the user on a journey from point A to point B. Sure, you can retrace your steps and end up back at the beginning, maybe catch a few new sights along the way, but — unless you venture off the path — that’s about it. A network of pathways, on the other hand, ...

Becoming an Outdoors Woman helps women develop outdoor skills

A long-standing Michigan Department of Natural Resources program, which has a decidedly female focus, deserves recognition, even as organizers start planning for the summer session. It’s known as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and for the past 22 years, it’s exposed women 18 and older to a ...

Careers in trades increasingly a great choice for women

The knocking of hammers and buzzing of saws can easily be associated with construction and the trades industry. Typically, at least in the more traditional sense, those people swinging the hammers and working the saws have been of the male variety. But that may be changing. A good example of ...