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Editorial

Political/moral leadership needed in drug prices battle

The various Democratic candidates for president and the man who currently holds the office, Republican Donald Trump, can find little to agree on these days. That shouldn’t surprise anyone as political polarization is arguably at an all-time high. That said, the one issue that everyone, it ...

9/11 compensation fund good but debt must be addressed

Most people old enough to see it happen remember where they were when the Twin Towers fell. For many of us Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be a day of tragedy, one which rouses fearful memories of our country’s vulnerability to terrorism, and painful memories for the tremendous loss ...

Criminal record expungement can mean great deal

Bravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to expunge the records of people convicted of petty offenses which now are standing in the way of them getting loans, jobs and entrance ...

Italian Fest marks 120 years with this weekend’s edition

The St. Rocco - St. Anthony Society of Ishpeming will mark the 120th anniversary of its Italian Fest with a bang on Saturday. The festival will begin at noon at Al Quaal Recreation Area with free admission. Along with the day’s activities, the Ishpeming Fourth of July Committee partnered up ...

Weekend in Marquette replete with things to do

After last weekend’s absolutely fabulous Hiawatha Music Festival comes another wonderful weekend for Marquette residents and visitors alike, this one with three events in the city. First up is the Blueberry Festival in downtown Marquette on Friday, which offers a full day of fun, including ...

MAPS helping out with mental health services

Life has always been complicated, but that doesn’t mean it has to be handled the same way it’s always been handled. When it comes to mental health resources, much more attention is needed, especially in rural areas such as the Upper Peninsula. According to a recent article in the online ...

NPS taking steps to improve rescue, safety

We like the proactive steps being taken by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials to improve emergency rescue capabilities and services in and around the park. Through a partnership with the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals, the park has increased its technical rope rescue team ...

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU's medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to equip ...

‘Adopt and amend’ a bad policy for state of Michigan

The will of the people is one of the most crucial tenets in American democracy, but apparently to many politicians in Michigan, and perhaps elsewhere, power and control seem to be more important concepts. The “adopt and amend” tactic used last year by Michigan’s Republican-controlled ...

Golf scramble to raise cash to benefit U.P. Children’s Fund

The seventh annual Grant Henriksen Memorial Golf Scramble to benefit the U.P. Children’s Fund is coming up soon and we hope as many people as possible participate in this effort to help a most worthy cause. The U.P. Children’s Fund strives to help make life a little easier for families in ...

Nostalgia: Fondly remembering how things used to be

Today is one of those days when people of a certain age can’t help but become a bit nostalgic for times past, for today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing On July 16, 1969, U.S astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop the mighty Saturn V rocket ...

Hiawatha music fest promises great weekend

Midsummer is upon us, and with it comes the 41st annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. The event will feature traditional music performances, dances, workshops and more. Starting Friday, attendees from all walks of life will converge upon Tourist Park in Marquette, in what Festival ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Hietamaki a trail blazer in labor relations, politics

Although no one we know keeps track of such things, the phrase “trail blazer” certainly is among the most misused and overused these days. But without reservation, we believe it applies to Carolyn Hietamaki, the head of the Marquette County Democratic Party who passed away at her home in ...

Soda company flap underscores region’s pride in Yooper identity

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

How the free press helped free America

EDITOR’S NOTE: This item was originally published the week of Independence Day. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” This week, as I do ...

Final thoughts on retirement from Journal

It is with mixed emotions that I write this publisher’s perspective column about my retirement from The Mining Journal. The first thing I want to do is say a huge thank you to all of our subscribers and advertisers that have supported me and The Mining Journal for the past 27 years. If it ...

Negaunee’s Pioneer Days to go out with a bang tonight

If you’ve never been to watch the fireworks over Teal Lake, it’s a beautiful sight to behold, with the colorful explosions reflecting off the water as hundreds upon hundreds of people look to the skies at dusk. Pioneer Days in Negaunee wraps up today with a parade, community picnic, a ...

Jimmy V Award winner Rob Mendez is an inspiration to us all

Life is synonymous with struggle; if you are alive, you will inevitably face plenty of it. Many of us become bogged down by it, and let it get the best of us. But every once in a while, a person comes along to reminds us that we need to be grateful for each and every gift we are given in life, ...

Cambensy’s mining committee bill a good move for state

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law Monday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...