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Editorial

Reading a life skill you just can’t do without

If you’re able to read, and, hopefully, comprehend, this editorial, then you’ve got a skill that some people may never learn. Possessing the ability to read is something many of us likely take for granted. It’s a skill we learned years ago as children back in school, when the scrapes on ...

Senior sports showcases will feature only the best

We hope tons of people show up to some upcoming senior sports showcases on the court and field in the coming weeks. Some of these young women and men are going to play their sport in college in the coming years but for some, it may be the final hurrah. All deserve support from sports ...

Early decision on Kirkwood Building badly needed

Letting go of old, venerable and familiar structures in communities is never easy. Just ask the people who tried some years ago to save the John D. Pierce building on the campus of Northern Michigan University from the wrecking ball. On that particular occasion, organizers worked hard to ...

Always keep safety first when out on Lake Superior

Lake Superior is there to be admired, enjoyed — and respected. With the warm weather approaching, more people will take to the lake to swim, boat, fish and take part in other recreational activities. However, these activities take on a different dimension when they’re on Lake Superior, ...

Marquette City Commission right in Pride endorsement

Metaphorically speaking, a rainbow is shining over Marquette. The Marquette City Commission on Monday officially declared June Pride Month in the city. Its longer name is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual, or LGBTQIA+ Month. Humans are complicated ...

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

Legalization of recreational pot happened; start acting

As Michigan cities and townships work to make decisions and craft ordinances relating to marijuana, they should keep in mind that 56% of voters at the polls in 2018 said yes to legalizing marijuana. We realize there are many details to be worked out regarding state and local ordinances for ...

The summer tourism season is here

Freshwater seas, flowing rivers and waterfalls, natural wilderness and more are all right outside our front doors. We should consider ourselves lucky, seeing as we’re the ones who live where others choose to vacation. It’s that time of year again, when our grass is greener, the skies are ...

Kivela’s impact continues on

Former state Rep. John Kivela had a profound impact on the community he lived in and served. This was evident at the second annual Spaghetti and Sisu event Monday. The event, which was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, celebrated the memory of Kivela while raising money for ...

Congratulations to Mark Slown on his retirement

As Ishpeming seeks a new top administrator, it occurs to us that outgoing City Manager Mark Slown’s replacement has big shoes to fill. Slown, who was hired by the city in 2013, retired from the position Wednesday. Many vital projects have come to fruition under his leadership. He ...

D-Day should always be remembered

Seventy-five years ago today, Allied troops numbering more than 160,000 landed along a 50-mile stretch of French coastline, on the beaches of Normandy, in what is most often referred to as D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Surviving World War II veterans — including many ...

Congratulations to UP Health System- Marquette on move

Congratulations go out to everyone associated with making the move from the old hospital to the new $330-million hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette. It was a monumental task to move all the patients in one day and get them settled into the new hospital. From what we understand for the ...

Let’s see what new DNR office means

In a recent edition came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new ...

Foster care is an important service for children in need

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

Petunia planting a great activity for all ages

Spring is (finally) in the Upper Peninsula air, and that means it’s time for Petunia Pandemonium. The 31st annual event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of South Front Street in Marquette. Volunteers of all ages, businesses, organizations, churches and Scout troops are ...

Inspiration Orchard worthy of time from volunteers

There’s still time to head to the corner of York and North streets in Ishpeming to help transform a once-blighted property into an orchard with berry bushes and fruit trees. Partridge Creek Farm is leading the effort, and had asked for the support of volunteers today at the site between 9 ...

Young people should pursue teaching

A story that we ran in Tuesday, May 21’s Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with ...

Legendary QB Bart Starr will be sorely missed

Whether you are a Green Bay Packers fan, hate that team or don’t follow the NFL, you had to admire Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who died Sunday at the age of 85. Did you ever hear anyone say a bad word about the man? Starr became a superstar under the tutelage of Vince Lombardi, ...

Schools must report bullying: it’s now the law

Schools must report bullying, it's Michigan law and common-sense leadership Laws are not optional. If they were, they'd be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt's Law, which requires all ...

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...