Editorial

Graveraet school still serving its purpose well

There are many old buildings spread across the Upper Peninsula that help tell and preserve the history of the region.These structures vary greatly, from old industrial buildings and prominent homes to city halls and county courthouse to churches and schools.The condition of these buildings also ...

New Delta animal shelter needed for homeless pets

Animal shelters are both inspiring and heartbreaking. They bring on good feelings simply because the people who run the shelters care enough about the animals to provide them a home until they are adopted. The dogs, cats and other animals receive food, water and shelter to keep them out of the ...

Break out the pink: It’s breast cancer awareness month

Wednesday starts the first of 31 days of breast cancer awareness all over the country. Symbolized by the color pink, the month of October has been designated the time of year to focus on breast cancer, remember those who have battled the disease, and to remember there are ways to get the upper ...

Alzheimer’s weekend walk was worthy event

Alzheimer's disease was once something that people didn't talk about.Grandpa just forgets things. Grandma's not as sharp as she used to be.But these days, it's becoming more socially acceptable to discuss the effects of Alzheimer's with others. Perhaps that has something to do with the fact ...

DNR correct in getting ahead of invasives threat

Michigan Natural Resources Department officials are working to add seven aquatic invasive species to Michigan's list of "prohibited species," a move aligned with the intentions of several Great Lakes states and two Canadian provinces.We think this is a good move and an important step in trying ...

‘Worst’ tax code is behind corporate flight out of country

It's not corporate greed or a lack of patriotism that is driving American corporations overseas, as President Barack Obama contends. It's one of the worst corporate tax codes in the developed world.The cold, hard evidence of that is detailed in a new study ranking the tax competitiveness of 34 ...

Great Lakes plan continues good protection work

Plans rolled out this week that will take giant steps in getting control of a variety of problems besetting the Great Lakes seems like good policy.As was widely reported by The Associated Press and other agencies, the updated five-year federal plan centers on accelerated efforts to address ...

‘Do It For Daniel’ shaping up to be powerful film

With great admiration, we thank the family of Daniel Olson for being willing to share their son's story in order to help others.A documentary tentatively titled "Do It For Daniel" is the story of the star Ishpeming High School athlete's struggle with depression. A 5-minute, 28-second trailer ...

Eagle Mine working after much time, controversy

It took a decade and more but the Eagle Mine started to produce nickel and copper ore this week.The mine is located in Michigamme Township and the Humboldt Mill, where the ore is processed, is situated in Humboldt Township. A story on page 1 of Wednesday's Mining Journal, authored by Staff ...

Michigan Trails Week well worth celebrating

It's no secret the Marquette area has its share of scenic trails. However, probably many people take them for granted.This week - Michigan Trails Week, which runs through Saturday - is a prime time to get reacquainted with local trails, or if people are already familiar with these natural ...

Oldtime hockey players prove they still lead way

There's no question that Marquette is a hockey town. And not only during hockey season.Travel hockey teams - kids who are either getting started in the sport or who are building on the time they've already spent on the ice - don't start putting rubber to the roads until next month. College and ...

New inductees into Alger Roll of Honor well deserving

The Alger County Women's Roll of Honor has three new members now, after a ceremony last month inducted them into the prestigious group.Mary Jo Cook, Linda Balko and Deanna Boyak, all Munising natives, were added to the elite group, which recognizes Alger County women who have led enriched lives ...

County community foundation marks major milestone

One of the area's bedrock organizations passed a significant milestone last week.The Marquette County Community Foundation celebrated its 25th anniversary at a dinner on the campus of Northern Michigan University.The foundation is a nonprofit community organization composed of various funds ...

That dog gone minimum wage just won’t go away

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," the Kentucky Republican confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."McConnell was reflecting on the day 12 years ago when the Senate approved the McCain-Feingold ...

Lack of debates would be definite loss for Michigan voters

Michigan voters won't see any shortage of political ads this election season - between now and Nov. 4 they'll be swamped by television commercials for and against the major party candidates for governor and U.S. senator.What they may not see are any debates between the candidates, which would ...

Road Watchers effort good way to get road information

We like a Michigan Department of Transportation program announced recently designed, in large measure, to determine how well MDOT?is maintaining roads in the state.MDOT will, in effect, consult on a continuing basis, with the people who are closest in touch with road conditions: ...

Sawyer air museum a viable link to past

Many longtime residents of the area can remember the significant presence K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base had on the region.From the mid-1950s to mid-1990s, the base was a bustling community with neighborhoods full of families, businesses to serve those residents and recreational facilities for ...

Chocolay burning ordinance needed to maintain safety

Think twice about leaving an outdoor fire unattended in Chocolay Township.More than likely, that's not a good idea anywhere. An unwatched fire, if it gets out of hand, can spread, resulting in tragedy or at least loss of property or natural resources.People enjoy their recreational fires, ...

Local teen’s work in African orphanage a great example

While most other teenagers are worrying about class schedules, homework and the latest hits on iTunes, there's one area 14-year-old looking to do a little good in the world.Amanda Matznick, an Ishpeming teen who took a trip to Africa last November, is hoping to raise money for the Springs of ...

State land transactions good for the area, region

Among a dozen-and-a-half land transactions approved this past week by Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh, four were approved for the Upper Peninsula, including a deal of particular importance for local waterfowl enthusiasts.In Alger County, the DNR will purchase 80 ...