Editorial

Ready, set, let the politics in the state of Michigan begin

Michigan voters may already feel as if they're inundated with political advertising preoccupied with nasty personal attacks.But Labor Day marks the traditional start of the campaign season, and they ain't seen nothing yet.With competitive races for governor and the U.S. Senate, as well as four ...

Lakeshore Boulevard project gains needed momentum

The city of Marquette appears to be moving in the right direction in its efforts to revamp a stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard that skirts the Lake Superior shoreline.And as if right on cue, last week's storm demonstrates that work along the stretch needs to be done.Over the years, Lake Superior ...

Walt Kyle Mile a great community fundraiser

The Walt Kyle Mile has evolved in its six years of raising funds for the Beacon House, the hospitality house for patients receiving medical care and their loved ones.What started out as a walk has become a walk, a 5K run and a dance-walk to support the cancer patients at Beacon House.These ...

Lots of good churches

To the Journal editor:My husband and I recently received an anonymous letter specifically addressed (handwritten) to us. The letter described Bible teachings related to salvation, sin, and changing one's life. The letter was mailed in a plain envelope with no return address.At the end of the ...

Events of 9/11 should never be forgotten

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States, and a number of events are scheduled in many of the usual places to mark the occasion.Commemorations are planned at the site of the former Twin Towers of the World Trade in New York City, where American Airlines ...

Forget about a suspension, put Rice behind bars

In a time when scandals and off-the-field antics have just as much to do with the NFL?as the actual games, the league finally got something right.Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was cut loose by the team after the now-infamous in the elevator video of an altercation between Rice and his ...

Landmark Inn must stay a gem despite new ownership

At first thought, the words "Landmark Inn to be sold" could instill thoughts of sadness. The building, a longtime fixture in the downtown area along Front Street, has provided a temporary stay in Marquette for many notable people throughout the years: Amelia Earhart, the comedy duo Abbott and ...

Community support needed for skate park work

The skate plaza in the city of Marquette, located at the corner of Pine Street and Fair Avenue, has been up and running for one year, allowing youth in the area to hone their skateboard, scooter and biking skills without having to worry about where they can practice.The park was created solely ...

Helicopter testing looks like good deal for Sawyer

The deal Marquette County officials are trying to work out with the U.S. Army to test South Korean, Italian and American helicopters this winter at Sawyer International Airport is a great opportunity we strongly support.Still to be worked out are a confirmation from one of the three entities ...

U.P. veterans enjoy another successful Honor Flight

Another successful Upper Peninsula honor Flight is in the books, and there are another 80 military veterans from the U.P. who have enjoyed the trip of a lifetime.The World War II and Korean War veterans and their guardians left Escanaba Thursday morning and flew to Washington, D.C., for a full ...

Honest conversation on race

After weeks of national angst generated when a white police officer shot an unarmed black man on the streets of Ferguson, Mo., perhaps it is time we have an honest discussion about race in America. But if we do so, the voices should not be restricted to those who carry a sense of racial ...

Let’s play toxic whack-a-mole

Popular activities like hiking, camping, and backpacking come with all kinds of risks. You can get heat stroke or hypothermia, run out of water, fall off a cliff, and bump into cougars or grizzly bears. If you get close enough to an infected ground squirrel for one of their fleas to hop onto ...

Interlocal pact step in right direction

We like, for several reasons, a pact approved by both the Marquette City Commission and Marquette County Board of Commissioners earlier this week.This so-called interlocal agreement established the Superior Trade Corridor Next Michigan Development Corporation.It will be a cooperative ...

‘Stuff the Bus’ helps students most in need

It's not difficult to tell that summer is waning and fall is fast approaching, with leaves of deciduous trees starting to change color, the sun rising later and setting earlier each day and school buses running their routes.The latter sign was especially evident this week, as K-12 schools ...

Community to observe Pride Festival

The inaugural Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride Festival is set for Saturday at Tourist Park in Marquette. The purpose of the event is to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The Marquette City Commission even declared Saturday Rainbow Pride Festival Day, extending its wishes for a ...

Politicians need to stop bickering and get to work

Anyone who thought now the Great Recession is over and the good times are rolling in the state of Michigan got an ice cold dose of reality recently with the release of an mLive story on the Michigan economy and how residents are faring.According to the report, about 40 percent of Michigan ...

Labor Day is much more than brats, backyards and brews

On this Labor Day, many of us will take some time to cheer on our friends and neighbors during the annual Labor Day Parade in Ishpeming, and get together with family for a Monday afternoon barbecue, weather permitting.This is a unique national holiday in that it celebrates the accomplishments ...

Opolka well deserving of agency boat honor

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources -following a long-standing tradition of its law enforcement division- named a new 27-foot patrol boat for Frank Opolka, a former deputy director of the agency, whose career spanned more than three decades.We think this is a great way to honor Opolka, ...

With great police firepower comes great responsibility

Dundee police have a mine-resistant ambush vehicle. Barry County has not one, but five, grenade launchers.Since 2006, 128,000 military surplus items worth about $43 million have been transferred to Michigan police departments, Christina Hall reported in Sunday's Free Press, through a federal ...

Blues Fest is great way to spend weekend

You might need your umbrella, but don't let the possibility of rain keep you from checking out tonight's start of the 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Fest at Elwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park.The event is one of Marquette's main entertainment attractions, and for good reason: It brings in ...