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Editorial

Chocolay Township rates among state’s safest places

Although Chocolay Township residents already knew it, the rest of the area has learned that the small, largely residential site located south of the city of Marquette is among the safest places to live in the state of Michigan.That finding was made by online research and investment company ...

Gov. Snyder wise to reup Richardson on resources commission

Ontonagon's J.R. Richardson was recently re-appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission for another four-year term. We think this is good news, as Richardson has been a strong advocate for the Upper Peninsula since his initial appointment by Gov. Jennifer Granholm ...

Time to thank a cop for doing a tough job

The Marquette-area community, and indeed the communities that are the state of Michigan and U.S., had an opportunity Friday to thank police officers and agencies for the work they do.Friday was Law Enforcement appreciation Day, a commemoration established to pay tribute to cops.It's no secret ...

Skate for Life a worthwhile community event

Tonight and Saturday, the community can celebrate the gift of organ donation at the Skate for Life event planned at Lakeview Arena in Marquette as part of the Marquette Royales hockey weekend.This is the second year for the event and we are delighted to see it return after a successful launch ...

Winter’s here in full force; be extra careful out there

There's little doubt winter is here in full force, with area residents reluctantly accepting that fact this week as the temperatures dip below freezing and fierce north winds send wind chill readings plummeting into the double digits below zero.Mix in snowfalls across the region that the winds ...

City setting priorities a key challenge

The Marquette City Commission has set its goals and strategic priorities for the city, and it includes some major projects.Municipalities come up with priority lists, but what Marquette is facing in the upcoming months is daunting, to say the least.For instance, the moving of UP Health System - ...

RTI Surgical continues to do great work in Marquette

You have to love the continuing good work coming out of RTI Surgical in Marquette.Company officials recently announced that RTI has been assigned a patent developed by five co-inventors for a spinal rod and screw securing apparatus and method.Formerly Pioneer Surgical Inc., RTI Surgical, is ...

Blood alcohol change for boaters, sledders a good idea

The Mining Journal supports legislation that Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law early last week, toughening the legal threshold for intoxication for snowmobilers and boaters.The bill, which enjoyed bi-partisan support in both houses of the Michigan Legislature, changed from .10 to .08 the amount ...

Local communities the big losers in legal tax flap

The recent decision by the Michigan Supreme Court to not hear big box store tax cases brought jointly by Marquette and Breitung townships to the Michigan Court of Appeals leaves local governing entities across Michigan standing to lose significant amounts of revenue badly needed to help provide ...

NMU health center earns ‘excellent’ label

Congratulations go out to the people who work at and manage the Ada B. Vielmetti Health Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University.That's because the organization was recently designated a "Site of Excellence" by the Michigan Care Improvement Registry, thanks to the health center's ...

Banned words list includes some good ones

It's always a fun part of the end of a year to read the list of "banned words" issued by Lake Superior State University.LSSU, located in the eastern Upper Peninsula, draws international attention for bringing together what it calls The List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for ...

New Year’s ball drop a welcome tradition

New Year's Eve is one of the most festive holidays of the year, and the celebration again will take place tonight with the annual New Year's Eve Ball Drop in downtown Marquette.This year marks the 26th anniversary of the popular event, which rings in a new year at the corner of Front and ...

Negaunee district finances continue in good condition

Some good news came out of the Negaunee School District recently that deserves commentary.The school board there reported what a great many school districts in the region and state wish they could report: The most recent audit finds the system's finances in good condition.Prepared by Anderson, ...

Economy provides hopeful signs as 2014 closes

Although there is a long way to go, there are positive signs as 2014 draws to a close that the U.S. economy is finally pulling itself out of its doldrums.For example, as the Associated Press reported for a recent story, stocks have reached new heights. Employers were on pace to add nearly 3 ...

Departing county board members did good overall work

The composition of the Marquette County Board is set to undergo some dramatic changes, beginning in January, when two-thirds of the six-member panel's representatives will be replaced with candidates who were elected in the November primary election.Commissioners Steven Pence, Gregory Seppanen, ...

City should exercise care in planning future for ore dock

Although common sense tells us they will, we'd like to take this opportunity to urge the Marquette City Commission to take it slow and easy in determining what might be done with the old, long-abandoned ore dock in the city's Lower Harbor.That's because a recent study found the structure, built ...

Students get unusual education in DNR program

Internships and gaining hands-on experience are important parts of many college students' education.They learn in classrooms and libraries, of course, but that's not the same as actually putting what they learn to practical use and seeing how the information they glean is used in the real ...

Child writes paper asking key Christmas question

Editor's note: This is the reprint of the 1897 New York Sun editorial responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon of New York City. O'Hanlon said friends had claimed there was no Santa Claus and so she asked, "Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?" This is the response, ...

Wastewater discharge permit renewal is important

Readers should be aware of a public hearing on the proposed renewal of a wastewater discharge permit for the Eagle Mine's Humboldt Mill.The session is set for Jan. 13 at the Westwood High School in Ishpeming Township.At 6 p.m. on that date, there will be a brief presentation by DEQ officials ...

Meth plague in area doesn’t seem to be ending

There just doesn't seem to be an end to it.Police agencies in Superiorland, this time in the city of Ishpeming, raided another apparent working meth lab. And this time, there were injuries to two people and two Ishpeming Police Department officers.Details that the authorities have released were ...