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Editorial

Readers urged to get out and cast ballots today

From the contests for U.S. house and senate to the statewide race for governor and other offices to state senate and house races, to local ballot proposals and contested races for county, township and city offices, the general election ballot has a great deal for local voters to decide in ...

Don’t be duped by deceptive TV election advertising

This is the second time we have addressed this issue, which we feel is necessary because of the barrage of negative attack ads that continue on television claiming the Gov. Rick Snyder cut $1 billion from K-12 school funding.We may even be guilty of confusing the issue ourselves when we ran a ...

MAPS board members did good work on contract

We are once again going to ask our newspaper readers to make sure they do their homework when heading to vote on Tuesday.On the ballot this year there are four open seats on the Marquette Area Public Schools Board Of Education. Incumbents running for re-election may be portrayed by some in a ...

DNR effort may be only chance to purchase dunes for public

The 310 acres of undeveloped dune land north of the Kalamazoo River has been the holy grail of West Michigan conservationists for years.Now the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is mounting an effort to acquire 150 acres of that land to create an unbroken stretch of publicly owned Lake ...

Veterans millage deserves support of county voters

Marquette County voters Tuesday will consider, among many other things, whether to support or oppose a request for a fraction of one mill to establish a county veterans affairs department and fund at least one vets counselor for the office.The ballot proposal will ask for up to one-tenth of a ...

Colorado a bellwether state

As Colorado goes Election Night, so goes the nation - maybe. The Centennial State is clearly a barometer of Barack Obama's falling popularity.The man who began his meteoric rise as the Democratic presidential nominee in Denver's stadium in 2008 has lost much of his luster with Colorado voters ...

Marquette truck ban the first step to broader ordinance?

The Marquette City Commission took decisive action at this week's meeting when it significantly eliminated truck traffic in the city.In a unanimous vote, the commission approved an amendment to the city's truck ordinance that prohibits large trucks from traveling on several streets.Included ...

Pesola a worthy recipient of 2014 Evergreen Award

It is with the greatest pleasure that we echo the many positive comments from the community on the selection of Christine Pesola to receive the 2014 Evergreen Award.Given by the Marquette Zonta Club to someone who actively helps women and children reach their potential, the award was announced ...

Energy summit can answer a lot of key questions

The public has an opportunity Tuesday to question some top state officials on issues concerning development of energy in the Upper Peninsula, electric power reliability in the region and concerns over the potential for significant increases in ratepayer costs.A public panel discussion and ...

The best way to stop the spread of Ebola is for the US to help out

We have to get a grip. Ebola is not a crisis in the United States. One person has died and two people are infected with his body fluids.The real crisis is the hysteria over Ebola that's being fed by news media outlets seeking sensationalism and politicians posturing for the midterm ...

Mining Journal Cookoff at a great student-run venue

Every year we put on the annual Mining Journal Cookoff and offer the Marquette and surrounding communities a chance to showcase its variety in delectable dishes.This year's cookoff will be hostedy by Chez Nous, part of the technology and occupational sciences department at Northern Michigan ...

School Bus Safety Month is good for all our kids

This is National School Bus Safety Week and while classes have been in session for seven weeks locally, it's never too late to remind both students and parents how vitally important it is to make safe traveling to and from school a top priority.After all, a great many youngsters must ride the ...

Gwinn library project is great for the community

Many communities take great pride in what their towns and surrounding areas have to offer in regard to public facilities.One of the most noteworthy of these facilities is the public library, which nearly every town in America has in one form or another.Libraries range from small, one-room ...

New Heartwood pavilion welcome amenity

Trails are some of Marquette's most popular recreational features, for both residents and tourists alike. After all, they combine a fun yet challenging recreational opportunity for people in a scenic, four-season setting (weather permitting, of course, although hard-core outdoors enthusiasts ...

Alger Delta Co-op merger should be at least explored

The Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association is exploring a merger with Great Lakes Energy Cooperative, a downstate co-op which provides electric service to more than 125,000 members in 26 counties in western Lower Michigan.We think the two cooperatives should at least explore the idea of ...

New NMU business development entity may be area boon

A new entrepreneurial center in Marquette is going to open doors to a wide variety of people with great product ideas but without the know-how on how to bring those ideas to fruition.Northern Michigan University recently held a ribbon-cutting for the new center, Invent@NMU.An individual can ...

Land a solid choice to serve in US Senate

Today The Mining Journal endorses Terri Lynn Land for U.S. Senate.November's election has taken on national significance in recent weeks as, depending on which poll one turns to, it appears the GOP could win majority control of both the U.S. House and Senate. With so much at stake, we believe ...

Energy will undoubtedly play key role in future of state of Michigan

Hydraulic fracturing, the process of blasting rock with high-pressure water to extract natural gas from shale formations deep beneath the earth's surface, has stirred controversy throughout the country. The debate over the safety and environmental risks of "fracking," as it's commonly called, ...

Pencils of Promise club does great work in community

Many young people don't realize how valuable the education they receive is until it's too late. For others, though, working hard to acquire a solid education during their formative years is a top priority and they realize just how important it is.This message came through loud and clear ...

Diamond Jubilee trophy underscores great game

The first Diamond Jubilee football game between Marquette and Negaunee high schools took place in 1969.That year, 1969, marked the 75th anniversary of the first contest between the schools in what is believed to be the oldest football rivalry in the Upper Peninsula.The Mining Journal purchased ...