Editorial

Lesson learned: Paving paradise causes flooding

It used to be when a city like Houghton gave a break to a gigantic corporation like Meijer to reduce a development’s required parking by nearly half, it was a case of corporate welfare. Not any more, because things in this era of climate change are not what they seem. The recent action by ...

Bridge bill one last parting shot from Casperson

A proposed bill would expand the mission and focus of the 1952 charter for the Mackinac Bridge Authority, giving it the ability to take ownership of a tunnel housing Line 5 for Enbridge, should be scrapped. The bill, dropped in early November into the state senate by Sen. Tom Casperson — ...

Lame ducks pick on kids to ‘get tough’ on crime

It would be easier to praise Michigan lawmakers for doing the right thing if the bad things they do were not so breathtakingly awful. The Senate Government Operations committee last week did what everyone — the business lobby in particular — expected it to do and, on a party-line vote, ...

STEP educates students before disaster strikes

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood — ask the folks in the Copper Country about that. That’s why we ...

Protect yourself from flu during holiday season

It is not too late to get the flu vaccine. National Influenza Vaccination Week, Dec. 2-8, promotes awareness about the importance of the flu vaccine and provides a reminder to get the flu shot for those who have not done so yet this season. Annual flu vaccination is the best way to protect ...

Tiny plastics pose big threat to Great Lakes

Even at microscopic levels, plastics polluting our Great Lakes can be a very severe threat. Microbeads, or microplastics, are tiny plastic particles measuring less than 5 millimeters in size. They’re typically found in popular skin care products and toothpaste, and can also be the leftover ...

Be vigilant of dangers, risks of meth

One of the less-celebrated designated days in November comes Friday, which is marked on the calendar as National Meth Awareness Day. Far too many in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula need little reminder of the dangers this powerful drug can pose and the havoc it can ravage on users and their ...

Great to see gas prices coming down

We are glad to see that gas prices in Marquette improved since our last editorial on Nov. 17 when we reported that Meijer in Escanaba was .33 per gallon less than the Meijer in Marquette. On Monday, the price of gas at Meijer in Marquette was listed on Gas Buddy as $2.57 per gallon. The ...

Join Cheer Club: Give gift to local youth

Now that we’ve all had our share, or probably more than our share, of turkey and stuffing for Thanksgiving, the holiday season can really get into full swing. As we like to do every year down here at The Mining Journal and the Daily Mining Gazette, spreading cheer becomes a major focus in ...

Hunters need to be mindful, careful in woods

It’s too early to know the exact circumstances behind the shooting deaths of three men in Michigan last week. But all three were celebrating the Michigan time-honored tradition of deer hunting in the woods. Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford was hunting on private property near Alden and was ...

Shopping locally helps make region economy strong

We know many people are excited for the Christmas season and some are fired up for the accompanying shopping season which began Friday. We hope when each of you decides how to spend your hard-earned money, you think locally. There are many wonderful small businesses in our communities and a ...

State should consider raising hunters’ limit

A cherished Michigan tradition resumes today with the opening of the annual firearms deer hunting season in Michigan. And while the number of hunters has declined steadily over the past two decades, deer hunting is an important piece of Michigan’s outdoors economy, generating more than $2 ...

Take some time, leave internet in giving thanks

If just for a day on Thursday, take a beat, take a breath and take stock. Not so long ago, in a land not at all far away, family, friends and loved ones came together at Thanksgiving for reflection in gratitude on the blessings they received. Of course, lest we get too rosy-colored in our ...

Community’s support critical for local hospital

The planned retirement for John Schon, the CEO of Dickinson County Healthcare System is the next chapter in what has turned out to be a very sad story with the demise of the hospital in Iron Mountain. The reimbursement landscape and dwindling patient volumes have a lot to do with the ...

High gas prices need to be addressed

We haven’t had to do an editorial on gasoline for a while. But based on recent prices in our area, it looks like it is time once again to question why gas is more expensive in the Marquette area, a situation several of our subscribers have also noted, and felt important enough to call us ...

Pot proposal passage poses perplexities

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Homelessness summit looks at UP increase

A regional summit held in Marquette last week underscored what a lot of people already knew: Chronic homelessness is not only on the rise nationally but in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties as well. And here’s something else. According to Kayla West, special project coordinator for Central ...

Drowsy driving just as deadly as drunk, drugged

Drowsy driving doesn’t typically get the publicity that drunk, drugged or distracted driving garners but it should, according to a top insurance executive. “Nationwide, more than 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are hurt every year in crashes involving a driver drifting off to ...

Don’t play delay games with pot voters

As expected, Michigan voters overwhelming approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday. We still think it was a bad idea, but that does not matter anymore because the voters have spoken. Statewide, Proposal 1 was approved 55 percent to 45 percent. The ratio was similar in St. ...

Politicians don’t know more than you do

Here are three truths in today’s political world: 1. Politicians don't know what they're talking about. Shock, gasp, right? It's the oldest saying in Washington, D.C. but it's also true — potentially more true today than it ever was. The Guardian published a great editorial on the ...