Editorial

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 ...

Ishpeming on right track in battling blight

Ishpeming continues to make progress in battling blight, although more remains to be done. The city has been awarded $221,000 from the Marquette County Land Bank Authority for blight elimination. The money can be used not only for building removal but to create economic growth, land bank ...

Hospice essential in offering end-of-life comfort

Ask anyone who has watched a loved one or dear friend slip away how important hospice was, especially as the end approached, you’re likely to hear something along the lines of, “They were essential.” That’s because hospice is essential in those emotionally trying times. A ceremony ...

Democracy depends on people voting

The months leading up to Tuesday’s general election have been full of politicking and negative campaigns by all sorts of candidates. The mudslinging illustrates just how divided our country is in the current state of things, with fanatics found on both ends of the political spectrum. But ...

‘Welcome Here’ reflects well on humanity

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Northern Michigan University is participating in a nationwide effort to let students from other parts of the world know Marquette ...

Find common ground to end violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest, with the shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to President Trump’s and the massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. That was apparent at a Monday candlelight vigil at Temple Beth Shalom in ...

He was there to serve UP people

To the editor: I am writing to tell everyone why they should support Ed McBroom for state Senate. I got to know candidate McBroom during his first term as a Michigan representative, which would have been in 2010. Those of you that know me know all about the problems I have had with the ...

Drug takebacks is vital service in this society

Although drug takebacks have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

Trick or treaters need extra caution, care

Area children of all ages are donning costumes and heading out for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, according to the Michigan State ...

Latest state job report is good news

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

DNR fish stocking benefits economy of whole region

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

We used to have good reason to elect judges

Nearly all state and local judges across the country have to run for election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Why the difference? Author Jed Handelsman Shugerman, a professor at Harvard Law School, found the answer in a book he wrote about the ...

Solar is right power option for businesses

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Cyber security must be priority in planning

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Heart of jail ballot matter is public safety

When you cast your vote on Nov. 6 to build a jail in Houghton County, the real question before you, regardless of how the language is worded is this: Are you prepared to pay a little more in taxes every year to improve the safety of your neighborhood and community? Because improving the ...

Sustainable life in UP explored in Living Green

The importance of living within your means isn’t just good advice in the realm of finance. It’s also a valuable perspective to consider when discussing environmental sustainability, particularly on a large community, or even global scale. Beginning Monday, The Mining Journal is unveiling ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in UP

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

U.P. top-ranked area for fall colors in nation

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA TODAY published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Be responsible by being smart with firewood

October is Firewood Awareness Month, and Michigan is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy to encourage smart firewood choices that protect forests and landscape trees. Most invasive species don’t move very far on their own. John Bedford, Pest Response ...