Editorial

Dose of goodwill needed as nurses strike looms

Although negotiations between UP Health System-Marquette officials and registered nurses are ongoing, a strike date has been set by the nurses for Oct 5-6. We must all be aware during this process that both sides will share some talking points in the media during negotiations. What everyone ...

Public input essential to mine permit process

That spirited debate over the Eagle Mine’s request to expand operations to the Eagle East deposit continued earlier this week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gathered more community input during a public hearing at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The Eagle ...

Safe Delivery law worthy of awareness

Hopefully, the days of having to leave an infant in a basket on a strangers doorstep are over. Today, two law training sessions at Messiah Lutheran Church will focus on Michigan’s Safe Delivery Program. They were scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The Safe Delivery of Newborns ...

Great Girls exhibit offers valuable lessons

A recent front-page story in the Mining Journal highlighted the opening of a very worthwhile exhibit now on display at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit, called Great Girls in Michigan History, features nine inspiring figures from the Great Lakes State, including a wrestler, ...

Special courts are effective with special treatment

Some Michigan counties have veterans courts. Some counties have mental health courts. Some have sober courts for drunken drivers. And some have drug abuse courts. The specialty courts, as they are called, go beyond the conviction and sentencing of offenders to offer a comprehensive system or ...

Fishing brings enjoyment, boosts economy

Trudging through thick brush along the riverbank, listening to the constant buzzing of mosquitos under the hot summer sun might not sound like a lot of fun. But for many people, with a fishing rod in their hand, it’s one of the few ways to get outdoors and really enjoy life. Lucky for those ...

Political sign swiping scandal sign of the times

Politics can often produce strange bedfellows, as witnessed recently in a sign-swiping case in Spring Lake Township. The case also provides a clear example of why we need to differentiate between professional journalism and citizen (read: amateur) commentary. Signs touting Ferrysburg City ...

Take some time to look at UP’s autumn splendor

It’s something easy enough to do, letting time slip through one’s fingers. But a lovely front page story and photo package on Sunday should serve as a reminder: catch the Upper Peninsula’s spectacular color season before it’s gone. With a few days of summery weather, it might be ...

School traffic safety issues tough to solve

Traffic issues near schools likely will continue as long as there are students and schools. How to make these areas safe is the big question. Recently, a Negaunee Middle School student’s foot was run over by a car as she walked across Teal Lake Avenue. The accident could have been more ...

New school year is time for immunization

The new school year is here, and it is time to make sure your school-aged child and everyone in your household is up-to-date on routine immunizations. Lately, we have been hearing about increases in childhood illnesses that many of us had nearly forgotten about in the United States — ...

Congratulations to ski, boarding hall of famers

Welcome to the Class of 2016 who are in Ishpeming this weekend for their formal enshrinement. Nine individuals were enshrined this weekend in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States. This year’s inductees are president ...

Homelessness forum is good first step

We are happy to see that the issue of homelessness is being addressed in the Marquette area, and while we’re happy that our community is working to meet the needs of homeless people, we also realize there are real concerns that need to be analyzed. We have a beautiful multiuse path that ...

Help Michigan choose Teacher of the Year

With classes back in full swing, it’s time to look at honoring those who excel in guiding and educating all those students in the seats. The state Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help in finding the next Michigan Teacher of the ...

Dark Sky Park is a good move for Marquette

If you’ve ever tried looking up at the sky in the middle of a well-lighted downtown street, then you’ve likely noticed how difficult it is to see the stars. Most places in the Upper Peninsula, because of the region’s remote location and proximity to the wide open Great Lakes, offer ...

Go hard after Detroit’s tax scofflaws

Taking the unwarranted profit out of blight is an important step toward ridding Detroit of derelict buildings and keeping others from falling into disrepair. The city is taking the right step in aggressively pursuing the owners of foreclosed and abandoned properties for payment of back ...

Cost to take Lake Huron should be higher, not lower

Beach season isn't over yet in Port Huron and Michigan. Yes, Labor Day has passed but smart alecks will talk trivia about the autumnal equinox. And there are always warm, sunny days in September and October to tempt and torment schoolchildren. But it is open season on beaches in ...

Be prepared by planning for emergencies

Watching the devastation the storm Harvey has wreaked in Texas and other southern states — and now Irma looms in the Caribbean — it perhaps could not be a better time to mark National Preparedness Month in September. Michigan has other threats. The number of heavy rain events that cause ...

Shopping near home vital to local businesses

We have addressed the issue of shopping local on a regular basis in editorials because it is essential that we keep our local small businesses alive and well. A recent survey talked about consumers starting to be a bit weary of the dominance of internet sales putting many local businesses out ...

Keep control local in short-term rental policy

When it comes to setting policy for short-term residential rentals, we don't think one size will fit all for communities around Michigan. For that reason, we're concerned by the cookie-cutter approach which two bills pending in the Michigan Legislature would impose throughout the state, ...

Fill job demand with corrections vocation villages

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...