Editorial

Stay safe this summer with these advisories

Summer has arrived and Michiganders and visitors alike are urged to make safety a top priority in all seasonal activities while enjoying Michigan at home or on the road. Summer safety tips from Michigan State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer will ...

Dog credited with saving lost child’s life

In what may be the feel-good story of last week, a downstate dog is credited with saving the life of a child lost near the village of Paw Paw in rural Van Buren County. Princeton Peake, 2, was missing from is home early Wednesday morning, according to The Associated Press. Myhia Perez, the ...

Utilities should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multimillion dollar utility company ...

New perspective seen through eyes of children

Seeing through the eyes of a child brings perspective, as the people of the Copper Country were reminded in a sorrowful lesson last week, when news came of 12-year-old Thatcher Markham’s death resulting from the flash flood. Since the June 17 flood, we have seen Copper Country residents, ...

Keep pets in mind around fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, remember some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. Be mindful of the following: – Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays. – Turn the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. ...

Immigration issue illustrates troubled times

The more things change, the more they stay the same. In Wednesday’s edition of The Mining Journal, there was an editorial cartoon that featured a Latina toddler being escorted down a street by Homeland Security officials with the word “ILLEGAL” written on the wall. This cartoon is a ...

Understanding OCD important in helping people

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a persons wellbeing. Obsessive compulsive ...

Copper Country, western U.P. cruelly battered

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Casperson says he has stage 4 lung cancer

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and that it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Buried tanks pose challenge to development

The city of Ishpeming recently hit a little snag in the process of completing its multimillion-dollar water infrastructure project. In the course of replacing a good share of the city’s water system this summer, construction crews working near the intersection of Pearl and First streets ...

Image has priority in campus sex crime probes

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Quit smoking to protect your kids on dads’ day

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

MAPS program feeds hungry during summer

We like a program starting at Marquette Area Public Schools this summer that will provide free meals for anyone wanting or needing them. The initiative, through the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will see lunches offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. at ...

Bringing wolves to Isle Royale is right decision

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Move to ban dangerous pets is good idea

It’s never been entirely clear to us why people chose to keep dangerous or exotic animals as pets. By dangerous we mean wild critters of whatever sort that could kill or very seriously injure the average human being without breaking much of a sweat. Venomous snakes come immediately to mind ...

Safety first when recreating about Great Lakes

In Wednesday’s Journal, it was reported that one man kayaking on Lake Michigan was rescued Monday, while another man drowned after their kayak overturned in rough waters off of the Schoolcraft County mainland Dispatchers had received a report at 3:30 p.m. Monday from a man who said his son ...

Spelling bees about more than competition

These days we are glued to ESPN. We can’t take our eyes off the competition. We grimace and groan with the contenders. We stop breathing as they step up under the bright lights ... and spell. They spell words we do not recognize. They spell words we cannot pronounce. They spell like it ...

Program inspires curious minds of young journalists

The mind of a child can be innocent yet insightful, simple yet deep. Where else can you discover that Esme Ulland-Joy, a fourth-grader at Sandy Knoll Elementary School, can perform two types of splits? And that she loves to dance and read? The Mining Journal, in various Sunday Youth ...

Second-grader battling cancer is worthy cause

It’s hard to imagine a better cause to get behind than that of a child battling cancer. That’s why we’re recommending readers take a good, long look at supporting Ainsley Kargela, a second-grade student at Cherry Creek Elementary School in Harvey who is facing her third battle with a ...

New, larger lock at Sault Ste. Marie needed

Gov. Rick Snyder seems to be putting his money, or the state’s, at least, where his mouth is in setting aside $50 million for construction of a new lock at Sault Ste. Marie. Snyder will tap an unexpected surplus in the state budget, which is in the hundreds of millions of dollars, for the ...