Editorial

Yoopers united in facing hard economic times

With the news that the state of Michigan has plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility, we understand why the community is fighting back as hard as it is to try and save the prison. People in our area know full well what it means to lose a government facility. When K.I. Sawyer closed ...

We’re committed to informing Copper Country voters

Because this newspaper is committed to providing voters of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties with the information they need to make informed votes for local elective offices on Nov. 6, this a busy month in the Daily Mining Gazette newsroom. There are elections across every ...

Opioids still leading cause of drug deaths

It’s a chore to summon any real enthusiasm about a mixed-bag of statistics reported Thursday in The Detroit News and elsewhere relative to the number of Michigan residents dying from opioid overdose. The News reported that although a new record was set in 2017 for OD deaths, fewer of them ...

Line 5 accord imperfect but step in right direction

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

Logging bill rolls state’s taxpayers

A single word in the English language does not exist to describe the act of the term-limited state senator representing the Upper Peninsula to propose legislation to allow his family’s logging trucks to tear up county gravel roads unrestricted by reasonable regulation. It is shameless ...

Creative local thinking can spark economy

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city has many buildings of architectural interest, such ...

Fire safety at home can save lives

Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7-13 is about teaching people how to protect themselves from home fires, which is a matter of life and death now more than ever. Residential fire rates have been decreasing. That is the good news. But the bad news, which makes Fire Prevention Week extremely ...

Casperson bill could add to road damage

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

Register, vote: Do your duty for democracy

By definition, democracy depends on voting, and contrary to the lies and myths conjured to prevent we the people from voting, democracy works better when more people vote — always. Before addressing some of those crimes against democracy, every citizen 18 years old and older should know ...

Snyder played role in deal to end lockout

It wasn’t a perfect solution, not by a long shot, but with winter just around the corner, road crews are going to work immediately, courtesy of an agreement hammered out by Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday. The Associated Press reports the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association ...

UP is prime location to see autumn colors

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

Surgeon’s life showed strength, perseverance

Becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study and hard work, and then staying a successful one means more effort. After all, there’s a reason people jokingly say, “It’s not brain surgery.” That implies that people who are brain surgeons are highly skilled, accomplished ...

YMCA trainer, device hold off widowmaker

On Aug. 18, Jeff Bidigare of Marquette died. Just ask him if you have any doubts. The outwardly healthy 78-year-old was stricken with what emergency medical personnel often refer to as the widow-maker, a massive heart attack that typically kills. To Jeff’s everlasting good luck, ...

UPHS/DCHS merger talks go nowhere

One of the many reports making its way through the local community relative to the future of UP Health System’s plans for health care in the Upper Peninsula came to an abrupt end last week with the announcement that Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System have terminated ...

Naturalization is solemn gateway to citizenship

“We the people” are three words we should all know. You’ve surely heard of them before, and, therefore, should be familiar with the concept of self-government, where the true power rests in the hands of the governed and the will of the many. Many of us would likely be able to identify ...

Directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Gov. Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs. This “ban the box” initiative applies only to state government jobs, but it’s a step in the right direction ...

Mosquitoes still threat to spread West Nile virus

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Information on suicide can be a lifesaver

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Affordable housing best use for old hospital

As the community awaits the opening of UP Health System’s new hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, city officials and the health care company’s leadership have been tight-lipped about what will happen to the enormous, soon-to-be vacant building. No one at City Hall or the hospital ...

Ski/Snowboard HoF inductees get enshrined

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame who will be honored with events this weekend. For those unaware, this national hall of fame is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in North America. This weekend, the hall presents its newest ...