Editorial

More funding needed to make state roads safe

Lansing lawmakers had a prime opportunity last week to put our money where their mouth was through the passage of a supplemental spending bill that would have seen an additional $275 million appropriated for road repair. Regrettably the bill, which enjoyed a measure of bi-partisan support, ...

Suicide’s dark shadow touches many in area

As you read this editorial, someone in Michigan just died from suicide. And in about another six hours or so, another person will suffer the same fate. That’s what the statistics show for suicide rates in Michigan. These figures are not to be taken lightly, considering suicide was noted as ...

Day to spread goodness is a worthy cause

We know our community will prove Anna Dravland right. She believes one person’s good deed, no matter how small, can make a difference. As creator of Spread Goodness Day, Dravland is confident that each person — regardless of age or ability — has the power to spread goodness and make a ...

Dialing 211 is simple way to find answers

Answers sometimes are difficult to find, but 211 is here to help. Dialing 211 connects to a free, confidential service that provides callers with information on essential health and human services they might require. If you need assistance for yourself, a neighbor or a loved one, call 211 or ...

School Board made right call in assault case

The Negaunee Public Schools has enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best-run districts in the area for some years. That well-earned reputation was put to the test last week when the district’s Board of Education was called upon to review the case of two students involved in a Feb. 14 ...

Michigan man killed in WW II comes home

A solemn ceremony is scheduled for a cemetery in downstate Isabella Township Friday we think our readers should be aware of. Because that day, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Arnold Harrison will be laid to rest with, we understand, full military honors. Harrison, however, ...

Loophole does not make secret meetings proper

It is more than coincidental that as the Daily Mining Gazette has upgraded its coverage of local government in Calumet — as it has in the rest of Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Baraga counties — the Village Council has responded by attempting, through a dubious legal loophole, to evade ...

Reopening Empire Mine would be boon

Mining has deep roots in this community, and we have to stand behind the position the Marquette County Board took last week when it recognized the importance of the potential reopening of the Empire Mine. Under market pressure, the Empire was put into an indefinite idle in early August 2016 ...

Feds take small step in opioid abuse battle

We hope our elected representatives in Washington, D.C., can stop bickering and squabbling long enough to take a close look at a bill that was introduced in the House of Representatives recently that we believe would be a step in the right direction, in the battle against opioid abuse, albeit a ...

Drug court helps addicts walk hard road

The road away from drug addiction is long, winding and strewn with obstacles. By all accounts, people who want to escape drug addiction face an almost superhuman task. Trying to tackle that task alone often results in failure — at worst a tragedy, at best a wasted life. The 86th Circuit ...

Locker room attack reflects disturbing trend

It’s a scene most parents don’t want to think about: Their child being physically assaulted at school. Yet, that’s allegedly what happened at Negaunee High School. Reportedly one male student assaulted another in a locker room last Wednesday, with the incident put on social ...

Meijer makes first donation before opening

Wow, that didn’t take long. Even though the new Meijer superstore located along U.S. 41 in Marquette Township won’t officially open until late spring or early summer, officials there are already plowing into community service. It came in the form of a significant cash donation — $6,500 ...

Cuts to Great Lakes protection is wrong move

We find ourselves, for the second year, having to write an editorial denouncing President Trump’s budget proposal, specifically its proposed funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Once again, the budget proposal includes huge cuts in funding for this vital budget item that ...

School shooting massacre can happen ‘here’

On Valentine’s Day in 1929, seven people were brutally murdered by gangsters with automatic weapons. Eighty-nine years later last Wednesday, a second St. Valentine’s Day Massacre occurred when a shooter with a semiautomatic assault rifle killed 17 people and wounded scores more on a school ...

UP 200 sled dog race set this weekend

It’s February, which means the U.P. 200 is just about to begin — and we’ve come a long way since that bitter Friday night in 1990 that started it all. The U.P. 200 Headquarters at the Holiday Inn in Marquette officially opened Wednesday morning. As of Wednesday afternoon, there were 19 ...

Body Armor Up: Not too late to get flu shot

The influenza virus causes an infection in the respiratory tract, or nose, throat and lungs. The virus is inhaled or transmitted — usually through the fingers — to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes, according to the article written by Laura Haynes of the University of ...

Promotion well-deserved for Sinotte

Congratulations go out to the top executive at UP Health System-Marquette who, corporate officials tell us, is now the top executive for all of LifePoint’s and Duke LifePoint’s facilities and associated services in the Upper Peninsula, including UP Health System-Portage in Hancock and UP ...

Hypocrisy’s stink hangs over wind farm

Opponents of the proposed wind farm in L’Anse Township have decided to play out the game with a stacked deck presented to the people of Baraga County. The “Friends of the Land of the Keweenaw” (FOLK), a group previously known for pro-environment causes, brought in a hired gun with ...

Wind opponents only whispering their campaign

There is clearly opposition in the L’Anse Township community to a wind farm proposed by Renewable Engery Systems (RES), as demonstrated at a Feb. 1 public forum at the American Legion. A few of these folks met with the Daily Mining Gazette editorial board on Friday to offer more details and ...

Watchdog news journalists are on job for you

Watchdog reporters are the lifeblood of a news organization, covering everything from elected officials and campaigns to the operations of government and public entities like CATA and MSU. Know that watchdogs reporters are looking out for you. Their work is focused on promoting transparency ...