Editorial

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 ...

Dark sky parks highlight rural beauty of night

The Marquette City Commission took another bite of the apple when it approved a second trial period for the Dark Sky Park at Presque Isle during its meeting last week. The key word there is “trial,” as it seems the commission is kicking the can down the road, so to speak. Last year, the ...

Elections chief commits another outrage on voters

If you're wondering why Americans expect only the worst from their government, consider the cowardly, conniving actions of Norm Shinkle, chairman of the Board of State Canvassers: The only item on the board's agenda this week is the certification of the anti-gerrymandering proposal for the ...

Much happening this summer at Sawyer airport

Sawyer International Airport and Marquette County officials are expecting an exceedingly busy summer construction season there. Central will be shortening of the facility’s U.S. Air Force-constructed runway, from 12,370 to 9,070 feet, which will be significantly cheaper to maintain, Sawyer ...

Superior trek focuses on school violence

There are many reasons to ride around Lake Superior, arguably the most scenic of the Great Lakes and certainly the most remote. A father-daughter duo, who lives in Indianapolis but has Michigan roots, is riding a tandem bicycle around the largest Great Lake to bring awareness to school ...

Water safety needs to be priority for all

Water is such an integral part of life here in the Upper Peninsula. But, unfortunately for some people, it can also be a part of death. Living on the shores of the Great Lakes, Michiganders are fortunate to have such an incredible attraction right at their fingertips. Lake Superior, or the ...

Operation C.A.R.E has saved lives

If you noticed a greater police presence on the streets and roadways this past weekend, it wasn’t your imagination. Most police agencies in the state of Michigan, with the Michigan State Police in the vanguard, ramped up patrols in the days leading into the long Memorial Day weekend. In ...

Don’t turn landlords into tax snitches

Private business owners should not have to serve as Detroit’s income tax enforcers. Demanding that landlords cough up detailed personal information of their tenants is an unreasonable request and an affront to privacy. Bedrock Management Services, an arm of the Dan Gilbert empire, is ...

Honor Flight accomplishes another mission

Congratulations to the organizers of Wednesday’s Upper Peninsula Honor Flight for putting together another wonderful trip for a most deserving population: veterans from throughout the peninsula. Wednesday’s flight was the 14th taking U.P. veterans to the monuments created in their honor ...

Mental illness should be taken seriously

A recent online MSN poll posed the following question: Which step would be least effective to prevent mass shootings? The options were: improving mental health treatment, more limits on assault weapons, better enforcement of existing gun laws and relaxing existing gun laws. As of early ...

Most wild babies should be left alone

The annual springtime wave of hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals has begun. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advised. Every ...

Spend surplus on bridges, roads, schools

Count us among those advocating that at least a portion of a projected budget surplus to improve the state’s roads and bridges and school security, which most people agree are areas that need attention. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other key legislative officials announced that spending ...

NMU handled elevated lead reports correctly

The old saying, “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind on Northern Michigan University’s decision to close several buildings on campus last week after water testing showed inconsistent lead level readings, with some water samples showing elevated levels of lead. NMU officials on ...