Editorial

Fishing brings enjoyment and economic boost

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 ...

RSVP stars shine in our community

Our readers need to learn about some shining stars in our community who were honored at an appreciation dinner Thursday night. Those stars are the participants in the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, people who do great work without a lot of fanfare. In this past year alone, RSVP ...

Special courts may need 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 ...

Weekend events a great way to kick off Autumn season

Autumn officially kicks off on Friday, and there are a couple of events on the west end this weekend to start the season off right. First, the third annual Oktoberfest will be held Saturday in Negaunee. “We invite you to enjoy ‘Gemutlichkeit,’ that feeling of warmth and friendship ...

School traffic safety issues tough to solve

Traffic issues near schools are nothing new, and they likely will continue as long as there are students and schools. How to make these areas safe is a 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 ...

Take the time to look at the splendor of U.P. autumn

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 ...

Sports help shape young people

Over the next few weeks, students across the region will return to math classes and biology laboratories. To English literature and creative writing — perhaps even to journalism — as the academic year begins. But education is so much more than what's learned in the ...

Marquette leaders take good first steps with homelessness forum

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 ...

NMU appears in Best College Rankings

There are many ways to judge a college or university: the number of notable — or even non-famous — graduates, resources, staff ... the list goes on. Rankings aren’t everything, but they can be an important gauge for deciding where to go to college, or where to send a son or daughter ...

Congratulations to the 2016 hall of fame class

Welcome to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 who are in Ishpeming this weekend for their formal enshrinement. Nine new ski hall members are part of this class and are being honored for the contributions they made to ski and snowboard sports. They will be busy with ...

Strut Your Mutt a fundraising event worth our support

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter will hold its 12th annual Strut Your Mutt Charity Walk and fundraiser at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The UPAWS website states that this is one of their top events for the year, and a great day of fun for four- and two-legged ...

Dark Sky Park 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 ...

Father Marquette Park to see welcomed improvements

In the not too distant future, Father Marquette Park will be the recipient of some upgrades and improvements, and the city of Marquette will have one more venue to show off in its downtown area. Escanaba architect and sculpture artist Ryan Brayak was recently chosen to complete the $30,000 ...

Here’s to a safe and productive school year

Grand Haven's students and teachers went back to school on Tuesday, while those in Spring Lake made their return to the classroom last week. There's an overwhelming sense of excitement that goes hand-in-hand with the start of a new school year. New classes. New schedules. New friends. New ...

Shopping near home is a must for the future of 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 ...

Marquette, where history comes alive and dies

Two tales told on the pages of this week’s Journal offered readers a brief glimpse into the rich past our region has forged for more than a century. In one piece, the incredible — and some have said impossible — comeback of an iconic building which has become nearly as emblematic of ...

Upcoming snow isn’t the worst weather around

It is no doubt a frequent topic of conversation worldwide: what the weather has been like and what the forecast shows is headed in next. Here in the Upper Peninsula, the summer has been cool and rainy and many have been disappointed. But then we look at what’s happening in other parts of ...

Beer Fest a perfect way to celebrate 20 years

In Wednesday's edition of The Mining Journal, it said this year the Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates 20 years of advocating and being the official voice for the Michigan craft beer industry. We can't think of a more fitting way for Yoopers to mark this occasion than with Saturday's U.P. Fall ...

With growth comes road work

The city of Marquette is planning traffic upgrades. We know what you’re thinking: “More work on city roads? Just what we need.” That’s understandable. In the city alone, roundabouts at Sugar Loaf Avenue and Wright Street, and Fair and Presque Isle avenues, are being constructed, ...

Corrections officials on right track with vocational 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 ...