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Editorials

NMU could lead region, state on carbon neutral plan

Northern Michigan University has long been cherished as an institution that affords its students, staff and faculty a wide array of academic and research opportunities in a pristine location that offers a wealth of natural beauty and chances to recreate. However, a changing climate threatens ...

Water needs to keep flowing at cemetery

Barb: In Wednesday’s edition of The Daily News, it was reported that the Iron Mountain City Council is considering closing the Cemetery Park spigots, because the water lines are old and they leak. Putting a “water station near the entrance” is a poor substitute for the accessible ...

NMU being a Voter Friendly Campus good for community

Do college students think about things such as voting in local elections? Don’t they have better things to do? After all, they aren‘t really part of the “real world“ yet, are they? Yes, they are, and apparently, many Northern Michigan University students feel the same way. NMU ...

A month to be aware of the risks of brain injuries

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and acquired brain injury, or ABI, are the leading causes of injury-related death and disability in the United States, accounting for 155 deaths every day, on average, according to national health statistics. With that in mind, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ...

With spring warmth comes flooding risk

Warmer spring temperatures are a welcome relief, but they also mark a return to flood season. Flooding from melting snow or heavy spring rains is one of the most common hazards and it puts lives and property at risk each year. To encourage everyone in the state to be prepared, Wisconsin Gov. ...

Sunshine Week puts spotlight on need for transparency

For most people, transparency in government is little more than an abstract concept that shows up from time to time in news reports but has little apparent impact on people’s daily lives. Of course, everyone wants to know what’s going on at City Hall, when those goings on are important. ...

As snow recedes, fire danger rises in dry grasses, brush

The ground may look damp and muddy, but grass and brush are dry in spring even if the ground is wet. That means fire can spread fast, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources warns. “Everybody wants to get out and clean up their yard, but it’s important check conditions before ...

Grateful for chance to get virus vaccine

Bouquet: I just received my COVID-19 vaccination, the first, and I’m so very grateful. The site of the Dickinson County Fairgrounds was run like a well-oiled machine, with kind and helpful individuals answering questions and guiding everyone through. The shot itself was painlessly ...

Scammers now impersonating DEA agents

We’ve used this space on any number of previous occasions to warn readers that scams were afoot, everything from tax hustles to online flimflams. As a result, Mining Journal newsroom personnel have adopted something near a “nothing surprises us anymore” attitude about such things — ...

‘Spring forward’ safely as daylight saving time begins

Clocks will jump forward this weekend for daylight saving time and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging residents to change more than the time. “As we‘ve been spending more time in our homes this past year, it’s more important than ever to take the opportunity this weekend to replace your ...

Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for separation money

Apparently silence isn’t priceless. In fact, it costs a few hundred thousand taxpayer dollars and some billable hours from state-funded lawyers. Or so we learned this week as news broke of cushy separation agreements brokered by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration in an effort to ...

Bergman on right track in joining bipartisan group

Some weeks ago, the office of U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, announced the retired U.S. Marine Corps general had joined a bipartisan group dedicated to, among other things, creating a more efficient and better-working government in support of military members and their families. Under ...

Corrections officers deserve our respect

Some jobs are easier than others. One job that’s definitely in the “others” category is a prison corrections officer. Consider that a CO has to deal with a population that’s probably not the easiest and most cooperative, and is one that requires a constant amount of diligence and ...

Blood center says thanks for donating

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drives in the months of January and February. As a result of their efforts, we collected 19 pints of blood. I ...

A week in Michigan to celebrate how we measure up

One of the key priorities of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, or MDARD, is to monitor weights and measures devices being used by retailers to ensure a fair playing field. MDARD this week is celebrating Weights and Measures Week in Michigan. These dates are ...

Whitmer needs to fully consider restaurants’ proposal

We’ll begin with this statement: We do not believe you can negotiate with a virus. Unlike most any other public policy issue, COVID-19 cares nothing for our political compromise or bipartisanship, and only science can tell us what will truly keep us safe. That said, one major weakness in ...

March declared Reading Month in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer provided an important reminder when she declared March as Reading Month in Michigan. Of course, we here at a daily newspaper believe every month should be Reading Month, but we always are pleased to have a special month for reading. Whitmer declared that throughout the ...

Energy emergency shows value of Line 5 pipeline

Michigan doesn’t have a propane shortage, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of an energy emergency in late February. But it risks having one if the governor gets her way on shutting down the Line 5 petroleum pipeline. Whitmer, a spokesperson explained, joined 34 other states in ...

Firefighter’s service to his community never to be forgotten

A fallen hero and his family were honored by the Marquette Elks Lodge 405 during a heartfelt ceremony last week. The Elks presented a medal of valor to the family of the late Benjamin Lauren — a 23-year-old Forsyth Township firefighter who was fatally injured while fighting a structure fire ...

Group appreciated Sugar Shack visit

Bouquet: Thanks to the Dean Lefebvre family for inviting the Golden Girls, ages 85 to 91, to the “Sugar Shack” again for this year’s cancelled tournament. It was so many memories for the past seven to eight years and we hope to see you all at the “World Cup” next year, God willing.