Editorial

Put a lid on violence before it escalates

It is highly unlikely that white supremacists or, for that matter, other extremists from anywhere else in the ideological spectrum would choose our area for a demonstration of the sort that has occurred in several other cities. For one thing, there is no pretext for the hate-mongers to come ...

Going above and beyond to help others

This week’s bouquets go to: From Sharon Neumann of Escanaba: On a recent morning as I and my helper (Tom Ammel) came out of Elmer’s County Market with my weeks supply of groceries, we found the car had a flat tire. Both of us have health issues, so we couldn’t change a tire and just ...

Cool heads needed in dispute with N. Korea

Someone needs to turn the heat down on the rhetoric flying between Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and Pyongyang and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Threatening each other on nearly a daily basis with destruction, nuclear and otherwise, is doing little to promote peace and ...

Take steps to protect trees from forest pests

The Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin already has endured the onslaught of spruce budworm and the recently arrived and still spreading emerald ash borer. With August being national Tree Check Month, state and federal officials now advise to be on the lookout for the next potentially ...

Give tiny homes a little policy consideration

Tiny homes represent a sizable break from residential construction trends seen in the United States during the past few decades. There’s no universal set of size measurements that would define a home as “tiny,” but some see the category including dwellings of up to 400 or 500 square ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Don’t tie hands of Postal Service

First-class postage stamps at 49 cents each may be about to go the way of the carrier pigeon. By next month, the Postal Service may be given permission to increase stamp prices dramatically. Increasing use of online communications has hurt the Postal Service, cutting deeply into its revenue. ...

Donated used books helped a good cause

This week’s bouquets go to: From Pat Rudden, treasurer, League of Women Voters of Delta County: Thank you to our Escanaba supporters who donated their used books for our annual sale which took place at the Waterfront Art Festival. Thanks also to the community members who support us with ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to allege the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

Invasive tech needs low-tech approach

In the digital age, threats are encoded, technology is expedient and the legal tradition of limiting the intrusiveness of government simply can’t keep up. Law enforcement gadgets such as Stingrays, which pretend to be cell towers to trick phones into sharing locations, and ...

Congress, Lansing take aim at our safety

Americans for Responsible Solutions says Michigan needs protection against Congress. Michigan needs protection against its own legislature first. Americans for Responsible Solutions is a political action committee that argues American homes and streets will be safer with stricter gun laws and ...

Quick action on fireworks law a good move

The Escanaba City Council deserves praise for deciding to take swift action to put changes to the city’s fireworks ordinance in place in a timely manner. Currently, the city of Escanaba allows fireworks to be used four days before, four days after, and on the day of 10 federally-recognized ...

Time to hold the VA accountable

A package of emergency funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs was approved by the U.S. Senate recently. It includes $2.1 billion for a special program to ensure veterans are not kept waiting for health care treatment at VA facilities. Meanwhile, the agency continues to spend in some ...

First responders lauded by those they helped

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church family: Your Wilson Seventh Day Adventist Church family would like to say thank you to the Gourley, Harris, Bark River, and Carney-Nadeau fire departments, as well as Mid-County rescue squad, for their incredible ...

Allow Sault Tribe to use its land

Port Huron’s casino dreams likely suffered another setback this week when the Department of the Interior said no to what many thought was the best bet for off-reservation Indian gambling in Michigan. The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians had requested that the Bureau of Indian ...

Ban on Chinese lanterns a good idea

We like a good time down at The Mining Journal as much as anyone. But legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban Chinese lanterns in Michigan might make sense. The popular devices, which are already illegal in 29 states including Minnesota, Illinois, ...

Keep protecting the Great Lakes

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does vital work across Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and the streams, rivers and lakes that run into them.” U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) - Michigan’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee - said it right, following the ...

Fight for robust speech on the quad

Bad behavior on college campuses is plentiful, and the negative impact of these protests and assaults on free speech is real. While it’s understandable that some Michigan lawmakers want to take action, additional legislation could have the unintended effect of hampering students’ First ...

Chaos in Venezuela can’t be ignored

Quite a few countries have shaky economies, with double-digit unemployment, crumbling treasuries and even food shortages. One of them has the largest petroleum reserves in the world. It is Venezuela. Months of demonstrations in the streets have left nearly 100 Venezuelans dead and at least ...

Wonderful people will make fond memories

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mark Taylor, Escanaba’s last Kmart pharmacist: My name is Mark Taylor. Most people know me as the pharmacist at Kmart. Recently our pharmacy’s prescription records were purchased locally by Meijer. To my regret, they wanted our files so quickly we had ...