Opinion

Niemisto statue worthy of care

Editorial

The January vandalism of the statue of the late Phil Niemisto, located at the downtown Marquette pocket park named after him, could have been a lot worse. The statue could have been crushed or cut in half. Fortunately, only the hat and scarf were removed, although that in itself isn’t an ...

Support for Goofus’s family overwhelming

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The family of Alan “Goofus” Ammesmaki would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming ourtpour of support shown after Al's recent and unexpected passing. The coverage from the local media; The Mining Journal and TV-6 was really amazing and appreciated. ...

North Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Columns

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. “No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that ...

Hospital’s ‘A’ grade to be commended

Editorial

UP Health System-Marquette has leapfrogged into a better rating for overall quality. The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report Tuesday, with UPHS-Marquette earning an “A” rating for data reported on its spring survey this year. ...

Support a public shooting range

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: At 6:30 p.m. on May 1, Sands Township will have a special meeting to consider the approval of a public state-of-the-art shooting range that would be owned and operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. State funding of up to $1 million is already secured. ...

Following Jesus, or Trump?

Columns

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” (Matthew 6:24) The verse refers to money, but in light of today’s debate about the unaccountable devotion many Christian leaders have for President ...

Rotary clubs step up, help township with equipment purchase

Editorial

The three Rotary Clubs in the Marquette area, in conjunction with the Rotary Foundation, have come together to support purchase of a piece of playground equipment for the Lions Field Recreation Area in Marquette Township. The clubs — the breakfast Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Marquette ...

Miners supported

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach Dan Waterman, team manager Kyle Waterman and the Negaunee High School Miners varsity boys basketball team on a great season. Great job to five seniors, Luke Mattson, Luke Skewis, Travis Nelson, Jacob Ennett and Jake Hill. Let’s go ...

George and Barbara defined what character ought to be

Columns

She was born into comfort in Manhattan and raised in Rye, a leafy, exclusive suburb in New York’s Westchester County. She would leave college before graduating to marry. She never had a career beyond wife, mother and citizen. But her death, in her 10th decade, evoked an almost spontaneous ...

PWPL taking key steps in project to improve building

Editorial

A lot is going on at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette these days that has little to do with books and learning, at least in the traditional sense. The library board recently picked Closner Constructon of Marquette as the prime contractor in its estimated $4.2 million renovation ...

Hard question posed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: President Trump has recently fired or accepted the resignation of many of his inside circle, and they are being replaced with individuals who are less likely to put the brakes on his impulsive tendencies. Mr. Trump has also gone beyond his general characterization ...

Still the safest way to travel

Columns

For white-knuckle flyers like me, this week’s tragic accident aboard a Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Texas reinforces our worst fears but also reassures us that flying remains the safest means of travel within the United States. I fly 100,000 miles a year, despite my phobias, ...

Area teen’s support of Beacon House inspires, motivates

Editorial

If you or anyone you know has ever battled a serious illness or debilitating medical condition, then you likely have an understanding of the stress and grief it can cause in a person’s life. The Beacon House, the Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house, is intended to help at least a ...

National Day of Prayer coming up

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: First Presbyterian Church of Marquette is inviting all people to pray for America on May 3, the National Day of Prayer. We will be praying for unity of thought and wisdom for our government leaders. Church services at 120 N. Front St., Marquette, are 11-noon and ...

Proof of collusion with Russia just not there

Columns

As the likelihood that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia seems headed toward zero, the likelihood of proof of a different form of collusion seems headed upward toward certainty. The Russia collusion charge had some initial credibility because of businessman Donald Trump’s dealings in ...

Negativity impacting everything

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I respect your right as owners of a paper to print what you want in your paper. I also greatly respect the First Amendment right of free speech. Of course, these rights also come with responsibilities, as does any constitutional right. One thing I believe all ...

War in Syria is actually multiple wars, miseries

Columns

The uprising in Syria, more than 7 years ago, was not the same as the rest of the “Arab Spring”. This one had a heavy aroma of a civil war. A war between the Shiite minority ruling a Sunni majority. While any civil war of any kind is an epitome of something truly catastrophic, the Syrian ...

Barbara Bush was all that and much more

Columns

In 1989, first lady Barbara Bush publicly disclosed that she had struggled with depression after her children had grown. The women’s movement, she added, was a contributing factor. “I believe it made me feel inadequate. I’m not quite sure how. You were made to feel demeaned a ...

Detroit students lag behind country

Columns

Detroit schools are once again dead last for how their students performed on a national test. And not by just a little — by a lot. This is the fifth test since 2009 the state’s largest district has landed in that position, and it should serve as a serious wake-up call for change. The ...

Marquette Township underpass will be boon to recreation

Editorial

The news was good earlier this week at the Marquette Township Board meeting. A significant recreational project to construct a tunnel underneath U.S. 41 is now fully funded, officials announced at the meeting. Township Planner Jason McCarthy was the bearer of the positive news, noting the ...