Opinion

Chocolay Raptor Center deserves community support

Editorial

The Chocolay Raptor Center again came to the rescue of injured wildlife, the latest being two rehabilitated American kestrels released back into the wild at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course Wednesday. It’s another success story for the center, which has been doing as much as it can to save ...

Trump’s inability to handle truth drags his party down

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — In case you’ve been wondering why President Trump flip-flopped twice in assigning blame for the Charlottesville street violence last weekend, the reason was simple. As he told reporters in the Trump Tower lobby on Tuesday, he didn’t have the facts at the time ...

Classic car show to serve a much larger purpose

Editorial

Third Street in Marquette will be lined with some real hot rods this weekend as the first-ever “Classic Cars on Third Street” takes place this Saturday. Organizers tell us the event has received a pretty positive response so far, and it is expected to draw people from across the Upper ...

Trump no longer shocks; his helpers who know better do

Columns

An insane woman was madly swinging her pocketbook at strangers on the street. No one tried to shame or reason with her. They knew she was unwell and needed to be removed by responsible parties. In a similar vein, I’ve stopped expressing shock at things Donald Trump says, tweets and does. ...

Blame from violent attacks must lie on responsible parties

Editorial

On Wednesday afternoon, a memorial service was held for Heather Heyer, who was killed on Saturday when a car crashed into demonstrators who were protesting a white supremacy rally. Heyer, 32, was with a group of counterprotesters that were gathered to show an alternative viewpoint to the ...

Diversity flaps are often manufactured

Columns

In 2005, the Los Angeles Times hired me as a columnist. That was great news (for me). But the best part was when Barbra Streisand canceled her subscription in protest. Her real complaint wasn’t so much that the Times had hired me, but that it had dropped Robert Scheer, an old-style, ...

Letters to the Editor: Negaunee citizens come through

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of Negaunee Public School’s Board of Education, I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the Negaunee voters for supporting our sinking fund millage. The result of the Aug. 8 election confirms our thought of how fortunate we are to be part of such ...

This kind of hatred should bring Americans together

Columns

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who ...

Possible Vista Theater restructuring seems the right decision

Editorial

Being financially prudent often makes sense, but it can come with difficulty. The Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council has a plan to restructure the operations of the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee, basically separating the theater’s players and producers from the people raising funds ...

Letters to the Editor: And justice for all

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As part of celebrating Labor Day that honors the contributions of our workers to progressing our country, we define, justify, and apply justice to declare just worker rights. What is justice? Justice is revealed in our history when we progressed from justice for few ...

Local veterans relief fund something worth looking into

Editorial

Without a doubt, many of us will face financial hardships at one point or another during our lives. A bit of good news for veterans in Marquette County is that they can find some assistance through the Soldier Sailor Relief Act. The state-mandated program, administered by the Marquette ...

Trump’s deadly ego trip

Columns

Even before the embarrassing demise of his health care legislation, Donald Trump could no longer claim that he would “take care of everybody” with a “beautiful” new system that insures all Americans, regardless of their ability to pay. Such election-year vows were abandoned months ago, ...

LWV not non-partisan

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal Editor: I must take issue with your Where We Stand editorial of Wednesday, Aug. 2, regarding the League of Women Voters. In your editorial, you stated, “Nonpartisanship is a cornerstone of the LWV’s mission since it doesn’t support or oppose any political party or ...

Ore to Shore a positive for our local area

Editorial

This past weekend, Marquette County welcomed roughly 2,000 bicyclists for the 18th annual Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic. The competition is touted as the Midwest’s largest mass-start, point-to-point race, and each year the buzz of bicycles is heard rolling through the trails and streets ...

President Trump is provoking his own crisis

Columns

Donald Trump assured us during his campaign, “I know words. I have the best words.” But are “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” really the best words for a president to use in an increasingly volatile international crisis involving nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles? No ...

City should proceed with caution when taking on debt

Editorial

Though there was some dissent among officials, the Marquette City Commission recently approved a pretty sizable contract for infrastructure and energy upgrades which contractors say will save the city millions of dollars over the next two decades. Whether it’s gasoline for the family car or ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

4 reasons part-time move is bad To the Journal editor: Lt. Gov. Calley has recently called to make the Michigan Legislature part time. While I understand the urge to save a little money and stick it to the political class, here are four reasons it’s probably not a good idea. First, the ...

Google’s ‘tolerance’ requires repression

Columns

Would a fair society have exactly the same percentage of men and women, of whites and blacks and Latinos and Asians, in every line of work and occupational category? If your answer is yes, and that any divergence from these percentages must necessarily result from oppression, then you qualify ...