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Opinion

Give the gift of reading this holiday season

Editorial

With the holidays rapidly approaching, most of us have begun the process of brainstorming for potential gift ideas. Naturally, we feel there are few gifts greater than that of the written word, and we aren’t alone in that feeling. The Marquette-Alger Reading Council, which promotes literacy ...

What is state of US?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: What is the state of the United States? In one word, it is chaos encompassing the polity of the nations from top to bottom, with corruption and the lack of cognitive thinking currently pulling us along the road of ruin, continuing well into the future, if there be one. ...

Cancel Culture hypocrites are on both left and right

Columns

Cancel culture is metastasizing. No one is safe anymore, including yours truly. On Tuesday afternoon, I was informed that Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts, had pulled the plug on my book discussion of “Open Borders Inc.” with the Center for Immigration Studies’ Director of ...

Environment must still be considered going forward

Editorial

Tired of hearing about climate change yet? Many people believe a lot more needs to be said. Noted climate activist Dr. David Suzuki spoke at the Nov. 7 celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Superior Watershed Partnership, which has been at the forefront of many climate-related activities ...

Kreis has made a huge difference

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: “We are at our best when we are grateful.” — Matthew Kelly And we are grateful when we know that people whom we trust have done their best. PA ‘Mick’ Kreis has done that for the larger Trenary community through his service at the health clinic in this ...

Does this president know you?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: An iconIc photo taken in 1945 shortly after President Franklin D Roosevelt died, shows an African-American Whitehouse Security Guard standing at attention with tears running down his face. When asked if he knew the president, he replied, “No, but he knew ...

Will Dems fall in love in 2020?

Columns

There are large historical differences between America’s two major political parties in how they choose their presidential nominees. Consider this: Since 1952, there have been 11 presidential elections where there wasn’t a Republican president running for reelection. In 10 of those 11, ...

Homelessness still a very real issue in Marquette County

Editorial

Sleeping outside in the elements can be a fun experience — if you’re camping, and you’ve got all the necessary gear and a nice summer breeze is rolling through the trees. That and a campfire and a few hotdogs can make for a pretty pleasant evening. But what if you’re sleeping outside ...

Terminate Line 5 before it’s too late

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The recent report from American Risk Insurance Management (10/29) provides sufficient ammunition for the governor to terminate all Line 5 agreements, regardless of pending litigation. Last fall’s Snyder agreements with Enbridge included a new financial assurance ...

Republicans’ impeachment strategy seems a tribute to Jackson Pollock

Columns

Maybe you’re a fan of Jackson Pollock’s paint-splatter stuff. That’s cool. My only point is that when you flick paint at a canvas, nobody expects the result to look like a tree, a person or a bowl of fruit. Similarly, in politics, when you throw everything against the wall to see what ...

Another opinion: Same-day voter registration seems to be a big hit

Editorial

We checked the box to vote for no-reason absentee ballots when the question came up in 2018. We weren’t alone. Michigan voters screamingly affirmed the “Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 question two-to-one, putting same-day voter registration and other changes in motion. Nov. 5’s ...

Honor Guard did outstanding work

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I just learned that Chapter 380, Vietnam Veterans of America-Marquette County, have disbanded their Honor Guard. They no longer will be providing military honors at funerals. The men and women of this Honor Guard have unselfishly provided this service to deceased ...

Whatever happened to teaching history?

Columns

According to a report by the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), the teaching of U.S. history to American students lags behind all other subject matters. The latest NAEP survey finds that proficiency levels for fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are in the 20, 18 and 12th ...

Expecting to witness a sea of blue and white for Hematites game

Editorial

After a back-and-forth battle on Nov. 9 that was anyone’s game until the Hematites finally pulled away in the fourth quarter to top Lake Linden-Hubbell 30-18, Ishpeming is now headed to Mount Pleasant to face the Beal City Aggies (10-1) at 1 p.m. today for the MHSAA Division 8 regional ...

Future in voters’ hands

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There are federal legislators waiting for Social Security reserves to run short of funds by 2035. They hope that no corrective legislative action is taken by then, resulting in a forced reduction of your social security check by 20%. These same lawmakers would also be ...

Haley’s comet just fizzled

Columns

Kathleen parker WASHINGTON — She had it all: A great personal story as a first-generation American, a likable personality, a solid political record, an uncommon ability to hit the ground running with ease and competence, and a golden opportunity that made her a household name and earned her ...

DIA’s broken vow a real slap in the face

Columns

Promises made to taxpayers in exchange for their money should not be casually broken. Nor should cheap tricks be used as a shield against the consequences of breaking those promises. The Detroit Institute of Arts is guilty on both counts in its decision to ask voters for an early renewal of ...

Wishing hunters a successful and safe season

Editorial

An Upper Peninsula tradition began at dawn this morning when the firearm deer season opened, sending thousands of Yooper hunters to their camps and bringing thousands of Midwesterners to the area for a chance to bag an elusive buck. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a ...

Don’t ignore science

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A civilian can, at some risk, choose to ignore science but the Army cannot. The highest-ranking officer, Head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley directed the Army War College to analyze climate change impacts on the Army. The frank report begins: ...