Opinion

UPHS-Marquette making hard choices in tough environment

Editorial

Recent employee cuts at Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has become the talk of the town. Since Duke LifePoint has taken over the hospital, there have been many changes including a reduction in the number of people employed at the hospital. People like to reflect back on the days that ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Miners are congratulated To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach Dan Waterman, assistant coach Chris Prunick, manager Kyle Waterman and the Negaunee Miners boys varsity basketball team on a great season. Great job to the six seniors: No. 4 Mark Anderson; No. 20 Brock Aho; No. ...

New/old politics of capital vs. countryside still apply

Columns

Capital vs. countryside — that’s the new political divide, visible in multiple surprise election results over the past 11 months. It cuts across old partisan lines and replaces traditional divisions — labor vs. management, north vs. south, Catholic vs. Protestant — among voters. This ...

Trump always bedeviled by his unkept promises

Columns

WASHINGTON — On the eve of President Trump’s completion of 100 days in office, his most highly touted promise of building a wall on our southern border, and his insistence that Mexico will pay for it, remains conspicuously unfulfilled. He has cavalierly dismissed his failure to meet his ...

Other opinions

Columns

Water deal best for Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's recommendation that Flint remain with the Great Lakes Water Authority rather than switching once again to a new drinking water source is the best choice for a city that needs both stability and trust in the safety of its water. Flint had been ...

City should proceed with caution in Ok’ing waterfront businesses

Editorial

Presque Isle Park in Marquette this summer will have one more attraction to draw tourists and local outdoor enthusiasts after the city commission approved a non-exclusive lease with Superior Kayaking Co. The company wants to set up a kayak rental operation near the Superior Watershed ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Help with Marquette’s spring clean up today To the Journal editor: For the past 39 years, the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee Inc. has encouraged all residents of Marquette to participate in the Annual Spring Clean Up. Our target date this year is today. Over 40 ...

Can we think our way past robots?

Columns

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he’s dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours. Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to ...

Letters to the Editor: Kyle, NMU thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I would like to thank Walt Kyle and the Northern Michigan University hockey department for sending three of their Swedish and Finnish players to our Vasa Lodge meeting last month. The three fine students gave us a presentation about their individual experiences which ...

For hope, stick with millennials

Columns

On college campuses across America, spring semester is coming to an end. This can be an emotional time, I’ve discovered, for those of us who relish the company of these millennials. No one warned me about this. Three semesters ago, I agreed to teach at the journalism school that launched ...

NMU graduation speech should be one worth catching

Editorial

It’s a familiar tale but one that we never tire from telling: Local person does good. Or in this case, does phenomenally. On May 6, that person will be speaking to the audience at Northern Michigan University’s commencement ceremonies, and we have no doubt those assembled will be ...

Workers Memorial Day marks sacrifices made by US workers

Editorial

Readers’ attention is directed to a pair of geographically separated Friday events that are both designed to commemorate and honor workers who have been injured or died on the job. In Negaunee, at Ronn Hall, an event at 6:30 p.m. will be held, according to the Marquette Alger Central Labor ...

Patient Experience Week chance to focus on positive developments

Columns

MARQUETTE - April 24-28 marks Patient Experience Week, an annual event that gives us the chance to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of all of our physicians, nurses and staff at UP Health System–Marquette. They are the heart of our community hospital and play an enormous role in ...

It’s police vs. PC police

Columns

As is almost always the case, signs of trouble preceded the latest shooting in Paris, which left one police officer dead and wounded two bystanders before police killed the gunman, later identified as French national Karim Cheurfi, a known criminal with a long, violent record. ISIS claimed to ...

City commission too cautious on Cliffs-Dow offer

Editorial

It’s not exactly Chernobyl or Love Canal, but the former Cliffs-Dow site along Lakeshore Boulevard and Wright Street in Marquette has the reputation of not being the cleanest spot in town, and with good reason. The property, the site of the former Cliffs-Dow Plant that operated as a ...