Opinion

Paw Pals with Pet Partners a great program for kids

Editorial

Youth services at the Peter White Public Library have gone to the dogs! Every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. all children are invited to Paw Pals with Pet Partners where they can visit or read to a friendly, calm dog in the Great Room, located in the lower level of the library. ...

Please share the road

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recently while driving northbound on North Third Street, I came upon a bicyclist riding south in the middle northbound lane. Because of traffic, parked cars and abundant snowbanks, I had no choice but to come to a near complete stop. I tooted the horn once to make sure ...

Name for shooting range proposed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Since it appears the DNR shooting range has been approved and will be constructed in the near future at Sands Township, I would suggest the completed facility be dedicated in memory of former DNR officers Emil Skoglund and Arvid Erickson. Skoglund and Erickson were ...

Beto-mania a prime example of our cult-of-personality politics

Columns

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That’s because he has the highest combined score ...

Negaunee on right path in pursuing facade grant

Editorial

What town wouldn’t want a little sprucing up? Although there are many ways a downtown in particular can improve its appearance, facades provide some of the most visible means to looking better, particularly to tourists. Residents already know what’s inside a building, but a business with ...

Country should embrace popular vote

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It would make every vote for president equal throughout the United States. It would guarantee that every ...

New Zealand massacre

Columns

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. There are at least three condemnations that should result from the massacre. The first condemnation is for the act itself. The callous slaughter of people at ...

MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Editorial

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather and this one isn’t about ice or snow. An MSP press release notes that the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The agency’s Emergency ...

Evening a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As I conducted our 35th Annual Evening of Romance Gala held Feb. 23 for the Rotary Club of Ishpeming, I could not help but be deeply moved as I took in a moment to gather the sight of all the people who attended to support our club, despite the inclement weather. I ...

Memo to Dems: 2020 is not 2018

Columns

Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

McBroom gets involved with important issues

Editorial

It didn't take Ed McBroom very long to get involved with substantive matters that are important, we believe, to many in the state, namely transparency in public bodies doing the public’s business with public dollars. McBroom is sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution E, which would open to the ...

Todd is missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The loss of Todd Honch stinks. He was a Northern Michigan University Wildcat fan for the football team, the hockey team, men’s and women’s basketball. He was a great buddy to Lindsey Griffen of Marquette. Todd was a drummer with the NMU Band, the NMU Jazz Band, ...

Plow crews doing well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Kudos to the Marquette County Road Commission and to the people who plow our roads in Marquette County. We have had quite the winter so far and I feel so grateful for the people who clear and sand our roads. Betsy Little Marquette

Democratic circus will do little to improve candidate quality

Columns

It is only March 2019, and I am already sick of the 2020 presidential campaign. Granted, not much is happening on the Republican side — everyone assumes President Donald Trump will sail to renomination — but there are so many Democrats running it’s hard to keep count. And for the life of ...

Proposed cuts to Great Lakes programs shouldn’t stand

Editorial

Since 2010, more than $2.4 billion of federal money has been allocated to support cleanup efforts and other projects in the Great Lakes region. Some people may question whether that investment was worth the return. We’ll respond by saying: without a doubt. The Great Lakes Restoration ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Walk a mile in her shoes To the Journal editor: Mr. Grobar’s Jan. 13 letter deserves rebuttal. There is plenty of madness, hypocrisy and contradiction to go around amongst professed Christians, particularly where the men are preaching at the women. Men do not get pregnant or have ...

Illicit drug use: Worse living in US through chemistry

Columns

WASHINGTON — On Feb. 12, Joaquin Guzman Loera, aka “El Chapo,” was convicted of multiple crimes related to running the Sinaloa drug cartel, Mexico’s largest. Thirteen days before his conviction, authorities seized enough of the synthetic opioid called fentanyl for 100 million lethal ...

Enbridge Line 5 tunnel: Not just a matter of jobs

Columns

aOne popular argument in favor of building a utilities tunnel at the Straits of Mackinac to replace Line 5 is that it will provide a lot of Michigan jobs. This argument has come up before. It’s been used to support sulfide mining and fracturing for natural gas. This argument is really a ...

College admission scandal reveals liars and cheats

Columns

Operation Varsity Blues has unleashed a veritable orgy of stereotypes. “Entitled white kids” have been trending, along with told-you-so’s about how the system is “rigged.” Several commentators have suggested that this scandal should quiet concerns about affirmative action because the ...

Another opinion

Columns

Whitmer slumps back toward Lost Decade Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a step back toward Michigan's Lost Decade in her first budget proposal, seeking to alter one of the key tax reforms that helped make the state competitive for jobs and investment. The governor proposes extending the 6 ...