Opinion

Ben Carson: Outstanding role model

Columns

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development-designate, told a story. He said his mother was a domestic who cleaned beautiful homes. One day she asked him if he would rather live in those nice houses or the house in which he and his ...

Iron Ore Heritage Trail a regional attraction worthy of upgrades

Editorial

One of the crown jewels in the region’s trail system, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, received many upgrades in 2016, and more appear to be on the way. The Ishpeming City Council last week heard about the trail’s improvements from Carol Fulsher, administrator of the Iron Ore Heritage ...

Letters to the Editor: Transparency needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am writing to express my concerns about the availability of our new congressional representative, Jack Bergman. This is a concern to me because the 115th Congress has set themselves an ambitious agenda and this term begins with no way for him to get immediate ...

Dems need white, blue collars

Columns

You’re a white male blue-collar voter, and you think about how your nation’s political and financial establishment has treated you and yours over the past 25 years. All ‘’the best people’’ — presidents and prize-winning professors and respected editorial writers — told you ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

Editorial

A couple of years ago, the U.S Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Delft Bistro nearly finished, ready for opening in downtown

Editorial

From all accounts, the Delft Bistro in Marquette will open in the next few weeks, capping several years of planning and construction. In the most recent development, the Marquette City Commission last week voted to approve an on-premises class C liquor license, needed to round out the ...

Show was success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thank You from Lake Superior Hospice to our great community for your support of our Daddy D’s Christmas Show! Your attendance and donations helped us raise much needed funds for our Patient Care fund, helping families who don’t have coverage for our services or ...

Undermining trust in our institutions is Putin’s goal

Columns

President-elect Donald Trump conceded this week that he thinks Russia was responsible for hacking the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, though he couldn’t help but add the caveat that it “could have been others also.” Trump’s reluctance to ...

New parking fees, meters in Marquette won’t solve problems

Editorial

Marquette’s downtown district has seen much success over the years, becoming known as a welcoming place for visitors and natives alike to do business, shop and dine and generally be entertained. However, there are some changes taking shape that might cause at least a few people to second ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Grandma taught me a lot To the Journal editor: Imagine you are a 2-year-old girl standing in the dark in your mother’s freshly dug grave. The year is 1896 and the location is Cliff, Michigan, in the Keweenaw Peninsula. That was my grandmother, Margaret Raisanen-Kline, and her ...

Tales of intelligence community, Russia and president-elect

Columns

On Wednesday, in his first news conference as president-elect, Donald Trump came out swinging — against some of the media (while praising others), against the policies and performance of the Obama administration, and against the intelligence community. He had some legitimate reason. One was ...

Obama’s bittersweet farewell touched nation

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s decision to go home to Chicago to deliver his farewell address to the nation was not too surprising, considering he will be leaving a Washington that over the last eight years has brought him as much heartache as satisfaction. His televised speech before a ...

On fire: MTV News shows true colors with intolerance

Columns

It’s only the second week of 2017, but it’s already been a banner year for preening liberals on cable TV who are hell-bent on self-immolation in the name of proving everyone else’s moral inferiority. To use young people’s slang these days, you’re “lit,” media progressives. But ...

State can’t shrink pension reform

Columns

Flint is facing another crisis — but this one doesn’t involve its drinking water. The city’s pension system is severely underfunded and getting worse, and that leaves the future viability of the city uncertain, no matter what happens with its water lines. Flint's defined benefit pension ...

Safety always first when out on area snowmobile trails

Editorial

Whether you're talking about sled sales, parts and maintenance, gasoline, lodging, food and clothing, snowmobiles comprise a significant portion of the Upper Peninsula's wintertime economy. The economic health of a great many businesses — and employees of the businesses — literally depend ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Wolves mishandled To the Journal editor: Just before Christmas, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a law authorizing the trophy hunting and commercial trapping of Michigan’s wolves, should their federal Endangered Species Act protections be removed. This is in spite of the fact that in the ...

Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape?’

Columns

A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.” The ...

Letters to the Editor: City bike path progress cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A big thanks to the city engineering staff who helped to have the new hospital construction company efficiently install the bike path overpass and get the bike path open again. The part of our bike path from the lakeshore to McClellan Avenue is certainly a much loved ...

A call for activists for journalism

Columns

Well, that was quite the spectacle. In his first news conference since July, President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday likened the U.S. intelligence community to Nazi Germany, talked about himself in the third person as he described Vladimir Putin’s affection for him and attacked not one ...