Opinion

Politics as usual in nation’s capital getting in the way

Columns

Is there anyone who can point to the “Affordable Care Act” (aka Obamacare) and credibly claim it is accomplishing the goals set for it seven years ago? Insurers are pulling out of the exchanges, premiums and related costs are going up, not down, as supporters of the misnamed law claimed ...

School budget deficit something to be avoided

Editorial

Balancing the budget is a challenge nowadays for nearly any school district in Michigan, and Marquette Area Public Schools is no exception. MAPS’ total general fund revenues are projected to decrease to nearly $31.37 million, which is about $202,000 down from the 2016-17 budget. Total ...

Letters to the Editor: Editorial missed mark

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Mining Journal’s June 20 editorial, “Change in age to purchase tobacco is very bad idea” indicates to me your editorial board’s thinking is absurd rather than the reasoning behind the proposed increase in the minimum age to buy tobacco products. As your ...

Goldwater could serve as good example for today’s politicians

Columns

Americans have reason to trust in progress. By so many different yardsticks, we can gauge improvement just over the past half-century. We are indisputably more tolerant and accepting than we were in the 1960s. The percentage of American women with a college degree is five times greater today ...

State aid money should not be used in suits against state

Editorial

Although many educators may oppose this viewpoint, we believe language included in the new state budget prohibiting school districts from using state money to underwrite lawsuits against the state is a good idea. The fiscal year 2017-18 state school aid budget was approved by the State Senate ...

At this point, it’s not going to be easy stopping Kim Jong Un

Columns

Otto Warmbier’s death is one of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the most brutal regime in the world, North Korea’s. The American student went to North Korea on a tour in 2016 and did something foolish: He tried to steal a propaganda poster from the wall of his hotel, an act captured ...

City of Marquette’s zoning ordinances need upgrading

Editorial

Marquette city government, assisted by grassroots types and business leaders, have started a long-term planning process that, unlike a lot of similar municipal efforts we’re seen over the years, should end with substantive changes in how the city does business. Specifically, the city is ...

Beacon House pact with UPHS-M a great step forward in process

Editorial

Beacon House’s project to establish a new facility near UP Health System-Marquette’s new hospital took a positive turn last week. The hospital announced that it reached an agreement to lease a portion of its property, near the intersection of Seventh and Spring streets in Marquette, to ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Trust in God to help you find way To the Journal editor: Recently I have heard on the news and also in newspapers about the increased use of pain pills and then mixed with alcohol or other drugs can be deadly. Those who are driving while using is also a bigger problem. Hopefully we, as a ...

Outlook after the special elections

Columns

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election’s first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they ...

In wake of Clinton loss, more women are running

Columns

After Hillary Clinton lost the presidential race, there were a few days there when it looked as if a lot of women would be done with politics. If we couldn’t elect the most qualified person ever to run for president, what was the point, right? Being women, however, we quickly ...

Puberty supression and FGM part of gender ID issues

Columns

Michigan is set to become the 26TH American state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa ...

Another opinion

Columns

AHCA must not gut Michigan Medicaid program, coverage Lawmakers must take a cue from their counterparts in the medical world and “do no harm” as they tinker with health insurance reform. There's no denying the Affordable Care Act has begun to show some substantial flaws — since its ...

Do we really need switchblade knives legalized in state?

Editorial

File this next one under hard to believe but true nevertheless. There is a group of Michigan senators — principally Republicans but a handful of Democrats too — that believe switchblade knives should be legal. And they believe it strongly enough that they approved a bill repealing the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Respect Trump, flag To the Journal editor: No doubt, I am a dinosaur as I am elderly with an opinion. At 2 years of age, did you get your way when you fussed and hollered? I would guess not. So how about discussion instead. The media and newspapers seem to give us one side only. And a ...

Governmental role in health care vexing GOP

Columns

WASHINGTON — There’s considerable irony in the sudden and desperate quest of Republicans in Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, in light of the party’s longstanding dread and disdain of government involvement in any sort of national health care. For decades, the GOP war cry of ...

All night party successful once again

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The 2017 Ishpeming High School All Night Graduation Party Committee would like to thank the individuals and businesses in Marquette County, and throughout Michigan, who gave so generously in their donations to our graduates. This year’s event was the 34th ...

Mortality tale at Uber: Reputation still important in business world

Columns

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber’s board effectively fired Kalanick. This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ...

All things trails happening this weekend in area

Editorial

The beautiful Noquemanon Trail Network has become one of the greatest assets and attractions in our area. NTN, as it’s called, is a nonprofit organization created to build and maintain the recreational trails. Today through Sunday, The Marquette Trails Festival celebrates and supports all ...

Letters to the Editor: Climate change to be discussed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016 ended up as the warmest year since 1880, with the mean global annual temperature breaking the record that was set the year before in 2015. Since the 2015 average global temperature broke the ...