Opinion

High gas prices need to be addressed

Editorial

We haven’t had to do an editorial on gasoline for a while. But based on recent prices in our area, it looks like it is time once again to question why gas is more expensive in the Marquette area, a situation several of our subscribers have also noted, and felt important enough to call us ...

Local response to shooting admirable

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The support the local community has shown to the local Jewish community following the massacre of Jews in Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh, has been such a welcome response. The anger and vitriol in our country that has grown the last few years, whether the cause or an ...

On the world stage, Trump is again a disappointment to U.S.

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s churlish participation in last weekend’s 100th anniversary of the end of World War I was yet another glaring and dismissive example of his insensitivity to Western collective security as the core of American foreign policy. Trump stayed in ...

Gala was wonderful community event

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Wonderful! That sums up the Superior Health Foundation’s annual gala, held on Saturday, Sept. 15, in the Great Lakes Rooms at NMU. That evening, a sold out crowd of more than 350 people were treated to an unforgettable evening of great food and spirits, prizes and ...

Veteran deserved special attention

Editorial

Sunday was Veterans Day, a time to thank all who have served in our military. We don’t think anyone, however, begrudged a local veteran who had a bit of a brighter spotlight shown on him than most that day. On Sunday, one of the Greatest Generation, World War II veteran John Snyder, age 98, ...

Nurse practitioners are special group

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The week of Nov.11-17 is National Nurse Practitioner (NP) Week. This week provides an opportunity for us to celebrate the important work of these unique health care professionals who for over a half-century have provided comprehensive, cost-effective, patient-centered ...

The shame of the Catholic Church

Columns

One doesn’t have to be Roman Catholic or even Christian to recognize the great good the Catholic Church has done. America would be worse off were it not its pro-life stance and numerous acts of charity. But good works are sometimes diluted or even overwhelmed by evil works, and it is the ...

Hematites have plenty to be proud of this, every season

Editorial

After the community helped to dig the field out of a blizzard on Saturday morning, two undefeated high school football juggernauts faced off at the Ishpeming Playgrounds. As expected, the game was largely a defensive battle, with the Breckenridge Huskies getting just enough done on the ...

It’s time to count one’s blessings

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Suggestion: Of all the things we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving, let’s practice being thankful for the present moment— whatever its joy, pain or situation. Why? Because the present moment is the door, or even preparation, for the next moment. And who knows ...

Republican party has an ongoing woman problem

Columns

WASHINGTON — It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women. Republicans didn’t learn much. Their articulation issues just got much worse, and there’s a name ...

Prop 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Editorial

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Peace, love best option

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thanksgiving Day will soon be here, Nov. 22. It is what I call one of the longtime most celebrated holidays along with Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. These holidays have been with us for some time so my ...

What’s the problem with Florida elections?

Columns

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Homelessness summit a good first step

Editorial

A regional summit held in Marquette last week underscored what a lot of people already knew: Chronic homelessness is not only on the rise nationally but in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties as well. And here’s something else. According to Kayla West, special project coordinator for Central ...

Pelosi should get nod as best pick for speaker

Columns

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

Motorists should avoid drowsy driving at all costs

Editorial

Drowsy driving doesn’t typically get the publicity that drunk, drugged or distracted driving garners but it should, according to a top insurance executive. “Nationwide, more than 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are hurt every year in crashes involving a driver drifting off to ...

Give love a chance

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Again, crimes of hatred — shooting at a synagogue and mailing bombs. Hatred is evil. Hatred often begins in the brain with thoughts and attitudes — prejudice, pride, envy, jealousy, selfishness, greed. Much hatred is done with words — lies, gossip, criticizing, ...

Americans just don’t like mobs

Columns

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

Veterans Day traces roots to end of Great War

Editorial

One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, soldiers from many nations lowered their swords and quieted their rifles, as hostilities were put to a stop in what was then called The Great War, or “the war to end all wars.” We, of course now, refer to ...

Give Mississippi chance to rehabilitate

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.S Supreme Court why a state court was ...