Opinion

Underpass debate drives attendance in township sessions

Editorial

Local municipal meetings aren’t always packed. In fact, they usually aren’t packed. Residents sometimes can watch those meetings on TV, or read about them in The Mining Journal, but they don’t always attend them in person for various reasons: lack of interest in the subject matter, ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A recent commentary via letter to the editor auspices likely meant well. However, the author seems to want to equate apples and oranges in making reference to Jesus Christ. Sir, there is no comparison between Jesus Christ and any sitting office holder in the political ...

No king but Caesar

Editorial

In September 1862, a group of Chicago ministers sent a “memorial” (or long letter) to President Abraham Lincoln in which they made a theological argument for the elimination of slavery. Lincoln had also heard from Southern clergy who used the same scriptures to justify slavery’s ...

UPAWS good works results in $50,000 award from Petco

Editorial

The people that run the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter got a big piece of good news recently when it was revealed that the organization had been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Petco Foundation. The announcement came at the organization’s annual open house. The funding was ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When Beau LaFave was first elected, Lt. Gov. Calley said that given Lafave’s disability, “he has an opportunity to be a real inspiration to people out there living their lives in a world that was designed when they weren’t at the table.” LaFave himself said ...

Francisco Franco and 2018 GOP

Editorial

To understand the discouraging plight for Republicans heading into the 2018 midterm elections, it might help to recall a joke popular in Spain in 1975, when Generalissimo Francisco Franco, that nation’s long-ruling and ruthless dictator, lingered for endless weeks on his ...

There’s too much at stake for delays in Asian carp study

Editorial

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop delaying an important study on upgrading a key waterway choke point is a way of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Some 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives - including U.S. Rep. Jack ...

Letters to the editor

Editorial

To the Journal editor: Recently Smith Construction performed work for a number of residents along the Lake Superior Shoreline on M-28 in Harvey. We were hired to build rock retaining walls to protect their property against further shoreline erosion damage. One of the challenges we faced ...

How long will Congress remain a bystander regarding war?

Editorial

WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity ...

Marquette Township has few options in dealing with budget

Editorial

Marquette Township’s proposed 2018 budget is yet again a tight one, and in an effort toward establishing a healthier financial position, the board is considering a cut to police coverage. Police protection is surely a top concern for many residents, no matter where you live. But short of ...

Ghiringhelli should be on Marquette City Commission

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal Editor: We strongly encourage the Marquette City Commission to make the democratically responsible choice and appoint Tony Ghiringhelli to the commission’s vacant seat. Ghiringhelli earned the fourth-most votes out of a total of six candidates for three available seats in ...

Are GOP tax bills attack on ‘feds, eds and meds?’

Columns

michael barone Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. ...

Candidate looks back on race, forward in life

Columns

RICH ROSSWAY It was quite the ride running for the 109th State House, something I will never forget. I’ve gained some incredible friends, and lost a few that I guess I never really had. Looking back on my campaign, I recall many powerful experiences. The time a Gwinn couple brought me to ...

Lake Superior also threatened by Line 5 petroleum pipeline

Columns

CARL LINDQUIST While the majority of opposition to Line 5 has rightly been focused on the 4 mile section that runs under the straits of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron it is also important to emphasize the very real threat the aging oil pipeline poses to Lake Superior. In the Upper Peninsula ...

Line 5 must be monitored carefully

Columns

New information regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that's the ...

Downtown vandals should be made to pay for bad behavior

Editorial

On the night of Dec. 1, Marquette kicked off the holiday season with its annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade, which was followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the Marquette Commons. This was an incredibly well-attended event to which children and parents alike had been looking ...

Students appreciative of movie experience

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When Dr. Frank Farbod and his wife, Jean, discovered the movie “Wonder” would be showing this fall, Jean contacted me with the news that Frank wanted to take our fifth-graders to the movies! It all started in 2015 when I emailed the Facial Surgery Institute asking ...

Trump risks more damage to GOP in Alabama senate race

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — At precisely the time sexual harassment has become an issue of national concern, next week’s special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a litmus test for the soul of the Republican Party. Its ...

Sacrifices of World War II participants shouldn’t be forgotten

Editorial

Today marks the 76th anniversary of what is arguably the 20th century's single-most most significant event, at least as far as the United States is concerned. It was 76 years ago this morning that more than 350 carrier-based warplanes of the Empire of Japan paid an unannounced visit to the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: News that Enbridge may build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is not good news for the Upper Peninsula. A straits tunnel is being touted as a means of making Enbridge Line 5 safer for 23 million gallons of oil a day. What it actually does is extend the life of ...