Opinion

Father Marquette Park soon to be city showpiece

Editorial

What a fine and wonderful collaboration there’s been behind the effort to make improvements at Father Marquette Park. The park, neatly situated atop a hill overlooking part of the Lower Harbor in Marquette, has seen quite a few changes in the past year or two, and a dedication ceremony will ...

US must face uncomfortable past

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: America has never come to terms with its legacy of slavery as did Germany with the Holocaust and South Africa with the period of apartheid. When a nation fails to account for its historical crimes, the same forces and tendencies that led to those crimes will, in an ...

Don’t fix baseball, even if broken

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches ...

Ishpeming’s Ivy League School

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Ishpeming High School is getting a new copper roof and I and my crew at Dan Perkins Construction have the honor of installing it. The roof replacement we are engaged in this summer will never be reflected in the school tax bill, because it was paid for by an ...

Enbridge Line 5: Is it worth the risk all of us will take?

Columns

Rayford Ray & Gary Street Faith groups gathered recently on the steps of the Capital in Lansing to call for a shutdown of Enbridge’s Line 5. Because we believe that all of humanity is called by God to love and care for all of creation, the issue of the danger of Pipeline 5 is of ...

US border the scene of ugly separations, tragic reunions

Columns

Connie schultz In these warm Ohio months, when my daughter was an infant, I’d strap her into the stroller most evenings and take her for a long walk before bedtime. One neighbor, just a few houses down, had his own evening habit of dragging his hose with a rotating sprinkler to the edge ...

Don’t let reveling ruin nature

Columns

It’s as simple as removing shoes when entering a friend’s home, but for some reason throngs of visitors to the Grand Traverse region don’t see fit to pick up after themselves. Most who flock to northern Michigan's breathtaking natural places take thoughtful steps to “leave no trace” ...

It’s time America provided justice for Emmett Till

Editorial

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.” —Yevgeny Yevtushenko Although we are reasonably certain the famous Soviet and Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and screenwriter was referring to something else altogether when he wrote those words, the concept could ...

Immigration decision was just plain wrong

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: President Trump called immigrants rapists, murders and “bad hombres” while campaigning. He claims they come here to commit heinous crimes and to take your job. Nevermind that facts show these rants to be false. In border towns, crime has dropped and the flow of ...

Rescue mission needed at home

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Perhaps no news story has grasped the American reading and television viewing public in recent days as has the frantic and successful effort by Thai official and volunteer first responders to rescue a dozen young boys and their soccer coach trapped in a ...

Pioneer Days a fun celebration of all things Negaunee

Editorial

It’s been called the city of Negaunee’s favorite week of the year. And why not? Pioneer Days, which has been taking place in Negaunee all week, includes a wide variety of activities that groups and families often build reunions around. Be it parades, softball tournaments, dinners or ...

Diorite issues cited

Letters To The Editor

To The Journal Editor: On June 20, the Township of Ely had a meeting to discuss the water situation in Diorite. A lot of information regarding the raising of the monthly water (and only water) rates from $43 to $90 was put forward. This is where we residents of Diorite now stand. We are a ...

How many times must we save people who overdose?

Columns

A deeply humane friend recently suggested that medics stop saving people on their third opioid overdose. The subject was naloxone, a medication that can yank users from the jaws of death. It can be given via Narcan nasal spray or injection. My friend surprised me. I thought that if a life ...

Thai cave rescue shows much good remains in troubled world

Editorial

Tuesday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured an Associated Press article that stated all 12 boys and their soccer coach had been rescued from the flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world. The boys and their coach were trapped in the ...

Wage law debated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Prevailing wage laws are rooted in racism. Following the Civil War, freed slaves moved north. Some contractors hired them because they worked for less. Local governments enacted prevailing wage laws to prevent those contractors from winning government bids in order to ...

Catholics rock the courthouse

Columns

WASHINGTON — Even before President Trump announced his nomination Monday of federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s slot on the Supreme Court, the foul scent of anti-Catholicism began seeping into public commentary. In particular, an article ...

City downtown property sale could be key asset

Editorial

Right now it’s a parking lot, but it could be much more in five years or so. The Marquette City Commission Monday approved a resolution allowing City Manager Mike Angeli and City Attorney Ronald Keefe to complete the sale of a half-acre of city-owned property at the corner of Third and Main ...

Is Europe aware of threat?

Columns

Much of Europe was asleep, or in denial, when the Nazis took power and began rebuilding their military in violation of the Versailles Treaty that brought World War I to an end. Now, after years of virtually unlimited migration from predominately North African and other Muslim regions, some ...

Training Little Sous Chefs is fun

Columns

How can we help our children become foodies with a broad palate? How can we teach them to make their own food by themselves when they are a bit older instead of complaining, “There is nothing to eat around here!” According to professional cooks and nutritionists, hands-on family cooking ...

War against invasive species a series of small skirmishes

Editorial

By this point in history, we believe most Michigan residents are well aware of the existence of invasive species, the often tiny (although not always) critters and plant life that end up doing great damage to area and regional water habitats. Most of what we hear, in terms of the battle to ...