Editorial

Underpass debate drives attendance in township sessions

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, ...

No king but Caesar

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

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 ...

Francisco Franco and 2018 GOP

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

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

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?

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

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 ...

Downtown vandals should be made to pay for bad behavior

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 ...

Sacrifices of World War II participants shouldn’t be forgotten

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 ...

Politicians are selective about when debt and deficits matter

If you’re a normal person who pays attention to politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Washington can’t decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that ...

Hops for Help supporting local families, food banks

What’s better than drinking beer and benefiting people in need at the same time? The Ore Dock Brewing Co., 114 Spring St., Marquette, has launched its sixth annual Hops for Help, which offers community and business helpers the opportunities to help families in need. Ore Dock will donate ...

GOP tax bill will starve US government beast

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big government beast. Reporting on the Senate vote early Saturday morning ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced into Isle Royale park

Wildlife experts have been saying for years that the collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park was approaching. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that just a single wolf ...

GOP needs tax cuts to survive

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

County board should shop around for better lawyer deal

In this time of bean counting and penny pinching, we think it’s a fiscally wise decision for the Marquette County Board to consider other options when it comes to its legal counsel. Attorney Steven Pence has held the position for some time now, and this editorial is not a slight against him ...

State legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Love INC marking one year of helping needy in region

The idea is that by working together, local churches can do more to help the needy. Love INC of the Upper Peninsula tonight celebrates one year of doing just that. Love INC connects area churches to residents in need. It is seeking the community’s help to continue the work of providing a ...

Democrats should drop identity politics quickly

Bernie Sanders helped elect Donald Trump, and for that he will never be forgiven. But give this to Sanders: He’s totally right that Democrats must drop their obsession with identity politics if they want to regain power. To concede that white working-class Americans have problems needing to ...

Many holiday events in area coming up in next several days

If you’re having trouble finding your holiday spirit, there are a number of events being held this weekend that will certainly help get you there. On Friday, the city of Marquette will hold its seventh annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade, followed by the 42nd annual Tree Lighting at the ...