Editorial

Congratulations to Sierra Bentti for photo prowess

Congratulations go out to a budding photographer who happens to be a junior at Marquette Senior High School for involvement in an event that challenges participants to use photographic images to highlight the aspects of their community they viewed as strengths and opportunities for change. In ...

Trump administration is roller coaster

We are not one week into the new year, and it’s already a roller coaster. The Dow Jones industrial average is up, breaking 25,000 on Thursday; President Donald Trump is down and dirty tweeting about his, ahem, great big nuclear button; and Steve Bannon has taken us around the curve, ending ...

Opioid litigation may be one way to help stem societal problem

The Marquette County Board recently decided to throw its support behind a growing number of municipalities that are picking a legal fight with the “big pharma” industry. The litigation is centered around opioids the drug companies created and allegations that these companies knew about ...

Baldini was rare breed who could get things done when they needed doing

There have been many accolades being shared this week about Tom Baldini, Marquette’s mayor, following his sudden death. Dignitaries from throughout the state attended his funeral. Former Gov. James Blanchard said at the funeral that he often referred to Tom as the “Governor of the Upper ...

Statute that made warming up vehicle illegal made no sense

If you’re one of what likely is a large number of Superiorland residents who have been warming up their vehicle during the recent frigid snap before departing home or work, rest assured you’re not breaking the law — not anymore, at least. That’s because the Michigan statute that made ...

Potential NMU Spring Break trip would service others

Kudos to the Northern Michigan University students who are planning a spring break trip that will be of service to others. As detailed in a Tuesday story by Journal Staff Writer Lisa Bowers, Relevant — an NMU Christian student organization — is planning a trip during spring break to ...

Celebrate freedom, not pot

As many Californians reveled with unbridled joy over their new freedom to use marijuana for any reason, this writer felt the bit of mild disapproval tighten in her mouth. Make no mistake. She fully supports the legalization of pot, as well as the decriminalization of hard drugs. The war on ...

Tragedy claims lives of pair of Kingsford High School students

This week, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported the tragic loss of two Kingsford High School seniors killed in a crash Saturday. Authorities said Taylor Bosley, 18, was driving north on M-95 near the Marquette County line when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line, ...

Trump is nation’s first ‘sore winner’

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

Locally and statewide, adapting to bicycles makes lots of sense

A June, 9, 2016 photo from the Associated Press is heartbreaking: mangled bicycles tagged as evidence at the Michigan State Police crime lab in downstate Kalamazoo after a pickup truck driver, allegedly under the influence of drugs, hit a group of cyclists that month. Five people were killed ...

Tom Baldini was one of a kind

My old friend, Tom Baldini, used to talk about it, especially in recent years late in the evening when we both realized we were getting older. “I’d crawl across the township on my knees,” he’d say, “to die on my feet and not from a stroke.” We’d agree and have a snort (Tom ...

Common sense should rule New Year’s Eve celebrating tonight

Thousands of local residents will ring in the new year tonight, bidding adieu to 2017 and welcoming 2018. There are a great many ways to celebrate the occasion, including, perhaps, a special dinner at your favorite restaurant or prepared at home, or gathering with family and friends or ...

DEQ pipe proposal a good idea but may be bridge too far

Lately, it seems the phrase “get the lead out” has seen an uptick in use quite a bit here in the Great Lakes State. A quick search on the world wide web will tell you the saying means, in rough generalizations, to dispose of whatever is slowing you down and move more quickly. Here in ...

Line 5 agreement shows potential shortcomings

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline's Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

We don’t need government to remind us that smoking kills

WASHINGTON — Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Philip Morris) are, ...

Baldini leaves lasting legacy

The city of Marquette — and, really, the entire community — was handed a blow earlier this week when word came of the unexpected death of Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini. Baldini passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend. Baldini was elected mayor in November after ...

Give Trump credit where it’s due

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an ...

Planning, common sense needed in extreme cold temps

You knew it was coming, a spate of brutally-cold days that has everyone talking about memorable Arctic blasts of the past while vowing to not complain next summer when the brutally-hot temperatures set in. With the National Weather Service predicting continued frigid conditions for the rest ...

Heritage breaks glass ceilings

Hillary Clinton was supposed to break the glass ceiling, which she said has kept a woman from becoming president, but the Heritage Foundation, a conservative public policy think tank based in Washington, D.C., has actually done it. Their new president is Kay Cole James, a female, an ...

Child’s inquiry to New York newspaper sets world straight on Santa

Editor’s note: This is the reprint of the 1897 New York Sun editorial responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City. O’Hanlon said friends had claimed there was no Santa Claus and so she asked, “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” This is the ...