Editorial

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 ...

Marquette botched handling of new waste agreement

As long as we are on a roll with questioning the city of Marquette for the way they handled filling Sara Cambensey’s vacant seat, we have to also question the way the city commission handled the trash removal contract for Marquette residents First off, they allowed Waste Management to ...

Survival of the shrillest

“The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature.” —Eric Hoffer, “First Things, Last Things” (1971) WASHINGTON — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect — moral overheating — has been democratized: ...

Street dedication a start in never-ending battle against hate

On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that city officials and residents gathered together in Charlottesville, Virginia near the site where Heather Heyer died to dedicate part of a downtown street in her honor. A portion of Fourth Street has been renamed “Heather Heyer Way” in her ...

Socialism still popular in US despite Venezuelan example

It’s a puzzle. Over the last decade, Venezuela has supplanted Cuba as the Shangri-La of the American left. Not long ago, self-declared socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted that the American dream was more achievable in the Bolivarian Republic than in America. A string of Hollywood ...

Gerrymandering on its way out in the state of Michigan?

Gerrymandering is defined as manipulating political boundaries to favor one party or class. Who would have thought that underhandedness has found its way into the political scene? However, the group opposed to gerrymandering, Voters Not Politicians, Monday submitted more than 420,000 ...

Government refund?

So, a Republican majority Congress has “reformed” the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. ...

Bilingual students would receive special seal on school diploma

There’s an effort going on, principally downstate, to set up a new educational program that we’re guessing most in that community will support, once details are known. It’s being called Seal of Biliteracy and, in a nutshell, it's a seal on a high school diploma awarded by a school, ...

Can only Trump survive Trump?

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing in Massachusetts. Donald ...

State moving to do the right thing on welfare fraud cases

The state of Michigan has an opportunity to do the right thing in connection to a mess it created when it accused — falsely as it turned out — tens of thousands of state residents of welfare fraud between October 2013 and September 2015, when it depended on a computer system to determine ...

Letters to the editor

Holiday Homecoming planned in Marquette To the Journal editor: This season the Marquette Area Public School Education Foundation is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Homecoming on Tuesday, Dec. 26. If you are here over the holidays, the Education Foundation invites you to visit with ...

Republicans’ future not tied to Moore

Senate Republicans breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night when Roy Moore went down to defeat in the Alabama special election — even though it halved their already razor-thin majority. Alabama voters rejected a man who was totally unfit to serve as U.S. senator, not just because of ...

Commission missed mark in replacing Cambensy on panel

While voters made their selection in the Nov. 7 election, and some people further stated their support for a particular candidate in the weeks following, the Marquette City Commission bypassed that directive by appointing a different person to the vacancy created by the departure of Sara ...

Kunkel achieved much in lifetime in athletics, education

Negaunee native Karen Violetta Kunkel will be remembered as a person who was an important part of the evolution of women’s sports — and who helped to bring Olympic sports training to our area. Kunkel died in Marquette Tuesday. She was 83. She shone on the diamond, playing softball and ...

Whom do we thank for today’s strong economy?

A president deserves partial credit for a strong economy. The current economic numbers are good, so to the extent that gratitude is due, let us offer it. Thank you, President Obama. The economic gauges have been improving steadily for the eight years of the current recovery. Barack Obama was ...

State move in war against opioid abuse is common sense

Legislation that received final approval this week in the Michigan Legislature appears to be a common sense approach to something that people in law enforcement and medical communities are very familiar with. It’s called doc shopping and what it amounts to is people who seek prescription ...

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 ...