Letters To The Editor

Letters to the Editor

Smart climate action needed now To the Journal editor: Pragmatism is defined as the practical approach to problems. This means if I am going to be pragmatic, I have to set aside pre-conceived opinions and evaluate problems as level-headedly as possible. It may mean, at times, I will have to ...

Letters to the editor

MARS celebrates 25 years in operation To the Journal editor: Marquette Alger Resolution Service (MARS) recently celebrated 25 years of providing mediation, training and youth conflict resolution programs in the community. MARS is one of 18 Community Dispute Resolution Centers that ...

Writer points out Orwellian doublethink

To the Journal editor: In his book “1984,” Orwell feared our ability “consciously to induce unconsciousness, and then, once again, to become unconscious of the act of hypnosis [we] had just performed.” Sadly, that defines many Americans today. How many Americans know in their ...

Line 5 tunnel a good solution

To the Journal editor: Scott Emerson is mistaken. Michigan residents recently voted specifically for a new governor and attorney general. There was no ballot item specifically related to shutting down line 5. Although the election winners vow to shut down line 5, whether or not they actually ...

Contamination a worry

To the Journal editor: Thanks to 120-plus people at the Dec. 4 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Marquette public meeting who questioned, commented and/or opposed Highland Copper/UPX, Inc.’s request to lease 2,500 acres of DNR-owned sub-surface mineral rights in Marquette County for ...

What role do we have?

To the Journal editor: Are humans the primary cause of climate change? If so, what should we do? We will answer our questions by summarizing President Trump’s position, summarizing the scientific position, stating major effects of climate change, and proposing polices and ...

Mercury finally getting cleaned up

Those of us who lived through the 1970 mercury scare might be surprised to learn that the hazard still lies on the bottom of the St. Clair River where Dow Chemical dumped it decades ago. In 1970, all fishing on the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair was prohibited because of extraordinary ...

People have spoken

To the Journal editor: The mid-term elections are over and after both political parties claim some sort of victory they will begin their post-election review. They will see what worked and what didn’t. The party of “fear and loathing” succeeded with their message about “angry ...

Patterns, shapes a valuable lesson

To the Journal editor: Children's learning about patterns and shapes will not only encourage them in mathematics, valuable though this may be. These early lessons on geometry (while not on the level of Leonardo da Vinci's advice about the stains on walls, or the paranoia-criticism of the ...

Annual gathering set

To the Journal editor: The Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation is hosting our annual Tom Baldini Holiday Homecoming on Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Vangos on North Third Street. We would like to invite our Marquette community that supports us, so that we can support our ...

Cambensy credited with key assist

To the Journal editor: In the past, on many occasions I contacted several of my elected officials regarding issues that I felt needed to be looked into. On each occasion my elected official listened to me and discussed the situation. I always felt when the call was over so was their ...

Line 5 important

To the Journal editor, Line 5 was constructed in 1953 to transport oil by pipeline, rather than ship. To this day, transporting oil via pipeline has a safety success record of 99.9 percent and remains the preferred option from a safety, as well as environmental perspective. Enbridge’s ...

Bible should not be interpreted literally

To the Journal editor: I feel compelled to respond to Richard Lehto’s series of letters. I know Richard and he is a good and decent man, someone who genuinely walks the walk of Christian faith. However, I think it’s important to say that the way he reads the Bible is not the way that ...

Conservatives still have time

To the Journal editor: It’s time for conservatives to rise up and reclaim their high ground. By conservatives, I mean people who are guided by the U.S. Constitution, who hold to traditional morality, and who embrace free-market capitalism including free trade. These individuals believe ...

Carbon bill deserves support

To the Journal editor: We rarely believe those who detect dangers from warning signs before others see it. Examples of ignoring such warnings include the following: the invasion of Kuwait, the 2008 recession, the Fukushima nuclear disaster and even rise of ISIS and 9/11, which have been quite ...

Walkers beware

To the Journal editor: On my way to Northern Michigan University (recently) on Fourth Street ,there were two men walking in the right lane of the road side by side. I stopped, rolled down my window and suggested they walk on the other side of the road, facing traffic as the law states for ...

Carbon tax plan deserves support

To the Journal editor: The latest news on the future of our climate has been consistently on the negative side, whether it’s from international organizations or from the most recent U.S. National Climate Assessment. But there is room for optimism. A recent bipartisan group of legislators ...

Cal Thomas’ view on climate change wrong

To the Journal editor: A recent U.S. government report called the National Climate Assessment warns that human-caused climate change is quite real and that it poses immediate and massive threats to the health and well-being of all Americans. This document was the result of research by 13 ...

Passerby saved pup

To the Journal editor: This is a note to the kind, caring lady that stopped her car and ultimately several others, (recently) on Wright Street, to corral our runaway dog with her leash on. You prevented what could have been a tragic event that would have caused us great sadness. In the heat ...

City of Marquette on right track

To the Journal editor: I am a Marquette Native. When I was a little girl, the shoreline was an ecological disaster. Where the Hampton Inn sits, there were vast, rusting oil tanks. Mattson Park replaced an enormous coal pile whose dust blew all the way to my house on Front Street hill, turning ...