Opinion

Proposed federal budget cuts will all but eliminate humanities

Columns

Your town’s library reading program. Understanding the Native American boarding school tragedy. The discussion with veterans about post-traumatic stress disorder. The special arts program at the third grade classroom. Reviewing the effects of poverty on our culture. These are just a few ...

Other opinions

Columns

Keep close eye on Flint relief funds A lot of money is now flowing into Flint to replace the city's lead-leaching water lines. The dollars should also come with a fierce watchdog. The Michigan Senate last week approved the awarding of $100 million in federal funds to the troubled city to ...

Pay raises should be held in abeyance for state officials

Editorial

The panel that’s empowered to recommend pay increases for elected state officials including the governor, lieutenant governor and members of the State Legislature and judiciary is meeting to consider whether those folks should see their pay increased this year. Because it’s been 15 years ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Skating team thankful To the Journal editor: The Marquette Senior High School Figure Skating team would like to thank the following sponsors that helped with travel expenses to the Michigan High School Figure Skating State Championships in downstate Rochester Hills. The team was crowned ...

What airlines in US need now is middle-class class

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It was clearly a bad idea for United Airlines to drag a passenger kicking, screaming and bleeding out of a seat he had paid for. Many of the industry’s critics are using this occasion to drive home their complaints of “class systems” whereby passengers in first or business class get ...

Letters to the Editor: All you need is love

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Soon it will be Easter Sunday. That’s when we who believe in Jesus Christ will hear the Good News. He has been raised from the dead. We have the promise of our being with Jesus after we have passed away. One has to realize what a gift that is. Eternal life in the ...

Sean Spicer’s regret not enough

Columns

It started in 1939. Nazi Germany launched its euthanasia program, using poison gas to kill people whose only crime was to be mentally ill or physically disabled. They were unworthy of life, the Nazis had determined. After Adolf Hitler’s Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, in June 1941, they ...

Electrical crews stood very tall in wake of storms

Editorial

A special word of thanks must go out to all the people who worked so diligently to help the area rebound from a terrible windstorm Monday. Thousands of homes in the western end of Marquette County were without power after the early-morning storm blew through the area, with winds estimated at ...

Letters to the Editor: House Bill 4020 deserves support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Mandated reporters are one of the main populations of individuals that report the majority of cases involving suspected abuse and neglect. They are trained in identifying signs of abuse and/or neglect in a variety of situations, which makes it their duty in the state ...

Schools should not be involved in new immigration policies

Editorial

It’s unclear what the U.S. immigration policy is going to be going forward after new policies were declared unconstitutional by federal courts. But whatever it ends up being, we believe schools should be kept out of it. So does the Michigan departments of Civil Rights and the Education, ...

Extremely low rent for big bucks

Columns

WASHINGTON — Despite recent revelations that Fox News and anchor Bill OíReilly had settled five complaints of sexual harassment against him to the tune of millions — his ratings went up. A few days later, a United AirIines passenger was dragged from an airplane to make room for crew ...

Letters to the Editor: Climate change all important

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Absolutely nothing, nothing is more important to get right than climate change. The latest move by President Trump removing the tiny steps taken by President Obama is wrong and will bring us to the brink of extinction even faster. Sound alarmist? Certainly, but this ...

Middle Eastern siren call

Columns

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to ...

Proposed cuts in research worry state educators

Editorial

President Donald Trump has taken a lot of heat for his administration’s proposed budget, which effectively cuts things like the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the National Endowment for the Arts. Now, there are plans to slash federal research funding, which is causing concern among ...

Letters to the Editor: Film should be educational

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The local, non-profit group Northern Vegans will present the movie, “What the Health” at the Thomas Theater at 1525 Commerce Drive, in Marquette at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20, and I’m writing to urge your readers to come see this movie. “What the Health” — ...

He doesn’t look like he’s from around here

Columns

When John McCain, after graduating from Annapolis and spending 22 years in the Navy, made his first run for Congress from Arizona, he was challenged by a Republican primary opponent for not having lived long in the state. McCain, who, as a POW for 5 1/2 years, had been tortured by the North ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

Editorial

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next 5 years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

Letters to the Editor: Enbridge at crossroads in U.P.

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Enbridge has been profiting from the Upper Peninsula for more than 60 years. It’s time for them to reinvest in infrastructure through redesign, rerouting or elimination of their rusted Line 5 pipeline that was designed to last only 50 years. Enbridge is one leak ...

End of filibuster not good for either party

Columns

Back when I was a young staffer in the House of Representatives, we viewed the Senate with some disdain. Senators — and more so their staffs — were imperious. They viewed themselves as being in the higher chamber and employed arcane rules, most notoriously the filibuster, to block actions ...

Warming temps mean motorcycles on roads; more caution needed

Editorial

The coming of warmer weather means a lot of things to the residents of Superiorland and elsewhere. It means backyard barbecues and the planting of gardens. Swimming and long, lazy summer walks shouldn’t be overlooked, either. Neither should summer sports like baseball and soccer. And it also ...