Opinion

Snyder right to keep cabinet members, for now

Editorial

In previous opinion pieces, The Mining Journal has taken a hard stance relative to the Flint water crisis and Gov. Rick Snyder’s role in it. We believe Snyder and his team should have done more and done it sooner to safeguard the health and safety of people consuming Flint water. But now, ...

Defining justice no easy task

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: President Trump has proposed a budget. Is it just for President Trump to cut safety-net programs and all the people programs, and to cut income tax rates? Is it just for, We the People, to increase safety-net programs and all the people programs, and to finance ...

Political left can be violent

Columns

michael barone Violence is in the air these days. It was visible to the world in Manchester, Birmingham and London in the days before the British general election June 8. It was visible on the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, on Wednesday morning as a Donald Trump hater and Bernie ...

Goncalves, Trump missed boat on Paris climate pact

Columns

Dave Carlson A recent Mining Journal article featured Cliffs Natural Resources CEO Lourenco Goncalves who stated that he supports President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. But observing Goncalves’ actions here in Marquette County, we are presented with a ...

Time for Trump, Republican establishment to get along

Columns

Rich Lowry Donald Trump, the erstwhile Democrat, independent and member of the Reform Party, finally has a fixed partisan identity. The president may be besieged, unpopular and prone to lashing out self-destructively, but all of this cements his bond to his party rather than erodes ...

Federal arts funding crucial for communities, schools

Columns

What do the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the InsideOut Literary Arts Project, the University Musical Society and the Mosaic Youth Theater all have in common? They all receive critical support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Funding from the NEA contributes to arts and ...

‘Boxed In’ did great job detailing dark store tax issue

Editorial

Congratulations go out to Northern Michigan University professor Dwight Brady and a group of 14 NMU students for being awarded an Emmy for producing a documentary on what is known as the dark store issue. “Boxed In,” a 24-minute film on the tax loophole that businesses of all sizes are ...

Sessions digs in, staunchly defends himself, president

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a ...

Gunman shoots, we become family

Columns

As the wife of a U.S. senator, I work hard to keep separate my marriage and my career as a newspaper columnist. Normally, I mention my husband, Sherrod Brown, only when the disclosure is necessary or I am writing a personal essay that has nothing to do with politics. However, on this ...

Comley deserving of Berry Events ice rink honor

Editorial

Well done, Northern Michigan University. NMU’s Board of Trustees this week named the university’s ice surface at the Berry Events Center the Rick Comley Rink, an honor that’s extremely well deserved. Comley is not only the founding coach of the NMU Wildcats hockey program, he is the ...

Trump will be impeached if Republicans lose House

Columns

The 1998 midterm election was a debacle for Republicans, particularly then-Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. Since Reconstruction, no president had seen his party gain seats in the House in a midterm election six years into his presidency. Gingrich, who made the election a referendum on ...

Downstate Medal of Honor winner humble in accepting award

Editorial

A downstate man will be the first service member or former service member to receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump. Former U.S. Army combat medic James C. McCloughan of South Haven is scheduled to receive the nation's highest military honor in ceremonies in the White House on ...

Trump benefits from constant attacks

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: These days, if you receive offers that contain the word “free,” you can be sure that there is some kind of cost involved. If a recently formed group includes the word “indivisible” in their title, they may be inciting divisiveness. When a comedienne ...

Dems just need to get over it

Columns

“I’ll never lie to you.”— Jimmy Carter, the 1976 presidential campaign. All politicians lie, because they are human and all humans lie. The question before us is this: If President Trump lied to FBI Director James Comey, should that “lie,” lead to impeachment? Did he obstruct ...

To insure safety, more monitoring needed on pipeline

Editorial

The news could bring a sigh of relief to some and more suspicion to others. Enbridge reported an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac has passed pressure tests, which took place Saturday on one pipeline that’s part of Line 5. The tests were required in a Justice Department ...

PayNearMe program offers convenient way to pay one’s bills

Editorial

A program that went into effect about one year ago that enables parents to make child support payments at certain retail outlets appears to be working well in Detroit, although Upper Peninsula parents haven’t availed themselves to the opportunity — yet. It’s called PayNearMe. It was ...

United Way doing outstanding work

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am writing to express my appreciation for the value and importance of the work that the United Way of Marquette County provides for us and our communities. We live in a time when there are so many needed social services and supporting the agencies providing them is ...