Opinion

Mark Ulrickson scholarship is very much appropriate

Editorial

The establishment of a scholarship fund in memory of a Marquette-area ophthalmologist is a wonderful way to secure his legacy in our community. The Mark Ulrickson Memorial Scholarship Fund will present $1,000 annually to a Marquette County student who excels academically and demonstrates ...

Miners championship team saluted

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The day was 60 years in the making, and the celebration was worth the wait. On Friday, Feb. 10, the 1957 Negaunee HS boys basketball team, and cheerleaders, were recognized by the community and school district as they came together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of ...

New rules, same humans

Columns

On Tuesday morning, less than an hour after U.S. officials deported Guadalupe Olivas Valencia to Mexico, the 45-year-old man leapt to his death from a bridge that connects our two countries. BBC News reported witnesses describing Olivas as distressed and saying he shouted that he did not want ...

Ishpeming skate park a worthy goal for council to pursue

Editorial

The Ishpeming City Council unanimously voted its support this week for the construction of a skate park in that city. The project, discussed on and off for the past three decades or so, enjoys the broad support of young people, a fair number of whom attended the meeting when the council took ...

Beware the terrorist

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Why are children afraid of the dark? Parents don’t teach them fear. If children are born blank slates, they should have no reason to fear the dark. Perhaps there’s a clue in our evolutionary past. Hominins didn’t see well at night, which is when many predators ...

Standing athwart history, shouting, ‘Whatever, baby!’

Columns

WASHINGTON — Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it. Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the rafters, if you can pony up the privilege of “free speech,” and young — very young — ...

Jail diversion grant a good way to handle mentally ill offenders

Editorial

What good comes out of putting a mentally ill person behind bars without the proper treatment? Pathways Community Mental Health recently received a $260,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for a jail diversion program in Marquette County. The purpose of the ...

Peaceful protest an American right

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The right to peacefully protest protects everyone against the boiling over of anger into violence, revolution, or civil war. Peaceful protest –— such as women suffragettes, Frederick Douglas, Chief Joseph, Gandhi, MLK, Jr., Nelson Mandela — forced beneficial ...

Trump and media is demolition derby

Columns

The traditional media have decided not to take President Trump’s insults lying down. After what may be the strongest — and to his supporters — most thrilling takedown of journalists by any president, Editor and Publisher magazine featured this headline: “Newspapers Aim to Ride ‘Trump ...

Letters to the Editor: Leadership needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Senator Stabenow (and Peters), and all Democratic Party representatives, our democratic republic needs a dynamic loyal opposition so the ideas of all leaders can be improved and our nation be protected. Your position is vital. Your current obstructionism is not ...

Negaunee working with MDOT on water main project

Editorial

The city of Negaunee’s recent decision to OK the construction of a new water main through the U.S. 41 rock-cut between Croix Street and Chippewa Drive appears to be a win-win situation. Last week, the council approved installing an 8-inch main permitting improved water service to the ...

End of Cold War and 2017 American politics

Columns

In 1988, a full year before the Berlin Wall came down and the Soviet empire broke up, Georgy Arbatov, a Soviet expert on the United States, offered this prophetic prediction about how the end of the Cold War would change the United States: “We are going to do a terrible thing to you. We are ...

Urban agriculture not going away in Chocolay Township

Editorial

Professional planners call it urban agriculture, the practice of growing and raising that which is typically found on rural farms in urban environments. For some, that means vegetable gardens, everything from modest deck and balcony tomato patches to full-blown backyard gardens, complete with ...

Labeling people a bad practice

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: You may remember a Walt Disney movie called “Bambi.” It was a cartoon film about a deer which ascribed human characteristics to an animal. The deer could talk and had feelings. It was a cute movie intended to touch your heart. Today, we have movies which also ...

Will White House bubble burst

Columns

Donald Trump is back on the campaign trail. The White House may be in chaos; Congress may be struggling to deliver on a promised rewrite of Obamacare; our NATO allies may be wondering whether they can still count on the U.S. to defend them; the Russians may be so emboldened they’ve parked a ...

Safety always first when venturing out onto area ice

Editorial

Even though we may not be completely finished with the cold temperatures this season, this weekend’s warmer than normal weather is a clear indication that the spring thaw is certainly on its way. We’ve all seen how the layer of ice covering the Great Lakes can remain long after the snow ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Bullying must be stopped To the Journal editor: Have you been bullied before? I have and I know it doesn’t feel good. I know we can stop it together. Here are my three reasons why you should not bully. First of all studies have been shown that the leading cause of death for children under ...

Partisan lines stay fixed amid Donald Trump turmoil

Columns

Amid the turmoil of the first month of the Trump administration, with courts blocking his temporary travel ban and his national security adviser resigning after 24 days, the solid partisan divisions in the electorate — modestly changed in 2016 from what they’d been over the previous two ...

UPHS-Marquette striving to be community hospital

Columns

Marquette has a long tradition of strong healthcare. In fact, the Marquette City Hospital was originally founded before the turn of the previous century. Over time, new buildings rose up; the hospital grew; we changed names. In 2011, what was then Marquette General Hospital partnered with ...

Trump continues waging war on courts, press and the states

Columns

With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to the three remaining centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why Trump is ...