Opinion

How long will Congress remain a bystander regarding war?

Editorial

WASHINGTON — The first use of nuclear weapons occurred Aug. 6, 1945. The second occurred three days later. That there has not been a third is testimony to the skill and sobriety of 12 presidents and many other people, here and abroad. Today, however, North Korea’s nuclear bellicosity ...

Marquette Township has few options in dealing with budget

Editorial

Marquette Township’s proposed 2018 budget is yet again a tight one, and in an effort toward establishing a healthier financial position, the board is considering a cut to police coverage. Police protection is surely a top concern for many residents, no matter where you live. But short of ...

Ghiringhelli should be on Marquette City Commission

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal Editor: We strongly encourage the Marquette City Commission to make the democratically responsible choice and appoint Tony Ghiringhelli to the commission’s vacant seat. Ghiringhelli earned the fourth-most votes out of a total of six candidates for three available seats in ...

Are GOP tax bills attack on ‘feds, eds and meds?’

Columns

michael barone Are the current Republican tax bills, passed by the House and Senate and being reconciled in conference committee, an attack on “feds, eds and meds”? That’s a reference to the government, health care and education jobs that local Democrats in Dayton, Ohio, told Sen. ...

Candidate looks back on race, forward in life

Columns

RICH ROSSWAY It was quite the ride running for the 109th State House, something I will never forget. I’ve gained some incredible friends, and lost a few that I guess I never really had. Looking back on my campaign, I recall many powerful experiences. The time a Gwinn couple brought me to ...

Lake Superior also threatened by Line 5 petroleum pipeline

Columns

CARL LINDQUIST While the majority of opposition to Line 5 has rightly been focused on the 4 mile section that runs under the straits of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron it is also important to emphasize the very real threat the aging oil pipeline poses to Lake Superior. In the Upper Peninsula ...

Line 5 must be monitored carefully

Columns

New information regarding Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline is alarming and has brought to light previously unknown weaknesses in the infrastructure running under the Straits of Mackinac. Gov. Rick Snyder hasn't wasted time in working out a legal agreement with the Canadian company, and that's the ...

Downtown vandals should be made to pay for bad behavior

Editorial

On the night of Dec. 1, Marquette kicked off the holiday season with its annual Winter Snow Fun Holiday Parade, which was followed by a tree lighting ceremony at the Marquette Commons. This was an incredibly well-attended event to which children and parents alike had been looking ...

Students appreciative of movie experience

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When Dr. Frank Farbod and his wife, Jean, discovered the movie “Wonder” would be showing this fall, Jean contacted me with the news that Frank wanted to take our fifth-graders to the movies! It all started in 2015 when I emailed the Facial Surgery Institute asking ...

Trump risks more damage to GOP in Alabama senate race

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — At precisely the time sexual harassment has become an issue of national concern, next week’s special election in Alabama for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by current Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a litmus test for the soul of the Republican Party. Its ...

Sacrifices of World War II participants shouldn’t be forgotten

Editorial

Today marks the 76th anniversary of what is arguably the 20th century's single-most most significant event, at least as far as the United States is concerned. It was 76 years ago this morning that more than 350 carrier-based warplanes of the Empire of Japan paid an unannounced visit to the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: News that Enbridge may build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is not good news for the Upper Peninsula. A straits tunnel is being touted as a means of making Enbridge Line 5 safer for 23 million gallons of oil a day. What it actually does is extend the life of ...

Politicians are selective about when debt and deficits matter

Editorial

If you’re a normal person who pays attention to politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Washington can’t decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that ...

Tax bill misses mark

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The tax bills that were just rushed through the U.S. House and Senate are a political stunt that feature false assumptions. They won’t expand the economy as advertised, but will expand our debt. The whole pretext of these bills is that “trickle down economics” ...

Hops for Help supporting local families, food banks

Editorial

What’s better than drinking beer and benefiting people in need at the same time? The Ore Dock Brewing Co., 114 Spring St., Marquette, has launched its sixth annual Hops for Help, which offers community and business helpers the opportunities to help families in need. Ore Dock will donate ...

GOP tax bill will starve US government beast

Editorial

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big government beast. Reporting on the Senate vote early Saturday morning ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced into Isle Royale park

Editorial

Wildlife experts have been saying for years that the collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park was approaching. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that just a single wolf ...

LifePoint must explain

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The medical situation of the Duke LifePoint-Marquette General Hospital and the largely outpatient Marquette Medical Center is in critical condition. For background, I received an MD degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, in June 1955 and after ...

GOP needs tax cuts to survive

Editorial

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

County board should shop around for better lawyer deal

Editorial

In this time of bean counting and penny pinching, we think it’s a fiscally wise decision for the Marquette County Board to consider other options when it comes to its legal counsel. Attorney Steven Pence has held the position for some time now, and this editorial is not a slight against him ...