Opinion

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Editorial

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Climate change real

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: “I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes I have an idea for sorting through the many competing voices on climate change. The ...

Blaine paid steep price for his bigotry

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, ...

What if President Trump has driven Democrats sane?

Columns

rich lowry The Joe Biden polling surge has raised the frightful specter of Democratic rationality. What if Donald Trump hasn’t driven Democrats insane, sending them into a spiral of self-defeating radicalism, but instead made them shockingly pragmatic? Biden’s early strength suggests ...

New Alabama abortion law reflects views of electorate

Columns

Mona Charen Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., tweeted in response to anti-abortion legislation passed by the Alabama legislature: “I refuse to believe that these Republican men represent the views of most Alabamians. Their action is both unconstitutional and shameful. The people of Alabama deserve ...

Outbreaks of argument with measles spread

Columns

Anyone remember the 2014 outbreak of whooping cough in Traverse City? It happened swiftly one November in a wave that surged through area schools. It started with a smattering across districts — 11 cases at Grand Traverse Academy; seven at TCAPS; five at Westwoods Elementary School, one ...

Development of the IOHT kiln project good for the area

Editorial

History buffs and just anyone who enjoys the Iron Ore Heritage Trail have an opportunity to support an effort that aims to resurrect the historical Carp River beehive kiln and feature it on the new destination plaza along the IOHT. Anyone who frequents the Marquette area is familiar with the ...

Electric vehicles are coming

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We, of the Climate Reality Project, want to encourage the city, the county, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, our wonderful health care operators and the regional business community to really look at the potential value of implementing electric vehicle ...

Biden in 2020: Sleepy Joe or Paul Revere?

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — As President Trump continues his schoolyard tweeting of childish nicknames for his foes by labeling former Vice President Biden “Sleepy Joe,” his target responds more in the fashion of Paul Revere, shouting that American democracy is under dire ...

Play written by vet of year provides valuable insight

Editorial

We encourage everyone to try to get to the Vista Theater in Negaunee to experience “The Brain Trust,” a play written by Marquette County Veteran of the Year Bill Hager. As detailed in a story this week by Mining Journal Staff Writer Lisa Bowers, Hager has dedicated his time to service of ...

Education programs work

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On Thursday, April 24, eighth grade students from Bothwell Middle School joined members of the local community at work, both in recognition of National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and as part of our annual eighth grade Job Shadowing experience. Job ...

Time to end political family privilege; America wants it

Columns

The Trump camp is making a very big deal out of Hunter Biden’s 2014 gig with a Ukrainian oligarch. This was a time when his father, Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s vice president, was pressing Ukraine’s leaders to rein in its oligarchs. As it happened, Hunter’s membership on the oligarch’s ...

New security system will have big upside for Marquette jail

Editorial

As of Monday, the Marquette County Jail is the Upper Peninsula’s first jail to have a full-body scanning security system. The jail has begun using a Soter RS X-ray body scanner, made by OD Security North America. The X-ray scanner was needed, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said, as ...

MPSC holding hearing Friday in Escanaba

Columns

In 2016, the state Legislature passed, and the governor signed into law, comprehensive legislation that fundamentally changed the way utilities and state regulators plan for the energy future of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Among those Legislative changes were orders for the Michigan ...

Short-term rentals worth watching in Chocolay Township

Editorial

Short-term rentals. Ask nearby residents if they have an opinion on them, and likely you’ll receive a variety of strong-worded answers. The Chocolay Township Board on Monday voted 5-2 in favor of a new ordinance regulating all rentals, which include short-term ones. Short-term rentals ...

Wolves in region must be managed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Although I agree with Terri Bocklund’s letter published in the April 21 edition of The Mining Journal that anti-wolf bias remains among some hunters in the Upper Peninsula, the letter writer reflects their own bias as well. There is absolutely no way wolves in ...

Back to the past with Biden

Columns

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

Sinotte departure from UPHS a real loss to community

Editorial

The medical community, indeed the community at large, received a dose of bad news last week when it was announced that Brian Sinotte, market president of UPHS and CEO of UPHS-Marquette, would depart the position effective June 21. Sinotte has worked here for the past three years, arriving at ...

McBroom off base

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has eliminated several positions in her office which were primarily “community outreach” jobs, in other words, employees who gave speeches to community groups and at schools, often to promote Bill Schuette’s run for ...

Story ‘too good to check’ usually gets you in trouble

Columns

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...