Opinion

Enbridge Line 5 tunnel: Not just a matter of jobs

Columns

aOne popular argument in favor of building a utilities tunnel at the Straits of Mackinac to replace Line 5 is that it will provide a lot of Michigan jobs. This argument has come up before. It’s been used to support sulfide mining and fracturing for natural gas. This argument is really a ...

College admission scandal reveals liars and cheats

Columns

Operation Varsity Blues has unleashed a veritable orgy of stereotypes. “Entitled white kids” have been trending, along with told-you-so’s about how the system is “rigged.” Several commentators have suggested that this scandal should quiet concerns about affirmative action because the ...

Another opinion

Columns

Whitmer slumps back toward Lost Decade Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a step back toward Michigan's Lost Decade in her first budget proposal, seeking to alter one of the key tax reforms that helped make the state competitive for jobs and investment. The governor proposes extending the 6 ...

Show some U.P. pride in the Patriots squad

Editorial

Way to go, Westwood Patriots girls basketball team. Dispatching opponents with great defense and a well-tuned offense, the Patriots have advanced to the state quarterfinals after whipping Charlevoix, 47-29, Wednesday night to claim the Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 3 ...

Thanks for the effort

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I say thank you to all the people who had to work outside in very difficult situations. We, who were able to stay inside, warm and safe, thank you! Donald Potvin, get with it!

Coaster II was sold?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Among the least publicized actions to have taken place in the fall of 2018 was the sale of our historic schooner, the Coaster II. Those of us when visited its mooring at the western end of the main pier at the Mattson Lower Harbor Park knew that it was for sale because ...

Pelosi correct on impeachment; not now and probably never

Columns

Nancy Pelosi has urged Democrats not to dive into impeaching President Donald Trump. Democrats, listen to her. “He’s not worth it,” she said. Yes, he’s a scourge on our democracy. Yes, he has almost certainly done deeds qualifying him for removal from office (though we await slam-dunk ...

Scammers using high tech to fleece people out of money

Editorial

If nothing else, scammers are persistent, specifically the ones who are using an old trick punched up with some new technology. Readers will recall several years ago scammers were calling residents in the region and elsewhere, demanding that credit card information be updated on the ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Give thanks for what you have To the Journal editor: The weather has been in the news a lot. A while back, we had an ice storm and recently there has been a lot of snow plus high winds that can knock power out as the ice storm did. In this day and age, we depend very much on electric ...

The freeing feelings of nature’s isolation

Columns

“In the heat of the day down in Mobile, Alabama, working on the railroad with the steel driving hammer. Gotta make some money to buy some brand-new shoes, tryin' to find somebody to take away these blues,” — Chuck Berry There’s something in the air on this warm bright day that stirs a ...

Fear not, spring is coming – someday

Columns

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!” - Sitting Bull Talking about Spring in the Upper Peninsula in March is nearly always a case of jumping the gun, getting a little excited about ...

Commentary on Dem moderates vs. liberals split

Columns

WASHINGTON — As contenders line up for the 2020 presidential nomination, the Democratic Party is in a quandary over the rise of ultra-progressivism in its ranks. The party of FDR, Truman, Kennedy, LBJ, Clinton and Obama has generally flown under banner of liberalism. But it has also ...

Try to spread a little goodness tomorrow

Editorial

When you get out of bed and start your day tomorrow, don’t forget to spread goodness. The first Spread Goodness Day was observed last year after being organized and promoted by local resident Anna Dravland. The day is set aside to, simply put, emphasize kindness. Last year, Dravland said ...

Bergman casting wrong votes

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s the new 116th Congress and our elected House Representative, Jack Bergman, is once again representing the people of Michigan’s District 1. So, what’s he been up to since the beginning of the year? Well, he sure seems to be on the losing end of a lot of ...

House Dems finding it hard to confront anti-Semitism

Columns

The Democratic Party is having a rough time condemning anti-Semitism. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has, on several occasions, made classically anti-Semitic claims about American Jews, and the effort to formally denounce those statements in the House ruined a week in which the Democrats were ...

Caregivers support group addressing significant need

Editorial

Ask any caregiver, short or long term, while the work is a labor of love and rewarding on multiple levels, it can be tiresome and indeed, lonely. Because of that, Lake Superior Life Care & Hospice is now offering a monthly Caregivers Community Support Group. The first meeting was set for ...

Thanks to city crews for snow removal

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We would like to respectively disagree with Mr. Donald Potvin’s guest column in the Monday, Feb. 25 edition of The Mining Journal. We want to give a giant “thank you” to the city of Marquette for excellent and professional snow removal. In our neighborhood, after ...

Democratic Party now has a ‘Jewish problem’

Columns

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s, D-Minn., comment that the influence of the Israeli lobby in Washington pushes lawmakers to take a pledge of “allegiance to a foreign country” was bad enough. A watered-down House resolution condemning, not Omar, but “all hatred” was as tepid as denouncing drunk ...

Helping kids in foster care possible through tax returns

Editorial

Michigan residents have an opportunity to support young people in need and do it with only modest financial commitment. The Fostering Futures Scholarship Fund is tied to state income tax returns, according to a Michigan Department of Treasury poress release. Residents filing their Michigan ...

Return of shovel sought in Trowbridge

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Please, I just want my shovel back. Recently, someone liked my snow shovel better than the one they had. They did a switch and steal and left me theirs. This shovel has been in my family forever. I miss it. It fit me so well. It was my favorite one. I live on ...