Opinion

Today has turn-of-the-century problems

Columns

michael barone Is America in a new Gilded Age? That’s the contention of Republican political consultant Bruce Mehlman, and in a series of 35 slides, he makes a strong case. In many ways, problems facing America today resemble those facing what we still call “turn-of-the-century” ...

Hefner unworthy of praise

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I see where they are thinking of making a movie out of Hugh Hefner’s “extraordinary” life. On contemplating this, I thought, here is a man that has bragged that he has had sex with over 1,000 women and has exploited women for years. His Playboy magazine which ...

Kurds are yelling at world at top of lungs

Columns

mohey mowafy The recent overwhelming vote by the Iraqi Kurds to eventually become an autonomous nation was severely condemned by almost everyone. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called it illegitimate, and so did every country in the Middle East, except for Israel. It is very sensible ...

Expect Harvey Weinstein’s dark legacy to go on and on

Columns

Connie schultz Here we are again, America, forced to face ourselves and wincing at our reflection. We now know, through reporting by The New York Times and The New Yorker, that Harvey Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood and a big-time Democratic donor — bullied, ...

Focus on sex registry rewrite on risk

Columns

Michigan’s ill-advised scheme to pile on punishment for convicted sex offenders failed to get even a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving the Legislature to craft a new law that will restore both sanity and fairness to the state's sex offender registry. The High Court said Monday ...

New sex education bill is common sense approach

Editorial

A bill introduced this week in the state Senate would require Michigan schools to teach something called affirmative consent. Affirmative consent falls under sex education, and, in a nutshell, it means young people will receive instruction in knowing when yes means yes and no means no, as far ...

Had it up to here

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Let’s take our town back. I’m sick and tired of outsiders coming in and ruining our way of life. We didn’t ask Duke LifePoint to come here and we are not asking them to stay. We would all be better off if Duke LifePoint left. The same goes for these big box ...

Trump ‘love’ for Puerto Rico will be tested

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — When Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee charged the other day that the White House had become “an adult day care center” — with three former generals there babysitting Donald Trump — he added: “Someone obviously missed their shift.” On Thursday, ...

U.P. Labor Hall of Fame inductees very deserving

Editorial

Since 1993, the contributions of Upper Peninsula men and women to the labor movement have been recognized by induction into the Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame. This year’s Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan ...

Nurses are critical

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I read, with great interest, about the 2-day strike by nurses employed by U.P. Health System-Marquette. As a retired nurse I considered relocating to Marquette, where LifePoint was creating, a modern health system. Living in Georgia for many years, I am familiar, not ...

Letters to the Editor: Words mean much

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: “Problem.” The definition of the word is “a matter or situation seen as unwelcome or harmful and needing to be dealt with and overcome.” When is the last time you heard someone use the word, or perhaps read this word somewhere? The word is hardly ever used ...

Dryland Dash and Fun Run shaping up to be great fun

Editorial

The U.P. 200 Dryland Dash and Fun Run will return to the Negaunee Township Hall Saturday and Sunday. This is a great opportunity for anyone who hasn’t attended the U.P. 200 to get a small dose of what the experience is all about. Spectators can see the sled dogs in training, the equipment ...

Harvey Weinstein scandal leaves trail of hypocrisy

Columns

If hypocrisy were a greenhouse gas, the ice caps would be gone by now. Let’s start with the obvious: Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein wasn’t fired for being a pig, he was fired for being exposed as one. The Weinstein Co. board members probably didn’t know everything, but they surely ...

Why criticize Harvey Weinstein?

Editorial

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.” —Proverbs 29:18 Ancient wisdom from a Higher Authority, which is available to anyone who takes the time to consider it, was provided to constrain people like Harvey ...

Bill addressing youth sports concussions OK

Editorial

Is a football helmet always good enough to stave off a head injury? Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a ...

President Trump, war is not a spectator sport

Columns

On Oct. 15, 2010, a father who knew from painful personal sacrifice the terror and the loss of combat, wrote to his son, who was at that moment leading a Marine platoon enduring almost relentless combat: “I know you guys have taken some licks in the last few days. ... Robert you will likely ...

Police agencies taking lead in dealing with mentally ill inmates

Editorial

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Letters to the editor: Is Trump tax plan just?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: President Trump proposed “revolutionary” tax cuts. Do they progress justice? We the People will answer our question by giving elements of the proposed tax cuts, asking a question, stating an assumption and asking a question about the assumption, and defining, ...

Swamp keeps on getting deeper

Columns

Tom Price resigned his post as secretary of health and human services because the president didn’t like the optics of his using taxpayer money to fly in private jets to venues easily accessible by commercial flights — or even by car. But plenty of others in the administration have exercised ...

Congress should make move to ban bump stocks

Editorial

By now, virtually everyone knows what details are available relative to the Las Vegas massacre on Oct. 1, where a lone gunman sprayed a crowd with rifle fire, killing 58 and wounding hundreds. Investigators from at least a half-dozen police agencies have spent the past week digging into the ...