Opinion

AP election analysis

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WASHINGTON — A polarized nation is now more deeply divided. In a single flurry of elections Tuesday, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives. Republicans held their grip on the Senate. And the breach that divides Americans — urban from rural, white from black, conservative ...

Ishpeming on right track in blight battle

Editorial

The city of Ishpeming continues to make progress in battling blight, although more remains to be done. Most recently, it was announced that Ishpeming has been awarded about $221,000 from the Marquette County Land Bank Authority for blight elimination, funds that originate from the Michigan ...

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Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As a mother of three, and an avid Halloween enthusiast, I’m always excited for the time of year when the community can come together as a whole and celebrate in style (and costume). Every year, however, I’m a bit disappointed when we get to the few blocks on ...

You can choose your friends but not relatives

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George Mitchell, a former federal judge and Senate majority leader, was the chief negotiator of the Good Friday Agreement, which brought to a peaceable end 30 years of civil war in Northern Ireland. He was a kid from Waterville, Maine, whose father was the orphaned son of Irish immigrants and ...

Hospice plays key role in end-of-life circumstances

Editorial

Ask anyone who has watched a loved one or dear friend slip away how important hospice was, especially as the end approached, you’re likely to hear something along the lines of, “They were essential.” That’s because hospice is essential in those emotionally trying times. A ceremony ...

We’re better than this

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To the Journal editor: I was always proud to be an American. My father, husband, daughter and grandson have all served our country in the Armed Forces. Whenever I was at a parade and the flag went by, my eyes teared up with pride. Now when I see our flag, my eyes also tear, but for a ...

President and the Constitution

Columns

In the days leading up to Tuesday’s midterm elections, President Donald Trump has chosen to wheel out the boogeyman that helped him win the presidency: immigration. It is an act of desperation that will only work if it motivates people to vote on the basis of ignorance, fear and hatred. There ...

Husband’s ex keeps popping up

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Dear Annie: My husband’s first marriage ended when his son was 6 and his daughter was 3. His children are now 25 and 22 and have their own children. My husband and I have been together for nine years and married for four years. His ex-wife remarried 12 years ago, but she is not happy in her ...

Don’t forget to vote on Tuesday; it’s the right thing to do

Editorial

Are you tired of the political ads yet? The months leading up to Tuesday’s general election have been full of politicking on all sides of the aisle, with a good deal of negative campaigns by all sorts of candidates. The mudslinging, in our opinion, is a good representation of just how ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Insurance system broke To the Journal editor: Our system is broke. For those of you who have been in an accident you will know what I am talking about, and for those of you who have not, I hope you never have to experience what we are going through. If you have been in an auto accident or ...

College basketball madness all encompassing

Columns

WASHINGTON — Until last week it seemed that the Division 1 college basketball industry could produce nothing more risible than its pieties about cherishing the amateurism of the “student-athletes” who generate, but get mere crumbs of, the industry’s billions. Last week, however, a New ...

Get involved, vote in Tuesday’s midterms

Columns

Every student who knocks on my office door on Kent State’s campus has likely noticed the illustrated bumper sticker affixed right above the door handle. The drawing depicts an older white man of a certain age wearing a suit and glasses and holding a lit pipe. He looks to be of an earlier ...

Is anti-Semitism making evil return in modern US?

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In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne: “No man is an island entire of itself ... any man’s death diminishes me, ...

Another opinion

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Bail reform could benefit Michigan taxpayers Bail systems are designed to protect public safety and ensure criminal defendants appear in court for their trial. Recent research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests Michigan’s current system doesn't accomplish either of these ...

Program promotes inclusivity in greater Marquette area

Editorial

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information issued this week by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Are incomes just?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: CEOs at the 350 largest U.S. companies received 312 times more compensation than the typical employee in 2017, according to a study by Lawrence Mishel published by Economic Policy Institute, a liberal think tank that researches the implications of economic policies for ...

No cheaper drugs on Trump’s watch

Columns

President Trump’s plan for lowering Medicare drug costs is good, even cutting-edge. As Democrats successfully campaign on health care, Trump has come back with a proposal that could save Medicare patients and taxpayers $17.2 billion over five years. Too bad its chances of happening are close ...

Missing U.P. GI is found, finally interred in Arlington

Editorial

It has been our pleasure and privilege to have used this space on several previous occasions to detail work being done to find and bring home the remains of missing American servicemen, some unidentified since World War II. We believe that the quality of a nation’s character is directly ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Legislation deserves support in D.C. To the Journal editor: In the Oct. 8 edition of the Mining Journal, you featured a front page article entitled “Climate, Health Adaptation Plan moves forward.” This article discussed the development of a local plan to adapt to the impacts of climate ...

Midterm elections all about Trump

Columns

WASHINGTON — Whether you love or hate Donald Trump, he has made next week’s’ midterm congressional elections all about him. He has told his faithful flock so in no uncertain terms, saying it’s irrelevant that his name won’t be on the ballot anywhere. Candidates of both major parties ...