Opinion

NYC waging continuous war on academic excellence

Columns

“I also have a dream.” This rallying cry, handwritten on a simple white placard held up by an Asian-American mom at a protest this week against liberal New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to radically transform New York City’s public schools, says it all. A new civil rights ...

Contract settlement good for LifePoint, nurses, community

Editorial

We wanted to wait for the dust to settle following the contract agreement between UP Health System-Marquette and the registered nurses represented by the Michigan Nurses Association to make a comment. Now that the dust has settled, we want to congratulate both sides for coming up with a new ...

MSHS commencement an amazing experience

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Hats off to Marquette Senior High School commencement! At first, I feared being turned away but the gym comfortably accommodated all attendees. The MSHS band under the Director Dr. Matthew Ludwig was “superb.” The graduating chorale group directed by Janet ...

Art of the deal: Nukes for condos in North Korea

Columns

WASHINGTON — Well, it happened: The president and the dictator met, shook hands, looked each other in the eye, smiled for the cameras — and lied through their teeth. The visuals, we witnessed; the lies we infer — from experience, history and redundant prescience. But the summit was ...

Finding Heartwood middle ground key to issue resolution

Editorial

Beloved trails or more money in the city coffers? It’s a tough decision. But as with many difficult decisions, a middle ground can — and should — be found. The Marquette City Commission is grappling with the issue of developing parcels in the Heartwood Forestland where parts of the ...

Event was success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The second annual Pathways Community Mental Health Walk-a-Mile-in-My-Shoes rally was held at the Marquette Commons on May 24. In spite of the intense rain that fell just as the rally was beginning, this anti-stigma rally was attended by approximately 300 people, with ...

Trudeau’s annoying but he certainly isn’t an adversary

Columns

Justin Trudeau may be the annoying, youthful avatar of chic progressivism — but he’s not our adversary. After leaving the G-7 summit, President Donald Trump blasted the Canadian prime minister on Twitter as weak and dishonest, in the kind of invective once reserved for “Little Rocket ...

New MAPS program will do a great deal to combat hunger in area

Editorial

We like a program starting at Marquette Area Public Schools this summer that will provide free meals for anyone wanting or needing them. The initiative, through the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will see lunches offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. at ...

Cherish trails

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The South Trails of Marquette are under threat of development. This acclaimed trail system is highly valued by residents and visitors and is the reason many of us live here. The city of Marquette is soliciting development proposals for five parcels of the Heartwood ...

Polls apart: Will Trump help or hurt GOP?

Columns

“Fish gotta swim. Birds gotta fly.” Add to Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s timeless wisdom from “Show Boat” that before every election, “(alleged) pundits gotta predict.” You can be sure that once again, this campaign year at least one long-shot candidate whose inevitable ...

Park service made right decision in Isle Royale wolves case

Editorial

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Walk will help support project

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The loss of a pet can be heartbreaking. Sometimes as heart-breaking as losing a loved one or even more. Many wish they had a way to honor and remember that relationship. We are planning a 1.5 mile walk on Sunday, June 24 to honor people’s beloved pets and loved ones ...

Trump-Kim meeting is a harebrained scheme

Columns

Not since President Franklin Roosevelt sat down with Soviet dictator Josef Stalin after World War II has a meeting posed such a danger for American values as the coming week’s summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. The outcome of the Roosevelt-Stalin meetings ...

Yes means yes but should it be taught in public schools?

Editorial

Should sex education courses taught to Michigan students require instruction on affirmative consent? That’s a question we may not have seen coming a few decades ago, but the times, yes, they are changing — and quickly. The #MeToo movement and the scandals and stories seeping out of ...

GOP assaulting workers, families

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Another attack on hard-working families is on the horizon. This time, the Republican controlled legislature is going after the wages of our construction workers by repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. Enacted in the 1960s, Michigan’s prevailing wage law ...

Does North Korea wish to become Upper Volta without rockets or vodka?

Columns

george will WASHINGTON — Back when the Soviet Union had a first-rate nuclear arsenal but a ramshackle third-world economy that produced no consumer goods other than vodka and caviar that anyone elsewhere would buy, the nation was disparaged as “Upper Volta with rockets.” Today the ...

God is good!

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: My Prayers Say It All. (If that’s not enough, what is?) “The effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much!” Part B of the sixteenth Verse in the fifth Chapter of James, KJV of the Holy Bible. Part A reads: “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one ...

Round up the parents and lose the children

Columns

Connie schultz This is a story about children, but first I have to tell you what happened to the adults who love them. Earlier this week in northern Ohio, 200 or so federal immigration agents with weapons and trained dogs swarmed two garden centers of a family-owned business. They rounded ...