Opinion

End-of-life planning something all of us should do

Editorial

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Most Americans accept diversity

Columns

As the country grows more ethnically and racially diverse, Americans’ attitudes towards diversity seem pretty sanguine. Most Americans, regardless of ethnic or racial background, think diversity is a good thing and makes the nation stronger. More than three-fourths of all Americans say ...

Gwinn school millage failure was major disappointment

Editorial

If you want good schools, you have to pay for them. It’s that way in the Gwinn Area Community Schools District and everywhere else, for that matter. We understand many people are on a fixed or limited income, but the GACS millage request for 1.75 mills for 10 years for a sinking fund to ...

Infrastructure spending a raw deal

Letters To The Editor

There’s no doubt America's infrastructure is in sorry shape and in need of massive investment. Just look at Michigan's pock-marked roads and rusting bridges as an example. But the deal sketched out by Democratic congressional leaders and President Donald Trump this week is not the ...

‘Dabbling’ in protectionism dangerous

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

Problem-solvers, not politicians

Letters To The Editor

A collective sigh of relief was heaved Thursday by Michigan's parents, teachers, school administrators, summer camp directors and staff, child care providers and ... anyone who has anything to do with school-age kids, whether they be your grandchildren or the host of high school kids you hire ...

Chocolay Township board must protect community

Columns

We are opposed to Chocolay Township's proposed zoning ordinance 34-19-03 and rental ordinance 68 that would allow unregulated short-term rentals throughout the Township. Please come and share your thoughts at public comment at 5:30 p.m. Monday, before the township board takes a final vote on ...

Middle East tumult: No simple solutions to situation

Columns

mohey mowafy aOn the night of his inauguration, our 45th president was, naturally, an ecstatic man. I remember when he looked at his son-in-law and declared him to be the incoming Middle East guru who will bring that “peace settlement” between the Israelis and the Palestinians which has ...

Local artists have unique opportunity to display work

Editorial

Local artists seeking a venue to display their work my have caught a break from UP Health System-Marquette. Hospital officials have invited local artists to apply to have their work put up in public areas of the new hospital, which is scheduled to open June 2. UPHS has formed a committee to ...

Trump actions inviting constitutional crisis ahead

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to claim executive privilege to shield himself from further investigation into his personal and business affairs assures a critical clash over the Constitution’s separation of powers among the three governing branches. He has ...

Hoping for a fair conclusion to west end water issue

Editorial

The Ishpeming City Council voted on Wednesday to table a proposed catastrophic water loss policy until its June meeting, and to negotiate with property owners Ashley and Matt Cody separately. The large bill was caused by a broken pipe in the crawl space of the Codys’ rental home which went ...

Everyone agrees: Robocalls are a scourge on humanity

Columns

I oversee the care of an ailing man who’s pushing 90. When I’m with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time. “That’s probably a robocall,” he says, obviously aware that these autodialed spam and scam calls are ...

River Valley Bank initiative a positive community effort

Editorial

We are hoping a record number of people participate in Saturday’s River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge, an event that supports brain tumor research and raises awareness. Now in its 14th year, the event shows support for those impacted by brain tumors by raising funds for the Upper ...

Spread pain equally

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We all agree, Michigan must do something about its roads. I applaud our governor for making roads an early priority. However, I would like to see a fairer approach to funding the work. A 45-cent per gallon spike in fuel prices would make it hard for some to buy fuel ...

Young Author’s Conference nutures children

Editorial

Learning the differences between nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs and the like is part of just about every grade schooler’s education. They are, after all, the fundamentals of writing. However, like creating a watercolor painting, writing involves more than technique. To help ...

Line 5 essential

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: If you want to know truth about the impact of shutting down Enbridge Line 5, ask your local propane company. I need to respond Leonard Page’s letter to the editor on Sunday. I will start by saying that if Line 5 is leaking, shut it down. But it’s not, so talking ...

Remembering the pioneers

Columns

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of the ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

Editorial

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth, since becoming the dominant species awhile back. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United ...

Double standard charged at company

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette ceased generating electricity on March 31, 2019. We Energies out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, owns and operates the plant. Recently there has been information reported on WLUC-TV6 and in The Mining Journal that has been ...