Opinion

Post-9/11 cycle of cynicism

Letters To The Editor

Remember. Forget. Repeat. For 17 years, America has engaged in a collective ritual every Sept. 11: Hang flags, light candles, bow heads and make vows to “Never forget.” Then, every Sept. 12, it’s back to business as usual: See something, do nothing. Did you remember that five of the ...

Police/zoning position worth considering

Editorial

A government employee — or just about any employee, for that matter — needn’t be pigeonholed into a specific title or duty. The Chocolay Township Board is considering adding a police/zoning employee, with township staff having worked on the 2019 budget for the past several ...

Protect our children

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: UP #1 Yooper Drug Babies — this was reported back in May 2018 Detroit News several pages worth. I always believe we don’t protect children. They seem to be expendable. We should make this child abuse and not give these innocent babies back to so-called parents. Ya ...

Obama goes on attack, but arguments fall flat

Columns

He’s back! President Obama has emerged from his supposed cloistered life to attack President Trump. Obama broke with a tradition apparently only modern Republican ex-presidents follow, which is not to speak ill of your successor. Obama, who reportedly has been running his “Organizing for ...

Sacrifices 17 years ago should never be forgotten

Editorial

It seems almost inconceivable that it’s been 17 years since that awful morning when terrorists manning highjacked airliners plowed the craft into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City while a third highjacked wide-body jet slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A ...

Will common sense prevail in the end?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am writing in regard to the closing of the prison in the Upper Peninsula. They say the prison population is down. That’s good! But the jail population has increased! Instead of spending hundreds of thousands expanding the jails, how about making the already there ...

Painting festival a great success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the Fresh Coast Plein Air Painting Festival, we would like to thank the following sponsors who made this year’s event possible. The include Michigan Realtors/MI Great Places, Inc.; Travel Marquette; Lake Superior Art Association; Ben Franklin Store; ...

Not taking one’s self too seriously

Columns

Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain’s gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when ...

Women’s center needs help paying off Harbor House mortgage

Editorial

The Marquette Women’s Center needs a bit of help from the community it has so ably served for many years and it’s a situation we'd like our readers to seriously consider. Because of a generous matching gift, center officials are in a position to pay off the mortgage of Harbor House, the ...

Classic Cars was resounding success

Letters To The Editor

To the Mining Journal editor: To the Marquette Community — On behalf of Women’s Center clients, staff and board of directors, I want to thank the more than 75 businesses and individuals who came together to support the second annual Classic Cars on Third Street in memory of Jessica ...

There’s mutiny on the ship of state

Columns

Bob Woodward is the gold standard in investigative journalism. For the past 45 years, his byline has ensured the accuracy of whatever story has followed. His reporting has not been free from controversy over the years, but no one in the national media has a better record of getting it right. ...

Swimmer’s fast action undoubtedly saved life at Black Rocks

Editorial

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

Campus rape guidance revisited

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — The assault on civil rights that was mandated by the civil rights division of Barack Obama’s Education Department might soon abate. Current Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is moving to halt the life-shattering procedures that began in 2011, when the department ...

Relief fund thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As of late, my family and I had to relocate to a new residence ... I would like to thank the members of the Warrior Relief Fund, American Legion Post 349, for their relief assistance during my quest to overcome distress and financial difficulty. I am very ...

Trump not nation’s CEO

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In response to Mr. Ruhinens comments in The Mining Journal on President Donald Trump on Aug. 25, I would like to make several points. I do not see President Trump as a protector of our democracy. He constantly attacks the press and new media, which are the backbone of ...

Finally, Geoffrey Owens is a real somebody

Columns

Connie Schultz He was minding his own business (his employer’s business, more to the point), doing what he was hired to do at Trader Joe’s in Clifton, New Jersey — checking out customers without fuss or fanfare, bagging their groceries, sending them off with a soft “Have a nice ...

Memo to Dems: Upholding norms a two-way street

Columns

Mona Charen Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed ...

Car buyers will pay for NAFTA deal

Columns

Looking at the trade deal President Donald Trump struck with Mexico this week, you might ask, “A Republican did this?” Yes, a GOP president and supposed conservative wants to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement with a pact that may as well have been dictated by Big ...

NTN trail extension plan has merit but there are concerns

Editorial

Although it’s not quite a done deal just yet, Marquette Township is clearly making progress on the establishment of a half-mile non-motorized pathway that would connect a Noquemanon Trail Network trail from where its existing trail ends at Schwemwood Park to the proposed U.S. 41 underpass ...

Chocolay no place for short-term rentals

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Citizens of Chocolay Township, in spite of a petition in which 87 percent of respondents signed that they did not want short-term home rentals (less than 30 days) in their residential waterfront district, the board and Planning Commission chose to proceed to allow ...