Opinion

Many were fed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Ishpeming Community Christmas Dinner Committee would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who made this year’s event a resounding success. Because of the generosity of our community sponsors and the Ishpeming Elks Lodge we were able to serve 610 meals (139 ...

Trump is nation’s first ‘sore winner’

Editorial

During his winning campaign to capture the White House, Democrat Barack Obama was harshly critical of the White House record of his predecessor George W. Bush. But once in office, Obama — like nearly all presidents before him — heeded the sage advice of a great chief executive also from ...

Locally and statewide, adapting to bicycles makes lots of sense

Editorial

A June, 9, 2016 photo from the Associated Press is heartbreaking: mangled bicycles tagged as evidence at the Michigan State Police crime lab in downstate Kalamazoo after a pickup truck driver, allegedly under the influence of drugs, hit a group of cyclists that month. Five people were killed ...

Area homelessness a community problem

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Homelessness has become a much discussed issue in our town. While it is not unique to Marquette County, homeless people are especially obvious here because of our small town way of life where people notice and care about each other. In some ways, we are victims of the ...

Tom Baldini was one of a kind

Editorial

My old friend, Tom Baldini, used to talk about it, especially in recent years late in the evening when we both realized we were getting older. “I’d crawl across the township on my knees,” he’d say, “to die on my feet and not from a stroke.” We’d agree and have a snort (Tom ...

Happier new year in 2018

Letters To The Editor

It’s that time of year again — to look back on the past in hopes that we’ve learned something we can apply to the new year. I’m at the age where there’s a lot more past than future to look forward to, but that also means many more lessons have been learned. Instead of the usual New ...

Common sense should rule New Year’s Eve celebrating tonight

Editorial

Thousands of local residents will ring in the new year tonight, bidding adieu to 2017 and welcoming 2018. There are a great many ways to celebrate the occasion, including, perhaps, a special dinner at your favorite restaurant or prepared at home, or gathering with family and friends or ...

Trying to take president seriously

Columns

2016 turned out to be a year in which it was wise to take Donald Trump as a political candidate seriously but not literally, in the inspired words of syndicated columnist Salena Zito. As 2017 is on the point of vanishing, it’s worth asking whether it’s time to take Trump seriously, if not ...

Treading gently into new year with care

Columns

In the first hour of Christmas Eve, our 9-year-old grandson and his parents arrived here in Ohio after two long flights from their home in hurricane-ravaged St. Croix. His recent life included 10 weeks without electricity in the U.S. territory full of U.S. citizens. In advance of his visit, ...

New York Times covers over regulation and finds an issue?

Columns

It may not be exactly the coming of the Messiah, but seeing a front-page story in The New York Times about over-regulation certainly feels like a breakthrough of note. Titled “One Apple Orchard and 5,000 Government Rules,” the story focuses on the Indian Ladder Farms apple orchard in ...

Other opinions

Columns

Gerrymander petition a good example of grassroots democracy A citizens group made headlines this week when it turned in petitions containing 425,000 signatures in hopes of getting on the ballot a constitutional amendment that will change the way political districts are drawn. The change ...

DEQ pipe proposal a good idea but may be bridge too far

Editorial

Lately, it seems the phrase “get the lead out” has seen an uptick in use quite a bit here in the Great Lakes State. A quick search on the world wide web will tell you the saying means, in rough generalizations, to dispose of whatever is slowing you down and move more quickly. Here in ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Trump tax cut not the answer To the Journal editor: Now that Republican tax cuts for corporations and the super-rich will add $1.5 trillion ($1,500,000,000,000) to the deficit, how will they fund the massive investment in infrastructure that Trump promised? Will they shrink the bloated ...

Political system in crisis

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the first year of the Trump presidency approaches its end, American democracy finds itself in peril, not only at the White House but at Capitol Hill as well, with both major political parties in chaos. Donald Trump is at the core of both circumstances. At the Oval Office, ...

Line 5 agreement shows potential shortcomings

Editorial

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline's Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

Calmer seas in 2018

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Negaunee has been in a constant chaotic change in 2017. It now appears a new city manager may be in the wings and the new council is now seated. I want to thank all the city workers for their steadfast dedication and their ability to continually roll with chaotic ...

We don’t need government to remind us that smoking kills

Editorial

WASHINGTON — Preaching morality while practicing cupidity can be tricky, but various American governments have done it for years regarding smoking. This mental contortion now has a new chapter. The four largest American tobacco companies (Altria, R.J. Reynolds, Lorillard, Philip Morris) are, ...

Baldini leaves lasting legacy

Editorial

The city of Marquette — and, really, the entire community — was handed a blow earlier this week when word came of the unexpected death of Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini. Baldini passed away Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend. Baldini was elected mayor in November after ...

Support was amazing

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This truly is the season of generosity in our community and we have never felt the spirit of Christmas more than we do this year. Our students from Aspen Ridge Elementary School worked incredibly hard this year. Their name, Team ASPEN, stands for Aspiring Students in ...

Give Trump credit where it’s due

Editorial

Republicans have tried, on and off, to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for oil drilling since the 1980s. The effort has always engendered intense opposition and always been abandoned. A provision for drilling in ANWR is included in the Republican tax bill almost as an ...