Opinion

Paw Packs battling hunger in Sawyer area, worthy of support

Editorial

To help alleviate hunger in the region, a new program called Paw Packs has been created to get food in the hands of students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Hannah Erickson, program coordinator for Paw Packs, said money is being raised to buy food to put into packs so kids don’t go ...

Road upgrade best

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: “Thank you” to the Negaunee Township voters who voted for the mileage increase to improve the 14 miles of road in the township north of U.S. 41, even though you may not have directly benefitted from this improvement. “Thank you” to the companies who did an ...

Yes, unvetted illegal caravans do threaten public well being

Columns

We live in bizarro times. Suddenly, it is controversial to state obvious, neon-bright truths. This week, it has become newsworthy to observe that illegal border-crossers who circumvent required medical screenings are a threat to America’s public health and safety. Just look at these ...

Finding common ground a good start to ending violence

Editorial

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest. The shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to outspoken critics of President Donald Trump and the fatal shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seared into many people’s minds. That was apparent ...

Yay NHS tennis!

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to Coach Kyle Saari and the Negaunee High School Miners varsity girls tennis team on a great season. Great job to senior girls on the NHS Miners varsity girls tennis team. Great job to Coach Saari. NHS Miners varsity girls tennis team finished the ...

Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump. The New York Post headline was the cleverest: “Caught Red Hatted: Steroid-abusing Florida stripper driving Trump van is charged with Dem bomb spree.” The Post reported that the accused, Cesar Sayoc Jr., was said to be lost and a “sick individual” who is estranged from his family, but eventually “found a father” in President Trump. He also hates his mother, according to Ronald Lowy, his Miami attorney. Well, yes, you wouldn’t expect a stable individual who loves his mother to do what Sayoc is accused of doing. Predictably, many of those who were targets of Sayoc’s pipe bombs, some of which were incapable of exploding, are blaming President Trump for inciting people like Sayoc to go beyond verbal attacks and engage in dangerous, unlawful behavior. Some on the right point to language used by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), former Attorney General Eric Holder, former President Barack Obama and others (the New York Times published a review of a novel, the plot of which revolves around the assassination of President Trump with the aid of a rogue Secret Service agent). Those conservatives claim that left-wing rhetoric is mostly responsible for widening the political divide and polluting civil debate. How about each side taking responsibility for its own language and behavior? People attending Trump rallies dislike big media, but their rants haven’t changed what conservatives believe is biased reporting. Why don’t some in the Trump crowd invite a reporter to lunch and calmly explain their feelings and political points of view? On the left, why don’t some of those people confronting Republicans out for a quiet dinner with family and friends respectfully ask for an appointment to explain why they oppose Republican and conservative ideas and offer their own proposals for making America better? Whose mind is changed when their dinner is interrupted by people accusing them of treason? As a conservative, I understand the anger felt by many on my side about the way our political positions, faith and worldview are portrayed by the media and wider culture, but behaving as conservatives sometimes do only reinforces long-held stereotypes in the minds of secular progressives who think of us as uneducated Bible-thumpers, intolerant, judgmental and a “basket of deplorables.” While many in mainstream media deplore everything for which the right stands, I think they secretly enjoy the conflict because it boosts ratings and sells newspapers. Conflict always attracts a larger audience than comity, but that is no excuse for contributing to the conflict. Our anger at government and politicians solves nothing. The country is divided. It has always been that way. The focus should be not on winning a war of words, which is impossible so long as the name-calling continues; the focus should be on winning the battle of ideas and what works best in promoting the welfare of most Americans. If that sounds naive in our polarized environment, what would you suggest? Clearly, what we are engaged in now isn’t working. As the late Glen Campbell sang, “Try a little kindness.” It’s better than sending bombs through the mail. It’s also better than behaving rudely in restaurants. Editor’s note: Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.

Columns

Just in time for Halloween comes a former male stripper, who drove a van with Trump stickers plastered all over it, being charged with sending pipe bombs to top Democratic leaders, a journalist and at least one celebrity, all of whom have been vocal critics of President Trump. The New York ...

Drug take backs a needed activity in today’s world

Editorial

Although drug take backs have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

Vets not overlooked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This letter is to recognize the one year anniversary of the dedication of the Republic Townships’ Veterans Memorial (Oct. 22). This memorial was originally the vision of Sterling Schultz, brought to and followed up by the Veterans Committee and the Republic VFW, and ...

Without doubt, the press has much to answer for

Columns

Our states are anything but united. Our politics are indeed polarized — with too many of us Americans retreating into our own comfortable spaces, where we can associate only with those who agree with us. And yes, we of the press are anything but blameless for this situation. Take the simple ...

Trick or treaters mean extra caution, care in order

Editorial

In only a couple of days, area children of all ages will don costumes of whatever variety and head for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, ...

Pasta raised funds

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Ishpeming Hematite Sports Booster Club would like to thank everyone in the Ishpeming community for making our 11th Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser an outstanding success. It was an afternoon filled with great food and Hematite spirit. We would especially like ...

Dystopian election set for Nov. 6

Columns

Having just returned from a three-week trip to Asia, I feel as if I’ve landed in the middle of a dystopian nightmare. Some maniac is mailing pipe bombs to President Donald Trump’s enemies list: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, George Soros, John Brennan, Eric Holder and Robert De ...

DNR fish stocking supports big part of regional economy

Editorial

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Hospice plays vital role To the Journal editor: November is National Hospice Month. We seek your help in letting your readers know about National Hospice Month and, more importantly, about the services available to them from their local Hospices. The annual Marquette County Bells for ...

Stacey Abrams gives Dems peek at 2020

Columns

GRIFFIN, Ga. — “Life happens,” Stacey Abrams instructs a small but boisterous crowd in a sun-drenched park south of Atlanta. She says: Your car breaks down. Your child gets sick. Could happen on election day. So, vote early. Today. In her campaign to be the first Democrat elected ...

Again, circumstances have us fighting for vote

Columns

Coretta Scott King saw this coming. “Struggle is a never-ending process,” she wrote a year after her husband, Martin, was killed. “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” The fight is upon us, again. First stop: Dodge City, Kansas. Two weeks ...

Hyperventilating about the caravan unhelpful

Columns

A caravan of ragtag would-be immigrants is making its way through the nations of Honduras (per capita income $4,630), El Salvador (per capita income $7,540), and Guatemala (per capita income $8,000) to Mexico. The response in the U.S. (per capita income $60,200) — panic. Hyperventilation ...

Another opinion

Columns

Wilson donation shows philanthropy's promise The Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation's $100 million donation to the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and its connecting pathways is an example of the vital role philanthropy is playing in the city's rebuilding. Foundations are the strong third leg ...

Superior Health Foundation keeps up great work

Editorial

Wednesday was a night of great news for a number of area organizations as the the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $443,000 in health-centered grant funding. The announcement of what organizations were receiving the funding came at SHF’s Fall Grants Awards ...

State is negligent in Enbridge dealings

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As you may know by now, an Enbridge natural gas pipeline in British Columbia exploded Oct. 9. It is estimated that 700,000 customers will be affected. This should be a cause for great concern for customers in Michigan that are solely dependent on Line 5 for their ...