Opinion

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 ...

Mainstream media strikes back

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — The New York Times Editorial Board made an uncommon decision Wednesday to publish an anonymously written opposite-page opinion piece disclosing an embryonic “resistance” movement to President Trump within his White House. It was so unorthodox that, ...

Stolen lifesaving equipment should be returned

Editorial

Although some might argue that there is a certain degree of inevitability in all of this, we were surprised — and troubled — to learn earlier this week that thieves had stolen marine lifesaving equipment from locations along M-28 in Chocolay Township. According to a press release ...

UPAWS gives thanks

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The ninth annual Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter rummage sale was a great success due to the generosity and support of our community. The fundraiser for the shelter animals was held in June and July, and assisted by many helping hands. A big thank you to ...

Debate about socialism is silly nonsense

Columns

What’s with all this socialism business? A handful of lefty candidates are calling themselves socialists without a single radical socialistic item on their promise lists. They seem to have little idea of what socialism is. And most of the conservatives talking back to them don’t seem to ...

906-Day a great time to get out and support local merchants

Editorial

The 906 area code, which spans the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. Today, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping incentives. Bugsy Sailor, owner of Upper Peninsula ...

Respect appreciated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A week or so ago, my wife and I were having lunch at Hudsons. Two young gentlemen came to our table and thanked me for my service. They said both of their grandfathers had served in the military and told us our lunch was paid for. We thanked them both so very much. We ...

Death be not so loud

Columns

Question: What is more cringe-inducing than a celebrity funeral? Answer: Two back-to-back celebrity funerals. The ghoulish twin spectacles last week memorializing Aretha Franklin and John McCain brought out the worst in family, friends and frenemies. No matter your partisan affiliation, ...

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Editorial

Carl V. Pellonpaa was a local treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Saturday surrounded by his family. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ...

Cancer Care fundraisers a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recently two local fundraisers were held for Cancer Care of Marquette County. The 18th annual ladies scramble was held at the Red Fox Golf Course and the 5th annual Jim Meske Memorial race at the Sands Speedway. Both events were a huge success and the proceeds ...

Bi-partisanship or caving in? Dems want it their way

Columns

In the days following the death of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), there have been mournful cries lamenting the lack of bipartisanship for which his eulogizers and friends claim he stood. Dictionary.com defines bipartisan this way: “representing, characterized by, or including members from two ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

Editorial

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Rep isn’t doing her job

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Why vote. Yes, why vote when our politicians can’t give us the time of day. About 10 years ago at a union meeting, a young man meets us at the door. He’s running for Congress. I tell him us sportsmen’s problem in Marquette County. Oh yes, he says, I’ll look ...

Time we fixed kangaroo courts

Columns

A judicial process that doesn’t allow the accused to cross-examine his accuser or reliably see the evidence against him is a civil libertarian’s nightmare. It traduces every principle of fairness and is blatantly un-American. Yet Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is about to get savaged for ...