Opinion

Letters to the Editor: Camp New Day U.P. worked well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Camp New Day U.P. had a great week of camp this year. This was our 16th year and the board members all agree that it was a very successful camp. The counselors and campers were a big part of that success. There are many people and organizations that contributed to the ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Editorial

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Math, history and tax reform

Columns

In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

Trump tweets while Americans suffer

Columns

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands drowned while President Donald Trump tweeted. It is hard to conclude otherwise. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria — the second major hurricane in less than two weeks — hit the islands, which together are home to some 3.5 million American citizens. Yet for ...

Letters to the Editor: Block party a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The annual Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party, held in conjunction with “National Night Out” is truly a community event. This year 454 children received backpacks, school supplies and personal hygiene kits through this event! Over 100 volunteers helped make ...

Project Keep Kids Warm an outstanding community effort

Editorial

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Richard Pyle was reporter for the ages, will be missed

Editorial

The print journalism world lost a titan last week with the passing of Richard Pyle. The longtime Associated Press reporter and bureau chief died Thursday at the age of 83 of respiratory failure due to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease. In a storybook career that spanned upwards of 50 ...

Letters to the editor: Honor the flag

Editorial

To the Journal editor: A friend of mine with whom I had served in the U.S. Army with had shared a video with a caption, “Those who disrespect the flag, have never been handed one.” It was a very moving video. It prompted me to comment on it and the ongoing controversy over standing for ...

Dems don’t blame non-racist voters

Columns

One of the great fringe benefits of working around American politics during the past 10 American presidencies has been the colorful characters I’ve gotten to meet. Characters do not come more colorful than Dick Tuck. Having just learned that he had lost a California state Senate primary, he ...

As registered nurses’ strike approaches, goodwill needed

Editorial

Most people are aware that negotiations between UP Health System-Marquette officials and registered nurses are currently taking place. We are also aware that a strike date has been set by the nurses for Oct 5-6. It is unfortunate that negotiations have not progressed well enough to get a ...

Community colleges a top option

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I don’t think anyone will argue with this statement: college is incredibly expensive. I realized this while researching colleges during my junior year. So, for the sake of fiscal responsibility, I chose to attend a community college — one of the best decisions that ...

SCOTUS can stop gerrymandering

Columns

michael barone Next week, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Gill v. Whitford, a case challenging Wisconsin’s legislative district lines as an unconstitutional Republican gerrymander. It’s attracted attention because many high-minded commentators have blamed partisan ...

Oktoberfest a great success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Saying “Thank You” is not enough! The support of fellow businesses, not only in Negaunee but the surrounding communities, the many, many, volunteers, the hundreds of folks who attended, made “Oktoberfest 2017” a huge success. Sunny skies, hard work, great ...

Vietnam War documentary summons old memories

Columns

connie schultz Before I started attending Kent State in the fall of 1975, I was a kid living in small-town Ashtabula, Ohio, on the northern edge of a county by the same name, which had lost 26 servicemen in the Vietnam War. Our state total was 3,094, ranking us fifth in casualties. I ...

Football and racial fault lines stir national debate, acrimony

Columns

mona charen According to an account my son came across a while ago: ‘’Football is one of the most powerful institutions in American society. It is so powerful that it claimed an entire day of the week. It said, ‘This day is ours. We own it.’ Not only did football take a day of the ...

Flint water safe, but fall-out continues

Columns

Two years after scientists from Virginia Tech revealed the lead poisoning of Flint's water, the same researcher has declared the city's drinking water safe to drink. That marks an important milestone in this disaster, but not yet its end. Mark Edwards of Virginia Tech’s college of ...

Bicycle safety bills largely common sense approach

Editorial

As regrettable as it is, sometimes it takes a tragedy to prod lawmakers into passing legislative bills to address whatever the situation was that contributed to the tragedy. That’s the case with a bill that would require drivers to stray at least five feet away from bicyclists when passing ...

Nurses deserve community’s support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have been following the plight of the UPHS-Marquette nurses as they struggle to be treated fairly and equitably. Recently, a member of the nurses bargaining team was quoted as saying, “We’ve done everything in our power to talk this through.” Our country has ...

GOP is party adrift without direction

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — If two-fisted bully Donald Trump were a prize-fighter, he would never be mistaken for any of the great old lords of the ring like Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Gentleman Jim Corbett or Rocky Marciano. They all pretty much kept their mouths shut and let their fists ...

Letters to the Editor: Opposes NFL protests

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have been a Packer fan since the 1950s, living in Green Bay from 1961-1966 and had the pleasure of engaging in business with Vince Lombardi. I have remained a rabid fan ever since. But I am sickened by the un-American behavior on the sidelines. When it started, I ...