Opinion

Let’s move past prevailing wage

Letters To The Editor

Along with the descent of winter, it’s definitely petition drive season in Michigan. Case in point: Two separate initiatives are warring over the future of the prevailing wage law. As we’ve argued for years, residents (and lawmakers) should throw their support behind repealing ...

Timely rescue saves life, gives family love

Columns

connie schultz Two days after Thanksgiving, our son-in-law left our home to go out for a run and, upon his return, rang our doorbell. This is not his habit when he stays with us. “Why is Matt ringing the doorbell?” my husband said as we all made our way to the front of the house. You ...

Lawyers group provides special kind of giving during holidays

Columns

mona charen Several years ago, we had a problem with a merchant. We declined to pay a disputed bill and got a call from a collection agency. The caller was both aggressive and cagey, declining to tell me who he was. I handed the phone to my lawyer husband, who listened for a minute or two ...

Marquette botched handling of new waste agreement

Editorial

As long as we are on a roll with questioning the city of Marquette for the way they handled filling Sara Cambensey’s vacant seat, we have to also question the way the city commission handled the trash removal contract for Marquette residents First off, they allowed Waste Management to ...

A wonderful place

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: While shopping at one of the local big box stores with my daughter, we happened upon some of the “flipping” sequin covered bags. My daughter had a hard time deciding which one she wanted Santa to bring her for Christmas and a kind woman who was walking by ...

GOP tax bill is Trojan horse

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Amid all the partisan argument over whether the new Republican tax bill helps or hurts lower and middle-class Americans, its killing of the health care mandate is an indisputable blow to both. Disguised as a mere revenue issue, eliminating the mandate (which ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 349 of Little Lake, we want to thank Kohl’s Department Store in the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township and Econo Foods in Marquette for the help we received in providing Christmas gifts for six families in need which ...

Survival of the shrillest

Editorial

“The intellectual cannot operate at room temperature.” —Eric Hoffer, “First Things, Last Things” (1971) WASHINGTON — Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) meant that intellectuals in his day tended not to be temperate. In our day, this defect — moral overheating — has been democratized: ...

Street dedication a start in never-ending battle against hate

Editorial

On Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that city officials and residents gathered together in Charlottesville, Virginia near the site where Heather Heyer died to dedicate part of a downtown street in her honor. A portion of Fourth Street has been renamed “Heather Heyer Way” in her ...

Christmas role models

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This Christmas season, as we prepare for a new year and think about things we could do differently, consider the examples of Mary and Joseph. Upon learning that she was to be the mother of the Christ-child, Mary immediately said to the angel Gabriel, “May it be as ...

Socialism still popular in US despite Venezuelan example

Editorial

It’s a puzzle. Over the last decade, Venezuela has supplanted Cuba as the Shangri-La of the American left. Not long ago, self-declared socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders insisted that the American dream was more achievable in the Bolivarian Republic than in America. A string of Hollywood ...

Gerrymandering on its way out in the state of Michigan?

Editorial

Gerrymandering is defined as manipulating political boundaries to favor one party or class. Who would have thought that underhandedness has found its way into the political scene? However, the group opposed to gerrymandering, Voters Not Politicians, Monday submitted more than 420,000 ...

Compromise needed in labor dispute

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The success of UP Health System is vitally important for the health of our citizens and Marquette County’s economic future. We believe it is extremely important that a fair and just compromise be reached between the hopstital and the nurses. The longer this dispute ...

Government refund?

Editorial

So, a Republican majority Congress has “reformed” the tax code for the first time in 31 years, allowing us to keep a little more of the money we earn. Woohoo! Back in the day when my withholding exceeded my tax liability, I occasionally received a nice little refund check from the U.S. ...

Bilingual students would receive special seal on school diploma

Editorial

There’s an effort going on, principally downstate, to set up a new educational program that we’re guessing most in that community will support, once details are known. It’s being called Seal of Biliteracy and, in a nutshell, it's a seal on a high school diploma awarded by a school, ...

True meaning of Christmas?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Soon Christmas will be upon us. Black Friday has passed as has Thanksgiving Day. Much has changed in my lifetime. Sadly the celebration of Christmas has almost disappeared. First of all, it starts too early, almost in September now. Also it has been transformed into a ...

Can only Trump survive Trump?

Editorial

The past two months of electoral losses for the Trump GOP feel very familiar. Newly elected President Barack Obama’s party lost off-year gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, and suffered a stunning upset in a Senate race it had no business losing in Massachusetts. Donald ...

State moving to do the right thing on welfare fraud cases

Editorial

The state of Michigan has an opportunity to do the right thing in connection to a mess it created when it accused — falsely as it turned out — tens of thousands of state residents of welfare fraud between October 2013 and September 2015, when it depended on a computer system to determine ...

Letters to the editor

Editorial

Holiday Homecoming planned in Marquette To the Journal editor: This season the Marquette Area Public School Education Foundation is hosting the sixth annual Holiday Homecoming on Tuesday, Dec. 26. If you are here over the holidays, the Education Foundation invites you to visit with ...

Republicans’ future not tied to Moore

Editorial

Senate Republicans breathed a big sigh of relief Tuesday night when Roy Moore went down to defeat in the Alabama special election — even though it halved their already razor-thin majority. Alabama voters rejected a man who was totally unfit to serve as U.S. senator, not just because of ...