Opinion

Voters to decide future of recreational marijuana in state

Editorial

Although it’s taken literally decades to get to this point, it appears the decision as to whether marijuana for recreational purposes in the state of Michigan should be legal is landing exactly where such decisions should go: to the people. Last week, the State Board of Canvassers ...

Literacy shared

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan, thank you to everyone who joined us for the recent fundraiser, Literacy Lives, at the Barrel + Beam in Marquette Township. The board and planning group were so pleased to share with you the literacy-related projects ...

Europe’s war guilt displays ironic consequences for all

Columns

Adam Armoush is, for the moment, the most famous Jewish victim in the world — and he’s not even Jewish. He’s a 21-year-old Israeli Arab who was visiting Berlin with his friends and decided to test their suspicions that it was unsafe to don a kippa (skullcap) in public. Strolling down the ...

Contract needed to end acrimony between nurses, hospital

Editorial

Earlier this week, The Mining Journal ran an editorial opining that the Leapfrog rating for UP Health System-Marquette going from a “C” rating to an “A” rating was very good news. The Leapfrog Group is a legitimate group aiming to improve health care quality and safety for patients. ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

‘Annie’ brought house down To the Journal editor: For anyone who missed the Negaunee High School musical production recently, that’s too bad. You missed one of the finest performances by an outstanding group of highly talented young people. Competition requires that someone be a ...

Gowdy aimed to close circle of S.C.’s history

Columns

WASHINGTON — Trey Gowdy’s emotions sometimes bubble disconcertingly close to the surface, but unlike many members of the political class, he is not all surface. At a breakfast four years ago, the South Carolina Republican had tears in his eyes as he explained when he would leave Congress: ...

Meet your friendly neighborhood C.O.

Columns

I think most everyone has seen the movies and TV shows “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Orange is the New Black,” “Wentworth” and “The Green Mile.” They always seem to show the corrections officers as the bad guys, assaulting inmates, bringing in drugs and cell phones, you know, the ...

NFL hand-wringing has always been about race

Columns

Last September, in Huntsville, Alabama, Donald Trump took the stage at yet another postelection campaign rally and revved up his fans with a rant about black football players. “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag ... say, ‘Get that son of ...

Another opinion

Columns

Earth Day sees enviro concerns While it goes without saying that a healthy environment is important for every living thing on our planet, it's an issue that is of extra-special importance to many of us here in Northern Michigan. That’s because not only is the environment important for ...

Annual Spring Clean-up a chance to get involved

Editorial

Saturday marks the chance for Marquette residents to join in with their neighbors to brighten our corner of the world. That’s because the Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee Inc. is inviting Marquette residents to participate in its annual Spring Clean-up Saturday. Those ...

With hunger rife, food waste should never happen

Editorial

Food waste should be a topic of conversation finding its way onto everyone’s dining room table tonight. Hunger is an issue spanning every continent across the globe, yet a vast amount of food is thrown away each day, with a sizable portion of that being stuff no one has even nibbled ...

New funds needed for national parks

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Every year, Michigan’s national parks are enjoyed by millions of visitors. From Pictured Rocks to Sleeping Bear Dunes our state’s national parks offer opportunities to camp, fish, hike, and recreate. On April 21-29, our country celebrates National Park Week, and ...

Rotary thankful for community support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A common definition of what makes a community may be a group of people with diverse characteristics who are linked by social ties, share common perspectives, and engage in joint action in a particular geographical location or setting. Community cohesion by joint ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Ask God for help To the Journal editor: To attempt to adjust the global thermostat is a monumental task never before considered by man. In my opinion, it is doomed to fail! Global temperatures are cyclical as they go up for a period of time and then go down for a time. If after enormous ...

Quality and safety priorities at UP Health System-Marquette

Columns

This week it was unveiled that UP Health System-Marquette received an “A” in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. We were one of 750 hospitals awarded an “A” for our record of protecting patients from medical errors, infections and other harms and meeting the highest safety standards ...

Grandma worries about how involved she should get

Columns

Dear Annie: I am a grandma trying to keep my nose out of my son’s life. “Barry” and my daughter-in-law have been separated for six years but are not divorced. Their children stay with their mother, “Angie,” for school days and with Barry when there is no school. The kids have spent ...

Trump’s VA nominee takes his bizarre advice

Columns

WASHINGTON — When Donald Trump chose the White House physician, Ronny Jackson, to run the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the president gave him an odd sendoff. “I don’t want to send him through a process like that,” he said, referring to the customary vetting by Congress. “The ...

Niemisto statue worthy of care

Editorial

The January vandalism of the statue of the late Phil Niemisto, located at the downtown Marquette pocket park named after him, could have been a lot worse. The statue could have been crushed or cut in half. Fortunately, only the hat and scarf were removed, although that in itself isn’t an ...

Support for Goofus’s family overwhelming

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The family of Alan “Goofus” Ammesmaki would like to thank the entire community for the overwhelming ourtpour of support shown after Al's recent and unexpected passing. The coverage from the local media; The Mining Journal and TV-6 was really amazing and appreciated. ...

North Korean regime can’t be swayed through diplomacy

Columns

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. “No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that ...