Opinion

UPHS-Bell received prestigious award

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: UP Health System-Bell was recently awarded a very prestigious, well-earned honor. We, as residents of western Marquette County in particular, are truly blessed to have this jewel in our community. The hospital is easily accessible, and from the time you enter at ...

Problem in White House is incompetence, not collusion

Columns

Sitting in the greenroom with me as we were about to go on air on one of the cable news shows a couple of months ago, a Trump supporter told me: “Linda, I saw the Trump campaign up close in 2016. They couldn’t have colluded their way out of a paper bag.” It was an odd defense — ...

DeVos missed mark in proposing cuts to Special Olympics

Editorial

The budget proposals coming out of Washington, D.C., these days have us scratching our heads. On top of President Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative — which we’ve discussed recently on this page and strongly opposed — a severe funding cut for the ...

Rude conduct observed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recently while driving northbound on North Third Street, I came upon a bicyclist riding south in the middle northbound lane. Because of traffic, parked cars and abundant snowbanks, I had no choice but to come to a near complete stop. I tooted the horn once to make sure ...

Step into batter’s box for some old-fashioned trivia

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t ...

Hockey teams did well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There was an excellent turnout for the youth hockey state regionals in February , and the outcome of that playoff saw all Marquette travel teams (Squirt AA, Peewee A and AA, Bantam A and AA, as well as Mite teams and girls Tier 3 U19) going to the state ...

Roofs in region were badly stressed in winter 2018-19

Columns

Gary Niemela The winter of 2018-2019 has taken a big toll on Upper Peninsula buildings. Millions of dollars have been lost due to heat loss and subsequent ice and water damage and roof failure (both complete collapse or structurally compromised roof systems with broken trusses and girders) ...

Labor backing Whitmer roads plan

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Michigan’s roads are the worst in the country. Last year, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave Michigan infrastructure an overall grade of D-plus, and gave our roads a D-minus, with just 18 percent of Michigan roads in so-called “good” condition. ...

However painful for Dems, Mueller did right thing

Columns

Mona Charen It seems that “13 hardened Democrats” or “angry Democrats” did not deliver a politically motivated, illegitimate hit job after all. Based on what we know so far, the special counsel’s office reported that it did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign ...

Anytime Fitness doing great work

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Anytime Fitness in Gwinn is a great place to exercise and work out. They have great machines, and the staff working there do an outstanding job. They are friendly and make you feel so welcome. We have been members since they opened. Not only is exercise and a ...

Cambensy, Benson correct in trying to improve trust in government

Editorial

We like the motivation driving a pair of state officials who hosted a town hall meeting in the Peter White Public Library in Marquette — transparency in government and the improved trust in government that transparency will engender. State Rep. Sara Cambensy and Secretary of State Jocelyn ...

Offender Success successful

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The goal of incarceration and community supervision has been redefined. The primary purpose used to be incapacitating a person convicted of a crime until their sentence was complete, an approach that inevitably led to high recidivism rates and wasted taxpayer ...

Mueller’s complete report must be available to Congress

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — Special Counsel Robert Mueller was simply coloring within the lines of the Constitution when he sent the investigation of President Trump to Capitol Hill. Or more specifically, he did so when he handed over the political hot potato to the House Democrats, who now ...

Marquette Mountain spring event set for this weekend

Editorial

Spring has finally sprung, and with it comes the Marquette Mountain Spring Skiesta, which will be held Saturday and Sunday. “After this pretty hectic season of changes and community interaction we really want this event to be one last big celebration for everybody in the ski community and ...

Party differences cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s a lie (period) that “one side is for allowing infanticide.”Not true. Third trimester abortions are very rare and done only for extreme medical emergencies. If a woman is in her third trimester, odds are she wants the baby and only because the fetus has become ...

Guest column

Columns

In September 1945, my Mom left her home town of Gaastra, Michigan and was driven to the “big city” of Marquette to start her studies at the St. Luke School of Nursing. She remembers clearly that the first thing they did when they got to Marquette was to drive around the island. As time ...

Family issues at a time of need

Columns

Dear Annie: My daughter and daughter-in-law had a close relationship and worked together for a social networking business. My daughter recently went through a marriage breakup, and my daughter-in-law has totally unloaded on her. She said my daughter has not been a good friend. She has brought ...

Don Ryan a worthy recipient of Pellonpaa award

Editorial

The first recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award is a deserving one. Don Ryan, who hosts his own television show on WLUC TV6 and Fox UP, “The Ryan Report,” was honored Monday at the Ramada Inn. The award’s namesake is himself notable. Pellonpaa, also a ...

Snow management was outstanding

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I heartily second Dr. Ken and Maura Davenport’s praise in the March 13 issue of The Mining Journal for the city crews removing the recent avalanche of snow and subsequent ice jams in our streets. I refer to the lake surrounding Quick Trophy’s parking lot, our ...

Mueller report is complete but collusion story may never end

Columns

The story is not over. It may never be over in our lifetimes. But an important chapter has come to an end, and it had a happy ending for the president. Contrary to what we’re already beginning to hear from some quarters of the left, the Mueller probe almost certainly puts to rest the ...