Opinion

Naturalization ceremony a solemn gateway to citizenship

Editorial

“We the people” are three words we should all know. You’ve surely heard of them before, and, therefore, should be familiar with the concept of self-government, where the true power rests in the hands of the governed and the will of the many. Many of us would likely be able to identify ...

Kavanaugh a poor fit for court

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Should Judge Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to be on our Supreme Court? Which judicial interpretive theory does Judge Kavanaugh use? Supreme Court justices do not just “do what is stated in our Constitution.” Instead, they interpret our Constitution using an ...

Fear-based parenting is common

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — Police came to Kim Brooks’ parents’ door in suburban Richmond, Virginia, demanding that her mother say where her daughter was or be arrested for obstructing justice. So began a Kafkaesque two-year ordeal that plunged Brooks into reflections about current ...

Nothing normal about allegations against judge

Columns

Connie Schultz Tuesday evening, I was scrolling Twitter for news updates when I came upon this post by Emma Thatcher: “Hello, female high school student here. I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to ...

Kavanaugh finds himself stuck in #MeToo limbo

Columns

Mona Charen In the wake of the revelation of Christine Blasey Ford’s identity, some have suggested that her allegation against Brett Kavanaugh will be handled more sensitively than such accusations once were thanks to the #MeToo movement. That may turn out to be true, but only if at least ...

Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Columns

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Gov. Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs. This “ban the box” initiative applies only to state government jobs, but it’s a step in the right direction ...

Paul L. Lang Jr. Garden a memorial to NMU administrator

Editorial

A memorial ceremony was held on the Northern Michigan University campus recently that didn’t dedicate a new building or extension to an existing structure. It commemorated the service of a former NMU administrative official who died unexpectedly in 2015. The Paul L. Lang Jr. Garden is ...

Conservative thought focus of missive

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Over the past 40 years, I have tried to become an expert on conservative political thought. I believe it is important to share with your readers the one important finding I have learned. There now appears to be a much larger number of conservatives who are essentially ...

Trump lawyer feared perjury trap

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward in his inside-the-White-House book, “Fear,” explains why lawyer John Dowd resigned from President Donald Trump’s defense team. It was, he writes, because “Dowd knew he could not bring himself to tell the president: ‘You’re a f—-ing ...

Film profiles football Wildcats championship run

Editorial

As the leaves explode in vivid color and a chill permeates the air, we know homecoming season is upon us, with Northern Michigan University, Marquette Senior High School and Ishpeming High School all observing that tradition this weekend. Homecoming brings back memories, hopefully happy ones, ...

Agency announces endorsements

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With Election Day quickly approaching, it’s vital that we know where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to us. Like the vast majority of Michiganders, I believe that women should keep our constitutionally-protected right to make our own reproductive ...

Is a sensible immigration policy possible?

Columns

What would a sensible immigration policy look like? It would have three goals: be humane, enforce the laws and meet America’s need for labor. This can happen only if our political fringes get out of the way. Some on the far right simply don’t like most of the immigrants, mainly because of ...

Michele Butler well deserving of Pendill wall honor at MAPS

Editorial

Anyone who’s involved with community or service projects in the central Upper Peninsula knows that it’s essential to assemble the right team willing to work, often without public accolade, to get things done. If team organizers are smart, one of the first calls will be to Michele Butler, ...

Lakenen thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We would like to thank Tom Lakenen for the use of Lakenenland for a reunion we had. The nearly 100 people that attended thoroughly enjoyed the facilities and the great work of art. Lakenenland is a true asset of the Upper Peninsula. Thanks Tom for sharing ...

‘Believe women’ is baloney

Columns

I have a message for virtue-signaling men who’ve rushed to embrace #MeToo operatives hurling uncorroborated sexual assault allegations into the chaotic court of public opinion. Stuff it. Your blanket “Believe Women” bloviations are moral and intellectual abominations that insult every ...

Stake the Lake event doing great work in Munising

Editorial

Garden stakes that are expected to line Munising Bay Sept. 29 have a special meaning. The second annual Stake the Lake will celebrate and honor individuals who have survived or passed away from cancer. Proceeds will benefit The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, which has provided grant ...

Young people must vote in election

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Despite overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that humans are causing global warming, the Trump administration refuses to accept that fact. Instead it proposes rolling back restrictions on carbon pollution from cars and coal-fired plants. And according to a ...

Left is running on empty

Columns

The woman who alleged in a confidential letter that as a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s Brett Kavanaugh “pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the ...

Closure of Sawyer Community Center would be real loss

Editorial

We were really hoping this would come out differently. After a great deal of planning and discussion, it appears the K.I. Sawyer Community Center will close its doors Oct. 1. The center is, well, the center for many community activities and meetings at the former military base. It has a ...

God debated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Wow, Mr. Richard P. Lehto says he serves an awesome god, the same one which committed the murder of Noah’s contemporaries! I find that appalling. In my opinion, there is no god. A real, just and loving god would not have allowed genocide against the Native ...