Opinion

Happy birthday! State marking 182 years young today

Editorial

It was 182 years ago today that the Great Lakes State became whole, when President Andrew Jackson gave his stamp of approval to make Michigan the nation’s 26th state. How many of you knew that the Michigan Constitution was written in 1835, two years before the state was formally admitted to ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Hockeyville cash cited To the Journal editor: The recent Marquette City Commissioners’ meeting that was held was a great example of our current government beliefs that they know better how to spend our money. Several groups supporting the Lakeview Arena and the promotion of nominating ...

BuzzFeed’s ‘scoop’ opens press to more attacks from right

Columns

WASHINGTON — A rare rebuff by the Justice Department’s Special Counsel’s Office to a BuzzFeed report on President Donald Trump — calling it “not accurate” — has raised the stakes in the president’s war on the press as “the enemy of the people.” The spokesman for Robert ...

Weekend of Noque races are a welcomed winter event

Editorial

It’s a weekend winter enthusiasts absolutely love and local businesses must savor. It’s Noque weekend. The 21st running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon is set for this weekend. The main events are point-to-point cross-country ski races, but there are events for snowshoers and skijorers ...

Pass the funding

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We are now in day 28 (as of 1-18-19) of the federal government shutdown. This means that 800,000 civilian and Coast Guard service employees did not get paid (again). The cost to the federal government is $430 million per day and to the economy, $13 billion per month. ...

Trump’s border wall has become a MacGruffin

Columns

The border wall is now a MacGuffin, and that’s the problem. A MacGuffin is a term of art in screenwriting. It’s the thing the hero wants but the bad guys are trying to get, and therefore it drives the action of the story. In John Huston’s “The Maltese Falcon,” the Maltese Falcon is ...

Attending open house a good way to learn about climate change

Editorial

Some people swear climate change is happening while others don’t believe it. In what category do you fall? If you want to learn more about the issue, consider attending the discussion of the Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Plan at an open house set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at ...

School boards cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: January is School Board Recognition Month. This is a time to recognize the individuals who approach their volunteer work like it is a full-time job and with extraordinary dedication to public schools. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our ...

Reality is checking in with Congressional fresh (wo)men

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the new freshman class of congressional women bopped, hopped and doo-wopped into town, old sourpusses smirked — they’ll meet reality soon enough. Actually, ‘twas I who said this to herself. And, well, not to brag or anything. The gals were barely through ...

Corporate sponsors support major wintertime events

Editorial

A pair of key corporate entities have stepped up in the greater Marquette area in support of major wintertime events. mBank, it was revealed last week, has earmarked $10,000 for the 30th annual Upper Peninsula 200 sled dog races, joining The Mining Journal and Eagle Mine as major sponsors of ...

Dems out of ideas?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Here is the big problem for Democrats: The Republicans are correct when they say that we have not had a new idea for the past 50 years. They are also right when they say that we have had no real national platform/agenda that we stand for. I’m not the smartest guy ...

Weeding out 2020 candidates

Columns

How do we determine which governor or senator, celebrity or capitalist has what it takes to become a serious presidential candidate? Not that long ago, legendary New York Times columnist Russell Baker wrote that there was somewhere (almost certainly in the press section) a mysterious authority ...

Bitter temps should prompt caution in outdoor activities

Editorial

With bitter cold temperatures inhibiting outdoor activities for the past couple of days and more cold weather predicted for the next several days, Michigan State Police are advising residents exercise care and caution when outside. “Extremely cold temperatures can be hazardous and ...

All you need is love

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A nation can build a wall just as a homeowner can build a wall around the family space. A barrier protects against the fear of the unknown. The powerful can be independent from the people who provide food, fuel, and services by constructing a barrier. In a more open ...

Funds were raised

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette (EHAM) is expressing their sincerest gratitude to The Throttle Bar & Grill, Danielle Hammond of Remax and Marquette Power Sports. Danielle and Marquette Power Sports filled the tables with raffle items, at The Throttle’s U.P. ...

Abnormal times, abnormal results

Columns

In normal times, the killing of four Americans and wounding of three others on foreign soil would prompt a quick response by the president of the United States. A normal president would publicly express his sincere condolences to the families of the killed and wounded and vow that the attack ...

Engler shown door at MSU following series of insensitive missteps

Editorial

What was John Engler thinking? The former Michigan governor and interim president of Michigan State University was forced to resign from his post at MSU last week amid criticism of comments he made to members of the media about survivors of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Engler was ...

Shutdown must end

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: For those of us who call the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan home, the discussions around border security is often different than what we see on the nightly news. The challenges for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents in the Soo and other federal, state and ...

Trump a nearly inexpressibly sad specimen

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country’s ...

Christmas program a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Marquette District Council, extend their thanks to the people of the Marquette and Gwinn communities for their generous donations to the 2018 TV6 Can-a-Thon. Individual donors, local businesses, Super One Foods and ...