Opinion

Beginning effects of climate disruption

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The last year or two has seen an unprecedented number of U.S. natural disasters: major hurricanes, massive floods, deadly tornadoes, severe wildfires, subzero cold spells, some of the hottest years on record, etc. The rest of the world has likewise suffered increasing ...

Mueller’s justice is upside down

Columns

It’s a familiar quote from Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist,” but with special contemporary relevance in light of a statement last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller: “‘If the law supposes that,’ said Mr. Bumble... ‘the law is a ass — a idiot.”‘ But it isn’t ...

Cardboard boxes spur imaginations

Columns

Do you have a few cardboard boxes around? Then you are prepared for children. All you need are boxes, string, ruler markers, box cutter or knife, and duct tape. If you bring a few boxes home leave them in the children’s bedroom. Don’t do anything with the boxes for a few days. Just let ...

Divorce is tough on adult children

Columns

Dear Annie: I lived in a bad marriage for more than 25 years. There was mental, emotional and some physical abuse. I stayed for the sake of my children and planned to leave when they were out of the house. Now, my children are in their early 20s. I could not take it anymore, so I left their ...

Let’s see what new DNR office means

Editorial

In a recent edition came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new ...

Climate change questions appreciated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Mining Journal’s Lisa Bowers sat on the panel that recently interviewed Rep. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet) on WNMU’s “Media Meet.” I greatly appreciated the questions on Climate Change. Rep. Bergman acknowledged that the climate is changing, and the most ...

Lone Republican stands up to Trump, more needed

Columns

WASHINGTON — A solitary Republican congressman, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, has called for the impeachment of Donald Trump. He breaks the GOP silence on the president that up to now has confirmed his total domination of the party that once had a proud reputation for upholding the rule of ...

Life lessons on the road

Columns

Dear Annie: I want to take a cross-country road trip — just me, myself and the highway. My plan is to drive through the Southern half of the United States. Anything I should make sure not to miss? Also, I’m having trouble sorting out the logistics. This trip would take about three to four ...

Foster care is an important service for children in need

Editorial

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

There’s more to the Line 5 story

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Line 5 travels 554 miles in Michigan and 91 miles in Wisconsin for a total of 645 miles before reaching the St. Clair River and Sarnia. The Straits crossing amounts to just 4.5 miles. Enbridge wants to build a tunnel at the Straits to protect against spills. If it ...

Spreading awareness and esophageal cancer

Columns

Dear Readers: Though I do my best to keep my personal life out of this column, I’m writing today about something that has deeply impacted me. A person very close to me was recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer. Unfortunately, that’s the stage at which this relatively rare type ...

‘Victims’ seem to be dictating

Columns

“I don’t feel safe,” says a Harvard student in a video. What threatens her? The dean of her Harvard dormitory, law professor Ronald Sullivan, agreed to be part of accused sexual harasser Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team. Sullivan and his wife were deans of the dormitory for ...

New hospital here thanks to many

Columns

As our new hospital opens its doors, I want to take this opportunity to thank those who built the hospital system. We are all grateful to Lifepoint for its financial investment in the facility and our community. But a building is merely steel frame and walls, it is the people who are the heart ...

Petunia planting a great activity for all ages

Editorial

Spring is (finally) in the Upper Peninsula air, and that means it’s time for Petunia Pandemonium. The 31st annual event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of South Front Street in Marquette. Volunteers of all ages, businesses, organizations, churches and Scout troops are ...

Inspiration Orchard worthy of time from volunteers

Editorial

There’s still time to head to the corner of York and North streets in Ishpeming to help transform a once-blighted property into an orchard with berry bushes and fruit trees. Partridge Creek Farm is leading the effort, and had asked for the support of volunteers today at the site between 9 ...

The tide is now turning

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Step back in time to 1973 or earlier. A child out of wedlock was a disgrace; the mother was a bad girl. This reputation may affect her future schooling, job opportunities, and surely limit her social strata and advancement. There was little financial support for the ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Having surgery was a wake-up call To the Journal editor: I recently had a hip replacement on April 22. I was at Bell Hospital for two days. Because insurance does not pay for hospital care, I was released and went to Eastwood Nuring Home for therapy after only 10 days, Again insurance ...

In a life or death situation, could we survive as they did?

Columns

Lost for 17 days in a Hawaiian jungle, all alone in only a tank top and capri yoga pans, I’m not sure what I would do. Would I work past my fractured leg, blistered wounds and terror to survive? Would I eat mystery fruit and moths and sleep in the mud or a wild boar’s den? Would I do the ...

Don & Kim in 2020?

Columns

WASHINGTON — As the 2020 election gears up, it seems apparent that Mike Pence’s days as vice president are numbered. Trump’s preference is obvious: Kim Jong Un. The vice-presidential candidate often plays the attack dog in a campaign — hurling invectives, slinging mud and taking the ...

Young people should pursue teaching

Editorial

A story that we ran in Tuesday, May 21’s Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with ...