Opinion

Trump controlling immigration debate

Columns

He who frames the issue tends to determine the outcome of the election. That’s an old political consultant’s rule, and its application has never been more apt than in the Senate Democrats’ failed government shutdown over immigration policy. Issue framing is especially important on ...

America first should not mean America by itself

Columns

I was about 9 years old when the military coup (1952) changed Egypt from a monarchy to a republic, and Nasser became the president. For all the years I lived in Egypt until 1969 when I left, the American/Egyptian relationship had slowly shifted from extremely positive to candidly hostile. The ...

Conspiracy mindset permeates capital, Trump administration

Columns

I am old enough to remember when conspiracy theories were primarily the province of the left. In the 1990s, the San Jose Mercury News ran a series asserting that the crack epidemic in African-American neighborhoods was a plot orchestrated by the CIA. The tale was satisfying to many who were ...

Other opinions

Columns

Build infrastructure for kayakers Traverse City’s move to build kayak access points along the Boardman River promises smoother sailing for a thriving recreation thoroughfare. City commissioners this week supported a plan to designate an official river trail to connect the south end of ...

Dialing 911 can be for things other than emergencies

Editorial

It has been ingrained in our brains for many years: Only call 911 in emergency situations. Most of us might not realize that has changed: police in Marquette County indeed encourage residents to use 911 for non-emergencies as well. This is not a recent development, according to Gary ...

State jobs creation program appears a step in right direction

Editorial

Although the program is in the early stages, we think a new state jobs effort offers potential. Step UP Your Business comes to the eight Upper Peninsula counties most adversely impacted by 2016’s closure of the Empire Mine. In addition to Marquette, the other counties include Iron, ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Art gallery supporting hospice To the Journal editor: Zero Degrees Art Gallery announces the first recipient of the 2018 “Art Gives Back” program: Trillium House has been selected by the artists as its first recipient. From January through April, a minimum of 50 percent of the ...

Dreamers a bad reason to shut down government

Columns

By Groundhog Day, the government shutdown will have been largely forgotten. That’s a guarantee. As memory of that long weekend fades, the matter of whether Democrats won, lost or tied in the deal to reopen the federal government will be of little consequence — at least to those of us who ...

Noquemanon hits 20 years with weekend event

Editorial

With January comes the return of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, and this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. The festivities kick off at 4 Friday afternoon with the Junior Noque races at the Forestville Trailhead. Friday is also the last day to register for the races, and there will ...

Food pantry benefitted

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the Ishpeming St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry I would like to thank everyone who supported us during the recent programs to help feed the needy in our area. Initially, the United Steelworkers of America and school kids and their fall drive, then the TV6 ...

President’s wall should be immigration bargaining chip

Editorial

The Democrats’ crusade to force a government shutdown in order to win permanent protections for “Dreamers” went down in flames Monday. The price extracted by Democrats was meager compared to what they wanted. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) merely agreed to allow a floor ...

Unstable ice remains danger, regardless of new snowfall

Editorial

Monday’s snowstorm could be misleading in a number of ways. A lot of snow was dumped on the area, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe to walk out on ice. A pressure crack in the ice of West Munising Bay was discovered Saturday morning, with the crack extending from Powell’s Point on the ...

Art Gives Back winner announced

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Zero Degrees Art Gallery announces the first recipient of the 2018 “Art Gives Back” program: Trillium House has been selected by the artists as its first recipient. From January through April a minimum of 50 percent of the purchase price of specially marked ...

Blame us for government shutdown

Editorial

If we don’t like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is “we the people” who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly ...

First female warden named at tough Marquette Branch

Editorial

A bit of history was made recently at Marquette Branch Prison when the first female warden of the venerable institution was named. To be specific, Erica Huss’ promotion to the top administrative job at the 128-year-old prison was effective Dec. 31. She most recently served as deputy warden ...

Defining justice no easy task

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Is it just to acquire knowledge using humanistic methodological justice or scientific methodological justice to give public awards in aesthetics (including the Academy Awards) and ethics (including TIME Person of the Year)? We answer our question by defining ...

President Trump is not a despot

Editorial

It hasn’t been easy recently to make an attack against President Donald Trump that is over-the-top enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill hysteria, but outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake managed it. In a Senate speech hitting Trump for his broadsides against the press, Flake ...

Readers advised about utility bill telephone scam

Editorial

Upper Peninsula Power Co. officials in recent days warn that a telephone scam involving UPPCO customers is afoot. According to Brett French, vice president of business development and communications at UPPCO, some UPPCO customers have received calls ostensibly from company representatives who ...