Opinion

It’s time to count one’s blessings

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Suggestion: Of all the things we can be thankful for this Thanksgiving, let’s practice being thankful for the present moment— whatever its joy, pain or situation. Why? Because the present moment is the door, or even preparation, for the next moment. And who knows ...

Republican party has an ongoing woman problem

Columns

WASHINGTON — It has been long rumored that the Republican Party has a woman problem, so much so that a few years ago GOP congressmen sent aides to classes on how to talk to and about women. Republicans didn’t learn much. Their articulation issues just got much worse, and there’s a name ...

Prop 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Editorial

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Peace, love best option

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thanksgiving Day will soon be here, Nov. 22. It is what I call one of the longtime most celebrated holidays along with Christmas, New Year’s, Easter, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Labor Day and Veterans Day. These holidays have been with us for some time so my ...

What’s the problem with Florida elections?

Columns

MIAMI — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) had the best line when it comes to the latest Florida election in which contests for governor and the U.S. Senate are still undecided. Rubio tweeted: “Bay County was hit by a Cat 4 Hurricane just 4 weeks ago, yet managed to count votes & submit timely ...

Homelessness summit a good first step

Editorial

A regional summit held in Marquette last week underscored what a lot of people already knew: Chronic homelessness is not only on the rise nationally but in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties as well. And here’s something else. According to Kayla West, special project coordinator for Central ...

Pelosi should get nod as best pick for speaker

Columns

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught us that “character is destiny.” Nowhere is character more apparent than in how one responds to adversity. After the failed U.S.-organized invasion of Fidel Castro’s Cuba, President John F. Kennedy rightly took responsibility: “Victory has 1,000 ...

Motorists should avoid drowsy driving at all costs

Editorial

Drowsy driving doesn’t typically get the publicity that drunk, drugged or distracted driving garners but it should, according to a top insurance executive. “Nationwide, more than 1,500 people are killed and 71,000 people are hurt every year in crashes involving a driver drifting off to ...

Give love a chance

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Again, crimes of hatred — shooting at a synagogue and mailing bombs. Hatred is evil. Hatred often begins in the brain with thoughts and attitudes — prejudice, pride, envy, jealousy, selfishness, greed. Much hatred is done with words — lies, gossip, criticizing, ...

Americans just don’t like mobs

Columns

The midterm elections proved one thing definitively: We are a deeply divided country. Though the Democrats’ victory in flipping the House of Representatives was significant, it might have been even bigger had President Donald Trump not been able to use the caravan of Central American migrants ...

Veterans Day traces roots to end of Great War

Editorial

One hundred years ago today, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, soldiers from many nations lowered their swords and quieted their rifles, as hostilities were put to a stop in what was then called The Great War, or “the war to end all wars.” We, of course now, refer to ...

Give Mississippi chance to rehabilitate

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — In the previous 50 years, the state of Mississippi has validated Lord Tennyson’s belief that “men may rise on stepping-stones of their dead selves to higher things.” Now the state has until Tuesday to explain to the U.S Supreme Court why a state court was ...

UP Health System hospitals get improved inspection grades

Editorial

The news was good this week for UP Health System’s hospitals in Marquette and Hancock. The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade was out and both institutions fared well. According to a press release from UP Health System, both hospitals received an “A” grade for efforts ...

Water quality near plant questioned

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Mining Journal recently reported on the accumulation of coal ash next to coal-fired power plants in Michigan. The article made clear that such ash deposits have contaminated nearby drinking water supplies. As a follow up to this piece, I would encourage The Mining ...

In ousting his attorney general, Trump barrels into Nixon territory

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s long-expected firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions may be a prelude to an outrageous, blatant political crime that could make the Watergate scandal of the 1970s pale in comparison. Trump’s accompanying appointment as acting attorney ...

Voter turnout high in divisive midterm election

Editorial

The most recent election cycle brought a good number of voters out to the polls Tuesday, and that’s a trend we hope continues in the coming years. First off, we’d like to thank the many poll workers and volunteers who spent their Tuesday helping at the ballot boxes, and the countless ...

Battling diabetes a top priority

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: What hidden health disorder does 1 out of 3 Yooper adults and 50 percent of the Upper Peninsula elders have in common? They all have prediabetes and only 10 percent even realize that they have a serious medical condition. Why should they care about prediabetes? ...

Don’t count on Dems being civil

Columns

We are about to find out whether Democrats meant it when they lamented the loss of civility in Washington. Having won the majority in the House of Representatives in Tuesday’s election, will they cooperate with Republicans and “reach across the aisle,” or will they pander to their base, ...

Keeping in touch

Columns

Dear Annie: For almost three years after college, I worked at a science camp in the nearby mountains year-round. I was working with a group of five other counselors, and we became incredibly close. Working together nine-plus hours a day with like-minded people who are similar in age will do ...

There’s still plenty to be seen outside

Columns

“Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light.” - Dylan Thomas The light is slowly slipping away. With daylight savings time slipping in last Sunday, an hour of the evening light is gone. With the solstice 43 days away, what is left of the light ...