Opinion

Single-payer health care should not become a national religion

Columns

The latest Republican push to essentially kill the Affordable Care Act through lawmaking is dead. Setting a time bomb to blow up current Obamacare benefits in 2027 would have been sneaky, sneaky. Where were Democrats in all this? They were mostly on the sidelines letting Graham-Cassidy head ...

Honor Flight completes 13th mission this week

Editorial

Veterans again had the thrill of taking part in Upper Peninsula Honor Flight this week. A group of 72 World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans lifted off in the wee hours of Wednesday morning for a busy day visiting the monuments in their honor and other landmarks in Washington, ...

Letters to the Editor: Power to people

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: What has happened to this nation we live in? Could it be the lack of interest the citizens of this country have in our own welfare? We allowed our leaders to run rampant over our rights, our lives and our very freedom! In the beginning of our nation, our leaders felt ...

Does society still support the right to be wrong?

Columns

The whole idea of a free society is based on a very simple idea that is very hard to live by: People have the right to be wrong. This idea has ancient roots, but it was always and everywhere a minority opinion, unpopular with both the masses and the rulers, until relatively recently. In the ...

Public input essential to Eagle East permit consideration process

Editorial

That spirited debate over the Eagle Mine’s request to expand operations to the Eagle East deposit continued earlier this week. On Monday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality gathered more community input during a public hearing at Westwood High School in Ishpeming. The Eagle ...

Letters to the Editor: Roundabout needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With (Marquette’s) city government going gaga over roundabout building, may I suggest a location where one of these contraptions is actually severely needed for safety concerns? I’m referring to the intersection of East Washington Street and Lakeshore Boulevard, ...

Safe Delivery law worthy of awareness

Editorial

Hopefully, the days of having to leave an infant in a basket on a strangers doorstep are over. Today, two law training sessions at Messiah Lutheran Church will focus on Michigan’s Safe Delivery Program. They were scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The Safe Delivery of Newborns ...

Nation revisits Vietnam War

Columns

“The highest patriotism is not a blind acceptance of official policy, but a love of one’s country deep enough to call her to a higher plain.” — Sen. George McGovern (D-SD) Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick have performed a vital public service in making their documentary “The ...

Show biz meltdown: it’s bombs away …

Columns

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics. Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving ...

Great Girls in Michigan History offers valuable lesson

Editorial

Just the other day, The Mining Journal’s front page highlighted the opening of a very worthwhile exhibit now on display at the Marquette Regional History Center. The exhibit, called Great Girls in Michigan History, features nine inspiring figures from the Great Lakes State, including a ...

‘Handmaid’s Tale’ lunacy

Columns

Donald Trump, much to his chagrin, never won an Emmy for “The Apprentice,” but he can now take indirect credit for a clutch of the awards. The Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale” won eight Emmys last Sunday night, a sweep fueled, in part, by the widely accepted belief in liberal ...

Sadly, theft is sign of the times

Editorial

Politics can often produce strange bedfellows, as witnessed recently in a sign-swiping case in Spring Lake Township. The case also provides a clear example of why we need to differentiate between professional journalism and citizen (read: amateur) commentary. Signs touting Ferrysburg City ...

Fishing brings enjoyment and economic boost

Editorial

Trudging through thick brush along the riverbank, listening to the constant buzzing of mosquitos under the hot summer sun might not sound like a lot of fun. But for many people, with a fishing rod in their hand, it’s one of the few ways to get outdoors and really enjoy life. Lucky for those ...

Tension between president, Congress is business as usual

Columns

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the president seems out of alignment, on policy and political goals, with his party in Congress. This strikes many as an anomalous, even alarming, situation. But if you look back at history, it’s more like the norm — even if Donald Trump ...

School funding data: Step One

Columns

In a recent Mining Journal interview, Gov. Rick Snyder said Michigan should expand Career and Technical Education opportunities, such as computer-aided design, engineering and welding in Michigan’s public schools. Without question, these skills open a world of potential career options for our ...

Legacy of damage continues on

Columns

In March 1975, the United States fled from a protracted war in Vietnam, a war that claimed more than 58,000 Americans, and close to 2 million Vietnamese soldiers and civilians. The U.S. also left behind a devastated landscape, riddled with millions of hard-to-locate landmines and unexploded ...

The steep cost of cheap speech is evident

Columns

WASHINGTON — At this shank end of a summer that a calmer America someday will remember with embarrassment, you must remember this: In the population of 325 million, a small sliver crouches on the wilder shores of politics, another sliver lives in the dark forest of mental disorder, and there ...

Other opinions

Columns

Bring competition to liquor sales Regulators don’t often decide to regulate less. Yet the state liquor commission is attempting to do just that. It wants to open competition in the liquor store industry, and that effort serves well consumers who have suffered under the monopolistic system ...

GOP once more into the breach

Columns

WASHINGTON — Some Republicans still yearning to repeal Obamacare after two failed attempts in the Senate want to try yet again, with the prospect of only embarrassing themselves once more and advertising their ineptness. Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland ...

Appreciating John McCain, man of character

Columns

For many years, conservatives were ideological zealots. Like Spanish inquisitors, they were on guard for the slightest indications of heresy. Talk radio gurus in particular were punctilious keepers of the flame. If a Republican figure was thought to be ‘’squishy’’ on any matter — ...