Opinion

Benefit dinner a worthy cause for a worthy individual

Editorial

As stated in a Wednesday article, the Champion Lions Club and Junction 95 are “Partners in Prosthetics” — hosting a chicken dinner to benefit Nate Denofre from 1-7 p.m. Saturday at Junction 95 in Champion. Denofre was born with amniotic band syndrome, which left him without legs below ...

Roy Moore’s supporters chalk up scandal to mere conspiracy

Editorial

I’ll cut to the chase: I think Roy Moore did it. And I can predict what Moore supporters will say: “Of course you would believe that!” After all, I called for conservatives to repudiate Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions, before the ...

Love instead of hate

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Another tragic event. This time in a church, 26 people died. In the alcohol recovery program it’s mentioned one day at the time — to remind us all today may be your last day. Most don’t know, but if you are on a spiritual path that’s following the way of the ...

Pilot project is a good start to addressing issues

Editorial

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the region on Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people were presumably killed after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque Isle. Their bodies ...

The corruption of faith

Columns

When Jim Zeigler, the state auditor of Alabama, invoked the Bible to defend Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations that he had inappropriate contact with underage girls while single and in his 30s (which Moore has sort of denied), it signaled perhaps the final stage in the ...

Firearm deer season beckons but safety always comes first

Editorial

That annual rite known as the firearm deer season kicks off at dawn Wednesday morning and continues for the final two weeks of November. Hundreds of thousands of hunters of all ages will take to the woods in the coming days in search of a trophy buck. Regrettably, if history is any kind of ...

Bills deserve hearing

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There’s no doubt that Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation. I believe that seniors and families should be able to see a rate reduction without a loss in coverage — something that a recently rejected no-fault reform plan would have ...

First ‘pre-mortem’ of midterms

Columns

American voters, almost invariably dissatisfied with the political status quo, generally endorse change. In 2016, Donald Trump was certainly the candidate of change, and Hillary Clinton, seeking a third consecutive Democratic term in the White House, represented continuity. Voters’ enthusiasm ...

Gwinn school district facing tough times, difficult decisions

Editorial

School finances aren’t easy. Most of the expenses go toward staff salaries, and staff is what makes schools work. Teachers still need proper materials like textbooks, test tubes, art supplies ... the list goes on. Then there are expenses like energy costs and maintenance. School ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

What is justice? To the Journal editor: House Republicans have passed a tax plan. Will it promote justice for millionaires and wealthy corporations, or will it progress justice for all? To answer our question, We the People will present key facts, state a basic assumption and ask a ...

Cynicism is not a winning strategy

Editorial

Republican Ed Gillespie lost his bid to become Virginia governor this week by running one of the most cynical campaigns in recent memory. Gillespie is no racist, but he appealed directly to racism during the campaign. In a state with a growing Latino and immigrant population, four of his ...

Path forward clear in filling Cambensy’s commission seat

Editorial

With the election of Sara Cambensy to the 109th House seat on Tuesday, there is an opening for a city commissioner seat. On Thursday, we published a story with options to fill that seat, options which include: Hold a special election; take the fourth-place finisher in this week’s election; or ...

2016 starting to look like new normal

Columns

michael barone If you wanted to predict the results of Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, you would have been wise to ignore the flurry of polls and campaign events. You would have paid no heed to the conventional wisdom that Republican Ed Gillespie had a solid ...

America at crossroads at home, on world stage

Columns

jesse wright I recently visited Central Asia, the so-called “Five Stans.” These are five former Soviet Republics that bridge Asia to Europe via the “Great Silk Road.” While there, the future became increasingly obvious to me and these unfolding events did not include America. Over ...

Opioid crisis in Michigan impacting across board

Columns

bill schuette In a large and diverse state like Michigan, you don’t expect to see the exact same crisis unfold in nearly every small town and big city. But now we have a problem that doesn’t care about where you live, your race, gender, or socioeconomic status: abuse and addiction to ...

Quality home healthcare a challenge for disabled

Columns

AAron andres Do you know the secret to quality home healthcare? In my experience, it is difficult to find individuals willing to provide assistance for those individuals who find it difficult or impossible to accomplish basic tasks needed in daily living activity such as getting out of bed, ...

Enbridge and pipeline can’t be trusted

Columns

Enbridge Energy Partners says there is nothing to worry about. The 64-year-old pipelines carrying millions of gallons of crude oil under the Straits of Mackinac are safe and protected. And if anything happened to the twin 20-inch lines, sensors would detect the leak and shut down the pumps ...

Mary Adams makes a big difference

Columns

There are different ways to make a difference in your community. Mary Adams of Midland has decided to give her time. The longtime volunteer director of Area 30 for Special Olympics Michigan has been at her unpaid position for 31 years. She spends more than 20 hours per week trying to make ...

Rape kit tracking program a good use of state money

Editorial

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

Who gets bad news?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I applaud our congressman, Jack Bergman, for his support of House Resolution 3922, The Championing Healthy Kids Act. But I am puzzled. In the same email he sent to me (Nov. 3) in which he pats himself on the back for supporting this worthy bill, he cautions that “ ...