Opinion

NMU opening doors for Wildcat Weekend

Editorial

Several weeks back in this space, we requested members of the community should be friendly and kind to families visiting their daughters and sons at Northern Michigan University for Family Weekend. Today, we make the same request for Wildcat Weekend which is NMU’s open house event for those ...

Preserve family farm

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: (Recently) the House of Representatives voted to pass The Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018 — “Tax Cuts 2.0.” It makes changes to the tax code permanent for farmers and ranchers across the country by creating lower tax rates for sole ...

Strangers abound during bird migration

Columns

“Always give a word or sign of salute when meeting or passing a friend, or even a stranger, if in a lonely place.” — Tecumseh Strangers abound during bird migration. Travelers take different routes. Internal compasses become skewed, sending travelers off in the wrong direction, ...

Modeltowners doing good work in support of community

Editorial

The Gwinn High School Modeltowners football team, which is having a successful campaign at 5-3, is giving back to the community by stacking firewood for people who need this arduous task performed. “We just love doing things for the community like that because they show our support, ...

Consider adopting shelter dog

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: October may be dominated by falling leaves and Halloween, but it’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Across the country, shelter dogs are looking for warm homes with owners who can provide loving care. It’s not only the pups that need help: Many shelters are ...

Menendez badly in need of help

Columns

The metaphors don’t get any better (or worse) than this: A van carrying Hillary Clinton, fresh from throwing her #MeToo sisters under the bus this weekend, crashed into a parking garage pillar on the way to a New Jersey campaign fundraiser Tuesday for beleaguered Democratic Sen. Bob ...

Land conservancies valuable in protecting natural treasures

Editorial

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands nor can they always visit them easily, they benefit indirectly from the ...

Columnist, Journal thanked for coverage

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I just sent an email to Dr. Conway McClean thanking him for his consistently fine articles. Then I realized it was important to thank The Mining Journal for the Health Section of the newspaper. His articles have helped me understand so much about important issues to me ...

Thank a hero today

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Those 12 people I bet they nerver visited the wall or police memorial for those who protect us, where it is appropriate to take a knee and thank them for our freedom.

Why vote for Democrats?

Columns

Given what the Trump administration is saying are record achievements for a president at this stage in office, why would anyone consider voting for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections? Writing in The Washington Examiner, Paul Bedard lists 289 accomplishments of the Trump ...

U.P. number one in national list for fall colors

Editorial

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA TODAY published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Trip was success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The seventh grade students at Aspen Ridge Middle School would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support in the annual class trip to Clear Lake Education Center on Sept. 19, 20 and 21: ≤ Mr. Greg Meyer (Meyer Yamaha) ≤ Mr. Dave ...

Baseball fans can be irrational

Columns

American philosopher Jerry Seinfeld famously exposed how irrational we American baseball fans must be: “Team loyalty is a kind of hard thing to justify, in the end. ... Every year, it’s different guys. ... You’re rooting for clothes, when you get right down to it. ... I want my team’s ...

Ghiringhelli receives prestigious award for EMS service

Editorial

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus of congratulations directed toward Pete Ghiringhelli of Gwinn, who was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s 10 best emergency medical technicians. Ghiringhelli, who served as director of Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 ...

Tax cuts working

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Tax cuts are putting Michigan back to work, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Michigan’s unemployment rate hit 4.1 percent in August-the lowest rate since 2000. And since the passage of the Tax Cuts and Job Act, Michigan has added over 25,000 jobs, a ...

Was he an enemy of the people?

Columns

When President Donald Trump called the press the “enemy of the people,” he wasn’t only speaking to his pep rally audience. Autocrats and despots around the world were listening. Right-wing governments from Poland and Hungary to Turkey and the Philippines have cracked down on freedom of ...

It’s my ring!

Columns

Dear Annie: My husband has adult children from his first wife. My new daughter-in-law has become quite vocal about jewelry items that I wear. Lately, she’s been commenting on a diamond ring, and it’s the second time she’s made remarks at family gatherings about it, saying, “I want that ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

Editorial

We want to say thank you to the over 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference being held at Northern Michigan University the past four days. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Regarding short-term rentals To the Journal editor: There is controversy about the concept of permissibility of short-term rentals in Chocolay Township. There is a group of people who are vehemently opposed to them, who appear to be on a campaign to prohibit them on the lakeshore, where they ...

How to heal our epidemic of loneliness

Columns

WASHINGTON — If Sen. Ben Sasse is right — he has not recently been wrong about anything important — the nation’s most-discussed political problem is entangled with the least-understood public health problem. The political problem is furious partisanship. The public health problem is ...