Opinion

Shutdown must end

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: For those of us who call the Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan home, the discussions around border security is often different than what we see on the nightly news. The challenges for U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agents in the Soo and other federal, state and ...

Trump a nearly inexpressibly sad specimen

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country’s ...

Christmas program a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Marquette District Council, extend their thanks to the people of the Marquette and Gwinn communities for their generous donations to the 2018 TV6 Can-a-Thon. Individual donors, local businesses, Super One Foods and ...

Line 5 tunnel was best solution to tough issue

Columns

Sara cambensy One bill that seemed to divide Michiganders more than any other in 2018 was Senate Bill 1197 that created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority under Public Act 356. This new authority would oversee all contracts, construction and eventually the operation of a utility tunnel ...

Gillette ad not feminist attack on masculinity

Columns

mona charen Is the new Gillette razor ad a radical feminist attack on masculinity — the commercial embodiment of a woke sensibility? I was prepared to think so. But having watched it twice, I find a lot to like. The ad has been panned by some conservative commentators. With all due ...

State contracts put taxpayers first

Columns

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running, issuing a flurry of executive directives in her first week as governor. Many of these rules are about setting the tone for her administration, and rightly focus on ethics and transparency. But others may not serve the best interests of ...

Great changes taking place at Forsyth Township Clubhouse

Editorial

We would like to commend the folks out in Gwinn for how well they are not just maintaining but improving the Forsyth Township Clubhouse — an early 20th-century building along Maple Street in Gwinn. The building — which includes the Forsyth Township Senior Center among other services — ...

Listen to the Lord

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There seems to be a lot of critics of Richard Lehto’s faith in God. Some of the criticism concerns the inerrancy and inspiration of the Bible. Comments include ridicule of the story of Noah’s Ark and promotion of the idea of separation of church and state. Let me ...

Trump’s incompetence is issue

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to hold firm on his government shutdown to get Congress to bankroll his southern border wall makes a mockery of his reputation as a great deal-maker. All he has achieved is confirmation of his incompetence in governance. His ...

Heikki Lunta kicks off today in city of Negaunee

Editorial

Area residents and visitors alike looking for something fun to do are advised that the city of Negaunee is rolling out the fun carpet this weekend with the annual observation of Heikki Lunta, known as a celebration of Finnish heritage and all things winter. Event organizer and luge club coach ...

Program was success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I would like to say thank you to the 75 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. This year, your donations led to another very successful year serving over 34 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming support in light of the ...

On drug prices, Americans are playing role of suckers

Columns

Drugmakers rang in the new year by raising prices on hundreds of products — American prices, that is. Americans focused on the celebrations weren’t paying attention. Allergan led the parade, hiking its prices by 10 percent on more than two dozen drugs. But note this: It didn’t raise the ...

Will you need change?

Columns

Dear Annie: I have gotten to the point that I no longer like to go out to eat, especially if it is a restaurant that my wife and I have not gone to before. Here’s why. You have a great meal in a nice restaurant. The service was friendly and excellent. When the check comes and I put my money ...

Learning to look for new discoveries

Columns

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — Marcel Proust Winter seems to have finally found a home in the Upper Peninsula. With several days of snow and more seasonable temperatures, the woods and Great Lakes shorelines are taking on ...

Fund doing good work in honor of John Kivela

Editorial

In a recent focus group of people aged 18 to 24 in Marquette County, over half of the 77 individuals reported they would likely not seek help for mental illnesses, said Great Lakes Recovery Center Foundation Coordinator Amy Poirier. The largest barrier, according to 34 survey respondents, ...

PC isn’t so bad

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Reading a recent column in The Mining Journal titled “Political correctness is way out of control”, brought me back to my youth. I grew up in Allen Park, an all white suburb of Detroit, in the 1960s and early 1970s. In this place and at that time, use of the ...

Trump-Russia conspiracy theories unlikely to pan out

Columns

Before we get to the question of whether the president of the United States is a Russian asset, let’s consider another question: When was the last time a popular and contentious conspiracy theory turned out to be true? Not a little true, but, like, really true? It does happen. Whittaker ...

New funding source very good news for area dental patients

Editorial

Good dental care involves more than a toothbrush and toothpaste, which means that without the proper attention, expenses can add up with cleanings, fillings and the like. Unfortunately, not everyone has dental insurance. To help fill this gap — maybe in more ways than one — the U.P. ...

Wall is a wall

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have an answer to the liberals. Obama would love this project. It’s shovel ready, it's called a wall.

Poor conduct

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I saw a disturbing example of the misuse of a fat tire bike at Marquette’s Presque Isle Park on the afternoon of Jan. 8 that almost resulted in the deaths of two deer. There were a doe and fawn by the Moosewood Nature Center as the fat tire bike rider pedaled across ...