Opinion

State gearing up for sale of recreational marijuana

Editorial

The wheels of the state bureaucracy turn, albeit somewhat slowly, in support of rules on the sale of recreational marijuana. According to the state’s Bureau of Marijuana Regulation, a draft set of rules should be ready by summer, perhaps as early as June, regulating the commercial ...

Outhouse was classic

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Team Poop on Cancer rocked the Trenary Outhouse Race and embraced the theme “Legend or Myth: You Decide” with a pink fake fur Sasquatch outhouse and accompanying apparel. Thank you to all the hearty and generous Yoopers who came to the event and supported us with ...

Seemingly endless campaign just getting started for 2020

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — The epidemic of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that has already broken out, not to mention at least one Republican challenge to President Trump, assures a marathon slow dance to next year’s national party conventions. By the time the Democratic ...

Mariuzza’s speech inspires

Editorial

We were impressed by the talk given at this week’s Economic Club of Marquette County meeting by Ishpeming native Kristen Mariuzza, the general manager of Eagle Mine. Mariuzza was personable and articulate in addressing the club, speaking about the career path that’s led her to this key ...

Praise for city crews

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I heartily second Dr. Ken and Maura Davenport’s praise in the March 13 issue for the city crews removing the recent avalanche of snow and subsequent ice jams in our streets. I refer to the lake surrounding Quick Trophy’s parking lot, our driveway on Cedar and those ...

Are the racists on viral videos mentally ill?

Columns

Most everyone who spends time on social media has come across videos in which a white person is screaming racial insults, usually at a Latino or African-American. A recent example shows a woman at a ShopRite in East Haven, Connecticut, barraging a black man with racist invective. But look ...

Paw Pals with Pet Partners a great program for kids

Editorial

Youth services at the Peter White Public Library have gone to the dogs! Every Thursday night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. all children are invited to Paw Pals with Pet Partners where they can visit or read to a friendly, calm dog in the Great Room, located in the lower level of the library. ...

Please share the road

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recently while driving northbound on North Third Street, I came upon a bicyclist riding south in the middle northbound lane. Because of traffic, parked cars and abundant snowbanks, I had no choice but to come to a near complete stop. I tooted the horn once to make sure ...

Name for shooting range proposed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Since it appears the DNR shooting range has been approved and will be constructed in the near future at Sands Township, I would suggest the completed facility be dedicated in memory of former DNR officers Emil Skoglund and Arvid Erickson. Skoglund and Erickson were ...

Beto-mania a prime example of our cult-of-personality politics

Columns

Robert “Beto” O’Rourke’s biggest fans and supporters insist he is a forward-thinking, future-oriented visionary, but no contender for the Democratic nomination feels more familiar than the former three-term congressman from El Paso. That’s because he has the highest combined score ...

Negaunee on right path in pursuing facade grant

Editorial

What town wouldn’t want a little sprucing up? Although there are many ways a downtown in particular can improve its appearance, facades provide some of the most visible means to looking better, particularly to tourists. Residents already know what’s inside a building, but a business with ...

Country should embrace popular vote

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. It would make every vote for president equal throughout the United States. It would guarantee that every ...

New Zealand massacre

Columns

Last week in New Zealand, a self-avowed white supremacist targeted two mosques and streamed his bloody killing spree on social media. There are at least three condemnations that should result from the massacre. The first condemnation is for the act itself. The callous slaughter of people at ...

MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Editorial

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather and this one isn’t about ice or snow. An MSP press release notes that the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The agency’s Emergency ...

Evening a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As I conducted our 35th Annual Evening of Romance Gala held Feb. 23 for the Rotary Club of Ishpeming, I could not help but be deeply moved as I took in a moment to gather the sight of all the people who attended to support our club, despite the inclement weather. I ...

Memo to Dems: 2020 is not 2018

Columns

Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, ...

McBroom gets involved with important issues

Editorial

It didn't take Ed McBroom very long to get involved with substantive matters that are important, we believe, to many in the state, namely transparency in public bodies doing the public’s business with public dollars. McBroom is sponsor of Senate Joint Resolution E, which would open to the ...

Todd is missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The loss of Todd Honch stinks. He was a Northern Michigan University Wildcat fan for the football team, the hockey team, men’s and women’s basketball. He was a great buddy to Lindsey Griffen of Marquette. Todd was a drummer with the NMU Band, the NMU Jazz Band, ...

Plow crews doing well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Kudos to the Marquette County Road Commission and to the people who plow our roads in Marquette County. We have had quite the winter so far and I feel so grateful for the people who clear and sand our roads. Betsy Little Marquette

Democratic circus will do little to improve candidate quality

Columns

It is only March 2019, and I am already sick of the 2020 presidential campaign. Granted, not much is happening on the Republican side — everyone assumes President Donald Trump will sail to renomination — but there are so many Democrats running it’s hard to keep count. And for the life of ...