Opinion

Trump conduct embarrasses office

Columns

WASHINGTON — The separate convictions of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his legal fixer tear the facade of respectability off a White House engulfed in a Mafia-like enterprise, imperiling his presidency. Longtime political operative Paul Manafort, who ran Trump’s ...

Kids’ nature program at Lakenenland example of what’s possible

Editorial

With more of our children’s time being spent staring at screens, there is a movement that is trying to bring attention back to the basics. The event “Sharing Nature With Kids” took place Friday evening at the Lakenenland Sculpture Park along M-28 in Harvey. The Marquette-Alger Great ...

Supports proposal

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Michigan Supreme Court case Citizens for Protecting Michigan’s Constitution vs. Secretary of State was decided July 31. At issue was whether a ballot question to amend the state constitution making a commission to draw district lines was too overreaching to be ...

Let’s join together to stop out-of-control prosecutions

Columns

At this unique moment in American history, liberals and conservatives have something in common: an abhorrence of government prosecutors run amok. Republicans are livid at the federal fishing expedition known as the Mueller investigation. Bit players have been dragooned into an endlessly ...

Closure needed for unsolved Erin Taylor case

Editorial

There are few things in this world more frustrating than an unsolved crime, particularly a murder. Getting a criminal off the street, giving loved ones closure, seeing that justice is done — these all are compelling reasons for solving a crime. One of the most notable “cold case ...

Wright letter lauded

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Aug. 9 edition of The Mining Journal featured a letter to the editor written by Jesse Wright. Such an articulate missive as this is worthy of a world-class newspaper much less a small town daily like ours in Marquette. The thoughtful analysis presented by Mr. ...

How to keep Aretha’s music playing

Columns

What does a white boy from the white suburbs of Washington, D.C., have to say about the passing of soul singer Aretha Franklin? At 16, I was a DJ on a local radio station, playing the rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop recordings of the day. Many of the artists were black. Richard Penniman (aka ...

Snyder on right track with high-speed internet proposal

Editorial

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

Sale of Heartwood parcels ill advised

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I’ve been out of town a few weeks and upon my return I am made seriously heartsick to learn of the sale of several strategic parcels of the Heartwood properties. As this (was) the weekend of the Ore to Shore Epic mountain bike race, this news was both stinging and ...

Church lacking in sympathy

Columns

I can testify from a lifetime of personal experience that practice does not really make perfect. Since the presidency of Harry Truman, during which I had the honor of being the youngest altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Parish to serve the standing-room-only midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, I have ...

Kangas appointment to state board a wise selection

Editorial

State appointments very often can fall into a kind of political largesse category; favors are repaid and statuses rewarded with locals being placed on various commissions and boards, destined to produce reports and findings that no one sees or cares about. By all accounts, that is not the ...

More info needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This is a regional news item, from Petoskey on Aug. 1, reference to a mid-July incident: PELLSTON — Michigan state house Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) was recently detained at Pellston Regional Airport after TSA personnel discovered a loaded, unregistered handgun ...

Time for another Reformation

Columns

Few words can describe the horror that comes from reading a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse by Catholic priests in state dioceses over a 70-year period. At least 300 priests used their roles within the church to prey on the innocent. They groomed their victims with special ...

What is truly ‘American?’

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Standing during our national anthem is a custom, not a law. It is like baring/covering one’s head in church, or holding the door for someone. The First Amendment guarantees that it never will become a law. Those who condemn others for not standing violate the spirit ...

America long overdue for another Lehman-like disaster

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — Eric Sevareid (1912-1992), the author and broadcaster, said he was a pessimist about tomorrow but an optimist about the day after tomorrow. Regarding America’s economy, prudent people should reverse that. This Wednesday, according to the Financial Times’ Robin ...

Beware of columnists, politicians

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: What prompts this letter are two versions of the same coin; one, an opinion by syndicated columnist Mark Shields in The Mining Journal and one by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on cable TV. Mr. Shields on an exploding deficit due to the Republican tax cut and Ms. Cortez on ...

It doesn’t matter what we think of Omarosa

Columns

Connie Schultz In June 2016, Omarosa Manigault Newman made this prediction about her boss, presidential candidate Donald Trump: “Every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, whoever disagreed, whoever challenged him. ...

Sprucing up the area

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I would like to take time to thank The Mining Journal for the opportunity to share my feelings in their comment section as I have done on many occasions in the past. In today’s world of news media, that is becoming rarer and a privilege. Traveling on Division ...

Historic to progressives often means trendy, new

Columns

Mona Charen (The recent) primary results were hailed as “historic” by a number of media outlets. “Vermont Democrats made history Tuesday,” declared the Burlington Free Press. NPR framed the matter with the same word, “historic,” as did The New York Times, ABC and others. Most were ...