Opinion

What will happen to old building?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The question has been raised recently as to what happens to the present Marquette General Hospital complex once the new structure goes into operation. From the standpoint of a veteran, the conversion to a V.A. facility would be an excellent solution. The present veteran ...

The most important movie you have never heard of

Columns

It’s here. “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” debuts in theaters nationwide on Oct. 12. I do believe this groundbreaking film by indie producers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney is the most important movie in America right now — a true-life saga of good vs. ...

State’s cash bail system needs reform

Editorial

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Forest industry seeks common ground

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In response to recently published news articles opposing SB 396, the forest products industry has been working to ensure that all sides — the County Road Association, county road commissions and the many businesses within our forest products industry — find common ...

Susan Collins’ finest hour

Columns

In a speech announcing her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) reminded me of some of the great orators of the past. Her speech was measured in tone, substantive in content and delivered with conviction. Collins is no conservative. She has voted in ...

Ojibway facility deserves support

Editorial

Citing, among other reasons, the negative impact that the loss of jobs would have on the local economy, the Marquette County Board recently approved a resolution opposing the closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The Michigan Department of Corrections has announced ...

Bible is God’s word — period

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Several individuals have been critical of my letters to the editor. They want to say that the Bible is not the inerrant, infallible, inspired Word of God. The Bible has been studied by more scholars than any other publication and no one has documented any errors in ...

Timeless — and wise — advice

Columns

On a Sunday morning two days before the crucial California presidential primary, hundreds of college-age volunteers crowded into their candidate’s campaign headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco to get their marching instructions for getting every registered voter the campaign had ...

Escanaba seeking funds to continue dark store battle

Editorial

The city of Escanaba is seeking financial assistance in its legal battle against dark stores, or active big box retail properties that are assessed as if they stand completely empty and vacant. According to Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, costs have been significant to date with the ...

Arseneau doing great work at Jacobetti

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette is one of the gems of the Upper Peninsula. The care, dedication and concern shown by all the staff for the veterans is fantastic. My family, like many others in the U.P., have had loved ones cared for in this wonderful ...

Plan needed to help mentally ill

Columns

They live on the street, often foraging through dumpsters. Some threaten us. Occasionally, they assault people. Thousands of mentally ill people cycle in and out of hospital emergency rooms. They strain our medical system, scare the public and sometimes harm themselves. Most, says DJ ...

Line 5 accord not perfect but step in right direction

Editorial

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

‘Giant’ included in missive

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In climate essays, I have written about climate science “giants” like John Tyndall, Milutin Milankovich, Svante Arrhenius and Eunice Foote. I missed one giant and it is an embarrassment to me that I overlooked him. Alexander von Humboldt sits at the top with few ...

US has troubling plunge into protectionism

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of ...

Our memories are long, our resolve unshakable

Columns

Connie Schultz It was only a matter of time. So many of us women, so many men who love us — we knew this was coming. We knew it when Donald Trump praised Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as “a very fine woman ... very fine woman.” We knew it when he called her Senate testimony “very ...

Here’s a good word on behalf of organized religion

Columns

Mona Charen These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent ...

Narcan is now basic first aid

Columns

What is astonishing is that Yale Schools is the first district in St. Clair County to consider getting naloxone training for its staff. What is profoundly sad is that Yale does need to teach its administrators, teachers, coaches and probably others how to administer the life-saving ...

Opioid deaths slowing but still the leading drug-related cause

Editorial

It’s a chore to summon any real enthusiasm about a mixed-bag of statistics reported Thursday in The Detroit News and elsewhere relative to the number of Michigan residents dying from opioid overdose. The News reported that although a new record was set in 2017 for OD deaths, fewer of them ...

Key Kavanaugh question posed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: After watching the confirmation process of Judge Kavanaugh on TV, I have a bipartisan question to ask your readers and the American public: “Are you comfortable with defining the character of a person by an event that (may or may not) have occurred during his or her ...

No, Kavanaugh didn’t lie under oath

Columns

rich lowry Brett Kavanaugh gave high-profile testimony that very few people seem to have paid attention to in any detail. The media is now engaged in a full-court press to establish that Kavanaugh drank to excess — when he admitted in his testimony that he drank to excess. In his ...