Opinion

Dear Annie: Putting on shoes, socks

Columns

Dear Annie: Is there a right order and a wrong order for putting on one’s shoes and socks? I find that on most days, I put on both socks and then both shoes. The other day, I put on one sock and one shoe and then the other sock and other shoe. I remember a scene on the old TV show “All in ...

NMU parts ways with longtime head hockey coach Walt Kyle

Editorial

Earlier this month, the Northern Michigan University men’s hockey program took a step in a very different direction and announced it was parting ways with longtime coach, Walt Kyle. NMU decided it wouldn’t renew Kyle’s contract, which expires June 30. Kyle took over at the helm in ...

Sled dog races great

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The dog sled races in Marquette this year were spectacular, as always. The preliminary work by volunteers enabled the races to be held — all the planning, contacting, examining dogs, even hundreds of people putting snow in a bare street the day of the races. The ...

Serious matter of political humor

Columns

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the only American elected president four times, had an often overlooked strength that both sustained him under the torrent of abuse he endured and served to thwart his dyspeptic political opponents: FDR could laugh at the jeers directed at him. He framed and showed ...

Changes may be coming to Eagle Mine operations

Editorial

It comes as good news that local residents — including and especially those in the environmental community — will have an opportunity to comment on a change in the permit that regulates activities at the Eagle Mine, once the company that owns the mine asks for it. Mine officials, we ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Dental health key to good health To the Journal editor: Nearly 1 million low-income Michigan children under age 21 enrolled in Medicaid have dental coverage at no cost to their families through Healthy Kids Dental. Healthy Kids Dental is a partnership between the Michigan Department of ...

Perceptions are that President Trump’s policies are working

Columns

Perceptions matter. People make decisions, even life-altering decisions, based on what they perceive as likely to happen. To the extent that public policy affects such decisions, the perception of likely policy change can affect behavior even before the change happens — even if it ends up ...

Celebrate the U.P. week a nod to area’s importance

Columns

We all have our own reasons, right? Mushroomers delighted in 2016, when the woods were carpeted with all types of fungi. Surfers take to the inland seas for sport and adventure. Artists find abundant subject matter, from character-rich faces of elders to subtle color shifts in summer ...

President Trump’s war on truth tellers just getting started

Columns

Donald Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. Instead, they attack the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. Last week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer warned that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office couldn’t be trusted to come ...

Journal retire-rehire series underscores transparency need

Editorial

As part of Sunshine Week, we ran stories on the controversial retire-rehire program that took place in Marquette County. Sunshine Week, led by the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee, is an annual celebration that aims to keep transparency in government through the practice ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Bergman must listen To the Journal editor: (To U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, I say) I’m pleased to see from your blanket email that you’ve made a commitment to civility. It’s unfortunate that party politics has played such a big role in polarizing our nation, and turning it ...

Downstate journalist sued for using FOIA

Columns

I’m a journalist. I don’t do “fake news.” I ask questions and pursue information about things the public ought to know. That’s my job. I didn’t expect to be sued for trying to do it. My experience last summer is worth recounting as we observe Sunshine Week, designated by the ...

Science Olympiad showcases best area has to offer

Editorial

For some people, this is one of the most thrilling times of year because we are now in the midst of March Madness, the NCAA college basketball tournaments. Much water cooler discussion will be focused on upsets, busted brackets, the Sweet Sixteen, then the Elite Eight, then finally the Final ...

Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA, Rush-SHA

Columns

Every day, another onslaught of crazy out of this administration. Pick a day. Any day. Wednesday, let’s say. Before 7 a.m., President Trump was pretending he’d never heard of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who first started covering Trump in the late 1980s and ...

Meekhof on wrong side of history in opposing FOIA moves

Editorial

State Sen. Arlan Meekhof has well-publicized problems with strengthening the Freedom of Information Act, opposing recent legislative moves that would have made the state House, Senate and the governor’s office subject to the law. Now, members of the West Olive Republican’s own party have ...

Miners congratulated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach Brandon Sager, assistant coach Rick Williams, manager Caylee Dempsey and the Negaunee High School Miners varsity girls basketball team on a great season. Let’s go Miners. Great job to the four seniors, #11 Aleda Johnson, #12 Sam ...

FOIA a powerful tool for everyone

Columns

The Freedom of Information Act isn’t just for reporters. It is a powerful tool for the public’s use, too, as demonstrated last year by a citizens’ group searching for the truth about the abrupt resignations of several popular school principals. In the aftermath of the ensuing ...

Potential library bond issue key for community

Editorial

The Marquette City Commission and the Peter White Public Library Board of Trustees both support a potential bond issue for capital improvements to the library, a beloved institution in the city of Marquette. It’s a well-used facility. Individual rooms often are reserved by community groups, ...