Opinion

Pay attention to Israel’s enemies

Columns

President Trump is about to score a religious trifecta, visiting Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome, the “home” of three monotheistic religions. The president has said he wants to make the ultimate deal and achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. While the goal is similar to a high ...

Letters to the Editor: Make yourself heard

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Nowadays, with things being as they are politically and in the government, you may want to make your opinion and your voice heard. Our local Toastmasters group can help you with this. Can you express yourself in words, to a group? Many dread the thought. Is public ...

New marijuana ballot proposal effort underway

Editorial

A new effort to place legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes on the state ballot, perhaps as early as November, was launched last week. Coordinated by the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, a ballot drive started Friday to gather about 252,000 signatures needed to ...

Democrats’ move from ‘pro-choice’ to ‘no choice’ not smart

Columns

Just eight years ago, there were 256 Democrats in the U.S. House. Today there are just 193. Then, there were only 40 Republican U.S. senators; today the GOP Senate majority numbers 52. During that same span, Democrats have suffered a net loss of 947 state legislative seats, and today in only ...

Bergman ‘town hall’ badly lacking

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: (Recently) U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, organized a town meeting at Bay College in Escanaba surrounded by police officers and a K-9 dog. Why? What’s next? When he come to Michigan Tech or to the Calumet Theatre for his next “town hall” do we need to ...

Health care promises will be hard to keep

Columns

President Donald Trump has achieved his first major legislative success this week with the passage of health care reform in the House. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate and is no one’s idea of a perfect solution to repealing and replacing Obamacare. But it’s a start. The ...

New U.P. economic development entity right idea at right time

Editorial

Although it doesn’t yet have an official name, and all of the details including base of operations haven’t been completely worked out, a brand new economic development organization appears off to a good start. Rolled out Friday in a joint Gov. Rick Snyder-Lt. Gov. Brian Calley press ...

YMCA is, and will remain, valuable community member

Editorial

The YMCA of Marquette County has had a pretty rough road over the last year or so. Financially, the organization has experienced challenges and on Friday it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection while it reorganizes. In the meantime, it’ll be business as usual. Certainly that ...

Legislators need to fix ‘dark store’ tax values

Letters To The Editor

We need our state legislators to end the uncertainty and pass into law a fair and equitable tax policy that closes a major loophole allowing so-called “big box” stores to drastically reduce their property tax burden. Under what has become known as the “dark store” property valuation ...

Cultural appropriation: Try this modest propoal

Columns

michael barone “Cultural appropriation” has become the latest evil denounced by soi-disant social justice warriors, on campus and off. Examples: “I was taught that white people shouldn’t listen to rap music because it’s cultural appropriation and could be offensive to my ...

Military spending must be limited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Kudos to Christopher West and his articulate letter to the editor (April 24, The Mining Journal). It takes guts to question priorities but somebody has got to do it when those in power refuse to! The priority here is military spending. Mr. Trump and his advisors seem ...

YMCA faces challenges but future remains bright

Columns

MICHELE BUTLER & JENNA ZDUNEK Dear YMCA Community Members and Supporters: As many of you know the YMCA of Marquette County has gone through a lot of change in the last 14 months. We have made significant effort and progress toward reducing our total debt. Every option has been ...

Special pets at UPAWS

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It takes an extra special person to adopt an extra special pet. While we think all pets that come into our care at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter are special, there are some pets that stand out as having extra “specialness.” What does having extra ...

Letters to the Editor: Keep motor boats off Teal Lake

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am disappointed to hear that the Negaunee City Council is considering opening Teal Lake to motorboat use. I believe that motorboat use would displace much of the current kayak and paddleboard use and would adversely affect swimming and fishing opportunities. Paddling ...

His name was Jordan Edwards

Columns

Another black boy was killed by police, this time in Texas. His name was Jordan Edwards. Jordan was 15, a “model student,” a “popular football player” and “a kid that did everything right.” He was a freshman at Mesquite High School, in a suburb east of Dallas. In a recorded ...

Commencement: Time to reflect on accomplishments

Editorial

Saturday morning, some 883 people are expected to mark one of life’s big milestones: college graduation. Northern Michigan University’s commencement ceremonies are at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Superior Dome. The university announced the 883 participant number earlier this week, from ...

Letters to the Editor: Food pantry valued donations

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We would like to thank the community and Wesley Methodist Church for filling our St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry with all your donations. Our shelves are very low this time of the year but the need is always there. We appreciate all your help. Tom Connors Ishpeming

Trump gambles much in cozying up to likes of Kim Jong Un, Duterte

Columns

WASHINGTON — It should have been obvious, but I missed it: Steve Bannon has been banished and Dennis Rodman is whispering in the president’s ear. OK, maybe not, but it could explain Donald Trump’s sudden admiration for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whom he recently identified as a ...

Legislation battling genital mutilation should be approved

Editorial

However long it might take state lawmakers to come to consensus on road and bridge funding, access to public employee records or environmental priorities, very little time passed after a trio of people were charged in connection to alleged female genital mutilation before bills were drafted and ...