Opinion

America’s addiction to abusive drug pricing a national shame

Columns

Consider what got Martin Shkreli in trouble with the law. Shrkeli is the infamous “pharma bro” who bought patents to lifesaving drugs then hiked their prices to obscene levels. In one egregious example, he raised the price of a 62-year-old drug crucial to AIDS patients by over 5,000 ...

‘Grease’ provides great opportunity to enjoy local theater

Editorial

We have heard nothing but rave reviews for the current Lake Superior Theatre production in which “Grease” is the word. And we’re confident that others who have heard the same will be snapping up tickets to the musical, which will be presented Tuesday-Saturday for the current week, next ...

Battle against opioid abuse often starts at home

Editorial

We were astounded to read an opinion by an emergency room physician and University of Michigan assistant on the dangers of opioid abuse. According to Brad J. Uren, MD, who wrote recently in a column for The Detroit News, opioid-related overdoses are responsible for the largest share of ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Photo package was inappropriate To the Journal editor: I was both surprised and disappointed when I saw the photos on a large section of the front page of The Mining Journal (July 8, 2017) showing kids diving/swimming from the bulkhead at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Since I ...

White House amateur hour just won’t stop

Columns

WAHINGTON — A novice Trump administration that has already demonstrated its ineptness in conducting deft foreign policy has now been revealed as similarly ham-handed in the art of politics. Donald Trump Jr. made public an email exchange in which he confirmed his interest in information ...

‘Good Jobs’ program needed to compete for new employment

Editorial

Although a lot of people have problems with the concept, the State House of Representatives Wednesday put Michigan squarely in the middle of the tax incentive game, when it comes to attracting new jobs to the state. The House OK'd a package of bills, 71-35, in a bi-partisan vote, setting up ...

Letters to the Editor: Health care plan advanced

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Many believe buying insurance is preventive. It isn’t. Insurance is a financial instrument designed to prevent catastrophic financial loss. Car insurance does not prevent automobile accidents. We pool our money with other car owners to buy insurance hoping we never ...

Child’s fate shouldn’t be decided by state

Columns

Charlie Gard’s parents are doing the wrong thing — and I’d probably do it too. Charlie Gard, if you haven’t heard, is the 11-month-old baby whose plight has become a popular cause in England and, increasingly, the United States. Charlie seemed like any other healthy baby when he was ...

President Trump’s vision ambitious, encompassing

Letters To The Editor

“Where there is no vision, the people perish ...” — (Proverbs 29:18) In 1987 when he was contemplating a run for president, Vice President George H.W. Bush was criticized for his inability to articulate an agenda for the country. A friend suggested he spend a weekend alone at Camp ...

No Asian carp found doesn’t mean no Asian carp exist

Editorial

Page one of Tuesday’s Mining Journal shows several photographs of the invasive Asian carp. One was of the fish in a controlled environment: the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. The other showed a multitude of carp, jolted by an electric current from a research boat, jumping from the Illinois River ...

Letters to the Editor: Fear/rage messaging must stop now

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Those helping battered women know “grooming.” It's a way of disarming another by slowly eroding their natural defenses. The process starts by stroking the women's confidence. After gaining trust, abusive elements are added. When she gets upset, she is soothed and ...

Toomey’s measure to rein in Medicaid’s ‘mission gallop’

Columns

WASHINGTON — Were it not for the provision that Pat Toomey, the Pennsylvania Republican, put into the Senate’s proposed health care reform, this legislation would be moderately important but hardly momentous. Toomey’s provision, however, makes it this century’s most significant domestic ...

Voter integrity or intrusion?

Columns

President Donald Trump’s obsession with proving he won the election has gone from the slightly ridiculous to the dangerous. Rankled that he lost the popular vote to Hillary Clinton, Trump decided that only massive voter fraud could explain why reliably liberal California would tally 3.4 ...

State isn’t done with pension reform

Editorial

Michigan lawmakers did the right thing by tackling the state’s school employee retirement system last month. But now that that is off their plate, they should put reform of local government pensions at the top of their priority list. A report presented to the West Michigan Policy Forum last ...

Residents should get involved in discussion on garbage pickup

Editorial

Let’s do some trash talking about the city of Marquette. No, we don’t mean insults or publicly ridiculing officials. We literally mean trash collection and recycling changes that could be coming down the line for city residents this fall. The Marquette City Commission and city staff ...

Good Jobs good for all of Michigan

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Natural wonders. Family communities. Strong talent and unprecedented work ethic. Outstanding outdoor recreation opportunities. All of these make Upper Peninsula spots like our beloved Marquette and surrounding region attractive to relocate or open a new business as well ...

Demagogues bashing Obamacare repeal

Columns

Betsy McCaughey Die-hard Obamacare defenders were out in force over July 4 to protest Republican repeal efforts. The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. It’s sheer demagoguery. But even these phony ...

A place where civility once ruled

Columns

Cal Thomas PLYMOUTH NOTCH, Vermont — When was the last time you heard a member of one political party praise a member of the other party? Here in this hamlet nestled among the Green Mountains, former Baltimore Democratic Mayor Kurt Schmoke rose to speak well of our 30th president, Calvin ...