Opinion

Don’t discount how effective protests are

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I believe in the power of prayer. However, I disagree with a recent letter to the editor, (“Protests typically accomplish nothing.”) First of all, I do not assume that all of us are Christians. “So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew, the African, the Native ...

For women, what comes next?

Columns

International Women’s Day is a once-a-year acknowledgment of what women do every day of the year, which is to keep the world afloat with our labor — paid and unpaid. March 8 fell on a Wednesday this year. Here in the U.S., some of the organizers of January’s Women’s March encouraged ...

Time for technology upgrade in state’s computer system

Editorial

The state of Michigan’s unemployment computer system, embattled recently for pointing the finger of guilt — erroneously, as it turned out — at some 20,000 residents, accusing them of unemployment fraud, has apparently been hacked. State officials last week confirmed that personal ...

Leadership still needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On Feb. 21, The Mining Journal published a letter entitled “Leadership needed.” And we all agree with this wholeheartedly, a must in our society today. But we all know from our experience, even if we must go way back to school days to find a consensus. There ...

They aren’t your daddy’s Marines

Columns

WASHINGTON — An old Marine told me that Marines guard Marines from the other side. And when one of their brothers is being threatened, the Devil Dogs (aka Marines) will “go wild on them” for eternity. Yes, but what about the sisters? Do the Devil Dogs protect them, too? What about the ...

Bill would hurt transparency in state government

Editorial

More secrecy in government is one of the last things the state of Michigan needs. A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature, with the legislation expected to be up for a vote in the House today. The ...

Sled dog success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations Marquette on hosting a wonderful and exciting weekend of dog sled races. The organizers of the Upper Peninsula 200 are to be congratulated on bringing together a exciting mix of mushers, dogs, volunteers and citizens from throughout the Midwest and ...

Trump effect having positive impact

Columns

Here are two scenarios. One: you are a retiree who in recent years has been concerned about the value of your stock portfolio. Suddenly, the value of your stocks and stock-based mutual funds surges, the Dow rising 1,000 points to record highs within weeks. You examine the monthly report your ...

Rep. Bergman needs to listen to constituents

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I attended a legislative chat with U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman in Alpena on Feb. 22. He spoke at length about how folks have gamed the Affordable Care Act system. He may be right that some people have gamed the system, but I see no evidence that the problems with the ACA ...

Leadership D.C. could learn from

Columns

Hollywood’s critics, of which there has never been a shortage, have long accused that California village of being the national home office of insincerity and shallowness. Two great 20th-century American wits memorably made that case. Fred Allen wrote, “All the sincerity in Hollywood you ...

Reducing IRS agents will reduce amount of revenue taken in

Editorial

Well into tax preparation season, the Internal Revenue System reports that fewer employees and especially fewer enforcement agents is adding up to the smallest chance U.S. return filers have faced for an audit in years. The number of people audited by the IRS in 2016 dropped for the sixth ...

Trump administration missed boat on lakes funding reductions

Editorial

News of a budget proposal that broke nationally late last week detailing that the White House wants to all but eliminate Environmental Protection Agency funding that pays for, among other things, environmental cleanup and other programs for the Great Lakes, has drawn fire from a great many ...

Immigration announcement key

Columns

In the Trump era, good news rarely lasts a full 24-hour news cycle. The president’s well-received Tuesday speech has already been overshadowed by revelations that Attorney General Jeff Sessions met twice during the presidential campaign with the Russian ambassador, despite the fact that ...

Sled dog races were great weekend

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations Marquette on hosting a wonderful and exciting weekend of dog sled races. The organizers of the Upper Peninsula 200 are to be congratulated on bringing together a exciting mix of mushers, dogs, volunteers and citizens from throughout the Midwest and ...

Marquette-area gasoline prices are much too high

Editorial

Here we go again. It has been a while since we had to raise this issue, but after reading in our paper last Monday that Marquette had the highest price per gallon in the state of Michigan, according to AAA, for the seventh week in a row, we had to respond. Years ago, Marquette was ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Water supply/casino project worries Chocolay resident To the Journal editor: This letter is in response to the editorial on Dec. 10 titled “Casino Upgrade a Great Addition to Community.” As a resident of Chocolay Township, I would like to challenge that viewpoint. Having lived here ...

Facts on the ground moving immigration in Trump’s direction

Columns

The afternoon before President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night speech to Congress, Twitter watchers were treated to a flurry of tweets, inspired by comments at the traditional lunch with network anchors, that the president was going to endorse something very much like the “comprehensive” ...

Claims of voter fraud are Trump’s most shameful lies

Columns

On Feb. 9, at a closed-door meeting with a group of U.S. senators, Donald Trump claimed that both he and former New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte would have been victorious in the Granite State last fall if not for the “thousands” of people who were “brought in on buses” from neighboring ...

National sigh of relief after State of the Union address

Columns

The morning after President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress, the Dow Jones industrial average shot up 300 points, lifting the stock market above 21,000. But the excitement of the money managers couldn’t touch the ecstasy of conservative observers. John Hinderaker of the ...

Michigan State University must redouble scrutiny of sexual abuse

Columns

High-brow credentials and impressive titles don't give anyone the right to inappropriately touch vulnerable young women. Sadly, it appears Michigan State University gymnasts were lulled into trusting an alleged sexual predator because he bore the imprimatur of the college. That makes MSU ...