Opinion

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 ...

Questions continue to bob to surface in city marina issue

Editorial

The fact that not a lot of people participate in local governmental matters, particularly at public meetings and forums, is an unfortunate one, but a fairly common occurrence these days. However, when one issue on the agenda draws several people to speak up and express their concerns before ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Let truth emerge To the Journal editor: Three issues are too often seen as partisan. I believe that they should be bipartisan, now, and they certainly will be soon enough. First, Congress should require that President Trump produce his tax returns. Second, Congress should investigate ...

What has Trump done for American people?

Columns

The punditry remains obsessed over Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and their alleged boss, Donald Trump. Who’s controlling whom? And the world’s still fascinated by Trump’s appalling and entertaining antics — as confusion runs riot in the executive branch. At a certain point, though, we ...

Speaking of Planned Parenthood

Columns

Dozens of women in Congress wore suffragist white Tuesday night for President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session. You know this had to annoy him, all those dames sticking out in that sea of dark suits, but he stayed on script anyway. That was all he had to do, apparently, to be ...

Police award caps stellar career for Capt. David Lemire

Editorial

Congratulations to Capt. David Lemire, Police Officer of the Year Award for 2016 as selected by the Marquette County Law Enforcement Administrators Association. It’s an honor that’s well deserved. Lemire was hired full-time in the Patrol Division with the Sheriff’s Office in September ...

Don’t touch state income tax unless other revenue is identified

Editorial

A vote last week in the state House of Representatives that, as a practical matter, killed a proposal to significantly cut the state income tax was the right one. The proposal, backed principally by Republicans but opposed by Gov. Rick Snyder — who is a member of the Republican Party ...

Knowledge is power

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I particularly appreciate your willingness to publish articles about the science and economics of climate change. Today we are shocked that, suddenly, we live in an era of “post truth.” We have people who purport to have “alternative facts.” For many years, ...

Grading the president no easy task given personality

Columns

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump, the human ruler, as in measuring stick, is at it again, this time grading his performance as president. Appearing on Fox News recently, the president gave himself an A-plus for effort, an A for accomplishment, and a C for communication. He does seem to be ...

Naming of poet laureate good for Upper Peninsula

Editorial

Poetry and the Upper Peninsula are intertwined, and that’s a good thing. Marty Achatz, an Ishpeming native, has just been named the U.P.’s third poet laureate, succeeding Andrea Scarpino and Russ Thorburn. Achatz was to give a reading, along with other poets and writers, Tuesday night ...

Dawning of Age of Trump just starting

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Welcome to the Age of Trump, where descriptive terms such as “dystopian” and “Orwellian” seem woefully inadequate, where nothing is what it is, where truth is as malleable as Play-Doh. The locale is a mystical place where unseen things are seen, such as mass ...

Toward better relations with the press

Columns

Before becoming a newspaper columnist I was a broadcast news reporter for local TV stations and occasionally appeared on the NBC radio and television networks. I have some experience at being on the receiving end of hostilities directed at the media. At a pro-Nixon, pro-Vietnam war rally I ...

Smoking is just bad

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I sent you this letter to convince people to stop smoking. My first reason is that smoking is very bad for people. Secondly, if less people smoked there would be less litter. Finally, other people should not have to breathe in secondhand smoke. As I said above, ...