Opinion

Empty thoughts, prayers follow Vegas massacre

Columns

No matter how great one’s faith in God, after yet another massacre of innocent people, it’s impossible to believe that prayer alone is going to save us from ourselves. We’re living and grieving this essential truth, no matter how many times we try to tell ourselves and anyone who will ...

American madness: New gun laws won’t solve problem

Columns

All countries have mental illness, but its expression differs dramatically by culture. Historically, in Southeast Asia, men whose minds were coming unglued displayed symptoms of wild, uncontrolled violence. It was called “amok” and entered our language as “running amok.” In the Middle ...

Can diverse views work on campus?

Columns

Conservative firebrand Ben Shapiro gave a speech this month at the University of California, Berkeley. And while that's a victory for any right-leaning speaker these days, it cost $600,000 on security measures to make it happen and keep Shapiro safe. So much for “free” speech. Berkeley ...

Comley most deserving of ice sheet honor

Editorial

On Saturday night, just a little over a year after Marquette celebrated hockey with its Hockeyville USA NHL exhibition game, there will be another significant hockey event taking place. The ice at The Berry Events Center will be dedicated as the Rick Comley Rink. We encourage all community ...

Money talks?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have always looked at hospitals as a place of caring, a place to get relief of pain, a place to start on the road of healing without regard as to whether I could pay for it or not. I think those thoughts were pretty universally held — until now. The dollar signs ...

America creates industry to clean up its massacres

Columns

FROMA HARROP America woke up Monday to news of the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. As of last count, 59 dead, hundreds wounded. And you know what jumped into my head? Oh, another one. Took place in Las Vegas? Uh-huh. Horrifying? Yes. Shocking? No. But something made this ...

Moose population in Upper Peninsula growing at fast rate

Editorial

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Get rid of Trump To the Journal editor: After eight months of Donald Trump, the cartoon character, Hillary Clinton looks better every day. She was qualified for the job. Trump is clueless. On the Russian scandal, no doubt exists that Russia had their thumb on the scale for Trump. As the ...

Entertainer Trump does Puerto Rico, Vegas

Columns

WASHINGTON — Nearly a week after Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria, Donald Trump got around to taking his comic road show to the U.S. territory in the Caribbean. As part of his routine, he tossed rolls of paper towels to the natives, as if he were shooting baskets or feeding ...

Catalyst Awards honor worthy businesses, individuals in county

Editorial

Congratulations to the four honorees presented with 2017 Catalyst Awards by the Community Foundation of Marquette County at its annual celebration Tuesday night. The Catalyst Award is given to people, organizations, and businesses, based on demonstrated commitment to the Marquette County ...

Getting runaround

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On Sept. 12, I received a mailing from U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman’s Congressional office. After looking it over, I noticed a small picture on the bottom right corner of the reverse side. The caption stated “Representative Bergman discusses conservation and our ...

GOP base is well beyond President Trump’s control

Columns

The conservative movement is caught in a Catch-22 of its own making. In the war against “the establishment” we have made being an outsider the most important qualification for a politician. The problem? Once elected, outsiders by definition become insiders. This isn’t just a semantic ...

Letters to the Editor: Camp New Day U.P. worked well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Camp New Day U.P. had a great week of camp this year. This was our 16th year and the board members all agree that it was a very successful camp. The counselors and campers were a big part of that success. There are many people and organizations that contributed to the ...

Supreme court right on state sex offender list

Editorial

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...

Math, history and tax reform

Columns

In school, I liked math the least and history the most. Both can be useful in the coming debate over President Trump’s proposed tax reforms. The one thing I learned in math class is that if the formula is wrong, the answer will be wrong. In history class I learned we are not the first ...

Trump tweets while Americans suffer

Columns

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands drowned while President Donald Trump tweeted. It is hard to conclude otherwise. On Sept. 20, Hurricane Maria — the second major hurricane in less than two weeks — hit the islands, which together are home to some 3.5 million American citizens. Yet for ...

Letters to the Editor: Block party a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The annual Silver Creek Neighborhood Block Party, held in conjunction with “National Night Out” is truly a community event. This year 454 children received backpacks, school supplies and personal hygiene kits through this event! Over 100 volunteers helped make ...

Project Keep Kids Warm an outstanding community effort

Editorial

Saturday was just another day for many people. But for others it was one more instance of of people helping people and a community coming together to rally behind a very worthy cause. Volunteers recently delivered 6,500 bags to four western Marquette County communities for the eighth annual ...

Richard Pyle was reporter for the ages, will be missed

Editorial

The print journalism world lost a titan last week with the passing of Richard Pyle. The longtime Associated Press reporter and bureau chief died Thursday at the age of 83 of respiratory failure due to lung fibrosis and obstructive lung disease. In a storybook career that spanned upwards of 50 ...

Letters to the editor: Honor the flag

Editorial

To the Journal editor: A friend of mine with whom I had served in the U.S. Army with had shared a video with a caption, “Those who disrespect the flag, have never been handed one.” It was a very moving video. It prompted me to comment on it and the ongoing controversy over standing for ...