Opinion

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, ...

Proposed state enviro committees would seem a positive move

Editorial

State legislative moves to reestablish a pair of citizen oversight committees to keep an eye on environmental enforcement have a lot of people talking — in and out of the capital. House and Senate Democrats have introduced bills in the respective chambers to set up panels to monitor the ...

After defeat, for Dems it’s shirts versus skins

Columns

Back before kids sports — with their pricey equipment, expensive coaches and summer camps — had become a major American industry, American boys, when playing pickup basketball on a neighborhood court, would simply separate themselves into competing teams, the Skins (without their T-shirts) ...

Public forum on police matters of interest to readers

Editorial

From time to time over the years, we’ve used this space to recommend that our readers seriously consider attending this gathering or that public session, because we felt whatever it was, held sufficient importance that attendance would likely advance some public good. That, then, is the ...

Care Clinic thankful for fundraiser success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Care Clinic would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to St. Louis the King church for hosting the third annual Cinnamon Roll fundraiser. We would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous donations: Econo Foods, DeVooght Family Farm, ...

Trump moves Mexico to left

Columns

The United States has benefited for more than 160 years from having a friendly neighbor to its south, Mexico. But that may be about to change. This week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visited Mexico to begin talks on renegotiating the North ...

Sugarloaf grant effort will pay many dividends

Editorial

Marquette County’s Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area is one of the region’s premier jewels when it comes to outdoor recreational attractions. The breathtaking vantage point the mountain offers provides a unique perspective of our state’s north coast. At the summit, you can easily see ...

Just follow the water

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In a recent article in The Mining Journal, (it was) stated that the project of the new Ojibwa II Casino in Chocolay Township would require improvements to infrastructure, including a 75,000 to 100,000 gallon elevated water storage tank. Ten years ago, there was a ...

Trump has a grating style but substance is significant

Columns

michael barone Substance and style — it’s easy to get them confused or mistake one for the other. And they’re never entirely unconnected, though exactly how much so is a matter of debate. That’s especially true when it comes to evaluating Donald Trump’s performance — a word ...

Here’s why ‘Trumponomics’ is a certain recipe for disaster

Columns

Robert Reich When Donald Trump gave a speech (recently) at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, S.C., unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner,” he congratulated Boeing for building the whole plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a ...

Trump imprecise but not wrong in commenting on Sweden

Columns

mona charen President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. As you’ve heard, Trump referred to “(what happened) last night in Sweden.” On Twitter, smug critics circulated lists of anodyne events like concerts and road accidents and ...

Property seizure reform needed

Columns

Gov. Rick Snyder began the new year by signing legislation to make it easier and cheaper for Michigan citizens to get back property seized by police. It was an important step, but the state still must do more to fix its civil asset forfeiture law. The new law prohibits the state from charging ...

City continues its commitment to green space

Editorial

One of the key factors that mobile, professional types often cite in deciding where to live is the amount of publicly available green space that’s in a given area. What is the status of the local parks system? What amenities can be found and where? How about trails, non-motorized and ...

Experience with Bergman unpleasant

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I attended the coffee hour with state Rep. Curt VanderWall (recently). I commend him for reaching out and having an open discussion with the communities he represents. Not everyone in attendance was of the same mind, but politely listened to all comments on all ...

LA movie that should have won best picture

Columns

Froma Harrop My candidate lost, and yes, I still can’t get over it. I speak of the 1997 movie “L.A. Confidential.” A riff on the creepy film-noir movies of the 1950s, its dark brilliance lay clouded in the bloated shadow of “Titanic.” This year, another Los Angeles movie is doing ...