Opinion

Cut college costs to fix student debt crisis

Columns

America's younger generation is staggering under student debt loads that will alter the way they participate in traditional American society as they age. Total student debt now stands at $1.4 trillion, more than outstanding vehicle loans and credit card obligations, and second only to ...

Earth Day an annual wake-up call that we only get one planet

Editorial

Every year, Earth Day reminds us of the importance of our planet and of how forward-thinking environmental initiatives can have long-lasting and significant impacts on our world. Gaylord Nelson, a Wisconsin politician, was a leading figure in the organization of Earth Day, which first came ...

Better way found

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Regarding the subject of climate change, I would like to follow up on a recent letter in The Mining Journal from Sarah Redmond of AuTrain. When I was in middle school — more than 50 years ago — I learned that tailpipe and power plant emissions were causing the ...

Why you should care about market- based solutions to climate change

Columns

Kristen CARLSON In 1970, the first Earth Day was organized. Twenty million people gathered across the U.S. to discuss ways to protect our environment. This Earth Day, the fight for our planet still marches on against one of the biggest adversaries we have ever faced: climate change. With our ...

O’Reilly ouster no victory for women

Columns

Bill O’Reilly is finally out at Fox. But let’s not kid ourselves about the reason. Last summer, 21st Century Fox and the Murdoch family that controls it forced out Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Soon after, the company settled two sexual harassment complaints ...

Project Feed a Neighbor doing great work in area

Editorial

We, unfortunately, have to say this often: hunger knows no season. It is with great gratitude, therefore, we thank the local churches and organizations that are putting together the eighth annual Project Feed a Neighbor. Saturday, dozens of volunteers will be distributing bags marked with ...

Lions Club fundraiser was successful

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Lions Club motto, “We Serve” was put into action when the Marquette Lions served over 200 pancake breakfast meals to hungry folks the first Sunday in April. The annual Lions Club fund-raiser donates 100 percent of the proceeds to a different beneficiary each ...

Eliminating program that supports needy is wrong way to go

Editorial

A program designed to assist Michigan’s neediest residents with food and heating bills was axed Tuesday by a state Senate committee as part of an effort to, among other things, free up funds to roll back the state income tax rate, something Gov. Rick Snyder says he does not favor. According ...

Random murder while you watch

Columns

WASHINGTON — The Facebook video of a homicide was surely inevitable. This isn’t the same as saying that video murders soon will become all the rage, but it was more likely to happen eventually than not. Forget the suspected killer Steve Stephens, who took his own life Tuesday after a ...

Make carbon pay

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Weather is never completely consistent. We just dropped out of a mild winter and plunged into a stormy spring. While we can expect to have variations from year to year, scientists have been warning us that weather events will become more extreme and more frequent with ...

Downstate dog hospice a very worthy final home

Editorial

As heartless as it may seem, some people surrender their senior dogs to a local shelter when they no longer have the desire to care for them. It’s akin to throwing away an old, beloved toy, except that a dog is a living thing, one that in many cases has been part of a family for ...

Reform the tax code

Columns

Thanks to the beneficence of the federal government (and the calendar), we Americans have until midnight on April 18 to file our income taxes. It’s too bad filing taxes wasn’t an easier process. President Trump has pledged to reform our tax code, which, to most people, currently reads ...

Smart parents remain vigilant to threats

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recent surveys across the nation have indicated that 20 to 30 percent of teenagers 13 to 20 have sent a sexually explicit image of themselves via the cell phone. Twice as many said they have received sexually explicit images and 25 percent of those have passed those ...

State taking action in war against opioid use, abuse

Editorial

Although somewhat late in acting, the Michigan Legislature is considering a handful of bills that, if passed and signed into law, should help stem the terrible toll opioid use and abuse is inflicting on Michigan and its residents. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Washington gets one small cheer

Columns

We’ve all heard the tiresome and discouraging refrain: Washington, our beautiful capital city, is broken. Dysfunctional D.C. does not work. Even with majorities in both the House and the Senate, congressional Republicans could not pass a resolution commending Mother’s Day. But wait. We do ...

Just say no to a deportation force

Columns

President Donald Trump has been flip-flopping right and left recently — much of it for the good. He’s abandoned his promises to label China a currency manipulator, withdraw from NAFTA, repeal Obamacare and stay out of Syria. But he seems to be digging in on his pledge to create a ...

It’s unclear how Project Empire study will help workers, economy

Editorial

An upcoming study, which is a part of the Project Empire following the 2016 closure of the Empire Mine in Palmer, will measure the impact that mine closures have had on hosting and surrounding communities. Once complete, it should provide interesting reading, especially for the historians among ...

Using private email for public matters not recommended

Editorial

There seems to be a trend happening in our government where publicly elected officials are, perhaps, getting a little too comfortable with using their personal email accounts for official business. In our view, there is a serious problem with this. For one, it can most certainly be construed ...