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Opinion

Signing up for vaccine not easy

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When calling the Marquette County Health Department's vaccine appointment phone line, I was informed that slots had already been filled. Furthermore, I was instructed “keep your eyes and ears open for further information.” This apparently means that we all must ...

What is the answer?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Our elected officials, U.S. Jack Bergman and state Rep. Greg Markkanen, are representing a segment of their constituents’ concerns regarding possible “voting irregularities” in our November election. But they are not representing me nor a large bulk of their ...

Thanks to Cliffs Foundation more families will be fed

Editorial

Big applause for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., which announced Tuesday that its philanthropic organization, The Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation, has made several commitments totaling more than $1 million in cash contributions to several food distribution organizations in the local communities where the ...

Those behind unrest must be accountable

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: “This election was stolen.” That is false. “Millions of fraudulent votes” That is false. “Election fraud.” That is false.“It was antifa.” That is false. What happened on January 6, 2021 is mainly on Donald Trump’s shoulders. The seditious riots in ...

Turner made a positive impact on local TV and the community

Editorial

A local broadcasting pioneer who touched the lives of many is no longer with us. Bruce Turner passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on Jan. 9. Turner is best known for his work as WNMU-TV’s original station manager, a career that spanned 56 years before his retirement in 2019. Turner ...

Bergman must go

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The 2020 election should have been an example for the world — a contentious election during a pandemic with high voter turn out which the Department of Homeland Security declared one of the safest and most secure in history. A victory for Democracy! Legal challenges ...

Parler’s lawsuit against Amazon destined to fail

Columns

I have never been a free speech absolutist. I am, however, somewhat closer to being a First Amendment absolutist. Many free speech absolutists don’t like this distinction because they think the First Amendment should guarantee the ability to express yourself in virtually any manner you ...

Inauguration Day finally arrives; a new chapter dawns

Editorial

If there ever was an Inauguration Day that will be anticipated, or unfortunately, worrisome, it’s today’s event. Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States amid the still-raging COVID-19 pandemic, meaning social distancing will be in effect. Kamala Harris also ...

History lesson adds perspective

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In the wake of the recent assault on the U.S. capitol building by Trump thugs there has been much talk of the difference between the ways black-African American protesters and this largely white American mob have played out. In the midst of this debate and by way of ...

For Trump: What might have been

Letters To The Editor

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been’.” — John Greenleaf Whittier There are many things beyond human control, among them, when and where you were born and who your parents are. As President Trump leaves office, he will have time, but ...

Incoming education secretary has big job ahead of him

Editorial

Miguel Cardona, President-elect Joe Biden’s pick to become secretary of education, would have a full plate even without COVID-19. But the epidemic has been an education catastrophe, and dealing with the fallout from it simply must be Cardona’s top priority, assuming he is confirmed by the ...

Our own barbarians through the gate

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In A.D. 455 the barbarian, Gaiseric, and his hordes invaded and sacked the city of Rome. On Jan. 6, 2021 our own, domestic barbarians invaded, sacked, and looted the Capitol Building of the United States of America, egged on and led by our very own Gaiseric. Is there ...

Low-income families still need transportation scholarships

Columns

For many students these days, getting to school entails logging on to a computer from the comforts of home. The issue of school transportation, though, will become significant as more families return to face-to-face instruction. In late 2019, the Mackinac Center unveiled a plan for Student ...

Bundle UP MQT highlights community generosity

Editorial

While this month has brought warmer, milder weather than we typically expect here in the Upper Peninsula, it’s still critical to bundle up and practice cold-weather safety. However, not everyone has a warm coat, boots, gloves, hat and scarf, or the resources to purchase cold-weather gear, ...

State lawmakers should continue to minimize corporate handouts

Columns

For the most part, Michigan lawmakers kept an expansion of the state’s corporate handout complex at bay last year, and in 2021, they should trim taxpayer subsidies for corporations and industry. The money would be better spent addressing higher priorities. In December, legislators rebuffed a ...

Teachers unions fail science, students lose in pandemic

Columns

Is your child’s school open now? Probably not because teachers unions say that reopening would "put their health and safety at risk." They keep schools closed by lobbying and protesting. “If I die from catching COVID-19 from being forced back into Pinellas County Schools, you can drop ...

No election fraud

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Once again U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, has decided to join the conspiracy theorists, kooks and Proud Boys who are propping up (the Administration’s) effort to stay in office after losing the election. Not only did he join the Texas lawsuit to overturn the ...

Marquette County thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the men and women of the Marine Corps League Lake Superior Detachment 764, we would like to send a great big thank you to Marquette County. Thank you to all the local businesses, residents and the veterans population who helped us have another successful ...

Don’t deny citizens second chance

Columns

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got it very nearly right this week in terms of criminal justice reform. The governor signed a package of bills aimed at keeping those who present no threat to public safety out of jail. The legislation, stemming from a task force she appointed, reduces a number of ...

8-18 Media: Holiday memories

Columns

The coronavirus pandemic has given me more time to reminisce in old memories. I already wrote about my first MLB White Sox Baseball Game, so now I am going to write about my favorite moments and traditions from the holidays over the years and how Covid changed some of my holiday traditions. ...