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Opinion

Sawyer in running for spaceport designation, activity

Editorial

A spaceport at Sawyer? A cosmodrome in our county? Some might say that sounds out of this world. But it’s certainly a possibility, as the Michigan Launch Initiative — a public-private partnership organized by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and backed by private investors ...

Writer challenged on Social Security

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: One wonders about the monthly letter writing campaign of Stewart Epstein, Rochester, New York on Social Security, when it would make more sense to address his concerns to his New York delegation. Maybe Mr. Epstein is a concerned citizen who views the Upper Peninsula ...

Trump’s removal would be insane

Columns

It’s easy to forget what the Senate impeachment trial is supposed to be about. It’s not a fight over whether the Senate will call a couple of witnesses that the House couldn’t, or didn’t bother to, obtain on its own. The underlying question is whether the United States Senate will ...

Marquette badly in need of affordable housing options

Editorial

There are plenty of nice places to live in the Marquette area. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, just peruse the real estate ads on any given day and you'll find a great many desirable homes, assuming, of course, you have the cash. Put another way, Marquette needs an infusion of ...

Let DNR do its work

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Last week, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources sent an official letter of request to the owners of the 67-year-old oil pipeline running through the Upper Peninsula and much of Michigan, Line 5. They need information. The DNR is doing what is required by law ...

Senate Republicans turn impeachment trial into farce

Columns

WASHINGTON — Chief Justice John Roberts, presiding over the impeachment trial of President Trump, is supposed to be an unbiased umpire. Upon his elevation to his high post, he famously declared that his job was like that of a baseball umpire, to call balls and strikes, not to declare winners ...

Ishpeming boosters benefitted

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Ishpeming Hematite Sports Booster Club would like to thank everyone in the Ishpeming community for making our 12th annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser an outstanding success. It was an afternoon filled with great food and Hematite spirit. We would especially like ...

Always speak with care because words matter

Columns

Bryan DeAUGUSTINE Several days ago, a Mining Journal article was published and a news report aired on TV 6 regarding substitute teachers. I contributed to those two news stories by addressing teacher absences. My words had unintended consequences and reminded me that words matter. When I ...

Supporting Redettes nickname

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Although I agree with most of what Lynn Domina wrote in her recent letter to the editor, on one point I beg to differ. I don’t consider the term Redettes to be a “silly diminutive” but rather just a female version of a name. Take for instance the names Paul and ...

State of Michigan’s rural areas deserve cabinet-level position

Columns

Kent wood (Next Wednesday night) Gov. Whitmer will deliver her second State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan legislature in a live broadcast all across the state. In it, she will reflect on her administration’s accomplishments of the past year and project her ...

Promote Native Americans

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Why not revere our “Native American” mascots and nicknames? We should paint on our school walls “Bravery,” “Wisdom,” “Strength,” “Endurance,” “Compassionate,” “Artistic,” “Conservationist” to list just a handful of their otherwise ...

Trillium House, staff, thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On Jan. 13, we lost our beloved aunt, Esther Lepola. She spent the last four and a half months of her life at The Trillium House in Marquette. We would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff and Lake Superior Hospice. It was important to the ...

Winning a culture war involves building from the ground up

Columns

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one’s enemy. One online dictionary defines culture this way: “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as ...

Noquemanon among winter’s premiere events

Editorial

Welcome to all the hundreds of competitors in the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon, which takes place this weekend. Whether you come from far away or are a local participant, we wish you great luck as you take part in one of the key events of winter in Superiorland. Conditions may be a ...

Bernie a sure loser

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There are several Democratic presidential candidates who support Medicare for All who also happen to be viable general election candidates (unlike Bernie Sanders, who has no realistic chance of being elected president). If you actually want to see Medicare for All ...

Decline of Congress no accident

Columns

In July 2018, Commentary published an article by Yuval Levin that caused everyone who thinks about the balance of power among the branches in Washington, D.C., to say: “Of course! That’s it exactly!” It had long been observed that Congress had, over the course of several decades, ...

Holocaust anniversary reminds us, ‘Never again’

Editorial

Monday, which has been declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. On the Jewish Virtual Library website, it is stated that various ...

Diminished democracy

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We fought England over being taxed without representation. It is no wonder that our founding fathers crafted the Constitution based on the principle that the majority ought to govern. Early on, the first region wide tax rebellion was led by many slave-owners due to ...

Getting everything on demand

Columns

Reporters complain about business. We overlook the constant improvements in our lives made possible by greedy businesses competing for your money. Think about how our access to entertainment has improved. “When I was a kid,” says Sean Malone in a new video for the Foundation for Economic ...

Training to detect trafficking a good idea for local hotels

Editorial

If there’s one thing people need to be proactive about, it’s human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as the practice of illegally transporting people from one area to another, usually for forced labor or sexual exploitation. And it often involves young girls. In a story in ...