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Opinion

Newly formed CAP unit at Sawyer a smart move

Editorial

The formation of a new Civil Air Patrol squadron locally is the right move at the right time, given the increasingly large number of tourists populating area woodlands and waterways. An orientation for the newly formed Marquette County Civil Air Patrol Squadron was recently held for youth ...

Volunteers are appreciated, missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: April 18-24 is Volunteer Appreciation Week. It has been over a year since we have had volunteers on-site at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. The absence of our volunteers is significant and felt daily. Historically, we capture 9,000-plus hours of volunteer ...

Lakefront property is expensive but city should buy

Editorial

Mark Twain is credited with noting, approximately, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Although it’s not entirely clear in what context the esteemed author and humorist made the statement, it’s hard to argue with its accuracy. The same must be said for waterfront property. ...

Role playing in climate protection

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Sometimes we underestimate the role we can play as a citizen. History focuses on the dramatic. For instance, the World War II generation will always be admired for its defense of Democracy. Later, in less dramatic form, we held firm against totalitarianism facing ...

Biden lays plans to end ‘endless war’ in Afghanistan

Columns

WASHINGTON — After nearly 20 years of an American armed presence in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden has ordered the withdrawal of all U.S. military forces there, in effect acknowledging failure of the long mission that had plagued the three previous presidents and NATO allies. Biden ...

Proposed legislation to restore judge position the right move

Editorial

While 2020 was full of alarming numbers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year brought with it another dismal figure: felony filings in Marquette County more than doubled in less than 10 years, going from an annual average of 224 cases in 2011 to the 471 cases reported in 2020. This ...

Will there be a penalty for Afghanistan withdrawal?

Columns

President Biden’s announced intention to complete the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, exactly 20 years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, will complete a goal former President Trump wanted to meet, but did not, following advice ...

Intent important; not every tragedy is a racial lesson

Columns

Reliving the awful details of George Floyd’s slow suffocation is brutal and emotionally draining. As always in matters touching on race, the thrum of ethnic hostilities is the background noise. Some have been eager, since the trial began, to cite George Floyd’s drug use or heart trouble ...

Operation Exodus happening now

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In 1954, a 17-year-old girl boarded the ship SS United States, unaccompanied, in Le Havre, France, for a one-way voyage to America. Once in New York, she took a train to Detroit, where she was met by her older sister. From there, they traveled on to St. Ignace. This ...

Snowbound Books a wonderland of words

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Snowbound Books, putting it plainly, is a paradise through pages. They have everything you’ll ever want or ever need in the coziest shop in town. Every summer, I take great pleasure in riding my bike down to the wonderful shop and spending an hour (or more) browsing ...

Asks for millage support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On May 4, the voters of Alger County will be asked to renew the 0.25 mil property tax to support Michigan State University Extension that we first voted to collect 20 years ago. MSUE administers the Michigan 4-H programs, which are near and dear to my heart. I’ve ...

Latest Michigan surge tests discipline, will of state residents

Editorial

If the past 13 months have left you feeling like you’re living in the classic Bill Murray film, “Groundhog Day,” you’re not alone. But with the recent surge in our state, it’s definitely not time to let our guard down. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Thank you, MCHD

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Getting the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to the residents of Marquette County is a Herculean task with many complex and detailed issues to address and coordinate, including organizing a system to get people scheduled, securing and storing the vaccines in the appropriate ...

Hold political opinionmakers accountable for made-up facts

Columns

When I first started in policy analysis back in 2002, I assumed there was current, up-to-date, easy-to-use statistical information available on the issues of the day. Why did I think that? Because it seemed that professional news commentators drew from a wealth of evidence that let them come ...

Sawyer airport to make good use of federal funds

Editorial

Who wouldn’t want to receive $1 million? Sawyer International Airport recently was awarded this amount by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Sawyer was one of five airports to receive the approximate $1 million, with the others being Ford Airport, Delta Airport, Houghton County Memorial ...

Wolf hunt not needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The discussion of opening a wolf hunt in Michigan has been proposed now that the former administration delisted wolves from the endangered species list in January of this year. It is illogical to host a hunt or even to begin planning a hunt in the same year the animal ...

Liberties lost happens over period of time

Columns

If one can say the pandemic has had any positive side effect, it has been to help us focus on what the loss of liberties looks like. Such losses do not occur immediately but erode over time as people become increasingly comfortable with government claiming to know what is best for us. The ...

Michigan needs surge in vaccines to battle virus surge

Editorial

It’s not at all clear why the federal government isn’t putting the pedal down to get Michigan as much vaccine as it needs, given COVID-19 cases are going through the ceiling across the state. Statewide hospitalizations have quadrupled in a month and are nearing peak levels from last ...

Why we live here

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We are now into spring in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It was a very nice winter, not a lot of snow and real cold weather. So that’s good news plus with Easter on April 4 is the good news of Jesus’s resurrection. A promise of a better life beyond this one in ...

Congrats given

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations and great job to Deputy Keith Romback for 2020 Deputy of the Year. Deputy Romback drives a white sheriff’s car for the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. A big “hi” to Deputy Keith Romback from his buddy, Scott “Toots” Tuttila of Negaunee. ...