SWP’s hands-on watershed work benefits region


There’s nothing quite like listening to Lake Superior’s waters lap up against the shoreline on an early summer morning. However, the gentle sounds of the big lake’s waves are just one small part of what it offers our region. It’s a treasure we value for providing fresh water, habitat, ...

Biden’s summit clarity enhances global stature


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s confident navigation of his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed his readiness for the job that has been his life’s ambition. In the several hours of that critical encounter in Geneva, Biden demonstrated the discipline and ...

Why not call it Ferris Bueller’s day off?


A New Jersey school district has voted to eliminate “the names of all religious and secular holidays from the school calendar ... opting for the more generic description ‘Day Off.’” You can guess the reason. They used those increasingly popular words — “inclusive” and ...

America’s next noble act will benefit entire world


Speaking to the Munich Security Conference in February, President Joe Biden proclaimed that “America is back.” It’s a pleasing sentiment, but our allies as well as our adversaries can be forgiven for taking a wait-and-see attitude. America’s approach to the world has gyrated over the ...

A father reflects

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Fathers Day. On this day, everyone pauses to reflect in some measure or other. I reflect on my own father, Earl William Tooman, born in 1910 in a primitive farm house on the Ohio prairie. A product of his time and culture, he did not always do fathering well. The ...

House GOP’s financial disclosure bill would keep many voters in dark


Michigan is one of just two states that don’t require elected officials to disclose how much money they earn or where it comes from. That omission makes it difficult to know when public servants are enriching their own families or business partners at taxpayers’ expense. It also explains ...