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Opinion

Cancelation of Pioneer Days a sign of the times

Editorial

The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another annual celebration this year when the Negaunee Irontown Association announced the cancelation of Pioneer Days, a staple of the Negaunee community since 1979. The week-long celebration in July usually includes class reunions, family reunions, a softball ...

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Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There is an old saying the if you fail to heed the mistakes of the past, you are doomed to repeat them in the future. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 reminds us of that. So does the terrifying polio epidemic during the middle of last century, in which many schools, ...

Summer people are here; and are snowbirds staying?

Columns

When the pandemic hit this winter, city people with second homes moved into them. This upset the rhythm of beach, lake and mountain communities that attract a lot of “summer people” — but not until the summer. As for winter destinations — Florida, Arizona, Texas or any ski area — ...

Kids especially need reassurances during troubled times

Editorial

This week, the US marked a heartbreaking milestone as the death toll from coronavirus broke 100,000. This outbreak, which was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization back on March 11, has had a dramatic impact on the entire planet. But what are the long-term effects it will have on ...

Commission seeks new members

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s not too late to apply to be on the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. In 2018, the citizens of Michigan voted overwhelmingly to correct the gerrymandering of our state by forming an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to draw ...

Biden is demonstrating troubling pattern in gaffes

Columns

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told an African American talk show host last week: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” It was not a one-off remark. After strong condemnation, including from some fellow ...

Quit with the bothersome belching

Columns

Dear Annie: I started seeing someone recently. “Matthew” is a perfect gentleman in many respects, but he has one habit that I find very rude and jarring: He burps, frequently, and sometimes without even covering his mouth. We sit down to watch a movie together after dinner, and all I can ...

Lakeshore Boulevard federal funding boost a welcome development

Editorial

One of the biggest projects in the city of Marquette is the relocation of Lakeshore Boulevard, which was battered late in 2019 by a storm but was in need of other work. A welcome bit of information was the announcement that the city has received a grant of over $2 million in Pre-Disaster ...

Nation unprepared

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recent modeling data from Johns Hopkins regarding the COVID-19 pandemic indicates that at least 69% of the Upper Peninsula population would need to be infected in order to provide herd immunity. The first wave of the COVID-19 outbreak has barely started here as we ...

Choosing the wrong opponent

Columns

It is a common, if not especially honorable, practice in American politics for a candidate and her campaign to prefer to run not against their actual opponent on the ballot but rather against the most unpopular caricature of the opponent’s party. That explains why Democrats, for close to ...

Family is family

Columns

Dear Annie: My brother and I own our parents’ house, which is the house we grew up in. They put it in our names a while ago with the provision that they be allowed to live there for the rest of their lives. Recently, my brother, his wife and their two children moved in with my parents. They ...

Peter White Public Library taking time to reopen to public

Editorial

Decision makers at the Peter White Public Library in the city of Marquette deserve positive recognition for taking the safe route to reopening the facility. As announced in a Mining Journal front page story late last week, the library board previously approved a phased-in series of steps that ...

UPETF against Line 5?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Considering all the home heating energy options available (wood, natural gas, oil, propane, electricity), it is rather telling that recent Mining Journal articles and letters to the editor about Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force appear to focus on propane. Although ...

OK to acknowledge good virus news

Columns

It’s not March anymore. The coronavirus has taken a heartbreaking toll on Americans, but the course of the virus is not the same as it was a few months ago. We are on the other side of the curve. There are encouraging signs all over the country, and no early indications of a reopening ...

Taking note: Finding peace

Columns

There’s truly nothing like that first little dip into Lake Superior after a long winter. I find myself awaiting this moment through all the colder months, imagining the refreshing, yet bitter embrace of Superior on the first day that could reasonably be termed “hot.” But it was a ...

Now is the time to step up, lend hand to neighbors 

Editorial

It’s simple, really: if you are able to help a neighbor, please do, especially with times being as trying as they are as the world navigates through a pandemic. As we say after every Christmastime when food drives are many, hunger knows no season and donations help all year round. And at ...

Piggot has done great

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Marquette County ACHIEVE Health Coalition would like to express immense gratitude to Dr. Kevin Piggott. As the coronavirus has unfolded over the past several months, Dr. Piggott has provided our community with guidance and leadership that has not gone unnoticed. ...

Flyover disappoints

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The highly anticipated Upper Peninsula flyover Tuesday was somewhat disappointing. The two refueling aircraft looked like Delta planes coasting into the K.I. Sawyer airport from Minneapolis. They couldn’t spare a fighter jet to accompany them from the ...

Andrew Cuomo would make nation a great vice president

Columns

Joe Biden still has time to do the smart thing and name New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo his running mate. The top two reasons would be Cuomo's proven competence managing his state's coronavirus crisis and a strong personality unafraid of that other son of Queens, President Donald Trump. We know. ...

Parades a great way for people to connect during pandemic

Editorial

One of the many challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been isolation, especially for older adults and those who live in assisted living or nursing facilities. However, we’ve been glad to hear many recent reports of the community banding together to bring a little light into the lives of ...