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Opinion

New state police mobile app has practical uses

Editorial

Just when you thought you had loaded every possible mobile app onto your smartphone that you could possibly want or need, the Michigan State Police have another one you might consider. And unlike what a lot of people have on their phones now, which often are little more than time and battery ...

Hats off to Sterling Schultz

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I read the story about the “appreciation day” for the Republic Veterans Memorials’ donors, and to those of us whose names are up on this Wall. (I happen to belong to both of the above mentioned.) Back a couple of years ago when the story about a Veterans ...

GOP has unlikely but ideal savior

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — As the Republican Party vanishes into the party of Donald Trump, the situation cries out for an old-time establishment conservative or moderate who can rescue it and restore its longtime counter to Democratic liberalism and growing progressivism. Trump himself ...

Hong Kong’s resistance offers lessons for Taiwan

Columns

George Will TAIPEI, Taiwan — What happens on Hong Kong Island does not stay there. The ongoing tsunami of discontent washes over this island, which, like Hong Kong, is navigating the choppy waters of relations with the same large and menacing mainland neighbor. This nation — which is such ...

Benson should speed up branch wait times

Letters To The Editor

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson campaigned on a promise that the wait in line at Secretary of State branch offices would be no longer than 30 minutes, and she had a slate of good ideas to make it happen. Now, in her eighth month in office, wait times are consistently worse than ...

Here’s why reparations talk is a very bad thing

Columns

Mona Charen Three Democratic candidates for president, Julian Castro, Cory Booker and Marianne Williamson, have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee to create a Commission to Study and ...

Marji Gesick will provide wide variety of challenges

Editorial

Find your limits. Destroy them. Those are on the words that serve as the cover photo on the Marji Gesick’s Facebook page. That’s what this event, rolling into its fifth year, does to its participants: tests their limits. Today through Sunday, runners and bike riders will try to finish ...

Trump not the one

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Donald Trump calls himself “the chosen one” and applauds the suggestion that he is like a “King of Israel” and a “second coming of God.” The foot soldiers in his war against women, immigrants and people of color chant “lock her up” and “send her ...

Cultural appropriation has become tedious subject

Columns

Fashion brand Carolina Herrera has been unfairly dragged on the carpet of shame for creating an elegant gown adorned with Mexican motifs. The charge, “cultural appropriation,” was made by no less a person of authority than Mexico’s cultural minister. Cultural appropriation is typically ...

Project Keep Kids Warm doing great work in community

Editorial

A local group that has provided thousands of articles of winter clothing to area children will mark a decade of service by introducing efforts to become more efficient and donor-friendly. Project Keep Kids Warm, which was established in 2009, will deploy donation boxes at 35 convenient ...

Roads still bad

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have a question. All the money that is being spent on the roundabouts in the city of Marquette and Marquette Township. Wouldn’t all that money have been better spent to, and a quote Gov. Gretchen Whitmer here, “Fix the damn roads?”

Heresy of hearsay on display in latest attack on Kavanaugh

Columns

WASHINGTON — The recent fiasco at The New York Times, which last weekend published the latest uncorroborated sexual-assault accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was a monument to hearsay and a travesty of journalistic ethics. The story, since modified to include crucial ...

Pine Ridge fire aftermath: Time for much reflection

Editorial

Finally. About seven weeks after a roof fire was reported at the Pine Ridge Apartments in Marquette, most residents are being allowed back into their homes after being displaced at sites such as Northern Michigan University’s Superior Dome and then Lakeview Arena, although some people stayed ...

Debates very debatable

Columns

Here’s how dictionary.com defines “debate”: “A discussion, as of a public question in an assembly, involving opposing viewpoints ... a formal contest in which the affirmative and negative sides of a proposition are advocated by opposing speakers.” The goal in a real debate is to ...

Heating credit appreciated but sum is modest

Editorial

It may not be a whole lot of money but a fair number of Michigan households — 288,000 to be exact — are in line to receive an out-of-the-blue payment from the state government this month. The money, $22 per household, will be paid to those which received Home Heating Credits in 2018, ...

Letter cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Mr. Anderson, you are inaccurate in accusing me that I “ignore all the other ways innocent and vulnerable life is taken or harmed (and) is not in keeping with being a Christian.” I am active in many ministries beyond “merely” abortion, but I believe the death of ...

Don’t expect a new edition of ‘Profiles in Courage’

Columns

Then-Sen. John F Kennedy wrote admiringly in his 1955 book, “Profiles in Courage,” about Republican U.S. Sen. Edmund G. Ross of Kansas. In 1868, in a decision Ross knew would end his political career, he broke with his party to vote against the impeachment of then-President Andrew ...

Lang deserves honors as she retires from DDA

Editorial

We are pleased to join the chorus of congratulations directed toward Mona Lang, who celebrated her retirement late last week with the Marquette Downtown Development Authority. She’s served more than 20 years as the MDDA director, officially leaving the post Sept. 30. As Lang hangs up her ...

Reading to animals effort successful

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: At a recent community event at the new UPAWS facility, the Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan provided a second financial gift to initiate the Read to Your Shelter Pet Program in Marquette County. A successful pilot brought third-grade students to the shelter in the ...

In war, time less expensive than human life

Columns

The drama leading up to and surrounding the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks was an unfortunate distraction. President Trump invited the Taliban to meet at Camp David for “peace talks” — against the wishes of the democratically elected government in Afghanistan and Trump’s ...