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Opinion

Ending school year a difficult choice for Gov. Whitmer

Editorial

It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s the right one. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued Executive Order 2020-35, which dictates that all K-12 school buildings close for the remainder of the school year, unless restrictions are lifted, which seems unlikely considering the ongoing ...

Wash your hands!

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A diagnoses can be had when testing is possible. The said testing is possible when; testing personal are protected, sampling swabs are available, and labs are equipped to test samples. Once there is a diagnoses, treatment can be prescribed. It is possible to break ...

How Gov. Cuomo filled void

Columns

“Politics abhors a vacuum,” said the late John McCain, as have others. The coronavirus menace shows the truth of it. President Donald Trump’s floundering response created a void into which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was sucked. New York City is itself a stage, and Cuomo now commandeers ...

8-18 Media: Step up in crisis

Columns

My alarm didn’t go off. I looked at the clock. It was 7:15 am. “Oh, no!” I thought. “I am going to be late for school!” When I spoke with my mom, she told me that we weren’t going to have school for three weeks. I was excited. Three whole weeks off from school! It has now been ...

Taking note: What we carry

Columns

It’s another cold, gray, blustery day in early spring. The winds howl, the streets are empty, the dawn seems to barely arrive. But I find myself grateful, despite everything. Grateful for the diminishing snow, grateful that my loved ones remain in good health, grateful for all who try ...

Community is commended for helping Room at the Inn

Editorial

It could have just been a “tough luck” situation for a population that’s seen its share of tough luck. Fortunately, the community has stepped up to help people who need emergency shelter amidst the COVID-19 crisis, in which social distancing is playing a bit part to curtail the ...

Getting through social distancing

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It is strange being in COVID-19 lockdown. I miss my family and friends and the people of our community. I miss going to church and social gatherings. There are benefits, though. I’m getting physically stronger by taking daily walks. Strangers greet me with ...

Trump’s daily briefings shine light on his many inadequacies

Columns

On Sunday, President Trump, absent any hard evidence, suggested that large numbers of masks were being stolen from New York hospitals, citing an unnamed facility he said had seen a huge surge in mask usage. “How do you go from 10 to 20 [thousand masks being used], to 300,000?” Trump ...

Grandson’s activities are just too feminine

Columns

Dear Annie: Our 5-year-old grandson, “Ernie,” is best friends with our 6-year-old granddaughter, “Emily.” They ride to school together and are in the same kindergarten class. Recently, Emily and I sewed a cute little project together. Ernie decided he wanted to sew, too. We grabbed a ...

Salvation Army, St. Vincent’s helping communities

Editorial

Some businesses and organizations might be closed to the public, but several charitable groups still provide services, and for that, we are grateful. Two of those organizations are The Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul-Marquette. With the need increasing because of local job losses due ...

State dropped ball

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: My wife and I are concerned parents in a somewhat unique position of having a kindergartner and graduating senior this year. There will be an announcement that the governor will make this week regarding an executive order, which includes closing out the school year. ...

US mired in dark hole of debt

Columns

It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt ...

Marquette365 a great way to keep in virtual touch

Editorial

How can a person be culturally aware in the Marquette area and still follow Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” order? There’s a way. The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is inviting the public to use the Marquette365 community calendar to upload and share ...

Disrespectful tweets do not help anything

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Just in case you missed this, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lately been pressuring the White House to send needed medical supplies to Michigan to help fight the COVID-19 epidemic. We are one of the hardest hit states by the epidemic. Rather than expressing support and ...

Cypher as a presidential candidate

Columns

What William McKinley was to the front-porch campaign, Joe Biden is to the basement campaign. Sidelined and confined to his house by the dictates of coronavirus social distancing, the former vice president has been limited to intermittent appearances from a makeshift studio in his basement. ...

Plenty of political blame laying and it’s just starting

Editorial

Although the nation has only just begun burying its coronavirus dead, the finger pointing has already started on who’s to blame for the uneven response the U.S. has had to the pandemic. Republicans claim, among other things, that Democrats did too little when President Barack Obama was in ...

Medical plans questioned

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spreading across the country, it was apparent that eventually it would reach us here in the Upper Peninsula. Seeing what other parts of the country are experiencing should wake us up to what is possible and what things will be needed ...

Anti-pandemic rules the opposite of anti-climate change rules

Columns

It’s unnerving, and perhaps instructive, that the arrangements elites have been prescribing for dealing with what they call our most dangerous environmental threat — climate change, formerly known as global warming — are almost precisely the opposite of the arrangements deployed to deal ...

8-18 Media: Coronavirus takes its toll on youth too

Columns

This virus has affected me in many different ways. On Thursday, March 12, was my birthday. I took the day off of school to spend with my mother and father. We went to the library, Red Lobster, and some other places. My aunt asked my mother if we could watch her kids, my cousins. The oldest is ...

Engage seniors: Reaching out to those in need

Editorial

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many people might find themselves wishing for a kind word or something pleasant to occupy their minds during this period of social distancing and isolation. Especially older adults who may have faced isolation and/or medical ...