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Opinion

Former legislator Casperson recalled with affection

Editorial

The Upper Peninsula has lost a legislator described by another lawmaker as a “true leader.” People are expressing their sorrow of the Sunday passing of former state legislator Tom Casperson. The Republican lawmaker from Escanaba served for six years for the 108th District in the ...

Never lose hope

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: All we need in this COVID pandemic is to recall the lessons of courage and endurance from past generations who faced great crisis and hardship. One such crisis was World War II. As a child growing up in the Ukraine, I heard over and over again about the extreme ...

Worship the state, or else

Columns

In totalitarian societies, governments suppress the church and religious worship. That’s because dictators believe citizens should worship them as the highest authority and not a Higher Authority, which they view as a threat to their power and position. In the United States, the threat to ...

Funding deadline quickly approaching at end of December

Editorial

Unless members of Congress find some way to compromise and give Americans, including those right here in Superiorland, an early Christmas through a new round of COVID-19 relief funding, the holiday season will adversely impacted. Among many flaws in the original CARES Act was a provision that ...

Rossway thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Marquette Area Public Schools would like to thank Rich Rossway for 21 years of public service as a board of education member. Rossway began serving in January 1999 and this Dec. 14, our last board meeting of the year, will presumably mark the end of what, in ...

Thanksgiving is not a lie

Columns

We live in a time of heedless iconoclasm, and so one of the country’s oldest traditions is under assault. Thanksgiving is increasingly portrayed as, at best, based on falsehoods and, at worst, a whitewash of genocide against Native Americans. The New York Times ran a piece the other day ...

Giving Tuesday serves as reminder to do some good

Editorial

We understand that in this year of the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are struggling due to the breadwinner being laid off or the medical costs of having a family member infected with coronavirus. That’s why it’s vital people help nonprofit organizations kick off the season of giving on ...

Presque Isle is an absolute treasure

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Last Friday my husband and I took our last ride around Presque Isle before the road closed for the winter. As a child I took “the island” for granted. As an adult I am most thankful for Presque Isle. We are so fortunate in Marquette to have this gem. It is well ...

Republicans retain a marginal advantage in redistricting

Columns

One of the many big surprises in this month’s surprising election was the Democrats’ failure to overturn Republican majorities in state legislatures. Various Democratic committees budgeted $88 million to flip majorities in big states such as Texas, Florida and North Carolina. Total gains: ...

Cheer Club kicks off, donations more critically needed than ever

Editorial

With Thanksgiving now behind us, the holiday season is well underway. And while it’s going to be an unusual holiday season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, some things haven’t changed this year, most notably, the importance of giving back to our friends and neighbors in need. Due to this, we ...

Social distancing key factor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, I believe many are forgetting the one most important act to prevent the spread — social distancing. So much emphasis has been put on the wearing of masks and face coverings — as if that is the be-all, end-all, which it’s ...

Compassion is fickle

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Even as America approached the grim milestone of 200,000 deaths due to Covid-19, the poignancy of Chrissy Teigen and John Legend losing their “son Jack” this September 30th was not lost on many of us. The hurt loudly resounded on the social media circuit and perhaps ...

Trump quits obstruction but still won’t concede

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump has finally ended his active obstruction of the transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden, but he continues to claim the election was stolen from him. Meanwhile, Biden has promptly named his first cabinet and other agency officials, demonstrating his ...

The next culture war seems to be off to a slow start

Columns

Like horses at the starting gate, the better conservative pundits are galloping off to the next thing, which is really an old thing: the culture wars. But what a nice change from having to negotiate between traditional conservative doctrine and Donald Trumpian mobs threatening them for frowning ...

Taking note: Winter Wonders

Columns

It was one of those mornings in late autumn that oddly felt like springtime. A thin layer of ice was slowly melting on the pavement. Water slowly dripped from the roof. Birds sang in the distance. Although it felt a little like early April, the moment was all the more beautiful and peaceful ...

8-18 Media: Serendipitous moments

Columns

Have you ever had a moment in your life where you saw something or someone you did not expect to see? Then you have experienced serendipity. Serendipity is luck that takes the form of finding valuable or pleasant things that are not looked for. A few years ago, I walked into Babycakes Muffin ...

Small businesses deserve support from everyone

Editorial

No doubt we are living in strange times in this era of COVID-19 and all the changes it has necessitated in our lives. But something has not changed and that’s the importance of supporting the small businesses in our community. Small Business Saturday, marked the Saturday after ...

LaFave’s suggestion wasn’t well received

Letters To The Editor

In my 91 years on this earth I was so shocked to hear Beau LaFave on TV say we should impeach our Governor of Michigan for attempting to save lives from this awful virus. I made an awful mistake of voting for him because I thought he was a smart young man. My mistake! ANN MAE FILIZETTI Gwinn

Forgiving student debt is a very bad idea: here’s why

Columns

One good rule of thumb is to judge parties and politicians by their priorities. Politicians often pretend to be for every good thing under the sun, so the best way to judge them is to look at which things they actually work to achieve or spend political capital on. This will tell you not only ...

Enjoy Thanksgiving — safely

Editorial

Thursday will be a Thanksgiving like no other. And not necessarily in a good way in some aspects. With the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, it’s beyond a bad idea to host large gatherings for the holiday. We know this is painful; sometimes Thanksgiving is the only time of the year ...