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Letters To The Editor

Diminished democracy

To the Journal editor: We fought England over being taxed without representation. It is no wonder that our founding fathers crafted the Constitution based on the principle that the majority ought to govern. Early on, the first region wide tax rebellion was led by many slave-owners due to ...

Leave logo alone

To the Journal editor: I graduated from Graveraet in 1962. My husband taught at Marquette Senior High School for 25 years and was assistant principal for four years. My four children graduated from MSHS. All were proud to represent MSHS as Redettes and Redmen. I support keeping the Redmen ...

Redmen/Redettes should remain

To the Journal editor: I’ve been a Champion Indian for approximately 93 years. I’m almost 98 years old and I played for the Champion Indians from 1938-40. Never did we feel we were demeaning Indians with our mascot. We were proud to be the Champion Indians and having an Indian ...

Snow managers deserve thanks

To the Journal editor: I recently read an article in The Mining Journal about Marquette County and snow removal. Thank you Marquette County Road Commission, the city of Marquette and all the other municipalities, individuals and businesses that remove snow. We have to realize as ...

Moderate change suggested

To the Journal editor: I have a suggestion regarding this (Redmen/Redettes) issue. From what I understand, the name was originally chosen because the superintendent at the time wanted the word, red, and therefore the color red in the name. I was a proud “redman” graduating in 1960. Why ...

MCRC needs new funding

To the Journal editor: I’m writing regarding the recent article and concerns of snow removal efforts of the Marquette County Road Commission. As has been documented, the two storms last November were very unusual, especially as it relates to the amount of snow, density and the wind. The ...

Nickname has to go

To the Journal editor: I was thrilled to learn of the recommendation to change the nickname of Marquette Area Public Schools from “Redmen” to something different. I moved to Marquette in 1992 and was stunned to see an Indian warrior mascot and learn the name was “Redmen.” I have ...

Negaunee ‘Vinnies’ says thanks

To the Journal editor: The Negaunee St. Vincent de Paul food bank would like to thank the many organizations and individuals for their generous donations used in the preparation and distribution of Christmas baskets for families in the Negaunee area. We could not have done this without your ...

America the beautiful

To the Journal editor: What if the world were turned upside down and the circumstances between the United States and Iran were reversed. With their puritanical form of Islamic religion, we would already have been burned at the stake, blown to oblivion or more likely been reduced to nuclear ...

Redmen/Redettes must go away

To the Journal editor: When I moved to Marquette only about five years ago, I quickly learned to appreciate its quality of life. I bragged to my friends elsewhere of the Upper Peninsula’s natural beauty, the friendliness of the people, and the quality of cultural activities. One thing I ...

Shut down Line 5

To the Journal editor: Various professional studies have detailed the huge risk Michigan has assumed for years in permitting Line 5 to operate: a worst-case spill of 2.5 million gallons in the Straits of Mackinac, over 700 miles of shoreline oiled, damages of $6.3 billion (almost $5 billion ...

Comments crossed line

To the Journal editor: After attending the Marquette Area Public Schools Board meeting on Jan. 6, it is my opinion as a concerned parent and community member that the meeting showed that this community can come together to civilly discuss a delicate, two-sided debate. While there were a ...

Time to get serious about climate change

To the Journal editor: As the new decade dawns and a new year begins, it’s increasingly clear that the next 10 years may be our final opportunity to preserve a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren. Now, each of us must commit to become warriors in the battle to reduce ...

Changing of mascot, nickname right thing to do

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the Justice and Peace Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, church members, and other concerned citizens, I offer our support of the recommendation by the Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee to the Marquette Area ...

Policies matter in growing population

The latest population numbers from the U.S.Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve. The fastest growing state in ...

Drowning in red ink

To the Journal editor: Words have power. It seems especially so when they are repeated and catchy. It doesn’t seem to matter in our “sound bite” society where people can let themselves be influenced by incomplete, out of context and not necessarily accurate or fact-based ...

Talsma saluted

To the Journal editor: Kudos are in order for Linda Talsma, Marquette County clerk, and her office. Ms. Talsma has made available hard copy applications for the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission in her office. The applications are mostly available online at the Secretary of ...

Bergman has blinders on

To the Journal editor: All celebrities have groupies. Every sorcerer has his apprentice. Every illusionist has his minions. Enter U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet. Without any firsthand knowledge of the evidence being presented to the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees ...

Disconnect seen

To the Journal editor: I have come across something that is very interesting in my studies and research on and about “politics.” It is something that my “sixth-sense” told me was true, but that is never enough of a reason to believe something. So I did research on it. Here is what I ...

Change badly needed

To the Journal editor: In the dedication to her book “Arboretum Borealis — A Lifeline of the Planet,” author Diana Beresford-Kroeger writes that “this book is dedicated to the Children of the North” and writes that “I asked my daughter, Erika, what she wanted for her sixth ...