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Letters To The Editor

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 ...

Directory a valuable resource

To the Journal editor: Last week, I went to the township hall to pay our semi-annual property taxes. Despite extended hours and a friendly staff, it is not the most enjoyable task. Yet on the way out. I saw something that brightened my day. Displayed on the counter was a copy of the newly ...

Many benefited from campaign

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the men and women of the Marine Corps League Lake Superior Detachment 764, we would like to send a great big thank you to Marquette County. Thank you to all the local businesses, residents and the veterans population who helped us have another successful ...

Logo should be discontinued

To the Journal editor: I’m writing this letter to share my recommendation that the Redmen logo be discontinued. Because we live in a district that is not very diverse, it is critical that we role model and treat all community members and students with kindness and ...

Bergman key in helping communities

To the Journal editor: Washington politics have become so polarized that it can be tough for Democrats and Republicans to come together to tackle big challenges. But that’s exactly what happened recently on Capitol Hill thanks to dedicated lawmakers like U.S. Jack Bergman. Bergman, ...

VA facilities should be cell phone free

To the Journal editor: I volunteer at a Veterans Administration facility in Arizona and I have noticed the abuse of cell phone use. I encounter daily, all the time paid workers including nurses, techs, janitors, etc., constantly on their cell phones. This constant cell phone usage takes ...

More firsthand witnesses needed

To the Journal editor: The Republican representatives are suggesting President Trump was concerned about corruption so his asking about investigating Biden was only about corruption and withholding financial aid was to make sure the aid was being handled appropriately. I think Trump ...

Resolving to do more

To the Jounal editor: I recently read a book entitled “How Democracies Die” by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. The authors presented a depressing review of numerous countries with democracies that were replaced with authoritarian governments and how that occurred. I’ve always ...

Agrees with Journal position on Redmen/Redettes nickname

To the Journal editor: Thank you all for your thoughtful and on-point editorial in a recent Mining Journal titled “Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue.” I agree with you, as does my husband and our son, a student at Marquette Area Public Schools. There is no need to perpetuate ...

Hematites congratulated

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach George Niemi and assistant coaches Kyle Rundman, Tony Marietti, Mike Walker, Tyler Windahl, Jake Perry and Aaron Corkin and the Ishpeming Hematites varsity boys football team on a great season. Great job to Coach Niemi, first year as head ...

Line crews did great work

To the Journal editor: A couple of weeks ago during the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Upper Peninsula experienced not one but two early season winter snowstorms. The wet, heavy snow along with high winds resulted in power outages for many Marquette Board of Light and Power customers. The ...

Line crews did great work

To the Journal editor: A couple of weeks ago during the Thanksgiving Holiday, the Upper Peninsula experienced not one but two early season winter snowstorms. The wet, heavy snow along with high winds resulted in power outages for many Marquette Board of Light and Power customers. The ...

Child’s inquiry to New York newspaper sets world straight on Santa

Editor’s note: This is the reprint of the 1897 New York Sun editorial responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City. O’Hanlon said friends had claimed there was no Santa Claus and so she asked, “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” This is the ...

What are we losing?

To the Journal editor: A discussion does not take place when a home is being engulfed in flames brought by winds following a drought, or a hurricane floods up to the roof and washes away nutrient-sustaining vegetation and contaminating water tables beyond, or when power lost in a winter storm ...