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Letters To The Editor

It’s time to take a stand against hate

To the Journal editor: We should stand for it no longer. The President has described Mexican migrants as rapists, nations that send us non-white immigrants as “s**thole countries”, Central Americans traveling toward the U.S. border as “an invasion”, unauthorized immigrants as an ...

Time to believe climate change

To the Journal editor: In regards to the The Mining Journal editorial of Sunday, Aug. 11, excellent work. It’s time that people wake up to the reality of climate change. Even if one were not completely convinced whether it exists or not, how could one not err on the side of its existence. ...

Labor Day more than picnics

To the Journal editor: For many Americans, Labor Day represents one last chance at a good time before the start of school and the inevitable downward slide towards winter. Days began to get noticeably shorter and the nightly bonfires become ever less frequent. But for union workers across ...

Run wild, run free

To the Journal editor: This letter was inspired by one written by my brother, Richard. Lest I be accused of the crime of plagiarism, I was given permission to use his thoughts. Every time a mass shooting occurs conservative pundits, politicians and the NRA declare, “Current gun laws ...

Advice to liberals given

To the Journal editor: When’s the last time you’ve heard a good, hearty belly laugh? A genuine laugh right from the gut traveling all the way up to the top of the head? One that shakes the very core of one’s being? Not in quite a while, I’ll venture. On TV, it’s the programmed ...

Family gives thanks

To the Journal editor: The VanDamme family would like to thank all those who donated to the Michael J. VanDamme Memorial Fund in his honor of his passing on Aug. 19, 2017. Mike’s family thought about the best way to honor his memory and felt that the Marquette County Fair was the best ...

Budget cuts needed

To the Journal editor: The voters of Gwinn have spoken again, but the superintendent and the school board are apparently refusing to accept the second vote on the school millage. They are claiming that there was a low voter turnout ( as they claimed last time), and they will now apparently ...

Racial bias used how?

To the Journal editor: Racial bias used as a tool of oppression is the exception rather than the rule. Early 20th century blacks and whites in the North lived, learned and worked together very often without discord. Blacks raised in nuclear families often had better life outcomes than ...

What is justice?

To the Journal editor: As part of celebrating Labor Day that honors workers and retired workers, We the People define, justify, and apply justice to declare justice for all workers and justice for all retired workers. What is justice? Justice is revealed in our history when we ...

Racial bias used how?

To the Journal editor: Early 20th century blacks and whites in the North lived, learned and worked together very often without discord. Blacks raised in nuclear families often had better life outcomes than whites from broken homes. They lived in clean neighborhoods and didn’t fear traveling ...

Patriotism defined

To the Journal editor: It might be dangerous if the public had the discretion to vote on the budget, but would it be worse? Would it be as wasteful and bloated as W.A.R. or Wasted American Resources? When it comes to the bloated military budget Congress is quick to act, but when it comes to ...

God bless our president

To the Journal editor: The “What is Decency” letter of Aug. 10 begs this observation: The author’s rambling narrative of all things evil regarding our President has nothing to back it up. Feelings don’t count when you blast someone in the newspaper. How about some facts and ...

Give Trump credit

To the Journal editor: I just don’t understand all the hate for our president, Donald Trump. The man has done more for this country than any other president in my time. His accomplishments are numerous! For instance, African and Hispanic unemployment is now the lowest rate ever recorded. ...

Line 5 needed

To the Journal editor: Barbara Stamiris’ Aug. 4 opinion piece stated that “Michigan needs a responsible plan for delivering propane to the U.P.” We agree, which is why we have worked with various officials over the last number of years to determine the best alternatives to Line ...

What God knew

To the Journal editor: In Robert Anderson’s recent op-ed about racism, he mentioned that the pro-life movement and various clergy should be a part of calling it was it is; namely a sin. I think we would all agree on that. But of course our primary focus in pro-life centers on Roe v Wade, ...

EVs have emissions, too

To the Journal editor: The Mining Journal’s “Clean Green Machine” and related EV charger articles were nice, but only tell the rosy side of the story. If one only looks at electric vehicles (EV) only from the perspective of never having to fill up a gas tank or choking on exhaust ...

Support local artists

To the Journal editor: The OutBack Art Fair and Art on the Rocks crown Marquette’s year of the arts. From Paradise and Allouez to the state of Florida, artists have come to the city to have their art seen and sold. Yet the daily life of Marquette’s art is also important. It receives ...

Letters to the editor

Camp was successful To the Journal editor: Camp New Day U.P. had an awesome camp this year! Our 26 campers were exceptional and came from across the Upper Peninsula. Our counselors, other staff, board members and volunteers were also fantastic and a great time was had by all. This was our ...

Letters to the editor

What is decency? To the Journal editor: After basking in the glow of his crowds’ rage and chants, the circus stays on like an endless parade. Our disgust becomes his entertainment. Not merely content to cage children, support dictators who murder journalists and destroy our environment, ...

School reunion was great success

To the Journal editor: Kudos to the planning committee of the National Mine School reunion. The evening was a smashing success from the “entertaining Chinn and Tasson combo” to the delicious meal prepared and served by the Ishpeming Elks Club, to the music of Pierre Ogea. Thank you ...