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Letters To The Editor

Trees missed

To the Journal editor: It is unfortunate that the trees in the little park on Lakeshore Boulevard had to be destroyed. Planting those trees was a special project begun by my husband, Bob Moore, and me in 1980. The first two planted were in memory of our son, Brian, followed by the weeping ...

Taking a stand

To the Journal editor: It is our responsibility of we who are baptized Christians to call out injustice in this world. In less than a month, three black Americans have been senselessly murdered. Outrage, violence and fear of physical harm are a reality in towns and cities across our ...

Beware lead poisoning

To the Journal editor: The recent killings of George Floyd in custody of Minneapolis police, EMT, Breonna Taylor by police in Louisville and jogger Ahmaud Arbery by private citizen vigilantes in Georgia, should concern everyone. Bigotry and racism are direct threats to public health and ...

What’s happened to our country?

To the Journal editor: My father fought in the North Pacific Command during World War II. His brother fought in Europe during World War II. My father was a conservative Republican, same as his brother. Despite the continuing horrific crimes of right-wing extremists, our president wants an ...

Leadership lacking

To the Journal editor: Why, after six months of the coronavirus pandemic in this country, can we not buy a can of disinfectant spray, hand wipes or other essentials we need? When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941, our country started producing the munitions, equipment and supplies ...

No. 1 Miners fan salutes hoops team

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach Dan Waterman and assistant coach Chris Prunick and team manager Kyle Waterman and the Negaunee High School Miners varsity boys basketball team on a great season. Great job to eight seniors: Jakson Sager, Alex Munson, Jason Waterman, Chas ...

We should learn from COVID-19 experience

To the Journal editor: Here we are into June with the COVID-19 ongoing. Time will tell what effect it will have for our country. Some states will reopen others are playing it safe. My opinion would be keep safe and save lives. Only time will tell. I do salute all the doctors, nurses, ...

Proceed with caution

To the Journal editor: With more businesses starting to open, we still have restrictions to follow. But it is not a choice between human or economic health. You can’t have one without the other. Most countries have practiced strict social distancing and are opening back up with reduced risk ...

Pastor doing great job

To the Journal editor: On Sunday mornings, Christ The King Lutheran Church is so blessed to have such a faithful pastor. This has been going on for quite a while already and probably a couple of weeks more. The congregation would just park in the parking lot and turn on the radio to a ...

Protect all of the people

To the Journal editor: Heartfelt thanks to the frontliners (including) medical staff, lab technicians, medical researchers, custodians, farmers, truckers, grocery and pharmacy staff, mask makers and countless others helping us live! Our planetary response to COVID-19 is an all-out defense of ...

Food assistance badly needed

To the Journal editor: A new Brookings Institute survey found among mothers with young children, nearly one fifth say their children are not getting enough to eat during this pandemic, a rate three times as high as in 2008, during the worst of the Great Recession. This should be deeply ...

Prayer movement needed locally

To the Journal editor: As Marquette County becomes more and more entrapped in our society’s brokenness, it is time for our county’s churches to come together in one mighty and sustained prayer movement. Scripture, in fact, calls us to do so. Prayer is the mightiest force in the world, ...

Energy bill deserves support

To the Journal editor: The understandable infuriation felt by marginalized communities of color has unfortunately led to violence from a minority of demonstrators and it is distracting from the larger goal of the movement. Clear demands have been laid out from organizers, including stricter ...

Free the U.P.!

To the Journal editor: There comes a time when level heads and common sense must prevail regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The lockdown for the Upper Peninsula has been irrational and nonscientific. The lockdown may be appropriate for Wayne and Detroit counties where there is a high population ...

Voting by mail appropriate

To the Journal editor: We have a classic case of “chutzpah” on the topic of mail in voting, as Donald Trump had railed and threatened your state with withholding funding, by giving all registered Michigan voters the option to vote by mail. Trump claimed this could cause widespread voter ...

Veepstakes big political business

To the Journal editor: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in 2020. Whitmer gives Democrats their best chance of winning nationally on November 3. Former Vice President Joe Biden has already promised to choose a woman to be his vice president ...

Norlite thanked

To the Journal editor: Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette has been getting a lot of attention lately because of the number of COVID-19 cases that have presented there. I would like to shift that focus to a more positive note. My mother (Estelle) was a resident at Norlite from January 2018 ...

Wear a mask

To the Journal editor: As a retired registered nurse, I understand the science and importance of wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, working in labor and delivery during the AIDS/HIV crisis, all health care staff who had direct contact with ...

Energy task force one to watch

To the Journal editor: As Gene Champagne noted recently in his Op-ed, the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force has commenced Phase II, alternative technologies and electric rates. His suggestion that we stay involved in this process is right. We are in the unique position of having a voice in ...

Listen to experts

To the Journal editor: There is an old saying the if you fail to heed the mistakes of the past, you are doomed to repeat them in the future. The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 reminds us of that. So does the terrifying polio epidemic during the middle of last century, in which many schools, ...