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Op-eds

We’re all worn out, tired but democracy remains at risk

The editors of the Marquette Mining Journal, in their Feb. 8 editorial, which was reprinted in the Daily Mining Gazette on Feb. 10, ask when the political climate will improve in this country? They suggest that the Trump impeachment process and our Defund Bergman Campaign will not make any ...

Big chill: Arctic conditions show climate change is here

Sometimes it seems like certain politicians won’t support climate action until hell—or Texas—freezes over. Well after last week, the climate threat is clear as can be, and it’s time for Congress to act. On Feb. 13, a winter storm began sweeping across the U.S. Within days, the frigid ...

New administration facing challenge in Iranian relations

In her brilliantly written book, “Black Wave: Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the Forty-Year Rivalry That Unraveled Culture, Religion, and Collective Memory in the Middle East,” Kim Ghattas, attributed the chaotic cauldron of/in the Middle East to the Iranian religion revolution on Nov. 4, 1979, ...

Natural herd immunity is strategy cloaked in ignorance

Here at the beginning of 2021, we have many uninformed and confused political “leaders” both nationally and within the State of Michigan. They advocate letting the SARS CoV-2 virus just run its course through the general population to achieve a “natural herd immunity.” Baraga and ...

Accountability needed in attempted insurrection

Americans are deeply saddened and deplore the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress met inside. The attackers fought capitol police, broke through barricades, smashed windows, destroyed property to take-over the capitol. As the mob overwhelmed the capitol police and gun ...

Second cash relief round shows payment’s value

COVID-19 is a public health challenge, but as the pandemic goes on, it’s clearly an economic crisis, too. Americans are struggling with business closures, soaring unemployment, and the relentless march of bills coming due each month. Months of these conditions means many in Marquette and ...

Safety concerns dominate planning for space port

On July 4, 2020, Rocket Lab, a company that specializes in sending satellites into low earth orbits, launched its thirteenth rocket from a remote site in New Zealand. Four minutes after liftoff, the rocket exploded, destroying a costly payload of satellites and scattering debris. Fortunately, ...

Far too many unanswered questions on launch project

I, like many Marquette County residents, have been following the development of the proposed rocket launch site north of the city of Marquette on what is commonly referred to as Loma Farms property. As with most new developments, people have gravitated to both sides of the argument. ...

Upper Peninsula residents are not in need of Line 5

Recently I was listening to the public comments being offered to the Michigan Dept. of EGLE regarding the proposed Line 5 tunnel project in the Straits of Mackinac. I was not planning on offering my own public comment until I heard a Dickinson County Commissioner comment that regurgitated ...

Killing Line 5 is bad for Michigan

The best way to protect the Great Lakes is to move with urgency to build a tunnel deep beneath the Straits of Mackinac to carry vital petroleum products from Canada to Michigan and the Midwest. Instead, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to fight plans by Enbridge Inc., operator of Line 5, to ...

Lessons from tree of life from our soul, part 2

Last month I discussed diversity & inter-connectedness as two of the wisdom teachings of the life force (see Guest op-ed, The Mining Journal, Sept 19). Two additional principles from the Tree of Life, symbiosis and homeostasis, deserve special attention from all of us now as ...

How Marquette County’s heart disease affects virus

As we have learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an increased risk of having a severe illness and even death from a COVID-19 infection if one has an underlying condition, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, asthma, COPD, ...

Moratorium on water shutoffs badly needed

Seven months ago, life changed in Michigan when the coronavirus epidemic arrived. The virus created a lot of uncertainty and a real need for leadership. Imagine if you had to worry about not having water during the pandemic, when one of the most important things you could do is wash your ...

Managing growing issue of obesity not easy task

We have all heard the rapidly changing messages. Don’t wear a mask. Wear a mask. Social distance. Stay sex feet apart. Stay 12 feet apart. Stay home, stay safe. Go outside. Despite the confusion, one aspect of the pandemic that has not changed is the pre-existing conditions that ...

Domestic Violence Month amid pandemic

Every year, the month of October is devoted to Domestic Violence Awareness. This year is especially important because of the current pandemic and the crisis it has created. It has had a severe impact on victims, survivors, and the advocates that serve them in our communities. Many victims ...

Finding common ground on abortion no easy task

Abortion continues to divide America, even in our local community, people of faith and within families. The Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision failed to end the controversy; and 47 years later public opinion remains divided. According to Gallup, 18% of Americans believe that abortion ...

Local business leader seeks board seat

My name is Dan Audette and I am running for the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education. My family and I are lifelong residents of the Marquette area. I am a 1996 graduate and alumnus of Marquette Senior High School. My wife, Carrie, is a 1995 graduate and alumnus of MSHS. Our sons, ...

Lessons from the tree of life for our soul, society

I have spent many decades of my life gaining scientific knowledge of the human body and medicine as well as treating and learning from, thousands of patients. So what has my consumption of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge and swearing a healer’s oath to “first, do no harm” taught me ...

Candidate seeks educational excellence

My name is Leigh Beth Freberg. I am running for the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education. My purpose in running is to represent the MAPS key stakeholders in the areas of overall learning, educators (both experienced and incoming), strategic partnerships and the systemic ...

Candidate for MAPS school board seeks positive impact

A couple of weeks ago, I did something uncomfortable, yet, not surprising. I filed to run for the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education. I have not taken on this decision to run for MAPS school board lightly. The health, well-being, and education of all our children is a ...