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Opinion

Government approach to income inequality

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: One idea, proposed by conservatist economist Milton Friedman, is to provide a minimum income for the poor. Such a program would be more efficient since it would eliminate many welfare programs requiring fewer government workers to run. Besides the poor, we need to ...

Would Trump start a war in order to save presidency?

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s saber-rattling against Iran over that fire at sea of two oil tankers has raised fears of a miscalculation that could lead to war. With all the latest polling numbers suggesting his reelection next year could be in jeopardy, would he start one to ...

Summer is finally here so get out and take advantage

Editorial

Today’s the day: the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, with the June solstice occurring at 11:54 a.m. EDT. As explained by the website for the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “This date marks the official beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring when Earth ...

Time is about up for mandatory high heels

Columns

Just think about it: a clothing item that permanently disfigures a body part, encouraging nerve growths that set off shooting pain. Fashionwise, it telegraphs sexual availability. And amazingly, some employers demand that their female workers wear this cause of physical agony to the ...

Congress making correct moves

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s encouraging to see the recent Congressional effort to protect patients from surprise medical bills, and we’re supportive of the recent work of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to convene a hearing around this issue. Air medical providers never want ...

MCOLES nod a feather in cap of Sheriff Zyburt

Editorial

Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt has added yet another accolade to his name, as he was officially sworn in as a commissioner with the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards at the Marquette County Courthouse Tuesday. Zyburt, who will be filling a seat to represent the Michigan ...

Whitmer on track

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I appreciate that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has tried through negotiations to resolve the risk of a Line 5 oil spill at the Straits of Mackinac, but I’m not surprised that negotiations have gone poorly. I’ve had personal interactions with Enbridge following their ...

Trump’s personality is his biggest re-election obstacle

Columns

“What’s your pitch to the swing voter on the fence?” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked President Trump in an interview that aired Sunday. Questions of this sort are gifts to politicians, but interviewers ask them for a couple of reasons. One, they’re civic-minded. Politicians ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Annie: I need to vent here. I have a group of girlfriends, and there is one, “Melanie,” who dominates the conversation. Melanie’s voice is louder than mine so if I am telling a story or asking a question, she will just blare out whatever is on her mind. Another annoying habit: Even ...

Won’t be easy but we must kick the polystyrene habit

Editorial

What should happen with Styrofoam, which is being used in many products but is considered by some to be detrimental to the environment? According to CBS News, Maine in May became the first state in the United States to ban polystyrene food containers at restaurants and grocery ...

Care vs. judgement

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Where were you on the worst day of your life? My patients are at the clinic, deciding whether to end their pregnancy. I’m an RN in Florida. We see women of all ages, races, and ethnicities. Many are Christians who cry and are overwhelmed. It’s heartbreaking for ...

Hypocrisy has lost all meaning

Columns

There was a time when calling someone a hypocrite could stain their reputation. No more. Like the overused and often misapplied word “racism,” hypocrisy has lost the power to cause harm. The media and Democrats are agog over President Trump’s comment to former Bill Clinton adviser and ...

Time to stop releasing balloons into atmosphere

Editorial

Ever wonder where released balloons go once they float over the tree line or horizon? We do, after all, release millions and millions of them each year, commemorating everything from birthdays and sporting events to business openings and anniversaries. Turns out a lot of them are coming down ...

Line 5 essential

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We agree there is more to the Line 5 story than was shared in a letter published June 3. Ask the people of the Upper Peninsula and northern Michigan, who are among the approximately 55 percent of Michigan residents and businesses reliant on the propane that comes from ...

Lies the liar tells are revealing

Columns

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Pain, disability the result of many toe problems

Columns

Quick, what body part is most out-of-sight? How about that which is farthest away? Have you ever wondered what part of your body is most confined? The answer is obvious: your toes! These apparently simple structures are hidden away from site and easy to ignore. They are the structures farthest ...

Searching for attributes in nature

Columns

My father told me that when he was a little child he used to imagine that the voices coming from his radio were of people living inside it. Tiny news announcers, little singers, and miniature music band members would share the little space, taking turns to recite the news, sing and play ...

Boating rules might work in the U.P. as well as downstate

Editorial

Many us have had a pleasant afternoon or evening on a Michigan river, boating, fishing or just drifting with the current, ruined by the drunks in the next boat over. Regrettable as it might be, these uncaring people make it miserable for everyone, including campers, by being loud, rowdy or ...

Examining justice

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As part of celebrating July 4th, the birthday of our nation, We the People of the United States pledge to progress justice (Preamble to the Constitution of the United States). What is justice? Justice is revealed in our history when we progressed from justice for ...

Rapists’ rights simply defy reason

Columns

WASHINGTON — In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a recent case, a young woman in ...