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Opinion

Trump’s State of the Union: An uncertain trumpet

Columns

WASHINGTON — For all of President Donald Trump’s intentions to present himself as congenial to compromise with his Democratic critics, his State of the Union Address was familiar mix of falsehoods and insults toward the opposition, as well as overstatements of his achievements. He was on ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

Editorial

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

Dems want socialism

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Supporters of national Democrats such as Debbie Stabenow, Gary Peters and Tammy Baldwin are now supporting the radical left. The current group of Democratic presidential candidates, who were once moderate, are now on an apology tour retracting their beliefs of the past ...

Time for the ingrates to go

Columns

Crying “hate” is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, ...

Utility, emergency crews to be lauded for ice storm response

Editorial

The aftereffects still linger from Monday’s ice storm, but they could have been worse. You have your local utility workers and others to thank for that. An estimated 10,000 people were without power at the height of Monday’s storm, but only 400 didn’t have it as of Tuesday ...

Tax the rich properly

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: From 1932-1986, our country was remarkable. We built a national highway system with unsurpassed supporting infrastructure. We funded and developed programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. We funded the Marshall Plan and rebuilt Europe. We sent men into ...

The banality of evil, 2019

Columns

WASHINGTON — C.S. Lewis was only partly right when he wrote: The greatest evil ... is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

Editorial

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Cambensy missed mark in Line 5 op-ed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In her opinion piece justifying her vote in favor of keeping Enbridge Line 5, state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, rationalized that using fossil fuels for driving or heating meant we had to support Line 5. Actually, Line 5 does not support her logic. Rep. Cambensy ...

America needs great American movie

Columns

During long, gray, bleak winters — before the women’s and men’s college basketball tournaments and before baseball’s opening days — I confess to an embarrassing secret: I thoroughly enjoy watching TV- and movie-related awards shows on TV, not just the Oscars but also the Golden ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to ply trade

Editorial

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

Constitution clear on separation of powers

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Americans often feel we are exceptional. We are. We are blessed with the Constitution of the United States of America. It’s a structure designed to ward off tyranny and ensure civic stability. This structure is not just our national foundation; it’s our national ...

Frederick Douglass and voting rights

Columns

I have been reading — more accurately, listening to — David Blight’s new biography, “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” It is a welcome respite from the day’s news but also a sober reminder of a racial history that still scars America. Douglass emerges in the book as a far ...

Count of homeless people provides valuable information

Editorial

In the little brick building in Marquette’s downtown where pizzas used to be served, people are now seeking shelter and hope. At 447 W. Washington St. is the Room at the Inn Warming Center, a place that offers the things many of us take for granted every day to people down on their luck. A ...

Many baskets distributed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thanks to many in the Ishpeming area, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John and St. Joseph Conference’s annual Christmas basket distribution was a huge success! Seventy-nine Ishpeming-area households, including 27 families with school-aged children, received ...

Only Dems can save this president from disaster

Columns

George Will Come I to speak in Caesar’s funeral. He was my friend, faithful and just to me: But Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honorable man. — Shakespeare, “Julius Caesar” WASHINGTON — Hakeem Jeffries has, it is whispered, ambitions. The 48-year-old ...

Loss of Todd Honch felt by community

Editorial

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the death of one of the best newspaper carriers we have ever had. Todd Honch had been delivering the newspaper as an independent contractor for 20 years. Todd always had a great disposition and he was very much loved by his customers. Todd was ...

ICE numbers available

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: One thing U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, failed to make clear in his letter to the editor of Jan. 20 is how the number of people arrested by ICE over the past two years is relevant to the issue of whether or not the U.S. should commit more than $5 billion to ...

Kamala Harris and the Medicare-for-all fantasy

Columns

Rich Lowry Sen. Kamala Harris committed a most unusual gaffe at her CNN town hall the other night — not by misspeaking about one of her central policy proposals, but by describing it accurately. Asked on Monday night if the “Medicare-for-all” plan that she’s co-sponsoring with Sen. ...

County Dems oppose shutdown

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Marquette County Democratic Party, like most, if not all, residents of Marquette County, opposes the (recent) government shutdown. As consistently shown in public opinion polls, we agree that no branch of government should shut down the federal government in order ...