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Opinion

State increase of 911 fee will save lives, property in long run

Editorial

Mining Journal readers over the years have come to expect that we will shine a bright light on government’s attempts to get control of increasingly larger sums of your money. Historically, with just a handful of exceptions, we have urged government at all levels to take steps to live within ...

State of Michigan battling online fraud

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Due to recent large data breaches from a number of well-known sources, the Unemployment Insurance Agency has seen an increase in criminals using stolen identity information to attempt to illegally obtain benefits. Benefits are legitimately available only to ...

Self-destruction in Trumpland

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — On the heels of the resignation of Gary Cohn, his chief economic adviser, President Donald Trump has responded with the favorite theme song of his own greatness, and how others clamor to be part of it. During a press conference with the Swedish prime minister, ...

Support the NMU hockey Wildcats in weekend tourney tilt

Editorial

It’s Friday again, and with it, the rumble is returning to the Berry Events Center in Marquette for playoff hockey. The Wildcats will host Bowling Green State University Falcons at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Sunday, if necessary) at the Berry Events Center for the second round of the ...

Lesson to be learned from drug regulations

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Sadly to say, another tragic senseless killing has taken place at a school. This immediately brought out the anti-gun group against the hunters and NRA. We hear the same story. Too many guns. Or, guns don't kill, the people do. Funny how time changes things. As a ...

MIOSHA maintains active presence in U.P.

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In response to the “More MIOSHA presence needed” letter to the editor from Mr. Dan Perkins, published in your newspaper on Feb. 22, MIOSHA has, and continues to have, a daily and active presence in the U.P. to help ensure the health and safety of working men and ...

A time when only a human will do

Columns

As computers continue to replace cashiers, ticket vendors and bank tellers, consumers increasingly don't notice or care much whether they are dealing with a human or a machine. The big exception is when they do. Consumers often prefer the convenience of interacting with computers. A checkout ...

Have you done your good deed yet?

Editorial

Friday’s the big day: Spread Goodness Day, created by Marquette resident Anna Dravland in an effort to help people realize that every good deed can have a positive impact on the world. Dravland has forged ahead with Spread Goodness Day despite having faced a daunting challenge: recovering ...

Iraqi culture full of tradition, family, faith

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We have just returned from spending a month as volunteers in Najaf, Iraq. We went at the invitation of Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi-American who spent 25 years living in Minneapolis and who returned to Iraq in 2004 as a peacemaker to help restore healing to his people and to ...

Patterns and trends can often lead us astray

Columns

Feb. 27 marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of my old boss, William F. Buckley Jr., the founder of National Review (where I am a senior editor). This is not a column about Bill but about life and time — and how they don't move in tandem. In 2001, Linton “Lin” Wells, a former ...

School funding needs to be addressed

Editorial

School district-wise, Marquette is not Detroit, and Detroit is not Marquette. So, why should they be funded the same way? The purpose of a study conducted by the School Finance Research Collaborative, a bipartisan group of education experts and business leaders from around Michigan, ...

Gun discussion should include lead exposure

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Something missing in the discussion of guns, gun violence, the right to bear arms and the standard NRA position that “guns and ammo don’t harm people,” is the growing documentation that shooting a gun is indeed exposing the shooter and their family to harmful ...

Harvey Schmidt was fantastic

Columns

You wonder how these things begin. For Harvey Schmidt, co-writer of the longest-running musical in history — who died last week at 88 — and his collaborator, Tom Jones, it began when the two were students at the University of Texas. In a sense it really began in their romantic hearts. No ...

Berman was tireless advocate for women, children’s issues

Editorial

Michigan lost a pioneer late last week when former state House of Representatives member and longtime advocate and supporter of women's rights Maxine Berman succumbed to lung cancer. Berman, who was 71, died Friday. She served in the state House for 14 years, from 1983 to 1996. She was a ...

Climate change is happening

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A recent article in The Mining Journal revealed that one of the largest suppliers of electricity in Michigan — Consumers Energy — is now committed to ending their use of coal by 2040 in favor of cleaner natural gas and renewable sources like wind and solar. The ...

Jeff Sessions has become Donald Trump’s favorite whipping boy

Columns

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been attacked and belittled by President Donald Trump more than Vladimir Putin has. Trump has had rough patches with most of his top officials at one point or another, but there is a particular poignancy in his humiliating treatment of his own attorney ...

More aggressive funding for roads needed in state

Editorial

Lansing lawmakers had a prime opportunity last week to put our money where their mouth was through the passage of a supplemental spending bill that would have seen an additional $275 million appropriated for road repair. Regrettably the bill, which enjoyed a measure of bi-partisan support, ...

No easy path on guns

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Is it possible to pinpoint when the country’s culture changed? Founded on the principles of limited government and individual liberty, today when asked what the role of government is, many people are apt to answer, “To take care of us.” Government works best ...

Trump’s playing dangerous trade game

Columns

President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum may be the most dangerous thing he has done since assuming office — and that is a high standard, given his many reckless policies. The president made the decision at a hurriedly put together White House ...

Dark shadow of suicide touches many in area, state

Editorial

As you read this editorial, someone in Michigan just died from suicide. And in about another six hours or so, another person will suffer the same fate. That’s what the statistics show for suicide rates in Michigan. These figures are not to be taken lightly, considering suicide was noted as ...