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Opinion

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

Editorial

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Besides being tasty, beer has big impact on economy

Editorial

You don’t have to like beer to appreciate its impact on the economy. The benefits of the beer industry here in Michigan can be seen in a whole heap of ways, from the jobs it provides directly, to the industries and other occupations it supports indirectly. The trickle-down effect is ...

Line 5 too dangerous to continue

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In (a recent) Mining Journal I read that Howard “Skip” Elliott, chief of Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, said the agency believes Enbridge Line 5 is less likely to fail than another Enbridge line that spilled around 1 million gallons of oil ...

Final queries for Kavanaugh

Columns

George Will WASHINGTON — Four decades ago, New York Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, an intellectual Democrat, observed with amazement and regret that Republicans had become the party of ideas. Today, many of America’s most interesting arguments divide conservatives. One concerns the ...

Always willing to help

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I have come to a great reality, Marquette citizens and Yoopers in general are very great people. I am partially disabled and often need a cane to help me walk. I have found whenever I go to any store in the area, someone is trying to help me with the door or ...

Always keep in mind union contributions

Columns

Doug Gilbertson Labor Day. For some it is the bittersweet end to the summer. The last hurrah if you will. The last camping trip, or trip to buy school clothes before the kids head back to the classroom. But as the neighborhood fills with the smell of grills cooking burgers and brats and ...

Administration opening up new insurance options

Columns

douglas O’Brien All over our country, many Americans continue to struggle to pay for health insurance coverage. Premiums for Americans who buy their own insurance, rather than receiving it from an employer, have doubled since the implementation of Obamacare. Those increases have hurt our ...

Coal’s fate is sealed; Trump can’t do anything to save it

Columns

Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration’s decision this week to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is on a downward spiral. The economics of burning ...

Not everyone in US is enjoying post-recession prosperity

Editorial

In very general terms, most would agree that our economy is generating jobs and improving the lives of Americans, from sea to shining sea. And why not? A lowering unemployment rate and peppy stock market together would seem to suggest that. The truth, however, is much more complicated if the ...

Garden tour in city a great success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the 25th Annual Garden Tour. We greatly appreciate the gardeners who welcomed visitors to their beautiful gardens as well as the sturdy visitors who ...

50 years ago in city of Chicago

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Half a century ago this week in Chicago, the Democratic National Convention nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey for president. It occurred amid wild protests in the streets and in the convention hall against the Vietnam War, casting a pall over his ...

Blues Fest weekend means great music in Lower Harbor

Editorial

The beautiful American art form The Blues is taking center stage this weekend in Marquette. The 15th edition of the wonderful Marquette Area Blues Festival kicks off with a free evening of great music Friday night at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Then the music continues with ticketed ...

Contributions to benefit appreciated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Ninety-six ladies showed up at the Red Fox Run Golf Course August 17 to play golf. They came to participate in the 18th annual golf outing to raise funds to support the volunteer organization known as Cancer Care of Marquette County. Luckily the weather cooperated ...

Here’s to people who work with their hands

Columns

After leaving high school, my father worked in factories and drove trucks. College was never in the cards for him. Though a good thinker — the Navy put him in a program dominated by college grads — he never excelled academically. And in any case, he had parents and young brothers to ...

School approaches and safety should be on everyone’s mind

Editorial

The last thing we knew, it was Memorial Day and nice weather was just beginning to make its way across the Upper Peninsula. In a blink, Labor Day is right around the corner, and that means students will be heading back to school. While most parents are making lists of school supplies for the ...

Art also displayed at 231 House of Muses

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In the Aug. 24 article about the potential redevelopment of 231 W. Washington St., Marquette, it mentions that 231 House of Muses was an “alternative music venue.” Although that was its main function, it is also important not to forget the art exhibitions it ...

Left waging war against conservative free speech

Columns

In the competition of ideas, you can’t win the game if you’re not on the playing field. That’s why Silicon Valley bigwigs’ stubborn refusal to put business above their own personal partisan biases doesn’t just rankle. It reeks. Equal access to social media is not just about sharing ...

McCain set fine example that all of us can follow

Editorial

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

Driver recognized

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I just wanted to tell you how great one of your drivers is, Mark Rogers who delivers in the Ishpeming area just called our office to let us know that one of the men he delivers to is home from a care facility and needs to have his meals started back up. Normally, when ...

Double standard apparent in how Trump is treated

Columns

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...