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Opinion

Election a murky matter as seen through Sanford’s looking glass

Columns

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Once upon a time, Mark Sanford might have been a contender, but there’s too much water under the bridges that stretch from this city of steeples to his erstwhile home on Sullivan’s Island. The disgraced former South Carolina governor and congressman announced Sunday ...

Have we forgotten lessons, sacrifices of 9/11?

Editorial

Ask any of the remaining World War II generation how they feel about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, and we can all but guarantee you the response you’ll get will be an emotional one — nearly 78 years after the fact. With freedom on the line, everyone ...

Soo Locks funding urged

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The economic engine of iron and steel is responsible for more than 115,000 jobs in Michigan, paying a total of nearly $8 billion in wages and salaries annually, while generating $29 billion in industry output and $3 billion in federal, state and local taxes. The steel ...

Dealing with Taliban devil

Columns

PARIS — President Trump was right to cancel a “secret” meeting with leaders of the Taliban and the Afghan government following two bomb attacks by the terrorist group that killed 10 civilians, an American soldier and a Romanian service member in heavily fortified Kabul. The president is ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in Michigan

Editorial

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

That’s the way politics should be practiced

Columns

Back when Richard Nixon was president, a Washington saloon five minutes’ walk from the White House named the Class Reunion was the go-to watering hole where press, politicians and real people could rub and bend elbows. To be candid, I was a regular at “the CR,” as it was called, but ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

Editorial

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...

God’s country cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I recently read a book called “Cemeteries of the Stars.” It was about when and how they died and where they were buried. Lots of them had money, fame and large homes, etc. Also, a lot of them died rather young from bad habits, smoking, alcohol and drugs. Seems ...

Dems using climate change to bash economy

Columns

“Climate change is an existential crisis,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren declared Tuesday, unveiling her plan to fight climate change in advance of CNN’s interminable townhall event on the topic with 10 Democratic presidential candidates. The use of the term “existential crisis” is ironic. ...

Weekend Edition has something for everyone

Editorial

Welcome to our brand-new Weekend Edition, an expanded edition of The Mining Journal that will be published and distributed on Saturdays in place of the Sunday paper. After a lot of thought, discussion and work, we think you’re going to like it. The newspaper business is evolving, here and ...

Save water, Mother Earth

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Addressing global food shortage, “The good news is that we already know what we have to do. We just have to figure out how to do it.” From the May 2014 National Geographic, page 46/ Jim Richardson. As humans we think we can fix it. And as we go about “fixing ...

Trump golfs as Pence runs diplomatic errands

Columns

WASHINGTON — Another Labor Day in Donald Trump’s presidency passed as Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahama’s and threatened the U.S. Atlantic coast, and the president blithely golfed at one of his clubs in Virginia, yet untouched by the latest natural catastrophe. Television news outlets ...

Multi-faceted issue

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In D. Michael Carriere’s recent letter to the editor, he agrees with the assertion in my earlier op-ed that racism is an evil that should be called out by people of all faiths. Michael then advocates from a Biblical point of view that the primary focus of the pro-life ...

Yes, without doubt, gun ownership is God-given right

Columns

The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn’t use “the ...

Memory suffers

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Boy, if you wanted a president who can’t remember what he says from day to day, I should have run. TIMOTHY ACOCKS SR. Munising

Stop mental health data mining of our children

Columns

No, no, no. Hell, no! That’s my response to the latest trial balloon floated by the White House to join with Silicon Valley on a creepy program monitoring Americans’ “neurobehavioral signs” to (purportedly) prevent gun violence. President Donald Trump’s old friend, former NBC head ...

Pine Ridge fire, aftermath was test for local agencies

Editorial

As summer turns to fall, it is hard not to put the events of last season in the rear-view mirror. Long days at the beach, class reunions, weddings, they all seem to become a distant memory as the weather gets colder. But some can’t quite close the book on one summer event. As of today, 139 ...

Impeach Trump now

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s time for Congress to begin a formal impeachment inquiry. I can arrive at no other conclusion after Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress. Mueller did his job. Now it’s on Congress to do theirs. Trump may lie, but the evidence does not, and Mueller found ...

Curb your enthusiasm as Biden is the one

Columns

As the Democratic contenders gallop around the backstretch, political handicappers are once again obsessing over the candidates’ crowd size, the enthusiasm of said crowds and the age of the enthusiasts. Once again, little of this should matter. We’ve been told for months that Elizabeth ...