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Opinion

Hietamaki truly was a special person

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: June 21 has come and gone. For many it was the second calendar day of summer, for others it was a sad anniversary of the passing of a wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, very good friend, a healer to many, a local state and national expert on labor and its political ...

Residents warned about scams, on and offline

Editorial

We’ve used this space in the past to warn readers about scams making their way across the internet or hustles that use the telephone. Today, we’re raising the alarm about one of each, fraudulent schemes that apparently have gained some degree of traction downstate and will in all ...

Testing went well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am writing to express appreciation for the community service provided (recently) by the Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan National Guard. They, along with several other supportive organizations, offered COVID-19 tests for free to ...

Polls apart: Dems shouldn’t open champagne just yet

Columns

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Time to protect your catharsis

Columns

Dear Annie: I recently read the letter from A Better Man Today, who was concerned about people reading his personal diary, particularly about his “dark times.” I agree with your answer but would like to add one more idea. Create a “burn box” and entrust it to someone who will not open ...

COVID-19 pandemic badly impacting school finances

Editorial

These are tough times to be in the education business at any level but especially K-12. The school year in mid-March was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were sent home to uncertain learning situations, although from all acounts parents and guardians did their best to cope ...

Trees greatly missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thank you to Shirley Moore for her recent letter explaining the tree-planting project she and her husband, Bob, initiated 40 years ago on Lakeshore Boulevard. Because each was planted in honor of a family member or special friend, her frustration and sadness over the ...

Dems frivolous on candidates

Columns

White college graduates have emerged from the last two decades of elections as an increasingly large and cohesive political bloc — and one that poses problems for both political parties. Back in the pre-COVID-19 era, their numbers augmented by recent products of woke campuses, they seemed ...

Dear Annie: Passage of time doesn’t make pain disappear

Columns

Dear Annie: I’m heartbroken over an event that took place 52 years ago. I dated a girl in high school for several years and was truly in love. After I graduated from high school in 1967, I asked her to marry me. She took my hand and said that she couldn’t because she was pregnant from her ...

Voters’ guide an important resource ahead for elections

Editorial

With the Aug. 4 primary election quickly approaching and the November general election just over four months away, it’s critical to research the races, candidates and issues on the ballot before heading to the polls. And while it can sometimes feel overwhelming to research each item on a ...

Watch out for Big Brother

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Love is preached everywhere. Among its manifestations are filial love, love of nature or love of one’s occupation. Exclusive of an abiding love for the Creator, there is a singular love which, once consummated, remains permanent. At a gut level some judge a person ...

Zonta honors granted

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Given the pandemic that has befallen us, Zonta could not hold its traditional Rose Day Luncheon. However, we still wish to honor our recipients by recognizing their good deeds and contributions to our community. Zonta is currently holding virtual meetings until it is ...

When is enough, enough?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Once upon a time I was talking to a group of fifth-graders in a public school about a lady named Madame CJ Walker who invented hair care products for black women and became the first female Black millionaire. And I got to the fun part of the story describing how ...

Postal Service needs support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As we say thank you to our essential workers, let’s have a good thought for our postal workers. And let’s remember that Donald Trump and his allies want to ... privatize it. Imagine voting by mail this fall if the postal service is not funded. To make matters worse, ...

Op ed: Religion, COVID-19 is complicated situation

Columns

Any experienced priest, pastor, rabbi or spiritual leader will smile when you mention that religion is complicated. One moment the president of the United States is holding up a Bible in front of a cathedral during a public protest. A few hours later, he’s being scolded by a bishop. Pope ...

Taking note: Enjoying the ride

Columns

The night sky is a velvety black, but reflections of the sleeper car’s lit-up interior dance upon the glass of the little window as the train travels westward. The light casts faint, shiny images of the pull-down table and bunk, a couch that converts to a bed, and the small door that exits to ...

8-18 Media: Quarantine in Kuwait

Columns

Personally, I can’t think of any 14-year-old who would say quarantine is an amazing and an enjoyable experience, but if any 14-year-old has said that, then that child's mother or father better get the soap because what just came out of their mouth was a lie. I’m just a regular, tall, ...

Don’t listen to social media for jobless benefits advice

Editorial

We completely understand the frustration many Michiganders have experienced trying to get squared away with unemployment benefits. These are frustrating times, indeed, but on Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Nessel issued a consumer alert on unemployment misinformation on social ...

Holding out for hope

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The last few weeks have been like watching a bad divorce take place in public. Two sides talking past each other that continue to rehash past wrongs with little indication of anyone wanting to compromise and produce any significant change. One would think that there ...

In reopening casinos, the virus is the dealer

Columns

Those who care to wager on a visit to Las Vegas will confront mixed messages on mask wearing, to say the least. The Nevada Gaming Control Board just issued a rule requiring casino guests to wear face coverings at tables and card games only if there are no shields between dealers and each ...