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Opinion

Trump dropped the ball on virus

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Well, a grave threat has befallen our country and the president had a chance to refashion his legacy. That moment has come and is likely gone. For weeks, he has downplayed the danger by comparing it to the flu but the virus currently has no treatment or vaccine. He ...

China’s lies and ours getting difficult to keep track of

Columns

Mona Charen This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster — a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge. China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured ...

Music plays track across region

Columns

Billy Strings and Lorien Adamski are at very different points in their musical careers. Both play guitar, but Strings is an award-winning professional, Adamski a raw beginner. There’s also a bit of an age difference. Strings is 27, Adamski 96. Age doesn’t matter when it comes to music. ...

Hearts of Hope is showing the love locally

Coronavirus

These are indeed stressful days as the world deals with an unprecedented in modern times pandemic and people who are able are isolating themselves for the greater good. But there are glimmers of light everywhere, including on Facebook. That’s where three women started a group called Hearts ...

True community spirit

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The SAIL Disability Network of the U.P. would like to thank the community for their participation at the 2020 Chocolate Festival that was held Feb. 23, 2020 at the Northern Michigan University Northern Center. The Chocolate Festival is an annual event where local ...

Rainbows behind virus curtain

Columns

Milan is the V-8 engine of Italy’s economy. Known as an industrial and financial powerhouse, Milan is also famous for its foul air. Now the city and its region, Lombardy, have become the epicenter of Europe’s coronavirus pandemic. To stop the virus’ spread, factories, offices, ...

Pets don’t spread COVID-19, people shouldn’t spread fear

Coronavirus

With all the information about COVID-19 that’s out there, what can you believe? Regarding cats and dogs, it’s pretty simple. If you’re healthy, keep petting and hugging them as you — hopefully — already have. There’s been so much emphasis, and rightfully so, on people having ...

Open letter from health care providers

Coronavirus

To the Journal editor: Dear citizens of Marquette and the surrounding area, We are writing this letter as medical professionals concerned for the safety of our patients, staff, and local community in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Changes are already occurring in our community, and ...

Coronavirus crisis sure to spawn new political realities

Columns

The social and political response to major catastrophes often proceeds in stages. Stage 1 is denial. Thankfully, this stage is largely over for the coronavirus crisis. Not counting a few poltroons and conspiracy theorists, nobody is saying it’s all hype or no big deal. Now we’re ...

Best to just leave it alone

Columns

Dear Annie: I have a cousin who is married, and he and his wife are very close to my wife and me. We started spending time together, not because of my cousin and me but because our wives hit it off and developed a close friendship. We spend the holidays together, visit one another at least once ...

NMU doing well in communicating with students

Coronavirus

How do you communicate to thousands of students about the situation that is COVID-19, a situation that seems to change by the minute? It’s a good thing we live in an online world. Northern Michigan University has been communicating to its student body the latest information at ...

Working together is key in these times

Coronavirus

To the Journal editor: Love in the time of Corona and Climate Change: We are facing two unprecedented crises and we will be better when we work together. Staying ahead of a local corona outbreak, we are asked to take thoughtful precautions. Staying committed to climate change action, we need ...

A lesson from coronavirus

Columns

If anything good can come from the coronavirus pandemic, it is the revelation of America’s overreliance on China, especially when it comes to drugs. Interviewed by NBC News, retired Brigadier General John Adams said, “Basically, we’ve outsourced our entire industry to China. That is a ...

Mom-in-law with sticky fingers

Columns

Dear Annie: Shortly after I met my mother-in-law, she sat me down, showed me her wallet and told me that she always kept a “hundred dollar bill” in the little outside pocket, as well as a blank check folded up inside one of the credit card slots. She said she did this just in case she got ...

Most unusual circumstance is changing things

Editorial

This isn’t just a “stay-at-home-because-you’re sick-but-come-back-to-work-tomorrow” situation. It’s a true lockdown of sorts. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, exempting essential workers. The ...

Some of the hysteria is misdirected

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am among many people who don’t ever want to catch COVID-19 or the coronavirus. But I am not hysterical about it. My loved ones in Ohio tell me about the terrible fear there. They say the stores have no more toilet paper, tissues, paper towels, soap, hand ...

Great deal of community service seen amid virus crisis

Editorial

It’s easy to become depressed by current events. The coronavirus has killed many thousands worldwide and certainly will kill many thousands more before it’s done. Its ultimate impact in the United States, at this writing, is unclear. Media, national, statewide and local, have correctly ...

Future on line

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s here again! Another presidential election year. I’ve spent nearly 4 years trying to understand how the election of Donald Trump happened. What stands out for me —among the reasons given for such strangeness—is the statistic that 82% of white evangelicals ...

Only ‘crooks’ can save us now

Columns

A specter haunts progressive America — the possibility that a company might make too much money solving the world’s coronavirus problem. At the last Democratic debate Bernie Sanders called the leaders of the pharmaceutical industry “a bunch of crooks,” who are telling themselves in ...

Try staying the supportive course

Columns

Dear Annie: My cousin has had anger issues for years, especially toward our grandmother. A few years ago, her parents got divorced, and her dad immediately started dating another woman, with whom he now shares a house. My cousin has announced that she is cutting herself off from family ties, ...