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Opinion

Democratic battle similar to 2004’s Kerry-Dean race

Columns

As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New Hampshire. But the sudden relevance of foreign policy, thanks to the confrontation with Iran, has made it look more and more like a two-person race between Joe Biden and ...

YMCA’s annual campaign a worthy cause

Editorial

Not everyone can afford a class at the YMCA of Marquette County. That’s why it’s important for the community to step up and help out, which it has done many times in the past. The need, though, still continues. The YMCA has begun its annual campaign, with a goal of $120,000. It ...

Shut down Line 5

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Various professional studies have detailed the huge risk Michigan has assumed for years in permitting Line 5 to operate: a worst-case spill of 2.5 million gallons in the Straits of Mackinac, over 700 miles of shoreline oiled, damages of $6.3 billion (almost $5 billion ...

What I’d like to hear from candidates

Columns

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s strategy of holding on to the two weak articles of impeachment against President Trump was starting to rattle some Democrats, who felt they were losing the political battle. Last Wednesday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) told reporters, “If we’re going to do it, ...

United Way focuses on local people, projects

Editorial

There’s an agency in Marquette County that supports local entities, and residents — typically thousands of them — and does it all with donations. That agency, the United Way of Marquette County, is now in the process of raising money, according to Andrew Rickauer, executive director. ...

Comments crossed line

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: After attending the Marquette Area Public Schools Board meeting on Jan. 6, it is my opinion as a concerned parent and community member that the meeting showed that this community can come together to civilly discuss a delicate, two-sided debate. While there were a ...

US must do more to keep good relations with allies

Columns

Retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis, the former secretary of defense and an exceptionally well-read warrior, has said, “Throughout history, we see nations with allies thrive, and nations without allies wither.” Mattis’ words brought to mind those 13 fateful days in October 1962 when, ...

Land preservation in Marquette a positive move

Editorial

We applaud a land transfer made recently within the city of Marquette that results in a handful of acres being protected from future development. The 25-acre tract includes a combination of forest types, open meadow, wetlands, a brook and several historic sites plus a wide variety of ...

Time to get serious about climate change

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As the new decade dawns and a new year begins, it’s increasingly clear that the next 10 years may be our final opportunity to preserve a sustainable planet for our children and grandchildren. Now, each of us must commit to become warriors in the battle to reduce ...

Neither neocon nor isolationist

Columns

Donald Trump isn’t George W. Bush. That should be obvious to everyone by now, but his critics and even some of his supporters immediately acted as if it were 2003 on the cusp of the Iraq War when Trump took out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani. Suddenly, the neocons had cachet again ...

Rock the Socks does great work helping area needy

Editorial

Hats off, once again, to the Marquette Alternative High School’s annual Rock the Socks program, which collects donated pairs of socks for distribution to area needy. This year’s campaign collected 5,632 pairs. Local organizations St. Vincent de Paul, the Marquette Women’s Center, the ...

Changing of mascot, nickname right thing to do

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the Justice and Peace Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan, church members, and other concerned citizens, I offer our support of the recommendation by the Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee to the Marquette Area ...

Trump stumbles in mini-war

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s gamble of ordering the assassination of an Iranian warlord to prove his own toughness, and then dismissing Iran’s retaliation as bloodless, may allow him to walk away politically unscathed from his latest act of military adventurism. His thinly verified ...

Policies matter in growing population

Letters To The Editor

The latest population numbers from the U.S.Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve. The fastest growing state in ...

Was the US killing of Soleimani a successful policy development?

Columns

There’s an old story — apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be — that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States ...

What does conflict with Iran mean for America?

Columns

Mohey Mowafy David Ignatius, of The Washington Post began his recent column with this sentence “War with Iran has been coming at us in slow motion since 1979. Now, ominously, it’s really here, but we don’t seem any better at deflecting revolutionary Iran from its destructive course than ...

Common sense should prevail in state proposal

Editorial

Now in 2020, we are offically five years beyond the events of the 1989 film by Robert Zemeckis, “Back to the Future Part II.” As you may recall, this is the one where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) uses the DeLorean to time travel to 2015. Zemeckis used his imagination to create a ...

Drowning in red ink

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Words have power. It seems especially so when they are repeated and catchy. It doesn’t seem to matter in our “sound bite” society where people can let themselves be influenced by incomplete, out of context and not necessarily accurate or fact-based ...

Energizer bunny Biden makes people on left very nervous

Columns

Throughout this unsettling conflict with Iran, Joe Biden has stood out as a calming Democratic voice, speaking of the stakes and challenges with deep knowledge of foreign policy. Just another reason for activists on the left backing Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren to lose their minds. The ...

Special Olympics athletes deserve much support

Editorial

When the 2020 Upper Peninsula Winter Games for Special Olympics Michigan Area 36 take place Saturday in Marquette, we hope that many people turn out to watch these athletes giving it their all in competition. The athletes and coaches will be participating in activities and events before and ...