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Opinion

Ban voter restrictions

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Some Michigan Republicans are attempting to disenfranchise Michiganders, but those most impacted will be middle and working class minorities and working class whites. I began working on voting rights issues in 1998 while a student at Saginaw Valley State University in ...

Alger County Animal Shelter’s caring mission worthy of support

Editorial

Cats, dogs and all types of household pets have provided a much-needed source of comfort, joy and company for many area residents throughout this challenging year. And many people — in the area and beyond — have found themselves wanting to adopt a cat, dog or other furry friend amid the ...

Hospital visit a positive experience

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I had a recent visit to UP Health System-Marquette due to a bad case of atrial fibrillation and wanted to share my wonderful care from the emergency department. I was put in a room after about 10 minutes and had a wonderful experience with Dr. Amedeo Sturla and nurses ...

Bipartisanship can be lethal weapon against political foes

Columns

American politics is caught in a perverse paradox. The bases of both parties would like nothing more than to destroy the other party. But it is precisely this animus that prevents them from accomplishing their goal. That’s because the best strategy for partisans to wreak havoc in the other ...

All of us must do part to stave off fourth virus surge

Editorial

Philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears that many Americans are fitting the profile. President Joe Biden and a top health official declared Monday that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early. ...

Vehicle sought in crash

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I’m asking for the public’s help in identifying a person involved in a hit and run on Dec. 13, 2020 in North Lake Location. The vehicle is an older model white SUV, similar to a Ford Explorer, driven by a male. Damage would be on the driver’s side, front ...

Reforms to telehealth, licensing can spur treatment

Columns

Americans are good at breaking down seemingly insurmountable barriers. We’ve broken down barriers to travel with airplanes, self-driving cars and space exploration. We’ve eliminated barriers to communication with the smartphone and the internet. Where we struggle is with eliminating ...

Michigan DNR marks 100th birthday and counting

Editorial

Celebrating 100 years of existence — a centennial, to use a fancier term — is a noteworthy hallmark for many organizations and agencies, assuming they get that far. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is one of those organizations. The original Michigan Department of ...

Well-oiled machine

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: My husband and I received our COVID-19 shot at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University. Everyone there did an outstanding job. Everything was so organized. The staff there was so friendly and made you feel relaxed before you received your shot. We want ...

Jim Crow and the Georgia voting law

Columns

At his news conference last Thursday, President Biden said of Georgia’s new voting law, “It makes Jim Crow look like Jim Eagle.” Jim Crow was not a person, but unlike most former presidents, he has a museum: The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. The name came from a song written ...

MSP correct in program to become autism sensitive

Editorial

Give the Michigan State Police credit for trying to get ahead of addressing calls for service that may involve a person with autism. It’s called Action for Autism and it’s a program which provides training on autism awareness and equips officers with calming bags to carry in their patrol ...

Less pollution, better planet

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: News of the E.P.A’s plans shows great promise for the future of renewable resources and the fight against climate change. Although specific policies haven’t been made, the E.P.A’s direction points to a more renewable energy-dependent system that will decrease ...

Get creative with new federal education cash

Columns

An unprecedented volume of education dollars from Washington is flooding into Michigan schools. While most of the money is set aside to prop up the status quo, Lansing lawmakers should push forward bold strategies to help families directly. Pushed across the finish line by President Biden and ...

Michigan on right track in online COVID dashboard

Editorial

Thomas Jefferson was fond of using the phrase, “knowledge is power” in his correspondence. Historical researchers have found the term used on at least four occasions in Jefferson’s writings, although many believe Sir Francis Bacon originated it well over a century before. With that in ...

Rich get richer

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: If you could save $1 million every year, it would take 1,000 years for you to become a billionaire. If wealth greater than $1 billion were taxed at 100%, billionaires would still have $10 million to spend every year for 100 years. There are more than 600 billionaires ...

Biden’s can-do attitude shines through in first press conference

Columns

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden in his first White House press conference left no doubt he is committed to a long-term effort to return normality to the conduct of American affairs after the Donald Trump detour into chaos and self-aggrandizement. The president punctuated the signal with a flat and ...

Human trafficking misery apparently active in Upper Peninsula

Editorial

Although it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security while living in the beautiful, rural communities of the Upper Peninsula, a recent announcement from the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office made it clear that residents need to remain vigilant, especially those who are ...

When will Whitmer give up unilateral control of state?

Columns

For more than a year now, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has wielded more control over the lives of Michiganders than any other governor in history. She has regulated everything from when we may leave our homes, what we can purchase and from which businesses, where we may do our work, where we may ...

‘Baghdad Bob’ rides again in administration border claims

Columns

When I heard Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas say last Sunday on “Meet the Press” that the southern border “is closed,” it immediately brought to mind claims by Iraq’s former information minister — dubbed “Baghdad Bob” and “Comical Ali” (aka Mohammed Saeed ...

Vaccines permissible

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am so grateful to have been part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccinations in Marquette County! I am sure you think that is because I am over 65 years of age and thus, more vulnerable to this virus. While that is true, and I am also happy to do my part to help our ...