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Opinion

State on right track in getting jobless claims processed

Editorial

Although the wheels of government turn slowly, they apparently do turn. At least that’s what happening in the case of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Recently in this space, we joined state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, in urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen UIA offices ...

Support police officers

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In November 2016, the liberal/progressive wing of the Democratic Party gave us the great orange one by backing a flawed presidential candidate. Fast forward to 2020 and they are poised once again to give us four more years of Commander-In-Chief Bonespurs. Calling for ...

Time to hit the gym again as facilities start to reopen

Editorial

Restaurants, bars, salons and other businesses have had to shut their doors during the COVID-19 crisis. These places now have been allowed to slowly open. Gyms and athletic clubs in the area are starting to reopen too under strict social distancing and safety guidelines, which is a welcome ...

Funds badly needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Chocolay Raptor Center, and our birds, want to express our sincere thanks to AEP Renewables’ Apple Blossom Wind project, a subsidiary of American Electric Power and AEP Energy, for their recent $2,000 grant to our Center. This grant was especially appreciated ...

President’s speech was toxic in Tulsa

Columns

President Trump’s speech Saturday night in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was a toxic stream of consciousness that ignored a great opportunity to speak words of healing and unity to a divided nation. His remarks, which lasted nearly two hours, were full of self-justifications and salted with crude ...

Lauren Foundation seeking a positive out of tragedy

Editorial

We haven’t hesitated over the years to use this space to support community projects and programs that The Mining Journal’s Editorial Board has deemed worthy of support. And although the projects and programs have varied a great deal over time, all had one thing in common: They supported ...

Shut Line 5 down

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Midland, Michigan, suffered a catastrophic flood effecting thousands of people, properties and businesses after a nearly century old, poorly maintained dam failed. About 2,500 Midland County homes and businesses with losses of almost $175 million have been reported. ...

George Floyd changed my mind

Columns

For many years, I was skeptical about accusations of racism in the criminal justice system. Yes, I knew that blacks comprised only about 12% of the population yet represented 33% of the prison population. But those data alone did not prove that police are racists or that courts are tougher on ...

City commission should state why dark sky park is no go

Editorial

Although it’s not entirely clear why, the concept of establishing what’s known as a dark sky park in the city of Marquette has apparently come to an end. Members of the Marquette Astronomical Society have, in recent years, advocated in favor of such a park, which in essence, is simply an ...

Vote by mail

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s nice to go to the polls and greet neighbors. But not during a pandemic and not if you and two or three tired, cranky children are waiting in line after you’ve worked all day. Those closest to the door may have a chair, but often the line of voters stretches ...

Success breeds failure

Columns

Success breeds failure. That’s a lesson taught by America’s current woes, the stumbling attempts to cope with the novel coronavirus, and the all-too-familiar scripts for responding to police misconduct and violent riots. What worked once upon a time no longer proves functional; policies ...

Washing hands and rinsing away the haters

Columns

Dear Annie: It’s horrible to be judged. Here is my story: I am fortunate to have a nice car. This vehicle is my first new vehicle after 15 years of saving. From my additional savings, I am able to provide to others and deliver the items they need. I also have friends who do not have ...

Chocolay Raptor Center deserving of community support

Editorial

Many nonprofits, institutions and other organizations have experienced a loss in income or funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And the nonprofit Chocolay Raptor Center in Harvey, which focuses on rehabilitating raptors and educating the public about them, was no exception. The center lost ...

All lives matter

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: What we have experienced over the past several months revolves primarily around the most precious gift any of us have, which is life itself. Both COVID-19 and the death of Mr. Floyd are about the loss of life; the first through a virus and the second through ...

Taking note: Days at the beach

Columns

The gentle crash of the ocean waves seems to hardly stir the sands of the shoreline, which extends dozens of miles in either direction without a single building to be seen. The wet sand glimmers, darkened by the tides, while the dry portion of the beach is almost bleached white by the sun ...

Guest op-ed: U.P. has long history of defeating big challenges

Columns

Michiganders have faced an incredibly tough start to 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges on individuals, families, our healthcare systems, frontline workers and businesses alike. The challenge to manage the pandemic has created unchartered territory for elected ...

Juneteenth a significant day to celebrate

Editorial

With the Black Lives Matter movement coming to the forefront following George Floyd’s May 25 killing, today — Juneteenth — has a particularly special meaning. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War ...