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Opinion

Equitable, efficient distribution of vaccine is key challenge

Editorial

As we enter the second full week of January, we will also enter a new phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Michigan. Starting Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with vaccinating residents who are 65 and older; frontline essential workers ...

Trump presidency collapses amid capitol insurrection

Columns

WASHINGTON — Nearly 80 years ago, President Franklin D. Roosevelt condemned the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor as “the date which will live in infamy.” On Wednesday, another such date informed the American people that lame-duck president Donald Trump had personally incited an ...

Nation can do better than President Donald J. Trump

Columns

The mob violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was deplorable and disgusting. It is the antithesis of a free society that wishes to remain free. Any supporter of President Trump and his policies must denounce this horror with even more vehemence than they denounced the riots ...

These are the worst of days for president, his supporters

Columns

President Donald Trump, it turns out, was being quite literal when he told us Jan. 6 would be “wild.” And so Wednesday was, but it was also disastrous for the party and the movement Trump has led for the last five years. Wednesday, the defeats of Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue ...

Michigan keeps unfairly targeting restaurants

Columns

We were pleased to see Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon ease restrictions on a variety of businesses, as well as allow the return of in-person classes at high schools. Yet restaurants remain a target, and it’s decimating the ...

Bergman should resign

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, should be held accountable for his role in Wednesday’s insurrection .... It does not take a rocket scientist to understand what was going to happen yesterday with President Trump, supported by Rep. Bergman and others, continuing ...

Officials wrong on support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With a court record of 1 win and 60 losses at worst or 1 win and 30-plus losses at best (appeals continue to occur), ... (the) claims of election fraud beyond credibility. Unfortunately, those who represent northern Michigan and the western Upper Peninsula — Jack ...

Taking note: A shared language

Columns

Dysania: The state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning. “On Mondays, my dysania can cause me to reach for the snooze alarm upward of five times.” This little-used word and fitting usage example resonated with me as soon as I read it on the Wayne State University Word ...

It’s easy to forget but world contains much good

Editorial

A lovely set of photos was featured on the front page of this newspaper Wednesday, pix of the first baby born in 2021 at UP Health System-Marquette. The year’s first bundle of joy weighed in at 6 pounds and 11.8 ounces and measured 20.5 inches His name is Sam James and he was born to ...

Rep wrong on support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: After the attack on our nation’s capitol on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Bergman, R-Watersmeet, voted to challenge Electoral College votes to confirm President-Elect Joe Biden. In a joint announcement with Rep. Walberg on Monday, Bergman stated “The very foundation of ...

Republican Party must split

Columns

As Donald Trump’s Republican Party descends into madness, dragged down by the president’s lies, threats and possible mental illness, it’s become hard to imagine democracy-loving conservatives continuing to live in the same house. They’re in a marriage that can’t be saved. The ...

Post office did its best during holiday rush but problems remain

Editorial

U.S. Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has a lot of explaining to do, as some in Washington are saying his removal this fall of mail sorting machines at postal facilities is partly to blame for challenges the U.S. Postal Service faced in getting packages delivered during the Christmas season. The ...

Opposes recent letter

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I would like to respond to Mr. Gary Ruhinen's letter to the editor dated Dec. 31, 2020. His letter lends support to U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman's decision to sign on to an unprecedented lawsuit launched by one state against four other states requesting that they invalidate ...

Candor can be politician’s secret, unused weapon

Columns

Let me be blunt, please: Most of us ink-stained wretches in the political press corps are complete suckers for candor from politicians when speaking about themselves. Candor can truly be disarming. Early in the first Reagan term, on Aug. 19, 1981, in a major incident, two Libyan fighter jets ...

Time to accept that Biden won election and move on

Editorial

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-1st District, along with state U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7th District, announced earlier this week that they will formally object during the Electoral College certification process that begins today. “Since Election Day, constituents have demanded Congress launch a ...

Biden will speak less than Trump

Columns

One of many things that will distinguish a President Joe Biden from his predecessor is that the incoming president is likely to speak less in public, mostly because of how he garbles his thoughts and words. The most recent example was when he called Peter Doocy of Fox News a “one-horse ...

Donating blood is a critical act

Editorial

As the holiday season wanes and we all find ourselves with maybe a bit more time on our hands, it’s time to think of how we can give back to our communities while filling our mid-winter days. There are many ways to give back and make a difference locally, such as volunteering, contributing ...

2020: The year America went crazy

Columns

Did America go crazy in 2020? I suspect observers years hence will think so because of the responses, of both elite officials and ordinary Americans, to the COVID-19 pandemic starting last February and to the shocking video from Minneapolis police officers released over Memorial Day weekend. ...

Veterans here and elsewhere deserve best in health care

Editorial

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, has a lot of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves, including a great many right here in Superiorland. For decades, ...

2020 had good news take place

Columns

Was 2020 the worst year ever? The media keep saying that. We did have the pandemic, a bitter election, unemployment, riots and a soaring national debt. But wait, look at the good news, says historian Johan Norberg. His new book, “Open: The Story of Human Progress,” points out how life ...