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Opinion

Steps being taken to protect most vulnerable residents

Editorial

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the nation, it is critically important to ensure the people who are most vulnerable to serious complications from the disease are protected. Due to this, a Journal article in Thursday’s edition outlined the steps that nursing homes and ...

Open letter to community

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor As the current board chairman and chief of staff at UPHS-Marquette, we wanted to take this opportunity to address some of our community’s concerns. The current COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to overwhelm our national health resources. Containment of the disease ...

Biden closes in on nomination as virus crisis intrudes

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s sweep of three more presidential primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona brings him only 153 delegates short of clinching the Democratic nomination, with rival Sen. Bernie Sanders denying so far to abandon the race in the ...

Quarantining everyone not sustainable, will not work

Columns

Larry BUEGE Our current policy of quarantining everyone is not sustainable. It may flatten the curve, but it also lengthens the epidemic, which could persist for months. Individuals hoping the epidemic will dissipate in the spring need only look to Australia, which is enjoying summer. They ...

Don’t try to save the shipwrecks

Columns

The overflowing waters of Lake Huron and her angry waves have caused their fair share of havoc this fall and winter. Parks have flooded. Shorelines have eroded. Breakwalls have failed. Waters have reached far into the places people normally frolic. And the big lake has pushed shipwrecks ...

Deaths rock communities of Gwinn, L’Anse, Baraga

Editorial

Once again, in the space of less than a week, we find it necessary to use this space to help our community grieve the loss of one of its best, or in this case, two of its best. Just days ago, we lamented the terrible passing of Ben Lauren, a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire ...

Leadership lacking

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Every year since taking office, President Trump has ignored science and made deep cuts into research on emerging diseases. In 2018, he eliminated the National Security Council’s global health security and biodefense directorate, with its team of world-class ...

Votes do matter, Bernie

Columns

If Bernie Sanders were amassing a nearly insurmountable lead in the delegate counts, I have little doubt that he would be saying to Joe Biden: “Democrats have spoken. Time to drop out and help the team.” But doing what he expects of others is not Bernie’s way. As in the past, he can ...

Preserve democracy, our election by being innovative

Columns

We are facing one discrete problem in the mass of chaos surrounding this pandemic that we can and must address immediately — the security of November’s election. Voting in the traditional way requires us to do the very thing that epidemiologists and public health authorities have ...

Use common sense during COVID-19 outbreak

Editorial

While the coronavirus pandemic has led authorities around the globe to cancel concerts and sporting events, and even shut down daily activities in some places, Mexico City went ahead with Vive Latino — one of the most important music festivals in the country — this past weekend, according ...

Biden doesn’t have to let Sanders pull him leftward

Columns

My advice for Joe Biden: Don’t do that again. That might seem like counterintuitive advice given that Biden won Sunday night’s debate decisively. But Biden doesn’t need to debate any more. There’s supposed to be another round in April, but there’s nothing stopping the Democratic ...

Writer feels he’s just going through the motions

Columns

Dear Annie: Why am I in a quandary? Because I have been married most of my adult life, and I feel almost nothing for my partner of 33 years, and I’m sure we are both just going through the motions of the relationship. Don’t misunderstand; I care deeply for this person. I just feel ...

Tired of being tired

Columns

Dear Annie: My live-in girlfriend and I, both 58 years old, have a dilemma. Several times a month, we watch her 7-year-old granddaughter for a night or two, usually on weekends. The child arrives in the evening, stays up until 3 or 4 a.m. and sleeps until early afternoon. I have made fun ...

Unscrupulous online activity taking advantage of virus

Editorial

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that hucksters, scammers and undesirable others are using the misery that is the coronavirus to turn an illicit buck — at the public’s expense, of course. According to a federal report, the internet is being used to market treatments and cures ...

Time to get serious

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The covid-19 pandemic is going to ask a lot from each of us. Only a widespread and likely prolonged “social distancing” will save the United States from the horrific rationing of health resources and the avoidable deaths that Italy is currently ...

Sick with worry not just expression

Columns

WASHINGTON — Two threads of interest have emerged from the coronavirus “crisis:” One is an apparent generational divide related to relative worry; the other is the degree to which the media are contributing to the virus’ propagation. I qualify “crisis” because, though we’ve had ...

Lauren died a hero in service to his community

Editorial

There is little that anyone can say that adequately addresses the horror of what happened late Friday night at K.I. Sawyer when a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department lost his life fighting a fire there. Ben Lauren was just 23, a 2014 graduate of Gwinn High School and a ...

Trump doing job

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Any objective observation, critique, or criticism of the Trump administration must fairly acknowledge comparative actions of other administrations. The March 2 “Rule of Law rules” letter sends a good message but at the wrong time.The letter should have been ...

On coronavirus, nationalists aren’t nationalist enough

Columns

A foreign threat, emanating from China and requiring border controls and the exercise of government power to protect Americans, has arrived in the United States. Yet President Donald Trump spent the initial weeks minimizing the threat and talking of it magically disappearing, despite being a ...

Efforts to raise cash for Alzheimer’s commendable

Editorial

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have the potential to touch nearly every person’s life, as over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, with a projected increase to nearly 14 million by 2050. To bring these numbers into sharper focus, the report breaks it down ...