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Opinion

Women’s center campaign well worthy of donations, support

Editorial

As many people spend more time than usual at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that home isn’t always a safe or happy place for everyone. Some area residents may face domestic or sexual violence in the home, and it’s more critical now than ever to ensure ...

National columnist

Columns

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump plunges downward in the polls, The Washington Post headlined a recent story thus: “Many see Trump as the core cause of his campaign’s woes.” The sub-head added: “Fears grow in GOP that president’s behavior is electoral burden to ...

Backing Negaunee millage

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As a retired educator from the Negaunee Public Schools, I read with interest the Mining Journal article of Friday, July 10, describing the need for the proposed 0.99 millage increase request. I strongly encourage the citizens of Negaunee to support this. In the past, ...

Route customers thanked

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This is a letter to all my customers on route 317. I wanted to write and thank you for your kindness. I miss you all, already. I am sure getting out every day was good for me and I enjoyed meeting so many of you. I was often amazed that no matter how much snow we got ...

Supporting ballot issue

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The official absent voter ballots were recently sent out to those who requested to vote in that manner. In addition to important races in Marquette County, Negaunee (school district) residents will be asked to vote on a Bond Proposal Millage. If the voters approve, ...

Goofus is missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In memory of Alan Wayne Ammesmaki, born Jan. 14, 1952 and died on March 27, 2018. Alan’s nickname was Goofus. He graduated from Negaunee High School in 1969. Goofus was a great buddy to everybody. Goofus loved playing his one-man band, the polkacello, and his kazoo ...

Taking note: Striking storms

Columns

I left the cushions on my patio chairs the night before, forgetting all about the possibility of rain. That is the first thought that enters my head after a tremendous crack of thunder seems to practically shake the foundation of my house early one Saturday morning. And even though it might ...

8-18 Media: Learning to cook in quarantine

Columns

During the past few months, when everyone was quarantined at home some people made schedules for themselves to make their days seem as normal as possible. Others sat on their couch all day long watching Netflix (Anyone? Don’t worry, that was me too). Some people picked up new hobbies. At ...

Safety should be primary consideration in school decision

Editorial

Thursday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured the results of an Associated Press/NORC poll about schools reopening in the fall. The article states only about one in 10 Americans think day care centers, preschools or K-12 schools should open this fall without restrictions. Most think ...

Leadership always important

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The United States’ population of 331 million people represents 4% of the world’s population of about 8 billion. As of July 16, the U.S. coronavirus (COVID) infection rate was 3,615,711 and the world’s COVID infection rate was 13, 681,062 (per Worldometer and Johns ...

Bond prop deserves support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When I think of a way of life in Negaunee, I can’t think of it without using the word tradition. The two words can be used to define each other. Last month, an awesome traditional event took place on a beautiful sunny day on the Negaunee Miners football field. The ...

Smaller big cities can be better cities

Columns

It was a bittersweet evening in Manhattan. Parisian-level charm had descended on what used to be traffic-snarled streets of the fancy Upper East Side. Planters holding dramatic greenery set off outdoor dining areas spilling into former parking spaces. Waiters happily greeted the sort of stylish ...

ADA marking 30th anniversary, still doing great work

Editorial

We sometimes take for granted things — important things — that others battled to make part of the mainstream. That might be the case for the Americans with Disabilities Act, which is being celebrated this year on its 30th anniversary. Access to programs and facilities became much more ...

Where are we?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The coronavirus epidemic has exposed the best and worst of people. The best — nurses, physicians, respiratory technicians, paramedics, EMTs, housekeeping and a host of other essential workers who put their lives on the line every day, doing their best to help ...

Finding race-based assumptions in usual places is par for course

Columns

We often hear that what this country needs is an honest conversation about race. Here’s a whole lot of “honesty” for you, from an unexpected place: Black people are less likely than white people to be self-reliant. Black people are less likely to emphasize “rational linear” and ...

Water safety particularly important on Little Presque

Editorial

Water safety sounds like such a benign subject, but is a crucial one to understand considering the region borders Lake Superior, which has its share of undercurrents and weather — and the inherent danger. This was apparent during two recent incidents at Little Presque Isle. On July 11, 40 ...

Assessing situation

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The virus is still with us. Many states have opened up and Michigan may soon also. It’s just time to wait and see if COVID-19 starts up again. From watching the news, many have already forgotten how bad it was. More than 139,000 deaths and counting plus many are ...

Spending as if there were no tomorrow

Columns

I am not in the habit of quoting leftist Noam Chomsky, but this line seems relevant when one considers our growing national debt: “When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.” Perhaps now is not the time in the middle of a pandemic, job losses and ...

Police reform needed but it should start with cops

Editorial

Ever since the horrifying death of George Floyd at the hands (or knee) of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, there have been calls to defund local police agencies. By defund, we assume supporters of that action mean take funding away from departments that is currently being allocated and ...

Give credit where credit is due

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Let's talk about hazard pay for essential workers. If you are an employer currently recognizing your employees with additional pay for the risks they are taking, thank you. If you are not taking care of your people, shame on you. The front line housekeepers/custodians, ...