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Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Search for truth needed To the Journal editor: I write this letter in response to Mr. Lehto and Mr. Hill’s letters. First, some of the kindest, loving and compassionate people I have known belong to the LGBTQ (community). I also agree that we all are part of God’s creation. I have ...

Old immigration debate had substance

Columns

“Wide open and unguarded stand our gates, And through them presses a wild motley throng ... O Liberty, white Goddess! is it well To leave the gates unguarded?” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1892) WASHINGTON — If you think we have reached peak stupidity — that America’s ...

Finding common ground needed in abortion debate

Columns

There is no issue that divides Americans like abortion. Both sides are passionate-so passionate that for many on both extremes it is the only issue that guides their vote. Other divisive social issues in our nation’s history, such as school busing (Brown v. Board of Education), interracial ...

Bright future found in doing what works, not in tax hikes

Columns

With metronomic regularity, some well-motivated billionaire announces that he wishes the government would increase his taxes. The latest entrant is Eli Broad. Writing in The New York Times, Broad praises private philanthropy and the capitalist system “that’s yielded some of the greatest ...

Another opinion

Columns

State still fumbling medical pot access With only four licensed marijuana testing facilities across Michigan, and licensed dispensaries running low on product, medical marijuana patients are struggling to access items they rely on to reduce pain and other symptoms. As the state seeks to ...

UPAWS, community does great job in helping needy cats

Editorial

We have often lauded the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter for its many, many good works in the community. This time, UPAWS and the community itself went above and beyond to take a terrible situation and start turning things to right. What happened was 40 cats were found in a home and ...

Making summer safer

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Most local schools are now on summer break and many of our students will be enjoying local beaches and waterfront activities. Thanks to Capt. Jeff Green, city of Marquette Fire Department, over 240 sixth graders from Bothwell Middle School are now equipped to make ...

Vogue doesn’t have to put Melania on cover

Columns

Michelle Obama made the cover of Vogue magazine three times. Hillary Clinton not only graced the cover in her first lady days but also, as the candidate running against Donald Trump in 2016, received the magazine’s first and (so far) only political endorsement. Conspicuously missing is the ...

New Marquette parking ordinance the right move

Editorial

Although it almost certainly is going to cause some heartburn among the many thousands of people who use and enjoy the Marquette city parks system every day, we believe the city’s decision to approve a new parking ordinance specifically for parks was right on. The Marquette City Commission ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Mistakes can teach To the Journal editor: How often have you heard/said: “We don’t learn from our mistakes.” It’s generally offered as a lame excuse for doing something stupid, right? Something that almost anyone could have avoided if they had just remembered the stark lesson ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Annie: I used to drink coffee only now and then, just for enjoyment. But since my job has become more intense and stressful, I’ve found myself needing at least a cup a day to keep me alert and functioning at full capacity. I don’t like that I’m dependent on caffeine now. I notice ...

Dem candidate forum was weak semblance of debate

Columns

WASHINGTON — Ten of the many Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination debated in Miami Wednesday night in a two-hour nationally televised event. In one sense, the practical winner was not on the stage: former Vice President Joe Biden. As the contestants vied for air ...

Safety must be always first when using fireworks

Editorial

It’s a little hard to believe, but the Fourth of July is right around the corner. It feels like we were just shoveling snow away from our front doors and preheating our cars in the morning, and now we are officially less than six months away from Christmas Day. Being Yoopers, it’s always ...

Mandatory voting?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A modern-day St. George, Ralph Nader’s long list of slain dragons includes getting seat belts put in cars, exposing the iniquities of big oil companies and criticizing wasteful spending on Elvis Presley postage stamps. Some years back he gained recognition for ...

Sulzberger is right (and wrong)

Columns

I never thought I would write this, but the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, is right. Sulzberger wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal in response to President Trump’s claim that his newspaper committed “treason” by publishing a story about U.S. efforts to ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Readers: A recent column talked about someone being grossed out when entering a bathroom stall because the previous occupant failed to flush. I was pretty hard on that previous occupant, assuming they were at fault. Quite a few readers pointed out that this might have been a problem of ...

Community steps up, assists with cart theft

Editorial

There still are some good souls in the world. Over the weekend, a Mining Journal carrier’s paper cart was stolen, making Bonnie Taylor’s job much more difficult since she carries a high number of Journal copies. Near the end of her Saturday route, she left her wheeled cart by St. Peter ...

Applauding area youth

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Julie Luehmann’s science classes at Westwood High School. It was a beautiful day to observe the sun through my small solar telescope. Unfortunately the sun is now at solar minimum, in terms of activity, in its 11 year ...

Dems have their circular firing squads

Columns

Mo Udall, the legendary Democratic congressman from Arizona, was brutally candid about his party’s bad habit of succumbing to intramural recriminations that became the political equivalent of a civil war in the leper colony. “When Democrats organize a firing squad, they form a circle,” ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Annie: I endured a very traumatic childhood. I was verbally abused. I was physically abused. I was sexually abused and raped. I’m writing because I want to know the best way to respond to ignorant and insensitive remarks about my childhood. I have been told, “just leave it in the ...