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Opinion

Proceed with caution

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: With more businesses starting to open, we still have restrictions to follow. But it is not a choice between human or economic health. You can’t have one without the other. Most countries have practiced strict social distancing and are opening back up with reduced risk ...

Ishpeming businesses taking advantage of relaxed state rules

Editorial

A pair of Ishpeming businesses are taking advantage of relaxed state rules on outdoor alcohol sales by increasing their service areas. Cognition Brewery and Shelly’s Rainbow Bar, both on Canda Street in Ishpeming, have plans to expand their respective seating areas, a West End Focus feature ...

Pastor doing great job

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On Sunday mornings, Christ The King Lutheran Church is so blessed to have such a faithful pastor. This has been going on for quite a while already and probably a couple of weeks more. The congregation would just park in the parking lot and turn on the radio to a ...

Of course, destruction of property is violence

Columns

Breaking things and burning buildings is enjoying a vogue it hasn’t had since the late 1960s or early 1970s. Arson and looting are a perennial feature of urban unrest, but they have been pretty universally condemned for decades now — until the past week or so. Forced to choose between ...

Keeping beaches, environment clean a shared responsibility

Editorial

Cigarette butts. Diapers. Cans and bottles. Food packaging. Dog waste bags. Socks, shirts, hats, and towels. These are just a few of the items that were recently found on area beaches by Cesar Escobar, an area resident who has been making a daily effort to survey and address litter in the ...

Protect all of the people

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Heartfelt thanks to the frontliners (including) medical staff, lab technicians, medical researchers, custodians, farmers, truckers, grocery and pharmacy staff, mask makers and countless others helping us live! Our planetary response to COVID-19 is an all-out defense of ...

Food assistance badly needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: A new Brookings Institute survey found among mothers with young children, nearly one fifth say their children are not getting enough to eat during this pandemic, a rate three times as high as in 2008, during the worst of the Great Recession. This should be deeply ...

Prayer movement needed locally

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As Marquette County becomes more and more entrapped in our society’s brokenness, it is time for our county’s churches to come together in one mighty and sustained prayer movement. Scripture, in fact, calls us to do so. Prayer is the mightiest force in the world, ...

Energy bill deserves support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The understandable infuriation felt by marginalized communities of color has unfortunately led to violence from a minority of demonstrators and it is distracting from the larger goal of the movement. Clear demands have been laid out from organizers, including stricter ...

Taking note: Sharing the light

Columns

The lighthouse casts a diagonal, elongated shadow. Each feature of its lakeward-pointing silhouette is crisply outlined against the brilliant green backdrop of the grass. From the top of the lighthouse, Lake Michigan’s blue waters sparkle, except for a semicircular area in the water that ...

Op ed: While vaccine is developed, lots we can do to beat virus

Columns

A vaccine would be nice, but it will not salvage our economy nor stop this pandemic. The two, now-famous, bell-shaped curves have two features in common. Both have the same area under the curve, which means an equal number of people are infected, and in both scenarios the infection ceases when ...

Lawsuit seeks redress for media under attack

Editorial

These are unprecedented days in the history of America. That’s why it’s vital journalists be on the scene, to be the eyes and ears of those who are not present to witness events unfolding. Which is why the lawsuit filed by a freelance journalist with the backing of the American Civil ...

Free the U.P.!

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: There comes a time when level heads and common sense must prevail regarding the COVID-19 crisis. The lockdown for the Upper Peninsula has been irrational and nonscientific. The lockdown may be appropriate for Wayne and Detroit counties where there is a high population ...

I’m so embarrassed

Columns

Dear Annie: What do you do about embarrassing memories that pop into your head randomly and make you want to crawl in a hole? It seems to keep happening to me lately. I’ll be washing my hair in the shower, or trying to drift off to sleep at night, when, suddenly, I remember a humiliating ...

Sweden backtracking on low-pain pandemic cure

Columns

Sweden offered hope that the coronavirus could be reined in without great inconvenience or economic pain. Unlike its neighbors in Scandinavia and elsewhere, Sweden didn’t put its people in strict lockdown. Restaurants, bars and shops buzzed with their usual customers. Gyms stayed open, and ...

Protest safely — pandemic has not gone away

Editorial

Following the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee into his neck, protests began to take center stage across the country — including here in Marquette. People are outraged, and rightfully so; but, an Associated Press article ...

Voting by mail appropriate

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We have a classic case of “chutzpah” on the topic of mail in voting, as Donald Trump had railed and threatened your state with withholding funding, by giving all registered Michigan voters the option to vote by mail. Trump claimed this could cause widespread voter ...

Wait, did China just criticize America over human rights?

Columns

Few things bring out the Irish in me more than the Chinese government dunking on the United States of America. Like just about every American these days, I’ve got my complaints about the direction of our country and how our government is dealing with the myriad challenges facing us. But, ...

Good communication has helped keep local protests peaceful

Editorial

As if the world didn’t need any more tragedies, now comes George Floyd’s death in police custody, with video showing him dying as a Minneapolis police officer kneels on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. The May 25 incident sparked many protests throughout the United States, some ...

Veepstakes big political business

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should be the Democratic Party’s nominee for vice president in 2020. Whitmer gives Democrats their best chance of winning nationally on November 3. Former Vice President Joe Biden has already promised to choose a woman to be his vice president ...