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Opinion

Time to believe climate change

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In regards to the The Mining Journal editorial of Sunday, Aug. 11, excellent work. It’s time that people wake up to the reality of climate change. Even if one were not completely convinced whether it exists or not, how could one not err on the side of its existence. ...

Making the debates really matter

Columns

Presidential debates — even those featuring 10 or more candidates well over a year before Election Day — can tell us much about those self-confident enough to offer themselves as the nation’s next commander in chief. For example, eight years ago, the candidates of the out party, running ...

Downstate city council candidate off base in forum

Editorial

We join what we believe are literally millions of people who were absolutely appalled by comments made last week by a downstate city council candidate during a forum attended by local residents and media. Jean Cramer, who is running for a seat on the Marysville City Council, was asked if the ...

Labor Day more than picnics

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: For many Americans, Labor Day represents one last chance at a good time before the start of school and the inevitable downward slide towards winter. Days began to get noticeably shorter and the nightly bonfires become ever less frequent. But for union workers across ...

End of getting along with China?

Columns

Will the demonstrations in Hong Kong come to be seen as the end of a 30-year period, beginning with the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, of the American-Chinese economic engagement and entanglement christened “Chimerica” by historian Niall Ferguson? Quite possibly, and without regard ...

Recycling has been, will continue to be, a personal choice

Editorial

Residential recycling has been something we’ve heard quite a bit about in recent years, but recycling in the workplace hasn’t always been at the forefront of the discussion. That’s unfortunate, considering the workplace is where many of us spend a good chunk of our time during the week ...

Run wild, run free

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: This letter was inspired by one written by my brother, Richard. Lest I be accused of the crime of plagiarism, I was given permission to use his thoughts. Every time a mass shooting occurs conservative pundits, politicians and the NRA declare, “Current gun laws ...

Trade war shows ‘America First’ reality

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — In a trade war, as in a real one, people are wounded by friendly fire from their side. Consider some casualties in Donald Trump’s “easy to win” — his promise — trade war. Begin with the company whose green machines bear the name of the blacksmith who, in ...

Advice to liberals given

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When’s the last time you’ve heard a good, hearty belly laugh? A genuine laugh right from the gut traveling all the way up to the top of the head? One that shakes the very core of one’s being? Not in quite a while, I’ll venture. On TV, it’s the programmed ...

D.C. reality television tussle: Must the show really go on?

Columns

rich Lowry We are in week two of the president of the United States and his communications director of six days feuding on Twitter and cable TV. The Trump-Scaramucci smackdown has, at times, distracted from the Trump-Denmark fight, which has been eclipsed, in its turn, by the ...

Jews, Israel and loyalty on president’s front burner

Columns

Mona Charen President Donald Trump has opined that Jewish Americans who vote for Democrats — as 79% did in the 2018 midterms — are demonstrating “either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty.” At first, he didn’t say to whom. An eager Trump explainer, Matt Brooks of the ...

Keeping geese numbers at manageable levels important

Columns

In Alpena there is no goose who ever laid a golden egg. Instead, there are plenty of geese who have laid — well, the polite term would probably be grease — wherever they land. This summer the numbers of geese in the city seems at one of the highest levels it has been in recent years. ...

Brumm well within rights to request ballot recount

Editorial

Marquette City Commission candidate Margaret Brumm was the subject of a modest dollop of criticism in recent days after she asked that the votes cast for commission candidates in the August primary be recounted. Thankfully, the criticism was mostly muted and short lived. Brumm received the ...

Family gives thanks

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The VanDamme family would like to thank all those who donated to the Michael J. VanDamme Memorial Fund in his honor of his passing on Aug. 19, 2017. Mike’s family thought about the best way to honor his memory and felt that the Marquette County Fair was the best ...

Unraveling of delusional chief executive apparent

Columns

Jules witcover WASHINGTON—The last few weeks have confirmed that Donald Trump, who has fashioned himself “a stable genius,” lives in a misconception that is perilous for the rest of us. In the early morning of January 6, 2018, he tweeted: “Actually, through my life, my two greatest ...

HarborFest returns to Marquette’s Lower Harbor Park

Editorial

Two days of food, music and fun commence this afternoon when Marquette West Rotary’s HarborFest returns to Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park. It’s an action-packed two-day festival, with all kinds of activity in and near the park. There are inflatables for the kids to enjoy and a ...

Budget cuts needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The voters of Gwinn have spoken again, but the superintendent and the school board are apparently refusing to accept the second vote on the school millage. They are claiming that there was a low voter turnout ( as they claimed last time), and they will now apparently ...

No, there will be no big infrastructure plan

Columns

Democrats running for president are vowing to bring high-speed internet to rural America. President Donald Trump campaigned on the same promise. It was to be part of his big infrastructure plan. But no, there will be no big infrastructure plan. Responding to the Democratic candidates’ ...

Amarah’s Light nonprofit doing great work for others

Editorial

Author John Green wrote, “Grief does not change you. It reveals you.” This has rarely been more evident than with the local nonprofit, Amarah’s Light. Amarah’s Light will be holding the fourth annual Amarah’s Light Prince/Princess Parade: Walk Run Family Fun at noon on Saturday at ...

Racial bias used how?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Racial bias used as a tool of oppression is the exception rather than the rule. Early 20th century blacks and whites in the North lived, learned and worked together very often without discord. Blacks raised in nuclear families often had better life outcomes than ...