Opinion

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 ...

Public needs to help police catch area vandals

Editorial

Vandals are a classification of crook we just don’t understand, assuming any of them are understandable, of course. What the thrill might be in destroying someone else’s property is well beyond us. So when we find ourselves reporting on the crime, especially as it relates to public ...

Grant appreciated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Chocolay Raptor Center, and most especially our birds, want to express our appreciation to the Community Foundation of Marquette County for its generous grant of $750. The grant was so we could give programs in local schools without have to ask for donations from ...

Madcap caution of Donald Trump

Columns

The worry last week was that the Trump administration was ginning up fake intelligence about Iran blowing up oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz to justify a war against Iran. Then, this week, President Donald Trump said the Iranian attacks weren’t a big deal. The episode is another ...

Tax scammers out to victimize innocent residents

Editorial

The scammers are at it again, this time using the U.S Mail to bilk unsuspecting people over past-due tax bills. According to the Michigan Department of Treasury, the scam goes like this: an official letter arrives asking the recipient to immediately contact a toll-free number to resolve their ...

Simple solution for Line 5 issue

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Line 5 solution is simple. Line 5 is a Canadian pipeline. Bypass the straits north to Sault Ste. Marie, go over the river to Canada then east and south down the Georgian Bay. Coast toward Toronto and hook up with line someplace between Sarnia and Toronto. Canada ...

Wings are still flying over Haiti

Columns

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Jonathan Nash Glynn — artist, pilot and philanthropist — never envisioned himself as a missionary, but, absent religion, that’s what he has become in recent years. “I’m a secular Jew from Jersey,” he laughs, as we catch up by phone on the past eight years. ...

Dear Annie

Columns

Dear Annie: As much as I hate to admit it, I think about divorce practically every day. Divorce, however, isn’t something I want. What I want is for my husband to understand my point of view — which is why I’m writing this letter. He reads your column religiously. Maybe my words will sink ...

When it comes to electricial power, times are changing

Editorial

Remember a few years ago when the Upper Peninsula’s energy picture was just a little bit murkier? The pending closure of the Presque Isle Power Plant in Marquette still loomed over the region, with some calling for its immediate shutdown, and others saying it must remain operating to keep ...

Bus shelter needed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: MarqTran Director Delene Kline returned our call and said (there are) no funds available for a Snowberry bus shelter. Why not? Where is our tax money going? For years, they just filled potholes. Have you notice how they fix a road that doesn’t need it, and not the ...

UPPCO’s customers need bold solutions for problems

Columns

elise matz The fact that UPPCO’s residential electricity rates are among the highest in the continental United States is old news to the people who pay the bills each month. As of June 1, the utility’s household rates were 68% higher than the Michigan average, in a state that has the 12th ...

Watch Enbridge carefully

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Enbridge apparently has turned over a new leaf in its oil pipeline operations or so it claims in it’s ad of June 12, 2019. It claims to care deeply about the Great Lakes and the residents of Michigan and not about its bottom line. Let’s examine their claim. The ...

Watch Enbridge carefully

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Enbridge apparently has turned over a new leaf in its oil pipeline operations or so it claims in it’s ad of June 12, 2019. It claims to care deeply about the Great Lakes and the residents of Michigan and not about its bottom line. Let’s examine their claim. The ...

Elizabeth Warren’s plans will be terrible for the country

Columns

Mona Charen Senator Elizabeth Warren is being lauded as the serious candidate in the race. Her motto, “I have a plan for that,” is accepted as proof that she is thoughtful and conscientious. That’s too generous. One should expect a grown-up to evaluate costs and benefits, to ...

Insurance overhaul a positive

Columns

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan's highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Sanders is FDR’s unimaginative echo

Columns

George will WASHINGTON — That the Democrats’ two evenings of dueling oratory snippets this week are called “debates” validates Finley Peter Dunne’s prediction that “when we Americans are through with the English language, it will look as if it had been run over by a musical ...

Cambensy mining bill a step in right direction for industry

Editorial

Although the matter was somewhat in doubt, it now appears that the bill introduced back in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy relative to mining practices in Michigan will become law. House Bill 4227 would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. It would be responsible for ...

Government approach to income inequality

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: One idea, proposed by conservatist economist Milton Friedman, is to provide a minimum income for the poor. Such a program would be more efficient since it would eliminate many welfare programs requiring fewer government workers to run. Besides the poor, we need to ...