Opinion

Lies the liar tells are revealing

Columns

When politicians talk in private, they regularly use a cruel shorthand. For example, a candidate who is uninformed, unreflective and uncurious is often branded a “lightweight,” as in, “He is so lightweight he could tap-dance on a souffle.” Conversely, a “heavyweight” would be a ...

Pain, disability the result of many toe problems

Columns

Quick, what body part is most out-of-sight? How about that which is farthest away? Have you ever wondered what part of your body is most confined? The answer is obvious: your toes! These apparently simple structures are hidden away from site and easy to ignore. They are the structures farthest ...

Searching for attributes in nature

Columns

My father told me that when he was a little child he used to imagine that the voices coming from his radio were of people living inside it. Tiny news announcers, little singers, and miniature music band members would share the little space, taking turns to recite the news, sing and play ...

Boating rules might work in the U.P. as well as downstate

Editorial

Many us have had a pleasant afternoon or evening on a Michigan river, boating, fishing or just drifting with the current, ruined by the drunks in the next boat over. Regrettable as it might be, these uncaring people make it miserable for everyone, including campers, by being loud, rowdy or ...

Examining justice

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As part of celebrating July 4th, the birthday of our nation, We the People of the United States pledge to progress justice (Preamble to the Constitution of the United States). What is justice? Justice is revealed in our history when we progressed from justice for ...

Rapists’ rights simply defy reason

Columns

WASHINGTON — In Alabama, where a new law denies abortion to women even in cases of incest or rape, a rapist may still pursue custody rights of a child conceived during his assault. I’ll give you a moment to digest that sentence. It gets worse. In a recent case, a young woman in ...

Reading a life skill you just can’t do without

Editorial

If you’re able to read, and, hopefully, comprehend, this editorial, then you’ve got a skill that some people may never learn. Possessing the ability to read is something many of us likely take for granted. It’s a skill we learned years ago as children back in school, when the scrapes on ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Hospital experience exemplary To the Journal editor: I wanted to take this opportunity to share my recent experience at UP Health System-Marquette. I went into the ER (prior to their recent move to the new hospital) for what I thought was an extremely bad case of the flu. After a battery ...

To beat Trump, Dems must be modest

Columns

WASHINGTON — “It is a great advantage to a president,” said the 30th of them, “and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know he is not a great man.” Or, Calvin Coolidge would say today, a great woman. While today’s incumbent advertises himself as an “extremely ...

Climate change likely a trap for Democrats in 2020

Columns

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn’t mean that it is any more ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way to victory again in ...

Extirpating whiteness a bad habit politicians often have

Columns

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who, like nearly everyone, is running for president, presides over the largest and most media-centric city in America. His national name recognition is respectable, but his support is undetectable. Literally. He’s at 0%, lagging behind such Democratic titans as ...

Senior sports showcases will feature only the best

Editorial

We hope tons of people show up to some upcoming senior sports showcases on the court and field in the coming weeks. Some of these young women and men are going to play their sport in college in the coming years but for some, it may be the final hurrah. All deserve support from sports ...

Lifting people up

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I would like to see the U.S. Congress pass a new program into law which would replace the former “Aid To Families With Dependent Children” program which was passed under FDR in 1935 and abolished in 1996. Ever since its abolition, there has been a large increase ...

Finding people to fill empty spaces

Columns

A tiny French mountain village with a long name, L’Hospitalet-pres-l’Andorre, has lost half its population over three decades, according to the French newspaper Le Monde. Its name in English would be “The Hospital Near Andorra.” (Andorra is a small principality shoehorned between France ...

Early decision on Kirkwood Building badly needed

Editorial

Letting go of old, venerable and familiar structures in communities is never easy. Just ask the people who tried some years ago to save the John D. Pierce building on the campus of Northern Michigan University from the wrecking ball. On that particular occasion, organizers worked hard to ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Dispute now in court To the Journal editor: Some time ago, Gov. Whitmer reopened negotiations with Enbridge to discuss a possible tunnel under the Straits for Line 5. Those negotiations are now over! Enbridge proposed that it might (with no technical or permitting delays) be able to build ...

New reason to get moving on Trump impeachment

Columns

WASHINGTON — President Trump has rebuffed FBI Director Christopher Wray for reporting that the Russians are again pursuing opposition research with which to meddle in the 2020 presidential election. It shockingly reveals he never saw anything wrong with Russian interference in 20l6, when he ...

Always keep safety first when out on Lake Superior

Editorial

Lake Superior is there to be admired, enjoyed — and respected. With the warm weather approaching, more people will take to the lake to swim, boat, fish and take part in other recreational activities. However, these activities take on a different dimension when they’re on Lake Superior, ...

Stamp Out Hunger drive successful

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, I would like to extend our most sincere thanks to our local letter carriers and all who contributed to the recent “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive. As a result of this wonderful campaign and the hard work of our local ...

Conservative divide was more apparent as Cold War ended

Columns

The idea holding together the conservative movement since the 1960s was called “fusionism.” The concept, which always worked better as an organizing principle than a philosophical one, was that freedom and virtue were inextricably linked. Virtue not freely chosen wasn’t virtuous. Or as ...