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Opinion

Wearing a mask is noticed, appreciated

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: It’s a sense of great concern that many people in the general public feel when we see you without a mask. Several reasons are given for the lack of mask usage, and almost without exception, they are lacking in substance or credibility. You may feel that you are making ...

Trump revives losing cause vs. Obamacare

Columns

WASHINGTON — Throughout the Barack Obama years, the Republican Party beat a dead horse, repeatedly trying to kill the Democratic program providing the government-overseen health care plan. Officially, it’s called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but the GOP derisively ...

Make July 4 a time to reflect in age of COVID-19

Editorial

Saturday is the Fourth of July and for many people, it will be the oddest Independence Day of their lives as a great number of communities canceled festivities due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There are some Upper Peninsula towns that will still have celebrations, some not as massive as ...

World is a crazy place, kids need your voice

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: (Recently), I was standing on the corner of Third and Washington holding a Black Lives Matter sign with about 15 others. A woman walked by me with four children, who asked her what was going on. Her answer was “They’re mad because the cops kicked a guy’s butt, but ...

Some of you rabbits are winning, some not

Columns

Rabbits. Rabbits! They’re hopping all over New England, my yard included. They need to eat and, being rabbits, have lots of mouths to feed. What more could a rabbit want than a fresh head of cabbage, organically grown by my calloused hands? Warmer winters have exploded rabbit populations in ...

Make sure to take extra precautions this holiday weekend

Editorial

The Fourth of July weekend is nearly upon us, and this year’s holiday will certainly be a unique one, as we are still in the midst of a pandemic. Taking precautions is always important to remember with any holiday involving fireworks, but there is even more to keep in mind this year, and the ...

Time to act is now

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: He was a simple man really. No one had heard his name outside of maybe his family and circle of friends and coworkers. But in eight short days, everyone throughout the developed world knew the name George Floyd. Not because of anything extraordinary, rather something so ...

Trump can’t decide how to attack Biden

Columns

If Donald Trump is going to defeat Joe Biden he’s going to have to define Joe Biden. It’s not looking good right now. It’s forgotten now, but there was a time when some of the crazier right-wing types thought President Dwight Eisenhower was a Soviet agent. The idea was popularized by ...

Neutral tuition impact should help NMU students

Editorial

Setting tuition rates and dealing with financial matters are challenging processes, even in the best of times. With the COVID-19 crisis, it’s more difficult. That’s why we’re happy that Northern Michigan University has found a way to possibly have a zero net increase for many students ...

Hietamaki truly was a special person

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: June 21 has come and gone. For many it was the second calendar day of summer, for others it was a sad anniversary of the passing of a wife, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, very good friend, a healer to many, a local state and national expert on labor and its political ...

Residents warned about scams, on and offline

Editorial

We’ve used this space in the past to warn readers about scams making their way across the internet or hustles that use the telephone. Today, we’re raising the alarm about one of each, fraudulent schemes that apparently have gained some degree of traction downstate and will in all ...

Testing went well

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I am writing to express appreciation for the community service provided (recently) by the Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan National Guard. They, along with several other supportive organizations, offered COVID-19 tests for free to ...

Polls apart: Dems shouldn’t open champagne just yet

Columns

New York Times/Siena College has Democrat Joe Biden at 50% and Republican President Donald Trump at 36%; CNN has Biden at 54% and Trump 36%; Fox News has Biden at 50% and Trump at 38%. These recent national polls have left Democrats almost giddy with anticipation. But before Democrats put the ...

Time to protect your catharsis

Columns

Dear Annie: I recently read the letter from A Better Man Today, who was concerned about people reading his personal diary, particularly about his “dark times.” I agree with your answer but would like to add one more idea. Create a “burn box” and entrust it to someone who will not open ...

COVID-19 pandemic badly impacting school finances

Editorial

These are tough times to be in the education business at any level but especially K-12. The school year in mid-March was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were sent home to uncertain learning situations, although from all acounts parents and guardians did their best to cope ...

Trees greatly missed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thank you to Shirley Moore for her recent letter explaining the tree-planting project she and her husband, Bob, initiated 40 years ago on Lakeshore Boulevard. Because each was planted in honor of a family member or special friend, her frustration and sadness over the ...

Dems frivolous on candidates

Columns

White college graduates have emerged from the last two decades of elections as an increasingly large and cohesive political bloc — and one that poses problems for both political parties. Back in the pre-COVID-19 era, their numbers augmented by recent products of woke campuses, they seemed ...

Dear Annie: Passage of time doesn’t make pain disappear

Columns

Dear Annie: I’m heartbroken over an event that took place 52 years ago. I dated a girl in high school for several years and was truly in love. After I graduated from high school in 1967, I asked her to marry me. She took my hand and said that she couldn’t because she was pregnant from her ...

Voters’ guide an important resource ahead for elections

Editorial

With the Aug. 4 primary election quickly approaching and the November general election just over four months away, it’s critical to research the races, candidates and issues on the ballot before heading to the polls. And while it can sometimes feel overwhelming to research each item on a ...

Watch out for Big Brother

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Love is preached everywhere. Among its manifestations are filial love, love of nature or love of one’s occupation. Exclusive of an abiding love for the Creator, there is a singular love which, once consummated, remains permanent. At a gut level some judge a person ...