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Opinion

Feeding innovation better than barring fossil fuels

Columns

The two most left-leaning presidential candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, seem to think that a ban on fracking would help solve the climate crisis. Hydraulic fracturing is a process that has enabled a revolution in the U.S. production of oil and especially natural gas. Natural ...

Giving Tuesday an overwhelming success

Editorial

The Upper Peninsula may be a small, rural area, but that doesn’t mean its residents can’t make a huge difference. That was proven on Giving Tuesday, when Yoopers contributed over $1 million during the annual day of giving that took place Dec. 3 this year. Through nearly 3,200 transactions ...

Too much stuff

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I took an extended road trip this past summer. I couldn’t help but notice the vast proliferation of storage units everywhere in both the U.S. and Canada. Acres of forest cut just to store stuff that we are not using. I guess that’s better than dumping it in the ...

Line crews lauded

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We want to send thanks to all of the UPPCO linemen and whatever crews helped to get our power up and running again! We were out of power for five days with way too much snow to plow through but they did it. We live on Little Shag Lake so have a generator to keep us ...

We now have two moon parties and no sun parties

Columns

Here’s a theory for why our politics are so confusing these days: Neither party wants to be a majority party. From an ideological perspective, majority parties are, by nature, weird. For instance, the long-dominant FDR coalition included a strange mix of blacks and segregationists, corrupt ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

Editorial

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

Vote your conscience

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I read Robert Lambert’s Letter to the Editor on Dec. 10 with interest and confusion. We agree on some key points: The “super rich” should “pay their share” and that our government would likely benefit from having some “blue collars” in Washington. Mr. ...

Is it 1979 all over again?

Columns

“Blowout” was how one UK newspaper described the decisive victory of Boris Johnson and his Conservative Party in last week’s election. How decisive was it? Not only did conservatives win an 80-seat majority in Parliament, a constituency in Blythe Valley in Northeast England elected a ...

Great Lakes makes best travel destinations list

Editorial

We’d estimate that most people who live near any of the Great Lakes will attest the bodies of water are world-class travel destinations, easily comparable to any on the planet. Now, apparently, a lot of people have come to the same conclusion. Travel magazine Travel + Leisure just named the ...

Community came through in storms

Letters To The Editor

To the Jounal editor: The power went out around 10 a.m. throughout Mathias Township on Wednesday, Nov. 27. That’s when our emergency began. As a result of good planning by Alger County emergency manager, Steve Webber, we have an emergency generator on hand to power the Trenary Community ...

It may not build character but politics can reveal it

Columns

First, an anecdote circulating about the most courageously candid staff person in the White House allegedly speaking to President Donald J Trump: “Mr. President, you’re coming across as mean-spirited, abusive and so unlikable that people frankly do not want to work for you. Sir, in all due ...

Taxing online businesses a good state move

Editorial

Bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week are an entirely appropriate way for government to deal with businesses using the internet to sell goods and services to state residents. Whitmer signed legislation ensuring that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more ...

Our Christmas miracle

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: My wife and I were visiting Marquette Saturday to see our granddaughter (The Sugar Plum Fairy) perform in “The Nutcracker.” We mistakenly thought the performance was at Forest Roberts Theatre. While there my wife got out of our car and dropped her engagement ring. ...

Dem nomination process sometimes bizarre

Columns

Some recent news stories verge on the bizarre — the House Democrats’ futile fuss over impeachment, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acceptance of President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Canada-Mexico trade treaty. But they’re not as bizarre, or possibly as consequential, as unanticipated developments in ...

Grand Island Ice Caves receive unusual recognition

Editorial

A Superiorland winter attraction, well-known to locals and people who visit the local area, has received a bit of national attention in an unusual way. The ice caves on Grand Island, located off Munising, is famous for their striking beauty. Now, that beauty has been recognized by the U.S. ...

MAPS does have alternatives

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Marquette Area Public School’s sports team’s “Redmen/Redette” name and mascot has been determined to be offensive to the Native American community. Many other local schools, colleges and universities have avoided this problem by using the names of various ...

Dems settling for half a loaf

Columns

Jules Witcover WASHINGTON — The decision of House Democrats led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to pursue only two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump reflects a choice of practical reality over wishful thinking. In deciding to charge him only with abuse of power and ...

Why founders wanted impeachment powers

Columns

Robert Anderson I just finished reading Ron Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton when the House Judiciary Committee kicked off its first hearing on the impeachment of President Trump. With the amazing life story of Alexander Hamilton fresh in my mind and his central role along with ...

President must be fired

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Your congressman says the impeachment inquiry is a charade. Republicans in my neck of the woods think a vain and vulgar, pathological liar, cheat, thief, racist conman and porn star adulterer is a shame to our Republican Party, a nightmare to our nation and a horror to ...

System unfair to Trump

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: To find if people understand what is happening, inquire if they would be willing to be the defendant in a trial with the same rules applied in the house committees during the impeachment inquiries. The information presented so far would not be allowed in any court of ...