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Opinion

NMU students receive top education nod, invite to state gathering

Editorial

Hats off to a pair of Northern Michigan University students who were among “Teachers of Promise” who attended the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit in mid March downstate. Jennie Baker of Munising and Amy Burley of Marquette were selected NMU’s top pre-service teachers for the ...

Gun confiscation not goal of anyone

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Second Amendment states that “a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms, shall not be infringed.” There was no connection between the Second Amendment and gun control until the NRA and ...

Helpful hints for candidates

Columns

Successful politicians, those who have won election and re-election to office, almost always have an extra olfactory nerve that somehow endows them with the ability to smell which way the political winds will blow in a given election year — and whether a gale-force blast is forming that might ...

Battle against Hep A needs infusion of state funding

Editorial

The state of Michigan is properly supporting a battle that a great many residents had no idea was being waged. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, a outbreak of hepatitis A that has principally been located in the Lower Peninsula with just one case reported ...

Dog Dayz supported

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Lake Superior Art Association recently had its inaugural Dog Dayz of Winter Youth Art Exhibition, held at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center during the Upper Peninsula 200 weekend. All of the elementary grade schoolchildren in Marquette County were invited to ...

More candor on census, citizenship

Columns

In a last-minute decision this week, the Commerce Department decided to include a question on citizenship on the 2020 census form mailed to every household in the United States. On its face, the addition seems benign. Why shouldn’t the agency charged with counting America’s population and ...

Heroism in local residents recognized by city commission

Editorial

The human heart is a vital and critical component of our anatomies. The doctors will tell you it’s a necessary organ, continually pumping and diffusing blood and oxygen throughout our bodies, giving us the very elements we need to keep moving, breathing and living. An all-encompassing ...

Area progress cited in edition

Columns

You may have noticed that your Wednesday paper last week was larger than normal. That’s because we published our annual Progress Edition on Wednesday. This is the largest single product that we publish all year. This is our once-a-year opportunity to talk about many of the good things that ...

March underscores kids’ determination

Columns

At some point during March 24’s March for Our Lives in Columbus, Ohio, I walked behind two young girls wearing star-spangled blue capes. The one with the ponytail kept looking around at the crowd of thousands, as if she couldn’t believe her eyes. The other girl marched face-forward, ...

This is what you call a conservative budget?

Columns

Donald Trump woke up on Friday, March 23, and realized that a deficit-ballooning $1.3 trillion “omnibus” spending bill was awaiting his signature. The law increases defense spending but otherwise completely fulfills the spending priorities of the Democratic minority. Some have even said ...

Other opinions

Columns

Catholic task force will help address topic of racism Tuesday's announcement of an 18-member task force on race and Catholic schools is a welcome step toward fighting racism in our own community. The Catholic Diocese of Lansing formed the group to make recommendations to Bishop Earl Boyea ...

U of M revisits its own history and makes the right call

Editorial

Passing all but unnoticed outside of the University of Michigan community late last week were decisions made by the university’s Board of Regents to remove the names of a past president and professor from the sides of U of M buildings because of the men’s odious cultural and political ...

Lots of family-friendly events in holiday weekend

Editorial

Even though it may not feel quite like spring yet in the Upper Peninsula, the Easter bunny will make his way out of hibernation and down to the Marquette area on Saturday morning. First off, the kids Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11 a.m. near the Presque Isle Bandshell in Marquette, but ...

Slagle worked a distinguished career

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: April 1 culminates a career of service by Brad Slagle to the state of Michigan, the majority of which was spent serving veterans. After 11 years with the Department of Corrections, Brad came to the Jacobetti Home for Veterans as the Business Manager, and later became ...

Fashion of silicon knavery on display in internet cases

Columns

How did it come to this? How was Mark Zuckerberg able to prance the globe vacuuming up the ad revenues that rightly belonged to the news organizations providing his content? How did he not notice the unauthorized use of Facebook subscribers’ data by the Trump campaign? And how did he get away ...

In 1968, LBJ shook nation, world in decision that reverberates yet

Columns

On the night of March 31, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson rocked the political world with these words concluding his televised remarks from the Oval Office: “With American sons in the field far away, with America’s future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the ...

Downtown project in Ishpeming a positive for city

Editorial

The west end may have a new place for family and friends to recreate before the end of 2018. At the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority meeting Monday, Ishpeming City Manager Mark Slown said the last of the funding for the $600,000 project is nearly in place. “We’ve got a grant ...

Supporting Alholm

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: To Alger Delta members in the Harvey/Deerton District, in a few days, you will be electing your Alger Delta board director for the next 3-year term. Karen Alholm, the current director, is seeking re-election. Karen has shown sound decision-making skills, knowledge of ...

Omnibus spending bill is no betrayal of President Trump

Columns

President Trump signed the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending deal on Friday, averting another government shutdown. Written largely in secret and passed without any time to read its 2,232 pages, the bill violated pretty much everything the GOP had promised about reforming the process of ...

Larry Nassar scandal fallout continues

Editorial

The fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal continues. A Michigan State University official who oversaw Nassar, the former MSU sport doctor who will serve the rest of his life in prison after molesting patients under the guise of treatment, is facing criminal charges. William Strampel, who ...