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Opinion

Marquette makes top of USA Today best choice list

Editorial

Although residents of Marquette hardly needed confirmation, the fact that the city and its environs is a pretty cool place to live was underscored recently with the announcement that Marquette made the top spot in USA Today 10Best Reader’s Choice contest. According to a press release from ...

Torture works

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The (confirmation) of Gina Haspel as CIA director once again brings the idea of torture to the forefront of public debate. Would you voluntarily submit to torture for any reason? College fraternities have used waterboarding in hazing rituals. Activists have submitted ...

Roads, bridges, schools are areas to spend extra money

Editorial

Count us among those advocating that at least a portion of a projected budget surplus to improve the state’s roads and bridges and school security, which most people agree are areas that need attention. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other key legislative officials announced that spending ...

Hunger ‘attacked’

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: On May 12, as they delivered mail, Marquette postal workers collected food donations to help re-stock local food pantries. “Stamp Out Hunger” is a nation-wide effort by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the United Way, with each location organizing its ...

Truth is always best antidote to prejudice

Columns

The man yelling in a video that has gone viral this week threatens employees at a New York deli that he will call U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he overheard employees speaking Spanish: “If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money — I pay for their ...

Boundaries needed for Mom

Columns

Dear Annie: I have been in a relationship with my fiance for seven years. When we first started dating and I met his mother, she cried and said, “Take care of him.” Mind you, he’s 52 years old. I didn’t think anything of it. Well, six years later, I can’t count all the incidents of ...

Residents should be informed about development plan

Editorial

Marquette’s coveted lakeshore is making headlines once again. A proposal was recently presented to the Marquette City Commission that involves a 4.6-acre parcel of property along Lakeshore Boulevard. The commission on Monday OK’d getting the property appraised and directed its city ...

Funding distribution explained

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: In response to a May 2 letter to the editor from Jerry Gregg of Negaunee about state Recreation Passport fees, according to Michigan law, the funds generated through this program are distributed to specific restricted funds. The first portion of the funding ...

Food drive a success

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The Ishpeming Post Office held their annual Stop Hunger in America food drive on May 12. We at St. Vincent’s food pantry would like to thank the community and all of the postal workers for such a successful drive. Our shelves were getting pretty bare and thanks to ...

Left working hard to marginalize Melania

Columns

Michelle Malkin Need more evidence that there are two Americas? Here: Left-wing hatred of Melania Trump is inversely proportional to flyover admiration for the first lady. In just the last month, late-night clown Jimmy Kimmel mocked Trump’s Slovenian accent, CNN contributor April Ryan ...

Dems can’t help but give in to Russia ‘temptation’

Columns

Rich lowry Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the Democrat from Minnesota, uttered a forlorn sentiment at a Center for American Progress conference. She said Democrats can’t spend all their time bemoaning President Donald Trump’s existence, and that her voters care more about soybean exports than ...

Learn how to live within your means to achieve sense of peace

Columns

Q: My husband and I both work full-time. We’re having problems making ends meet, so we’re looking for better jobs. Meanwhile, we’re trying to make a little extra here and there, but it’s becoming exhausting. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: It’s a common statement: The money comes ...

Michigan term limits not working

Columns

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

NMU administration handled elevated lead reports correctly

Editorial

The old saying, “Better safe than sorry” comes to mind on Northern Michigan University’s decision to close several buildings on campus last week after water testing showed inconsistent lead level readings, with some water samples showing elevated levels of lead. NMU officials on ...

Check Bergman’s voting record

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: We can appreciate that U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, supported the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, but generally speaking, this man does not appear to care much about our environment. Rather than protecting, he is opening up our lands to big business ...

Happy anniversary, Mr. Mueller

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — Just one year ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller began his investigation into the Russian meddling in our 2016 presidential election that put Donald Trump in the Oval Office. Today it continues, with no certain end yet in sight. The fact that Mueller has been ...

Beautiful music will be made tonight at children’s museum

Editorial

Tonight’s a very special evening at the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum. UPCM will be hosting students in the pre-kindergarten through eight-grade music programs at the AuTrain-Onota Public School in Deerton, the Wells Township School in Arnold, and the Powell Township School in Big Bay ...

Climate change is real

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The scientific consensus is that if we do not dramatically reduce carbon pollution we will experience catastrophic climate change. (I believe) the majority of Americans want to see a solution. A federal Carbon Fee and Dividend would put a price on carbon pollution and ...

Prosperity always exacts high quality-of-life price

Columns

It’s the craziest thing. Factory towns that bled both jobs and people still have a fine housing stock, cheap for lack of demand. Booming tech centers, meanwhile, attract battalions of newcomers despite their soaring housing costs and growing congestion. Can’t something be worked out ...