Opinion

Blame us for government shutdown

Editorial

If we don’t like what is happening in Washington — and few do — the blame must be placed squarely where it belongs. It is “we the people” who send these people here. We send people of different and often opposing viewpoints to Washington and expect them to get along. Many quickly ...

First female warden named at tough Marquette Branch

Editorial

A bit of history was made recently at Marquette Branch Prison when the first female warden of the venerable institution was named. To be specific, Erica Huss’ promotion to the top administrative job at the 128-year-old prison was effective Dec. 31. She most recently served as deputy warden ...

Defining justice no easy task

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Is it just to acquire knowledge using humanistic methodological justice or scientific methodological justice to give public awards in aesthetics (including the Academy Awards) and ethics (including TIME Person of the Year)? We answer our question by defining ...

President Trump is not a despot

Editorial

It hasn’t been easy recently to make an attack against President Donald Trump that is over-the-top enough to stand out from the run-of-the-mill hysteria, but outgoing Republican Sen. Jeff Flake managed it. In a Senate speech hitting Trump for his broadsides against the press, Flake ...

Readers advised about utility bill telephone scam

Editorial

Upper Peninsula Power Co. officials in recent days warn that a telephone scam involving UPPCO customers is afoot. According to Brett French, vice president of business development and communications at UPPCO, some UPPCO customers have received calls ostensibly from company representatives who ...

What is definition of good American?

Editorial

The president of the United States apparently believes that some people are less worthy of becoming American than others, especially those who come from countries he deems dung holes, to use a euphemism for what credible sources tell us he said. But the president’s formula doesn’t say much ...

News consumers have responsibility to find honest reporting

Editorial

The North Wind, produced by the budding journalists at Northern Michigan University, had an editorial in its latest publication discussing the distrust in the news media. Believe it or not, we here at The Mining Journal hear it from both sides too. We’re either too liberal or too ...

Climate change is real

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Even though the great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field of atmospheric and earth science believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for a dangerous global warming and climate change, President Trump recently joked that we could use ...

Tough road for Trump in second year

Columns

michael barone As we reach, gingerly, the anniversary of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president, none of the disasters feared by critics has come to pass. The economy has turned at least mildly upward rather than plummet to depression. The executive branch has obeyed court orders. No ...

Try quoting president and skip the asterisks

Columns

Connie schultz This week marked the beginning of the spring semester at Kent State, where I teach journalism as a professional in residence. One of the rituals of the first day of class is to go over the syllabus, which, because of required language, reads like a last will and ...

What is the real message of the #MeToo movement?

Columns

Mona Charen The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad ...

Charters key to school choice

Columns

In recent weeks, we have offered a variety of opinions in our pages from thought leaders debating the value of charter schools. There are no shortage of viewpoints about these alternative public schools, but we wanted to host a civil discussion. While not a panacea to what ails Michigan's ...

In Nassar scandal, US gymnasts were failed at many levels

Editorial

The horror doesn’t seem to end. Just one or two victims of sexual assault is terrible. When a victim count rises to the triple digits, that goes beyond terrible. Larry Nassar, a once well-regarded sports medicine doctor who worked for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, pleaded ...

West end Christmas blessings cited

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Thanks to many in the Ishpeming area, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. John and St. Joseph Conference’s annual Christmas Basket distribution was one of its most successful yet! Ninety-two Ishpeming-area households, including 35 families with school-aged ...

President Trump’s translator explains his changing mind

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — As a president who speaks out of both sides of his mouth, first saying he will sign any immigration and border security bill placed before him and then reneging, Donald Trump needs to have an interpreter. Emerging in that role is White House Chief of Staff John ...

Lots going on in city of Negaunee with Heikki Lunta fest

Editorial

“Something for everyone” may be something of a cliched phrase, but it applies to the second annual Heikki Lunta Winter Festival, hosted by the Upper Peninsula Luge Club, which is set for today and Saturday in Negaunee. From a parade, to kids and adult games, to an art show, along with a ...

Trump character called into question

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: President Trump’s latest lament, about how our “weak” U.S. libel laws are causing him pain, hardly has me crying buckets of tears. Mr. Trump says these libel laws — which help individuals protect their reputations while protecting everyone’s (First ...

Republicans really don’t want to fix immigration

Editorial

President Trump and the Republican leadership have made clear that they have no intention of repairing our chaotic immigration system. Why not? Because illegal immigration is a problem that bothers most Americans. Fix it and all these politicians have are tax cuts for the rich, environmental ...

Wildcat hockey fans asked to step up for big weekend tilt

Editorial

Attention, Hockeyville: it is time to show your strength again by coming out this weekend to support the Northern Michigan University hockey Wildcats. You proved your dedication when we needed it to win the Hockeyville designation. You showed it again earlier this year when the naming of the ...

Why we’ve let actors become our moral guides

Editorial

There’s a great scene in the wonderful 1982 movie “My Favorite Year,” which is set in 1954. Peter O’Toole plays a semi-washed-up actor named Alan Swann, famous for swashbuckling roles. For reasons too complicated to explain here, Swann tries to shimmy down the side of a building using a ...