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Opinion

Valle’s Market conversion possible?

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: As a shopper at Valle’s Market for 50 years, I’m saddened about their closing. The store is the last of its kind in Marquette. I have always thought that Valle’s on Third Street would be the perfect location for a Trader Joe’s. Any chance, Mr. Valle, that ...

Michelle, Sheryl and that one itty-bitty swearword

Columns

Fifteen days after her memoirs went on sale, Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” became — I love saying those two words together — the biggest-selling book of 2018. I’m leading with that spectacular piece of news because I think it explains why those few angry people took offense to her ...

Program gives girls exposure to construction trades

Editorial

An event hosted by the Northern Michigan University construction management program that exposes high school girls to construction trades is a good one, we believe. The recent Women in Construction event at the Jacobetti Complex on the campus of Northern Michigan University saw more than 100 ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Lame duck session increasingly lame To the Journal editor: Michigan’s Republican Legislature is planning to push as much of their agenda to Gov. Snyder’s desk as possible during the lame duck session. Earlier this year, they passed laws to raise the minimum wage from $9.25 to $12 per ...

Christmas Bird Count set for next week

Columns

“I heard a bird sing In the dark of December, A magical thing, And sweet to remember; “We are nearer to spring Than we are to September.” - Oliver Herford Darkness comes quickly at the end of each afternoon in December. How different is seems now compared to June when it seemed to ...

Bringing the future back into American political scene, life

Columns

An ad on ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Ryan” shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.” A Patek ...

White-tailed harvest was good one for recent firearm season

Editorial

With another firearm deer season in the books, preliminary numbers show the total number of white-tailed deer coming into Upper Peninsula check stations to be up 10 to 15 percent from 2017. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the deer numbers were similar to the 10-year ...

Bill should not have been passed

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Michiganders have just elected Gretchen Whitmer. Like them, she believes that Canadian-owned Line 5 is too risky for the Great Lakes and Michigan’s economy and that it must be immediately removed. Ignoring Michiganders’ clear mandate, Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP ...

#MeToo has variety of unintended consequences

Columns

WASHINGTON — A recent Bloomberg News headline came as no surprise: “Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost.” In a word, it was inevitable. Some men are so concerned about the possible repercussions of what they might say or do that they’re steering clear of ...

City scrutiny of water quality the right move

Editorial

Being proactive when it comes to local water quality seems to be on the rise, and that’s good for the community. The city of Marquette decided to have testings performed after elevated levels of lead were discovered at Northern Michigan University and in Marquette Area Public Schools ...

George H.W. Bush was man of character

Columns

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was ...

State police student training could save lives

Editorial

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood. (Just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Vietnam vets say thanks for support

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Chapter 380 of the Vietnam Veterans, would like to thank the following for their support during our annual Dinner Dance fund raiser in October of 2018. They include The Ojibwa and Island Casinos; Carpet Specialists of Ishpeming; All Seasons Floral; Morrison’s ...

Time to put Electoral College out to pasture

Columns

In spite of continued attempts, either misguided or malevolent — or both — by national leaders to undermine public trust and confidence in the American free press and free elections, the United States’ model of political and individual freedom has inspired billions around the planet. ...

Kids get grades: so should schools in this day and age

Editorial

Michigan’s resistance to common-sense education reforms has continued to hold back progress in K-12 schools. Case in point: Lawmakers have tried for years (and failed) to pass a clear and transparent A-F school grading system. It’s on the docket for lame duck, and the Legislature should get ...

Great job to NHS Miners football

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Congratulations to Head Coach Paul Jacobson and assistant coaches Kevin Jacobson, Jeff Niemi, Dan Waterman and Tyler Thomas and team managers Ty Niemi and Kyle Waterman and the Negaunee Miners varsity football team on a great season. Great job to seniors Logan Fish, ...

Trump’s assault on the rule of law

Columns

The “rule of law” distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It’s based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means a president cannot stop an investigation into his alleged ...

Thank you Mr. Casperson for serving the Upper Peninsula

Editorial

Thank you, Tom! There was a surprise gathering at Northern Michigan University’s University Center on Nov. 24 to honor and thank Sen. Tom Casperson. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate and was ...

Did lesbian kiss turn parade into ‘trauma’?

Columns

Connie Schultz Well, it was just the sweetest thing. It happened during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. All these happy cast members of the Broadway musical “The Prom” were dancing and singing, when — three minutes and 15 seconds into the performance — two of the actresses ...