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Opinion

Many supported pancake breakfast

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Again this year our community saw the Lions Club motto, “We Serve” put into action when the Marquette Lions served over 200 pancake breakfast meals to hungry folks March 18. The annual Lions Club fundraiser donates 100 percent of the proceeds to a different ...

Is liberal conscience AWOL?

Columns

In one of the most closely watched 2018 congressional campaigns, avidly followed nationally as a potential predictor of November’s midterm elections by both increasingly apprehensive Republicans and guardedly optimistic Democrats, there was only one candidates debate, sponsored by the League ...

County prosecutor, police shouldn’t tolerate school threats

Editorial

Give Matt Wiese credit. The veteran Marquette County prosecutor is meeting head on a spate of false violence reports cropping up in area schools in recent months. Last week, Wiese sent a letter home to parents of students in Marquette County schools bluntly stating that making false threats ...

Big Brother is always watching

Columns

I joined Facebook originally so that I could see pictures of my kids and grandkids, keep tabs on what they were doing, and share my own pictures and adventures. I rarely used the platform initially, except on vacation, and I almost never sought out “friends.” I was wise enough not to let ...

County on right track in OK’ing harbor expansion

Editorial

The birds are chirping, the sun has been shining and that snow outside your window is slowly but surely melting away. Spring officially began early last week, and here in Superiorland the weather is finally beginning to follow suit. Along with the conclusion of wintry weather and the ...

An open letter to Jack Bergman

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I applaud your many efforts on behalf of the preservation of Lake Superior’s health, the economic benefits of a new lock, and your evident concern for our veterans. But these efforts ignore the elephant in the room. As the events of this past weekend make inarguably ...

Women against free speech?

Columns

Michael barone Sometimes, for those of us who are constantly reading statistics and poll results, something that you didn’t expect to see stands out — a number that makes you think the future will not be what you have been expecting. My latest sighting of such a number was in a March 12 ...

Springtime means coming of warm temps, sunshine

Columns

Connie Schultz We’ve turned the clocks ahead, and our calendars have announced the official change of season. In these parts, though, Spring will not be rushed, and she will not be bullied. She is taking her good old time to get to northeast Ohio, as is her habit. Like many families with ...

Is there a little too much reality in the reality show?

Columns

Mona Charen Watching the parade of porn stars, reality TV contestants and former Playboy models lining up to lambaste the president of the United States, as well as the daily trove of stories of wife beating, naked nepotism, gambling and official corruption among his Cabinet members and White ...

Statute of limitations deserves thorough public debate

Columns

Lawmakers are in a hurry to come to the aid of the women who suffered abuse from Larry Nassar while he was employed by Michigan State University. And while the victims deserve justice, the dramatic changes proposed to the state’s statute of limitations deserve much more debate. Sen. ...

MSU Extension program good way to battle hunger

Editorial

Food insecurity. It has a nice clean sound, doesn’t it? It reminds us of terms like pre-owned or even better, newsed. These are words contrived to dress up unattractive realities. In the case of pre-owned and newsed, it’s vehicles that are for sale. For food insecurity, its hunger or, ...

Trump continues his courtship of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin

Columns

jules witcover WASHINGTON — If the long postwar rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union was called the Cold War, maybe we should label the current lovefest President Donald Trump is conducting with Russian President Vladimir Putin the Warm War. At a time when Trump’s ...

Show your support today at Relay for Life

Editorial

Young adults are often described with all sorts of unflattering adjectives: lazy, unaware, self-centered, party machines ... most of which are not just unflattering but also untrue and don’t apply to the people of that age group we know. A group of Northern Michigan University students will ...

Gerrymandering bad for democracy

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: To gerrymander is “to achieve (a result) by manipulating the boundaries of an electoral constituency.” Gerrymandering may or may not be legal depending on why it is done. Both parties have done it. (I believe) today’s Republican party has taken gerrymandering to ...

Students don’t let gun lobby wear you down

Columns

Only three students were shot at an American school Tuesday. Two of them were hospitalized, and only the 17-year-old gunman died. This made the attack at a southern Maryland high school a fleeting news item. The Austin, Texas, bombings edged it out. The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School ...

Students across the nation making their voices heard

Editorial

A group of Upper Peninsula high school students will take part in a worldwide March For Our Lives event in Marquette on Saturday. The students are joining hands with other U.P. schools to ask for legislative action to stop gun violence in U.S. schools. Student organizers say the march, one ...

Republicans may come to regret their silence on Trump

Columns

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column contains a vulgar term. I don’t usually dispense relationship advice in this column. But the adage about marriage is often true of politics: What is not said is more destructive than what is said. For example, over the last 18 months the president has said and ...

NMU hockey program comes back to life

Editorial

Even though the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship game did not end the way most Northern Michigan University fans had hoped for, the 2017-2018 season overall turned out to be a big success. The Wildcats finished with a home record of 17 wins and 4 losses. It is the first 25-win ...

The unbalanced California Reproductive FACT Act

Columns

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether pro-life pregnancy help centers in California should be required to post notices informing women of the availability of abortions elsewhere. The pregnancy help centers are contesting the law, disingenuously named the California ...

Mom having problem detecting odors

Columns

Dear Annie: My mother is in her 80s, and I love her very much. At her age, she has earned certain privileges. And I understand we all have our little quirks that might annoy others. The problem is my mom doesn’t wear clean clothes. It started out that she would wear a certain outfit a ...