Opinion

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 ...

MLK Day serves to underscore man’s life, achievements

Editorial

On Monday, the world recognized Martin Luther King Jr. Day with marches, volunteer work, and in the words of King’s late wife, “commemorate the universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence that empowered his revolutionary spirit.” Locally, Northern Michigan University ...

NMU Wildcats improved on ice

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Come on back! For the first time in several years, you can now go to a Northern Michigan University hockey game and watch an example of discipline, sportsmanship and quality hockey. You can even bring your young children (without covering their eyes). Grant Potulny ...

Thanks go out to China (maybe)

Editorial

“When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.” — Confucius Is China about to do the United States a big favor, however unwittingly? According to Bloomberg, China is considering whether to slow, or even stop, purchases of U.S. Treasuries. At $3.14 trillion, China holds the world’s ...

Economy recovering but much work remains to be done

Editorial

Michigan’s recovery from the Great Recession of 2008-10 continues, a panel of economists and other officials said Monday, but things are starting to slow up a bit, especially in the area of jobs creation. “Moderation in the pace of job growth was bound to come at some time as the ...

Election coming up

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I recently got my notification about my Social Security distribution for 2018. It seems my Social Security checks for 2018 will be less than I received in 2017. My thanks to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and of course, our U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, ...

‘Always proud he was my president’

Editorial

Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, who created the international scholarship program that bears his name and that has produced 59 Nobel Prize winners among its estimated 360,000 alumni, was not, for entirely legitimate reasons, a humble man. Admitted to the University of Arkansas at 15, ...

MTU engineer a solid choice to lead Line 5 inquiry

Editorial

State officials have moved in the right direction in who was selected to head up the research team looking at the risk analysis of the controversial pair of pipelines that carry huge amounts of oil beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Guy Meadows, who is professor of engineering at Michigan Tech ...

Dems should buy off Trump with wall

Editorial

There is a very easy way for Democrats to get major concessions from President Donald Trump on immigration: Give him his wall. This is the key to a deal codifying the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the Obama-era de facto amnesty for a segment of so-called Dreamers. All it ...

Commission about to get it wrong again on Baldini successor

Editorial

Recent unfortunate circumstances have brought the Marquette City Commission again to the forefront, with how it handles vacancies on the panel a primary point of contention. Marquette’s former Mayor Tom Baldini, a man respected by so many in this community and others well across the state ...

Is ‘Fire and Fury’ starting to fizzle?

Columns

The most disappointed people in America this past week must be those Trump execrators who opened their Amazon package only to find that the copy of “Fire and Fury” they had ordered was subtitled “The Allied Bombing of Germany, 1942-1945.” It’s a well-regarded 2009 volume by University ...

Time for Dark Sky Park to become city reality

Columns

It is now 17 months since the Marquette Astronomical Society approached the Presque Isle Advisory Committee to suggest making the west side of Presque Isle a Dark Sky Park. Like any proposal requiring change, there was some apprehension and many questions. The greatest concern was personal ...

Steve Bannon offers tips on how to get nasty divorce

Columns

It occurred to me this week that many of us who’ve gone through a divorce could be mighty helpful right now to Steve Bannon. We know what it feels like to experience that personal earthquake that leaves you wondering, “Did I ever mean anything to this guy? Was it all a lie?” A week ...

Other opinions

Columns

AG should move ahead on MSU molestation probe The state attorney general’s office is engaged in an extensive review of whether the serial molestation of girls and young women associated with the Michigan State University gymnastics program merits further investigation into who at the ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Bergman right man for job To the Journal editor: Wow, what a start to making America great again, 2017 awesome. The year 2018 looks greater yet. I also attended Jack (Bergman)’s township information meeting. He is the perfect man to help with the president’s agenda. Jack is making ...

Republic native receives French award for wartime service

Editorial

The front page of Monday’s edition of the Journal featured an article about 97-year-old Republic native Howard Keskitalo becoming a Knight in the French Legion of Honor during a ceremony in September. The medal, which was initiated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802, is the highest award ...

Despite bitter cold, the earth is heating

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Oof da!, that was a cold one. Global warming? Yup, if you weren’t in your long johns the last couple of weeks, you probably aren’t going to need them. Across North America we even broke a couple cold weather records. An individual even tweeted that global warming ...

Counting homeless persons in area an important activity

Editorial

For most people, Jan. 31 will be a day not terribly unlike most other mid-winter days in the north country. It will probably be cold and snowy with Feb. 1 bringing more of the same. But if you happen to be a homeless person, or someone who works in support of homeless persons, Jan. 31 has a ...

Doubts about Trump’s mental fitness won’t end

Columns

WASHINGTON—The most notable thing about the allegations in “Fire and Fury,” Michael Wolff’s new tell-all book about President Trump inside the White House, is that they read more like confirmations of his unfitness for the office rather than as revelations. Many, if not most, of the ...