Opinion

Sacrifices of World War II participants shouldn’t be forgotten

Editorial

Today marks the 76th anniversary of what is arguably the 20th century's single-most most significant event, at least as far as the United States is concerned. It was 76 years ago this morning that more than 350 carrier-based warplanes of the Empire of Japan paid an unannounced visit to the ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: News that Enbridge may build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac is not good news for the Upper Peninsula. A straits tunnel is being touted as a means of making Enbridge Line 5 safer for 23 million gallons of oil a day. What it actually does is extend the life of ...

Politicians are selective about when debt and deficits matter

Editorial

If you’re a normal person who pays attention to politics, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Washington can’t decide whether deficits are bad or not. Well, I have one easy trick that will help you make sense of it all. In Washington, when you hear people complain that this or that ...

Tax bill misses mark

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The tax bills that were just rushed through the U.S. House and Senate are a political stunt that feature false assumptions. They won’t expand the economy as advertised, but will expand our debt. The whole pretext of these bills is that “trickle down economics” ...

Hops for Help supporting local families, food banks

Editorial

What’s better than drinking beer and benefiting people in need at the same time? The Ore Dock Brewing Co., 114 Spring St., Marquette, has launched its sixth annual Hops for Help, which offers community and business helpers the opportunities to help families in need. Ore Dock will donate ...

GOP tax bill will starve US government beast

Editorial

One way to kill a predatory animal is to deny it sustenance. The tax-cut bill passed by the Senate, if it clears a conference with the House and President Trump signs it, may be the first step toward starving the big government beast. Reporting on the Senate vote early Saturday morning ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced into Isle Royale park

Editorial

Wildlife experts have been saying for years that the collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park was approaching. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that just a single wolf ...

LifePoint must explain

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: The medical situation of the Duke LifePoint-Marquette General Hospital and the largely outpatient Marquette Medical Center is in critical condition. For background, I received an MD degree from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, in June 1955 and after ...

GOP needs tax cuts to survive

Editorial

It’s important for us to remember that even though President Lyndon B. Johnson, a Democrat, successfully lobbied the nation and eventually signed into law the historic civil rights laws a half-century ago, a higher percentage of congressional Republicans than congressional Democrats voted for ...

County board should shop around for better lawyer deal

Editorial

In this time of bean counting and penny pinching, we think it’s a fiscally wise decision for the Marquette County Board to consider other options when it comes to its legal counsel. Attorney Steven Pence has held the position for some time now, and this editorial is not a slight against him ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Affordable housing needed To the Journal editor: I was surprised to read in the Nov.12 Mining Journal that the Grandview project will be, “the answer to the affordable housing shortage in Marquette.” As board chair for Marquette’s homeless shelter, Room at the Inn, I know Grandview ...

‘Hurtling’ GOP tax bill actually serious

Columns

“The Republican tax bill hurtling through Congress is increasingly tilting the United States tax code to benefit wealthy Americans.” That’s the beginning of a 37-word first sentence in a stage-setting front-page story in The New York Times on the tax bill under consideration in the Senate ...

Local dialogue needed on sexual harassment

Columns

When the New York Times broke a story in early October about a history of sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, our media exploded with women and men coming forward with their own accounts of sexual assault/harassment against other famous and powerful ...

Our Caribbean families are our fellow Americans

Columns

About a month after Hurricane Maria, I stopped at a UPS store to ask if it was still offering a discounted rate to ship supplies to St. Croix. The young manager shook her head even as she answered yes. “We are, through the month. But I don’t understand why we’re helping them when we ...

Another opinion

Columns

Too many teachers skipping class Students aren’t the only ones skipping class, according to a new report. Many teachers are, too. That poses problems for obvious reasons. As Michigan looks to improve its standing in education, this is something the state simply must solve. The report, ...

State legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

Editorial

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Letters to the editor

Letters To The Editor

Trump up to task To the Journal editor: I find the “Mercy badly needed” letter as just condescending tripe against President Trump and the conservative thinkers who support his views. There are plenty of us. The moral issue of abortion is one that must be settled between the ...

Love INC marking one year of helping needy in region

Editorial

The idea is that by working together, local churches can do more to help the needy. Love INC of the Upper Peninsula tonight celebrates one year of doing just that. Love INC connects area churches to residents in need. It is seeking the community’s help to continue the work of providing a ...

Letters to the Editor

Letters To The Editor

Miners the best To the Journal editor: Congratulations to head coach Paul Jacobson and assistant coaches Dan Waterman, Jeff Niemi and Kevin Jacobson and team managers Kyle Waterman and Ty Niemi and the Negaunee High School Miners Varsity Football team on a great season. Let’s Go ...

Democrats should drop identity politics quickly

Editorial

Bernie Sanders helped elect Donald Trump, and for that he will never be forgiven. But give this to Sanders: He’s totally right that Democrats must drop their obsession with identity politics if they want to regain power. To concede that white working-class Americans have problems needing to ...