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Opinion

Congressional defeat another leak in President Trump’s bubble

Columns

WASHINGTON — The upset victory of a Democrat over a Republican heavily backed by President Trump in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District has pumped new optimism into voters looking to November’s midterm elections to rid the country of the man in the Oval Office. Moderate Democrat ...

Finns are a happy bunch but Americans could use laugh

Editorial

Finns have the reputation for being a dour, stoic lot. But guess what? The World Happiness Report, published Wednesday, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels and Finland was No. 1. The factors used included life expectancy, social support and corruption, but this year the report — ...

Poop on Cancer thanks supporters

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Team Poop on Cancer would like to say thank you for the community support of our fundraising efforts for the Hospitality House of Upper Peninsula Wig Salon at UPHS! This year, we raised over $1,500 which will provide new wigs and other head coverings to cancer patients ...

Assault rifles not needed for hunting

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Assault rifles are used by the military and SWAT teams of the police departments. They are not needed to shoot a deer, or a pheasant, or a rabbit or a turkey. So my question of the day is, why are assault rifles sold to the lay public?

North Korea’s dark history should frame any negotiations

Columns

President Trump’s decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un elicited a wide range of responses from experts. But one thing you hear from everyone is that the president and administration need to prepare. The North Koreans may be technologically (and morally) backward and ...

Success can be hard to handle

Editorial

Northern Michigan University hockey is in a good place. Saturday, the Wildcats play the Michigan Tech University Huskies for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship. The two schools are arch-rivals in the sport, which makes the matchup even more intriguing apart from the fact ...

Trump’s judgment day is approaching

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: When I was in second grade, I had a wonderful Sunday school teacher named Mrs. Williams. She taught me most of the 10 Commandments so I learned very early in life that I should never lie (bear false witness). When it was a bit more age appropriate, other Sunday school ...

How do Trump critics respond to success?

Columns

President Trump’s critics, who include many establishment Republicans, are finding themselves left with few issues given the president’s recent string of successes. How difficult it must have been for The New York Times, perhaps the most vehement media critic of the president (The ...

Stage is set for WCHA championship game at Berry Events Center

Editorial

The stage was set and it came down to game 3, the deciding best of three series for the semifinals for the WCHA playoffs. Win the game and you go to the championship game. Lose and your season is over. Even though the crowd seemed a little smaller than Friday and Saturday night, the fan base ...

Watch out for karma

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I went to this restaurant that ‘we’ go to often. Sitting there, I noticed that my husband’s hat was missing. It was special in memory of him and we put it where he sat. It upset me, my grandchildren and all the staff. It was cruel to us all to see it taken. So ...

It’s off to the races — again

Columns

WASHINGTON — You may have missed the starting shot, but the midterm races officially began last week with the Texas primaries. This coming Tuesday, voters in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District head to the polls for a special election to fill the seat left vacant by Republican Tim ...

US Army needs help in finding Viet veteran’s family

Editorial

The U.S. Army is asking for help. In advance of planned honors at Fort Meade, Maryland, the Army is looking for the family of one of its enlisted personnel who was killed in action in Vietnam more than 50 years ago. Sgt. Robert Townsend was 29 when he fell in South Vietnam in 1965. He was ...

Set politics aside

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: I keep hearing that Democrats are so busy opposing Trump that they are failing to say what they are for. OK. Here are a few things this Democrat favors. Job creation. That’s done through strengthening demand by putting money in the pockets of the middle class, not ...

Trump must tell truth about Stormy

Columns

After many Democrats largely dismissed Bill Clinton’s Oval Office romp with Monica Lewinsky as a “private matter,” it’s harder for them to make a case that Donald Trump’s alleged affair with porn star Stormy Daniels a decade before he was elected president really matters. Of course, ...

Transparency in government a right and not privilege

Editorial

Peeling back the layers of government oversights, shining a spotlight on scandals and criminal debauchery, journalists around the world continue to deliver the only message anyone should really desire: Truth. Today is the start of Sunshine Week. Over the next seven days, and well beyond that, ...

Bergman has choices to make

Letters To The Editor

To the Journal editor: Any first-time Republican representative who entered the House in 2017 has had a tough go of it. In normal times, Republicans and Democrats debate various approaches to governing, and while the balance between compromise and partisanship may ebb and flow, the basic ...

New lesson plan rolled out in West Virginia

Columns

Connie Schultz What a glorious thing, watching West Virginia teachers, most of them women, shut down the state’s public schools for nearly two weeks to force their elected officials to give them the 5 percent raise they surely deserve. On the brink of victory, the crowd of teachers ...

Sunshine is always right

Columns

jim zachary Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought ...

Protectionism in trade won’t improve American economy

Columns

Mona Charen “If you don’t have steel, you don’t have a country” declared President Donald Trump at a press availability with the Swedish prime minister. He was explaining his decision to impose a tax on steel and aluminum. Why these products? Well, the president had just met with ...

Fix no-fault, don’t scrap it

Columns

Some lawmakers want to give up on fixing Michigan's no-fault insurance law and instead scrap it and return to a tort system in which motorists sue each other to recover damages. The frustration by these Republican legislators is understandable. They spent nearly all of 2017 trying to forge an ...