Opinion

Understanding OCD important in helping people

Editorial

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a persons wellbeing. Obsessive compulsive ...

Services taken for granted

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: To all the work crews of the Houghton Road Commission, thank you! I am grateful and even in awe of the amazingly fast and effective work you have done to get our local communities back to almost normal within just days. As someone who lives just off of Agate, I was shocked, ...

Yoopers are being proactive

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Since early morning of Sunday, residents of the Copper Country have witnessed  how fortunate we are  living in this community even when facing  adversity.  Municipal  employees  (police, fire and public works), private entities and scores of volunteers continue aiding ...

Copper Country, western U.P. cruelly battered

Editorial

This time, it’s personal. It’s not that the other natural disasters, hurricanes, river floods, wildfires in distant locations our nation has experienced in recent years were impersonal. Obviously, when any American is against the wall, the rest of us feel badly and wonder what we can ...

Casperson says he has stage 4 lung cancer

Editorial

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and that it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...

Buried tanks pose challenge to development

Editorial

The city of Ishpeming recently hit a little snag in the process of completing its multimillion-dollar water infrastructure project. In the course of replacing a good share of the city’s water system this summer, construction crews working near the intersection of Pearl and First streets ...

Good leaders are out there — always have been

Columns

In one of her comic monologs back in the 1980s, Phyllis Diller said, “I went to Hollywood hoping to become a star overnight - because I heard that’s how it’s done, overnight.” The audience roared; it was popularly known about such transactions made to “make it” in that Sin ...

Image has priority in campus sex crime probes

Editorial

College and university officials throughout the country ought to be asking themselves whether sexual abuse scandals such as those at Ohio State, Penn State and Michigan State universities could occur at their institutions. Those answering in the negative may want to search their souls about why ...

Quit smoking to protect your kids on dads’ day

Editorial

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Houghton High Class of 2018

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Houghton High School class of 2018 would like to thank our community for its support of our all-night lock-in party held on May 25th, 2018. Because of your donations and support of our fundraising efforts, we enjoyed a night of fun and friendship during our last event as a ...

MAPS program feeds hungry during summer

Editorial

We like a program starting at Marquette Area Public Schools this summer that will provide free meals for anyone wanting or needing them. The initiative, through the United States Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service Program, will see lunches offered from noon to 12:30 p.m. at ...

Some lack values to do good

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Chicago gangster Al Capone said, “I would rather be rich ... and greedy and go to hell when I die, than live in poverty...” He died at 48, mentally disabled by syphilis. Loretta Lynn’s autobiographical song, “Coalminer’s Daughter” had a much better message about ...

Bringing wolves to Isle Royale is right decision

Editorial

We know not everyone agrees but the decision to relocate a handful of wolves to Isle Royale National Park is the right thing to do. It was announced last week that 20-30 new wolves would be reintroduced, perhaps as early as this fall. The species is currently on the verge of dying out on the ...

Taking ‘beauty’ out of pageants

Columns

The Miss America Organization announced this week that it will no longer judge women on their “outward physical appearance.” To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the group’s head, explained. “Miss America will represent a new ...

Move to ban dangerous pets is good idea

Editorial

It’s never been entirely clear to us why people chose to keep dangerous or exotic animals as pets. By dangerous we mean wild critters of whatever sort that could kill or very seriously injure the average human being without breaking much of a sweat. Venomous snakes come immediately to mind ...

Donald Trump, Rod Blagojevich and cost of corruption

Columns

When President Donald Trump blurted out that he was thinking of springing thoroughly corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from federal prison, the reaction was predictably tribal. The pro-Trumpers spun it all by saying his Blagogevich move was a shot across the bow of his enemies in ...

Is second US civil war possible?

Columns

Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Donald Trump passes the House. Trump claims it's the work of the “deep state.” Sean Hannity of Fox News demands that every honest patriot take to the streets. Right-wing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the ...

Safety first when recreating about Great Lakes

Editorial

In Wednesday’s Journal, it was reported that one man kayaking on Lake Michigan was rescued Monday, while another man drowned after their kayak overturned in rough waters off of the Schoolcraft County mainland Dispatchers had received a report at 3:30 p.m. Monday from a man who said his son ...

Empty buildings for veterans

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: In the past month, the news has reported that over $90 million is being spent downstate for V.A. facilities. We have a facility in Marquette and Iron Mountain but why not one here? The VA clinic in Hancock has over 700 patients. On M-203, there is a facility that was ...