Editorial

Rapid River Rockets say thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Rapid River Rockets coaches and players: The football player and coaches would like to thank the Rapid River businesses, community, and especially the parents for all the support and help during the 2018 season and playoff run. We really appreciate your ...

Hunters not the only ones who should watch for deer

Michigan’s firearms deer season officially began Nov. 15 and hunters are searching for the elusive whitetail. It’s also the time of year motorists should also be on the lookout for deer. “As hunters head into fields and forests deer will become more active – especially at dawn and ...

Don’t play games with pot voters

As expected, Michigan voters overwhelming approved legalizing marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday. We still think it was a bad idea, but that does not matter anymore because the voters have spoken. Statewide, Proposal 1 was approved 55 percent to 45 percent. The ratio was similar in St. ...

Post midterm, country must strive for unity

The political tension in Michigan and around the country reached a boiling point with Tuesday’s elections. Neighbors, colleagues, friends and even family have been torn apart over politics. That kind of contempt for our fellow Americans is not healthy. Now that this contentious midterm is ...

No better day to quit smoking

The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to quit that day or to develop a plan to quit smoking. By doing so, smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life. This year’s Great American ...

Staying alert behind the wheel

Think twice before getting behind the wheel when they feel sleepy. IT’s sound advice and part of a nationwide effort to raise awareness about tired driving during Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. “Drowsy driving is becoming a serious problem in Michigan and across the country,” said Dyck ...

Snowfall prompts refresher on winter weather driving

The Upper Peninsula has had its fist brush with winter. Time to brush up on your winter driving skills. “It’s been at least six months since many of us saw snow on Michigan roads, which is why we’re encouraging drivers to slow down and leave plenty of distance between your car and the ...

Thank you to the volunteer vets

This week’s bouquets go to: From: Andrew E. Nelson, past commander, American Legion Post 301, Rapid River: As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to give a special thanks to veterans who participate in veterans memorial services. Having experienced many memorial services, I have on ...

Type 2 diabetes: Know the symptoms, know your risk

While November is American Diabetes Month, health experts advise one of the most important facts to know about type 2 diabetes-a disease of high blood sugar-is this: You could have it and not know it. Symptoms of type 2 diabetes often develop slowly and can be subtle. And many people with the ...

Finding common ground a start to ending violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest. The shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to outspoken critics of President Donald Trump and the fatal shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seared into many people’s minds. That was apparent ...

Program promotes inclusivity in area

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information issued this week by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Voters responsible to make an informed choice

1. Politicians don’t have better information than you do. Politicians don’t know what they’re talking about? Shock, gasp, right? It’s the oldest saying in Washington, D.C. but it’s also true — potentially more true today than it ever was. The Guardian published a great editorial ...

It’s not too late to check smoke alarms

When you set clocks back one hour when daylight saving time ended over the weekend did you adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the batteries in your smoke alarms. It not too late. “The foam cushions, synthetic fabrics and plastics in household furnishings today produce more heat, ...

How trick-or-treating helped the shelter

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Daily Press: This is to the woman on Escanaba’s south side who handed out little notes to trick-or-treaters on Halloween along with a piece of candy. The note read: “In honor of each child who comes trick-or-treating at this home. 25 cents will be ...

Region would be well represented by McBroom

The Upper Peninsula has only four elected members in the entire state Legislature — three in the House, one in the Senate. Four among 110 representatives and 38 senators. If anything illustrates the region’s underdog role in Michigan politics, it might be that scant presence among state ...

Time to prepare for winter hazards

Winter will be here soon. In an effort to raise awareness about the potential dangers of the upcoming winter season, Governor Rick Snyder has declared Nov. 4 - 10 as Winter Hazards Awareness Week in Michigan. As we know, Upper Michigan winters are severe, so preparedness, awareness and common ...

Bail reform could benefit taxpayers

Bail systems are designed to protect public safety and ensure criminal defendants appear in court for their trial. Recent research from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy suggests Michigan’s current system doesn’t accomplish either of these goals efficiently, while also unnecessarily ...

Be safe: Avoid a haunting Halloween

Halloween is filled with excitement and spooky tricks, but with Halloween being the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, the Michigan State Police is reminding parents to make safety a priority. On average, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on ...

James the right choice for Senate

Stagnation is not a path Michigan should follow. Unfortunately, it has become a familiar road in some aspects of government — particularly Michigan’s U.S. Senate delegation over the past few decades. Government is more polarized than ever and every actions seems to drive the political ...

Political scams expected to Increase as election nears

Scammers are opportunists who take advantage of whatever is in the news or being chatted about on social media. It’s common around this time of year to receive phone calls from political pollsters asking questions about who you plan to vote for, and scammers mimic those legitimate calls. ...