Editorial

Hirsch was champion for Cedar River

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee: The Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee dedicates this year’s BridgeWalk to Mike Hirsch. Mike passed away Aug. 3, ending his long battle with cancer. Part of Mike’s bucket list, he opened up Hirsch’s Cedar River ...

Final words from a hero and patriot

During 60 years in public service, first in the Navy and more recently as a United States senator, John McCain made many sacrifices and did enormous good for us, his fellow Americans. Before passing on to his reward, he rendered one more very great service. He reminded us who we ...

Fate of coal can’t be changed

Coal’s fate is sealed; Trump can’t change it Right on cue, predictions of widespread death and environmental ruin sprang from the Trump administration’s decision this week to replace the Obama-era Clean Power Plan. But the reality is that whether the rules stayed or went, coal power is ...

It’s time for residents to get their flu vaccine

Michigan residents are being urged by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to get flu vaccines to protect themselves from potentially life-threatening influenza amidst the first confirmed cases in the state. “Now is the time for Michigan residents to get their flu ...

Designate new tax to fill the holes and gaps

Did you pay your use tax this year when you filed your state tax return? Crunch the numbers on all that sales tax you didn’t pay on your novelty woolen socks or specialty throw pillows from a specialized website in a far-off place, and send it to the state? Nobody did. But everybody now ...

Kids’ nature program an example of what’s possible

With more of our children’s time being spent staring at screens, there is a movement that is trying to bring attention back to the basics. The event “Sharing Nature With Kids” took place Friday evening at the Lakenenland Sculpture Park along M-28 in Harvey. The Marquette-Alger Great ...

Back to school tobacco-free

10.5 percent of Michigan high school students currently smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

IRS: Withholdings need to be checked under new tax law

The 2017 tax cut likely added some extra money to the paycheck. Nothing wrong with that. But the Internal Revenue Service advises that taxpayers with children and other dependents check what’s being deducted — a “paycheck checkup” — to make sure the adjusted amount doesn’t leave ...

Preserving historic structures important

It wasn’t just a wall that was damaged recently. It was a piece of history. Ishpeming city officials were looking into the circumstances behind a damaged stone wall along Jasper Street that, at 120 years old, is reportedly tied to the region’s mining history. Although a portion of the ...

Our water: Keep it safe, keep it fun

It is a great weekend to be one of the roughly 948 trillion gallons of water in Lake Huron. Many of those gallons of cool, clear water will get to play with the thousands of participants Sunday in the Port Huron Float Down. All of those gallons of almost pure water will have the undivided ...

Give schools green light for early start

Michigan education continues to lag, as evidenced by its lackluster marks on the National Assessment of Educational Progress test released this spring. Yet even with its students scoring below average across the board, the state still maintains restrictions that may prevent schools from ...

FEMA aid decision in western U.P. was absolutely wrong

We think officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency got it absolutely wrong last week when they opted to deny individual claims for assistance from the people whose lives, homes and businesses were turned upside down — literally, in many cases — in what’s known locally as the ...

Be alert to scam offers for college financial aid

Hard to believe most colleges and universities will be back in session in roughly two weeks. As families make plans for the start of classes — and the tuition bills to come — the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team advises students and parents be alert and cautious ...

Our goal is to serve the community

Here at the Daily Press, we take our mission to accurately report the news and serve our communities through steady, consistent leadership more seriously than ever. That’s a mission we’ve held firm to since our founding in 1909. Our masthead proclaims daily our determination to be your ...

Reunion highlighted Sawyer’s history, importance

On the website for the K.I. Sawyer Museum, there is a patch for sale that serves as an important reminder to our area. It reads: K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan, Gone But Not Forgotten. It has been more than two decades since the base closed in 1995 and of course, it’s still an active, living ...

Time to shine light on ‘dark money’

With the Michigan primary election fresh on people’s minds, it’s a good time to consider some of the disturbing trends that emerged the past few months. Transparency should be the goal in political spending. Especially when “dark money” crosses the line into unsanctioned activity, ...

All American remains need to come home

Thousands of American families are awaiting bittersweet news in the wake of what, for them, was much more than a new chapter in the long history of tension between our country and North Korea. They want to know simply this: Are our loved ones’ remains among those returned recently by the ...

Little League All Stars say thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars: The Escanaba 9-10 Little League All Stars would like to thank the community of Escanaba for all of your support while we represented our hometown and finished second in the state of Michigan. A special thank you ...

mBank steps up, helping battle hunger in area, region

mBank has pledged to underwrite three Mobile Food Pantry distributions — one each in Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie — this summer. The $9,500-plus contribution from mBank is being made to Feeding America West Michigan, which provides food to 160 local hunger-relief ...

Loans, grants needed for infrastructure

If there’s water and sewer infrastructure, there are bound to be upgrades. Since those typically don’t come without a price tag, it’s beneficial for municipalities to acquire funding. So, the good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to ...