Editorial

School Bus Safety Week a reminder to obey school bus laws

This week marks National School Bus Safety Week, and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan is encouraging drivers to get a refresher on Michigan’s school bus laws. “With the start of school now in our rearview mirrors, drivers may have forgotten the rules when it comes to passing a stopped ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in U.P.

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

We used to have good reason to elect judges

Nearly all state and local judges across the country have to run for election. Federal judges are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Why the difference? Author Jed Handelsman Shugerman, a professor at Harvard Law School, found the answer in a book he wrote about the ...

Talk to teen drivers about rules of the road, distracted driving

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs from Oct. 21 – Oct. 27. Its a good time for parents and guardians of teen drivers, or soon-to-be drivers, to discuss the importance of following the rules of the road and avoiding distracted driving. “Car accidents are the leading cause of teenage ...

Praise for DATA bus service

This week’s bouquets go to: From Joan Richer of Gladstone: I am a 81 year old women who depends on the local DATA bus system for transportation. I recommend this service because its convenient and affordable. The dispatchers are polite when scheduling. The drivers are dependable and ...

Nominees sought for Governor’s Service Awards

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, the Michigan Community Service Commission wants to hear from you. The commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

We want to say thank you to the over 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference being held at Northern Michigan University the past four days. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant ...

State’s cash bail system needs reform

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Creative conversations can stir economy

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city of Marquette has many buildings of architectural ...

Teen vaping presents some concerning statistics to inhale

Even as statistics show fewer U.S. teens smoking cigarettes than in decades past, public health officials in Northern Michigan and elsewhere are raising red flags about the interest some youth are showing in another method of nicotine ingestion. Their chosen activity, vaping, involves use of ...

Play area is a welcome addition to marketplace

This week’s bouquets go to: From Escanaba Downtown Development Authority Director Ed Legault: The DDA would like to thank the city of Escanaba for the beautiful playground on the Marketplace grounds. The new area completes the plan for the project and enhances the Marketplace. Citizens and ...

The time of year to watch for deer

October, November and December are the most dangerous months for vehicle crashes involving deer As temperatures begin to dip and the days get shorter, drivers should be on the lookout for deer. Deer are more active in the fall, especially during dawn and dusk, so it’s important for ...

Legalizing pot comes with costs

Most forecasters expect a majority of voters to say yes to Proposal 1 on the November ballot. Like Eric Lupher, we wish voters would stop to think about the consequences first. Lupher is president of the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, an independent, non-partisan that has worked to ...

Be responsible with firewood

October is Firewood Awareness Month, and Michigan is joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The Nature Conservancy to encourage smart firewood choices that protect forests and landscape trees. Most invasive species don’t move very far on their own. John Bedford, Pest Response ...

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month

Between 2004 and 2015, liver cancer incidence increased 46 percent in Michigan. As part of Liver Cancer Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges Michigan residents to learn about the leading causes of liver cancer and the steps they can take to reduce ...

New Yoopers are thankful for welcome

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jim and Rosa Swanson of Delta County: We moved to the U.P. a little over a month ago and want to say thank you to everyone for being so welcoming to us. From the former homeowners who left us a well-cared for home, our new neighbors and businesses nearby, ...

Narcan is now part of basic first aid

What is astonishing is that Yale Schools is the first district in St. Clair County to consider getting naloxone training for its staff. What is profoundly sad is that Yale does need to teach its administrators, teachers, coaches and probably others how to administer the life-saving ...

October is Fire Prevention Month

Gov. Rick Snyder has proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month to emphasize this year’s theme: “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere.” Michiganders are urged to look for places fire could start in their homes and fix any potential fire hazards; listen for the sound of ...

Voter registrion deadline approaching

Michigan residents have until Tuesday, Oct. 9 to register if they want to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, “This election is vitally important for all Michigan residents because of the number of offices being selected,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said. “I urge every qualified ...

U.P. a top location to take in autumn’s dazzling colors

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...