Editorial

‘Tis the season for holiday scams

Shoppers looking for a good deal this holiday season should also be aware of increasingly aggressive and creative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan ranked 16th in the number of alleged scam ...

Let’s be careful out in the woods

It’s too early to know the exact circumstances behind the shooting deaths of three men in Michigan this week. But all three were celebrating the Michigan time-honored tradition of deer hunting in the woods. Justin Beutel, 38, of Sanford was hunting on private property near Alden and was ...

Winter raises Sudden Infant Death risk

A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment – that’s over 150 babies every year. Sleep-related deaths are the leading cause of death for infants between 1 and 12 months of age. Research has shown that infants are at a higher risk of Sudden ...

Prop 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone over age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana production ...

Community made Thanksgiving dinner possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Board: Thank you to the whole of Delta County for once again supporting the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and giving so much back to our wonderful community. There were many things to be thankful for and enjoy as we shared ...

Tis the season for holiday scams

With Black Friday here, consumers should be cautious of the popular scams that often appear this time of year. The Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula received several reports of holiday scams in 2017 and the years prior. Last year, consumers spent $7.9 ...

Talking turkey about fire prevention

SState Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety on Thanksgiving Day, which is the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and consider an oil-less fryer which is a safer alternative to cook their ...

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, ...