Editorial

Praise for U.P. Honor Flight efforts

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dennis Renken of Escanaba: Dennis Renken of Escanaba would like to thank Upper Peninsula Honor Flight and especially thank Scott Knauf and the 100 other folks that organized a wonderful event on the honor flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials ...

Flu season is fast approaching

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn and Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties wants to remind you that now is the perfect time to think about getting seasonal flu shots for you and your family. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by ...

Praise for U.P. Honor Flight efforts

This week’s bouquets go to: From Dennis Renken of Escanaba: Dennis Renken of Escanaba would like to thank Upper Peninsula Honor Flight and especially thank Scott Knauf and the 100 other folks that organized a wonderful event on the honor flight to Washington D.C. to see the war memorials ...

Naturalization ceremony a solemn gateway to citizenship

“We the people” are three words we should all know. You’ve surely heard of them before, and, therefore, should be familiar with the concept of self-government, where the true power rests in the hands of the governed and the will of the many. Many of us would likely be able to identify ...

Stay on the beach; respect your neighbor

The public’s right to walk on Michigan beaches, despite various court rulings through the decades, remains a bit unsettled in some people’s perceptions. Every few years, it seems, a local problem steps up and kicks authorities in the shin, seeking a fresh look at the century-old ...

Keep the dialogue on sexual assault going

Sexual assault cannot always be prevented. There are bad people in the world — some who masquerade as ‘nice’ doctors, priests, teachers and coaches. Survivors and their families should never feel in any way responsible for the crimes perpetrated against them by predators. That’s ...

Make Michigan a millennial talent hub

Calling all millennials: Michigan wants you. That’s the message in a new talent attraction campaign that went live earlier this month as a way to woo young professionals to the state, and keep them here. It’s a worthwhile idea as Michigan moves from being a state where young people once ...

West Nile case shows mosquitoes still a threat

Just when it seemed late enough in the year to relax about mosquitoes comes this from neighboring Florence County in Wisconsin: The health department reports a dead crow found earlier this month has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first bird confirmed for West Nile virus in ...

Flowers brightened downtown Esky

This week’s bouquets go to: Escanaba is a lovely town, especially in summer. Thank you to all the community groups, businesses, and individuals that make the effort to decorate our town with flowers all summer long. Visitors and residents both enjoy them. Special thanks to the Master ...

Conference provides valuable information on suicide, grief

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Keep children safe when traveling

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) want to remind parents and caregivers about the importance of keeping children safe when traveling as part of National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week, Sept. 23 -29. ...

Gov. Snyder directive to ‘ban the box’ is good for Michigan

Job seekers with criminal pasts got welcome news last week when Gov. Snyder issued a directive to remove the question of a criminal record from initial screenings for state jobs. This “ban the box” initiative applies only to state government jobs, but it’s a step in the right direction ...

Don’t ditch teacher grading model

It took the Michigan Legislature years to fashion the state’s current approach to teacher evaluations. The framework was a bipartisan effort, and highly incorporated the input of experts in the teaching field. Three years later, however, teachers unions are having second thoughts. Lawmakers ...

Discuss screening during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer death, among men in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHS) is encouraging men to discuss screening options and steps they can take to lower their risk as part of ...

Trappers thank community for event’s success

This week’s bouquets go to: From the U.P. Trappers Association and Bob Steinmetz: The U.P. Trappers Association would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who contributed to the huge success of the National Trappers Association Convention and Outdoor Show which we hosted on July ...

Disregard for those who pay the bills

Government officials often are not the most popular people. Whether because federal agencies do things that can cost people their jobs or due to general dislike based on ideology, some have good reason to worry about their safety. Apparently, former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last With tightening social services ...

Keep e-cigarettes away from kids

The FDA enacted a regulation on e-cigarettes in 2016 that banned the sale of e-cigarettes with nicotine to those younger than 18. Yet, because Michigan has no state law affirming that regulation, law enforcement can’t keep kids from purchasing the nicotine-delivery devices. Though ...

Getting ready for the worst during National Preparedness Month

Another year has brought a host of new disasters in the United States, from the devastating fires across California and other western states to torrential rains triggering recent flooding in Wisconsin and, yes, parts of the Upper Peninsula on Father’s Day weekend in June. It again ...

A win and a loss for Escanaba

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba?Ford River: Last Friday night in the Eskymos first home game against Petoskey, we could not buy a first down in the first half, sluggish and beat up we seemed. I think we received a Gipper-type half-time speech because as ...