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Editorial

Grateful for Escanaba city workers

This week’s bouquets go to: From David LeTourneau of Escanaba: I am certainly grateful that i live in the city Of Escanaba. With everything happening in the world people are starting to see the value in living in the U.P. and the city. With summer in its waning hours I wanted to give a ...

Smart911 just smart

In an emergency, seconds count, and information is power. That’s especially true here in Northeast Michigan, where the downside of our natural, rustic beauty is that it can take paramedics, police, and firefighters more time to reach a scene than it might in a denser urban area. The more ...

Put school bus safety at forefront

School buses are the safest mode of transportation for getting children back and forth to school. Riding in a school bus is safer than walking, riding a bicycle, or being driven to school in private vehicles. Today’s school buses are built with safety in mind. According to the National ...

The wheels on the bus go bump, bump, bump

Back in the day, schools taught the three Rs — reading, (w)riting and ‘rithmetic. We’d like to add three Ts to this year’s lesson plans — transparency, testing and tolerance. TCAPS students logged on Tuesday for their first day of school, opening the seasonal funnel of ...

State Senate should be proactive in ballot legislation

It has been said that desperate times call for desperate measures. Well, 2020 certainly qualifies, and state lawmakers are looking to address the issue of absentee ballot processing before it could become a major issue. A bill that would allow Michigan clerks to start processing absentee ...

Protect your older loved one from a fall

One in four older adults falls every year! Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people aged 65+. Falls can result in hip fractures, broken bones, and head injuries. Even falls without a major injury can cause an older adult to become fearful or depressed, making ...

Stolen purse returned, except for the money

This week’s bouquets go to: From Brenda Tibbetts of Garden: To the person who stole my purse: Thank you for having the decency to return it. I find it extremely unusual that a purse stolen in Escanaba would be brought down and dropped off at Garden’s Mini Mart parking area, unless of ...

‘Dark stores’ impact communities

By now, many people have at least heard of the “dark store” theory. The practice — which entails “big box” stores using the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower their property taxes by 50% or more in some cases — has been going on for more than a decade. For example, Marquette Township ...

Women reminded to avoid alcohol while pregnant

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding Michigan women about the importance of avoiding alcohol while pregnant in a recent message in recognition of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Awareness Day. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has issued a proclamation ...

Trump is deflecting America’s attention from the real causes of its distress

BERKELEY — Less than two months before one of the most consequential elections in American history, it’s useful to consider the economic reality that fueled Donald Trump’s victory four years ago. No other developed nation has nearly the inequalities of income and wealth found in the ...

State’s transparency about COVID in schools falls short

Better late than never seems to be the best state health officials can do when it comes to providing basic information to Michiganders about COVID-19 outbreaks in schools. Unfortunately, their late arrival means hundreds of thousands of Michigan families will make decisions about returning to ...

Tell school personnel thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Janet Lindstrom: Thank you administration, teachers, clerical and support staff for committing yourself to going back to school for the children of our community. Thank you parents for in trusting your children to our schools. You are all courageous and ...

Resources highlighted during Suicide Prevention Week

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention and national and local suicide prevention organizations have been working tirelessly to halt the growth of suicide rates in Michigan. As part of the effort, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ...

September is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

Michigan Governor Whitmer has declared September 2020 as Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month to highlight the importance of preventing sleep-related infant deaths. A baby in Michigan dies nearly every other day due to sleeping in an unsafe sleep environment – that’s over 140 babies every ...

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to remind veterans and their loved ones through the Be There campaign that small actions can make a big difference to veterans experiencing difficult times. The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in ...

Get your flu shot

We agreed with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer this week when she urged state residents to get their flu shot in the weeks ahead. Whitmer, who Tuesday, during a COVID-19 update and press conference demonstrated to the public how easy it was to get a flu shot by getting one herself, urged residents to ...

School restart will be especially tough on our children

There’s nothing normal about this year’s first day of school. Not even a “new” normal. That’s because the first day of school experience for every child, every teacher, and every family will be different. At best, first day traditions this year will be anything but ...

Mich. faces another COVID data debacle

This must be some cruel form of COVID-19 déjà vu. State health officials confirmed this week they either can’t or won’t learn from their mistakes. Leaders with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a baffling repeat of their handling of COVID-19 cases in nursing ...

Help kids kick cancer by giving blood

During Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood support kids, teens and young adults battling cancer, as well as others in need of transfusions. The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 15,000 children and ...

Getting flu vaccination vital

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine this fall and help prevent an outbreak of a second communicable disease that - with COVID-19 still very much a concern - could put our state’s economy and health care system at greater ...