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Editorial

Energy emergency shows value of Line 5

Michigan doesn t have a propane shortage, despite Gov. Gretchen Whitmer s declaration of an energy emergency over the weekend. But it risks having one if the governor gets her way on shutting down the Line 5 petroleum pipeline. Whitmer, a spokesperson explained, joined 34 other states in ...

Pat on the back for the health department

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jack Lockwood of Gladstone: The Delta-Menominee Health Department and the folks working at the COVID clinic deserve a big pat on the back. We have visited twice for our vaccinations and were impressed with the organization and efficiency of the operation. ...

State Games a chance to showcase area

In 2016, Marquette was recognized for its deep love of winter sports when it was selected as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA. It didn’t take long for Marquette to be recognized once again, as it has been selected as a host site for the 2022 Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter ...

COVID-19 milestone a national tragedy that continues to unfold

Some milestones are great, some are not so great. The milestone reached earlier this week — the 500,000 fatality total due to COVID-19 in the U.S. — is beyond not so great. It’s terrible, depressing, unthinkable — the adjectives go on, and they’re all negative. Other countries ...

Zero can be a good thing, if it refers to COVID-19 cases

Not too many people need to be told that 2020 was a less-than-stellar year on many fronts, but with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, COVID-19 still being in full swing and extremely cold weather in many parts of the country, including the Upper Peninsula, 2021 is posing its challenges ...

Lockdown job losses disparately impact working poor

Michigan’s lockdown measures have resulted in devastating job losses for the hospitality and leisure industries, even as other industries less affected by COVID-19 restrictions saw employment gains. These businesses were harmed by no fault of their own and deserve extra help from the ...

Michigan utility crews lauded for helping out in southern US

If there’s one thing Michiganders are fully versed in dealing with, it’s winter. Who better to lend a hand to those that are less experienced? Utility crews from Michigan will help their counterparts in North Carolina restore power to thousands of homes and businesses following a series ...

Health department gets thanks for clinics

This week’s bouquets go to: From Robert Mammel of Rapid River: Being well over 65, my wife and I got vaccinated February 3. My wife made the appointment with the public health department. We were supposed to be there at 2:30. At 2:30 sharp, we walked through the entrance door at the Bay ...

Idle opioid grant money highlights leadership problem

Money doesn’t solve problems, but it can accelerate solutions. Unfortunately, when it comes to massive grants aimed at helping communities address one of our nation’s most pressing public health problems, that money was rendered idle for far too long. We learned recently that tens of ...

Help the DNR with deer tests

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources needs more deer heads to avoid the possibility of burdensome new mandates imposed on area cow farmers. Through an agreement with the federal government, the state must collect a specified number of deer heads harvested from specific parts of the ...

Keep Michigan budget focused on recovery

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer laid out her priorities for 2022 spending as the state moves on from a year dominated by job losses and other economic disruptions caused by lockdowns. While the budget is buoyed by a one-time influx of federal COVID relief dollars, the state can’t use that windfall as ...

Right to Life of Delta County says thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carol Carlson, Right to Life of Delta County: Right to Life of Delta County thanks each and every person, business, organization and Church who supported our annual signature ad in the Daily Press, January 22, 2021. The ad remembered the tragic “Roe V. ...

Racism in the criminal justice system requires our attention

Accusing anyone of racism is a sure way to elicit a defensive response. Suggest that institutional racism is rampant, and most white Americans will react with the same reflexive denial, insisting they neither practice nor condone it. But institutional racism isn’t an attitude, or a policy; ...

Organ donation efforts are critical

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made some aspects of volunteerism and donation more challenging, there are still many ways to contribute to your community and beyond. One wonderful example can be found with the Northern Michigan University School of Nursing, which is spreading the word about ...

Don’t chill speech in reforming elections

On the heels of a contentious election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson isn’t wasting time in calling for sweeping changes to Michigan elections. She says she wants to work with the Legislature, and that’s where the discussions should take place. The package she proposes is a mix of ...

Winter storm reminds us where we are

We’ve had fun. We sledded when we would’ve been chipping ice. We skied when we would’ve shoveled. We turned our faces to the sun multiple days in a row. The cynics among us said we’d have to pay the winter piper at some point. But we partied on in our 30-degree bliss. Now the ...

Kudos to the health department

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bonnie Westin of Gladstone: The employees of the Delta/Menominee Health Department deserve our gratitude. Right from the get-go of this pandemic, they have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We were tested early on because of an exposure and one of ...

Stay safe during cold weather

With frigid temperatures expected to impact the entire state over the next week the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going outdoors. “The cold temperatures can cause serious injury and be potentially life-threatening,” said Capt. ...

This day off school is an important milestone

Calling it an “act of God” sounds about right. There probably is no better way to describe a day off from school to allow teachers and staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s a worthy repurpose of a snow day. Parents and teachers across the Grand Traverse region have had an ...

Consumers warned about scam calls

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is urging Michigan residents to beware of scammers posing as law enforcement agencies or other companies demanding payment for warrants or services via gift card. Recently, illegal robocalls have been reported detailing that bad actors are spoofing - ...