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Editorial

Beware of jobless benefits scam

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is advising residents to be aware of a current scam taking advantage of claimants who are collecting unemployment benefits. Claimants are receiving an email from a Gmail account that appears to be from the Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) asking for ...

Workers, businesses face more restrictions

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday issued an emergency order putting a three-week pause on large indoor social gatherings and group activities, plus another round of restrictions on businesses with indoor services — all aimed at stalling the rapid rise of COVID-19 ...

Continued, equitable access to tech, nutrition key for students

It’s been a busy week for high school administrators, educators and students with the rapid shift to distance learning through Dec. 8 per an emergency order issued Sunday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. For example, in the Marquette Area Schools District, ...

Protect your wallet this holiday season

While the holiday season may look a little different from years past due to the pandemic, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is sharing tips to ensure Michiganders protect their wallets while staying safe this season. “This holiday season is undoubtedly going to be different from ...

Killing Line 5 is bad for Michigan

The best way to protect the Great Lakes is to move with urgency to build a tunnel deep beneath the Straits of Mackinac to carry vital petroleum products from Canada to Michigan and the Midwest. Instead, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer continues to fight plans by Enbridge Inc., operator of Line 5, to ...

Nonprofits need us more than ever

It’s pretty easy to take for granted the generosity that abounds in our northern Michigan communities. Not a day passes when we don’t hear about someone or some organization doing right by its neighbors in the Grand Traverse region. That generosity transcends nearly everything that works ...

Use caution on roadways as winter season nears

As snow begins to fall in some areas, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP) is launching its winter driving safety campaign to remind drivers A close up of a sign Description automatically generated to slow down and use caution when traveling on slick and snow-covered ...

Salvation Army thanks local businesses

This week’s bouquets go to: From Salvation Army Major Alex Norton: The Salvation Army would like to thank the businesses that are supporting our Red Kettle campaign this year. It would be wonderful for people in our community to see stores that are helping regardless of COVID ...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. and Michigan, and to highlight the importance of preventing and managing diabetes, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed November 2020 as Diabetes Awareness Month in Michigan. This month is dedicated to people across the state living ...

App is valuable tool as virus cases rise in state, region

With COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan as a whole, it is critical to have tools that help individuals and health officials track the spread of the virus. These tools can take many forms, but earlier this week, the state of Michigan announced the statewide ...

Work together to combat virus surge

COVID-19 is surging again, a disappointing development but one to be expected as cooling temperatures move people into closer indoor quarters and communal events — Halloween, the election — invite larger gatherings. Hospitals across the state say they are filling up with virus patients, ...

Michigan election destined for the microscope

A lot of mixed messages came through on Tuesday and Wednesday, from all sides. Stop. Hurry up. Be patient. Fight. Incumbent President Donald J. Trump threatened to file suit in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting our state’s 2-million-plus absentee ballots. He encouraged ...

An act of kindness

This week’s bouquets go to: From K. A. Anderson of Escanaba A random act of kindness happened to me on November 11 at 9:54 a.m. at McDonald’s Escanaba. As I handed the cashier money for breakfast, she handed me a receipt saying the lady in the car ahead had just paid my bill! Never ...

Remember to buckle up every trip, every time

To remind everyone about the importance of buckling up, the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP)has launched a Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign that runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 29. “Three out of four people ejected from a vehicle in a crash will die,” said ...

Michigan electorate comes through with high voter turnout

Regardless of the outcome, one thing is certain about Michigan residents — we know how to make our voices heard, even in the face of a pandemic. More than 5.5 million people voted in Michigan’s presidential election — the most ever and the highest percentage of voting-age residents to ...

EV mandate is rooted in fantasy

It likely was a slip of the tongue when Joe Biden declared America would rid itself of fossil fuels by 2025 during the presidential debate. But it was not far off the radical energy agenda Democrats hope to impose should they win total control of Washington. For proof, take a look at the bill ...

Thanks from the U.P. Regional Blood Center

This week’s bouquets go to: From the the U.P. Regional Blood Center: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank, AirMed Care for hosting a blood drive in the month of September. As a result of their efforts, we collected 17 pints of blood. I would also like to thank ...

Blood donations urged amid pandemic, upcoming holidays

The American Red Cross is urging healthy donors of all blood types to band together to give blood or platelets and help ensure a stable blood supply for patients this holiday season. The traditional slump in blood donations between Thanksgiving and New Year’s comes as the blood supply ...

Guns have no legitimate place at polling sites

With the current socio-political climate, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently banned people from openly carrying guns within 100 feet of voting sites. However, Judge Christopher Murray on Tuesday blocked the ban of openly displaying guns near Michigan polling places on ...

Some things can’t wait until next year

Some things can wait, but not cancer screening and treatment. The past seven months have knocked nearly every routine in our world off balance or out of synch. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed many parts of our lives on hold. Others hit pause, then resumed, but not at normal pace. But there ...