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Editorial

A letter to Daily Press readers

Dear Reader: Saying that these are difficult and challenging times for all of us is an understatement. As we face the days and weeks of uncertainty ahead, the staff of the Daily Press wants you to know that we will be there to keep you informed and support our community during these difficult ...

Bay College, Verso donate supplies

This week’s bouquets go to: In an effort to help with potential medical supply shortages, Bay College has donated 150 boxes of gloves, 15 boxes of N95 masks, and eight cases of gowns between OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, located in Escanaba, and Dickinson County Healthcare ...

Engage seniors: Reaching out to those in need

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many people might find themselves wishing for a kind word or something pleasant to occupy their minds during this period of social distancing and isolation. As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many ...

Scammers trying to intercept federal checks

Michigan’s taxpayers and tax preparers should be extra vigilant for federal stimulus scams, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. With many taxpayers receiving federal stimulus checks directly deposited into their banking accounts, scammers are boosting their phishing attempts ...

Watch out for special interests

No doubt some members of Congress had to hold their noses while they were voting for the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. CARES includes a ton of money for initiatives that have nothing to do with COVID-19. Why on earth did anyone think it was important to cough ...

Think about a flu vaccination next fall

It is estimated that 24,000 Americans have been killed by the viruses, thus far this season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At its peak, the illness was claiming about 500 lives a week. Though the outbreak is trailing off, it may kill another 300 or more people ...

Tip line lets residents report businesses violating order

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has provided guidelines on how people can file complaints of individuals and businesses violating Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. The Attorney General’s Consumer Protection intake team will continue to receive ...

Community Foundation responds to need

This week’s bouquets go to: This week the Community Foundation for Delta County gave funds through its Human Needs Fund. Bob VanDamme, board chair, and Cheryl Andzejewski, executive director of the Community Foundation for Delta County, made the announcement this week the foundation has ...

Aging adults need help coping with coronavirus threat

The Aging and Adult Services Agency within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michigan residents to consider how they can help older family, friends and neighbors in their community deal with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. “Older adults need our ...

Guest editorial was misleading

ESCANABA — A guest editorial by the Detroit News titled “Come together to stay apart” on Wednesday’s opinion page in the Daily Press contained outdated and misleading information. The editorial stated “Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stopped short of ordering Michiganians to shelter in place to ...

Consider donating personal protective equipment

As health care professionals risk their lives all around us because they lack personal protective gear, we continue to see people out in public — often clearly on non-essential trips — wearing face masks. There have been reports of people buying large quantities of them. If you have the ...

Deaths rock U.P. communities

Once again, in the space of less than a week, we find it necessary to use this space to help our community grieve the loss of one of its best, or in this case, two of its best. Just days ago, we lamented the terrible passing of Ben Lauren, a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire ...

Healthy residents should donate blood

As the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) continues to urge residents to practice social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), officials called on healthy residents to continue blood donations to help the state avoid a life-threatening blood ...

Grocery store workers deserve our thanks

This week’s bouquets go to: Take a moment today to thank grocery store workers. Saying they have had quite a week is an understatement as huge numbers of people crowded stores to buy food and other necessities. Many other workers have the option to work from home or close their workplace to ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Saturday, March 21, the 81st day of 2020. There are 285 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 21, 1685, composer Johann Sebastian Bach was born in Eisenach, Germany. On this date: In 1871, journalist Henry M. ...

Support our local restaurants

Local restaurants were dealt a devastating blow this week when efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus promoted closure of restaurants and bars in Michigan with the exception of takeout orders. Although necessary for public safety, the move has resulted a huge blow to many. Restaurant ...

Consumers warned to watch out for online coronavirus scams

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding Michigan residents to be aware of online coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) scams selling bogus products and providing false information on tests and treatments. Scams related to COVID-19 are climbing with the continued confirmations of ...

Predicting pandemics is impossible

The U.S. health care system — and thus, public policy regarding it — is coming under fire because of COVID-19. Among complaints are that there are not enough COVID-19 test kits, not enough ventilator machines to help sufferers breath, no vaccine to be available quickly and not enough ...

Next steps for Washington, Lansing and your household

Elected leaders, public health officials and ordinary citizens all have critical roles in combating the spread of COVID-19. But what should each of those players be concentrating on right now? Washington's first priority: More tests President Donald Trump keeps insisting that anybody who ...

Outdoor spring cleaning a shared responsibility

With several recent days in the 30s and 40s, many early signs of spring can be seen in Marquette County and around the Upper Peninsula. It can be delightful to watch the snow and ice melt away and expose dry ground as the air warms. However, soil and pavement are not the only things that ...