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Editorial

Pandemic precautions still needed to stem surge in Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for over a year now, and Michigan — and the rest of the world — has gone through many phases, from getting personal protective equipment, wearing masks and social distancing to testing and now vaccinations. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a tough stance ...

Distracted Driving Awareness Month

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement agencies will be joining forces across the country to promote enforcement and awareness of state and local texting and distracted-driving laws. This annual campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic ...

Beware of fraudulent COVID vaccine surveys

For Michiganders who have received or plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning them to avoid current vaccine survey scams offering a reward in exchange for personal information. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Federal Bureau of ...

Whitmer, lawmakers: Get it together

We were dismayed to see the headline in Saturday’s edition of The News saying Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had again vetoed $652 million in coronavirus relief as she and the Republican-controlled Legislature continue their battle over pandemic policy. Whitmer says the allocation ...

Bills to cut drug costs would raise insurance premiums

A well-intentioned pair of bills aimed at reducing the cost of certain essential medicines have passed the state House and are pending in the Senate. While their goal is laudable, the bills wouldn’t actually reduce drug costs — they’d merely shift who pays for them. And they do so in a ...

Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Month

As Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Month kicks off, Orlene Hawks, the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), reminds Michiganders to take preventative measures to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. “Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, ...

Keep alcohol in check as consumption and binge drinking increases

As Michiganders continue to deal with pandemic-induced stress and anxiously look forward to getting back to a “new normal,” the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Chair Pat Gagliardi urge ...

Don‘t fall for text message scams

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michigan residents to look out for text message scams, known as “smishing“ a form of criminal activity attempting to obtain personal or financial information. In a consumer alert that was reissued today, Nessel provides tips on how ...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, a public health program organized by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. This is a way of increasing outreach and education regarding the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), ...

Michigan needs better child care, as soon as possible

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a concern. It has ramifications for Michigan’s economy, child care providers and the working families on which they rely. A recently released report from the Michigan League for Public Policy titled “Child Care Financing Reform: A ...

State can’t delay guidance on graduations

Walking across the graduation stage and the formalities of that ceremony are an important gateway to adulthood. Last year, the pandemic threw those events awry and threaten to again, if the state’s restrictions stay in place. Schools and universities have no clear guidance on what Gov. ...

Thanks for keeping Escanaba clean

This week’s bouquets go to: From Wendy Pepin of Escanaba: A bouquet goes the city of Escanaba employees who are out manually picking up litter on city-owned property. They are being trailed by garbage trucks because of the staggering amount of litter they are finding. However, most of ...

Presence of COVID-19 variant a cause for concern in the U.P.

These past couple of weeks, we have been blessed with what seems to be an early wave of spring — but it has been accompanied with another cause for concern. Additional cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in Marquette County by the Michigan Department of Health and ...

Watch redistricting process carefully

With the 2020 census done and data wizards crunching numbers as we speak, the time is almost near for the decennial redrawing of congressional and legislative districts that can determine which political party maintains control of state and federal government. According to the terms of both ...

Transparency is about public access to government

Seeing is believing , and in Michigan, we wouldn’t see much of our government without laws like the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act. Those laws are meant to set in stone requirements that guarantee Michiganders have a chance to pop the hood and see the inner workings of ...

Benefits of having a family physician recognized

The week of March 21-27, 2021, is being recognized by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan Academy of Family Physicians, and Michigan Association of Osteopathic Family Physicians as Family Medicine Week in Michigan. The weeklong observance ...

March 23 is Diabetes Alert Day

Could you be living with diabetes and not know it? Over 30,000 Yoopers currently live with diabetes. Another estimated 7,500 people in the U.P. are living with diabetes and DON’T know they have it. Type 2 diabetes, which is the type of diabetes that 95% of people in the U.P. live with can be ...

Take steps to prevent poisonings at home

The Michigan Poison Center at Wayne State University School of Medicine responded to nearly 61,000 calls in 2020 related to potential poisonings; more than 32,000 involved children ages 0 to 19. To raise awareness of the dangers of potentially poisonous medicines and chemicals, the Michigan ...

Company helps school welding programs

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Delta Schoolcraft ISD: The Delta Schoolcraft ISD would like to thank Aldridge Electric for their generous donation to both Manistique and Escanaba welding programs of a variety of power tools, grinding wheels, personal protection equipment, and welding ...

Fixing PFAS notification process isn’t debatable

Analysis paralysis seems to have its grip on state environmental policymakers. And the inaction places more Michiganders’ health in danger. Two weeks have passed since the Record-Eagle turned a spotlight toward state and local officials’ failure to place the health of East Bay Township ...