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Editorial

Tips for a healthier pregnancy, avoiding birth defects

Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Climate change predicted to impact lamprey control

Weíve noticed Great Lakes basin residents often observe that the negative impacts from climate change happen to people who live elsewhere, out west, for example, the Gulf coast states or, more recently and dramatically, Australia. Yes, we endure the occasional odd snowstorm, lake gale or ...

Move to allow cellphone use in court a positive step

The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access. As it currently stands, courthouses across Michigan have different standards and ...

Safety hazards peak during Great Lakes high water

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District urges individuals to use caution around Great Lakes structures and to be aware of safety hazards resulting from high water levels. Many accidents and incidents near harbor structures occur during the turbulent weather seasons of fall and ...

Schools, other bodies vulnerable to cyberattack

Educators, including decision makers on university campuses, are in all likelihood closely watching events that unfolded in a small school district downstate last week. That’s because the district — the Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County — was hit with a sophisticated ...

Volunteers, donors spread holiday cheer

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee: The Gladstone Free Community Christmas Day Dinner committee would like to thank all the generous volunteers and donors who made it possible for many in our community to have a free delicious ...

Policies matter in growing population

The latest population numbers from the U.S.Census offer plenty of warnings for Michigan, which suddenly finds itself with a crop of policymakers at all levels of government who believe there is no problem that higher taxes and tighter regulations can’t solve. The fastest growing state in ...

Snowmobile safety campaign urges people to ‘Ride Right’

As snowmobilers enjoy one of the state’s most popular winter outdoor activities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to ride at a safe speed, ride on the right side of the trail and ride sober. It’s all part of the DNR’s “Ride Right” snowmobile safety ...

Additional care, caution needed when on ice

With the winter solstice officially behind us, the days have now started to slowly get longer (even though it doesnít feel like it, at all). But as most Yoopers already know, the grip of winter will still be around for months to come. With that under consideration, we must remember to use ...

Scammers using fake letters in collections scam

Michigan taxpayers with past-due tax debts should be aware of an aggressive scam that is making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service, according to the Michigan Department of Treasury. In the scheme, taxpayers receive what appears to be a government-looking letter about an overdue tax ...

National Birth Defects Prevention Month

Every 4.5 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Church organist sets the bar high

This week’s bouquets go to: From Stephen Sprague of Grass Valley, Calif.: Wow. Just want you to know seeing that picture of Mr. Aronson at the organ blew my mind. 73 years? 73 years playing the organ on Sundays? 73 years, every Sunday, playing that organ? 73 years? Talk about being a ...

We should all do our part with keep beaches clean

Although it should have come as no surprise to anyone, a recent federal study has linked increased beach trash with a decrease in tourist use. Put another way, the more garbage on beaches, the less those beaches — and surrounding businesses — are frequented by visitors. The study, by the ...

Laws help navigate returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Did Uncle Harold get you the sprocket locket that he knew you couldn’t live without? Want to try and get something better? Returning gifts make most of us quake in our boots. The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you ...

Taxing online sales a good move

Bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are an entirely appropriate way for government to deal with businesses using the internet to sell goods and services to state residents. Whitmer signed legislation ensuring that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more items sold ...

Test your home during Radon Awareness Month

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, and colorless radioactive gas that is naturally occurring in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to ...

Elmer’s is a warm and caring store

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bell ringer and Salvation Army member Grace Davey: I’m writing this about a very caring store. I ring the bell at Elmer’s every day (almost) and love doing it. Yesterday the 18th was frigid, they heat the area for us, but yesterday it didn’t help ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

Michigan’s online gaming bet poses some risks

Michigan lawmakers last week passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences. The legislation, which also lifts ...

Christmas at the shelter

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparkie — come ...