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Editorial

Pandemic badly affecting finances for state’s schools

These are tough times to be in the education business at any level but especially K-12. The school year in mid-March was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were sent home to uncertain learning situations, although from all accounts parents and guardians did their best to cope ...

Be prepared for extreme heat

With temperatures expected to be above 90 degrees in much of Michigan this July 4th holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is urging residents to take steps to stay safe during the extreme heat. “Extreme heat can be ...

Don’t listen to social media for jobless benefits advice

We completely understand the frustration many Michiganders have experienced trying to get squared away with unemployment benefits. These are frustrating times, indeed, but on Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Nessel issued a consumer alert on unemployment misinformation on social ...

Give us a break on car insurance

Michigan tops plenty of “best” lists, those incessant rankings that seem to permeate our digital news feeds. The Mitten state also makes a few “worst” lists. Plenty are little more than click-bait popularity contests, but one causes continuous angst among drivers: Auto insurance ...

Whitmer must answer for nursing home policy

Evidence that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was warned early on that her COVID-19 nursing home policy would put residents at risk lends support for much more transparency from the governor. The Detroit News reports that in the opening days of the pandemic’s appearance in Michigan, the head of a ...

Use caution when handling fireworks

Residents who plan on celebrating Independence Day by setting off fireworks need to be aware of the dangers and risks involved, especially when dealing with powerful, consumer-grade devices such as firecrackers, bottle rockets and Roman candles in order to avoid tragedy. In Michigan, consumer ...

911 dispatcher saved a life

This week’s bouquets go to: From Rita Meunier: We were celebrating Father’s Day at my sister’s house. My sister got a piece of meat stuck in her throat. We tried everything, but nothing helped. She collapsed and turned blue. We called 911 and the operator gave us instructions as what ...

Relief options promoted during American Housing Month

June is American Housing Month and the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) is raising awareness about ways Michiganders can protect their homes through lender programs for those impacted by COVID-19 and through insurance policy reviews to make sure they have the ...

Move forward safely with Line 5 tunnel

Years of discussion, argument and litigation about how to deal with the aging Line 5 pipes under the Straits of Mackinac have left everyone involved with a bad taste in their mouths. Michigan lawmakers during a December 2018 lame duck session approved an agreement with pipeline operator ...

Purge ineligible voters ahead of vote by mail

The first step in making voting by mail easier in Michigan is to ensure the voting rolls are up to date. The state has a ways to go before it can make that claim with confidence. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recently did a mass mailing of absentee ballot applications, and many went to ...

Reopening UIA regional offices should be a priority

We join state Rep. Sara Cambensy and others who are asking that Unemployment Insurance Agency regional offices and phone lines be reopened with all due haste. The Marquette Democrat and a handful of Michigan House of Representatives members sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter asking as ...

Be aware of fire risk this summer

Weather across Michigan has been great leading up to the official start of summer — mostly warm, sunny and dry. But that means a higher risk of wildfires. So far this season, DNR fire staffers have fought more than 130 fires on nearly 600 acres. To further reduce the risk of fire: - Be ...

Grant a big help to raptor center

This week’s bouquets go to: From Jerry Maynard, Chocolay Raptor Center: The Chocolay Raptor Center, and our birds, want to express our sincere thanks to AEP Renewables’ Apple Blossom Wind project, a subsidiary of American Electric Power and AEP Energy, for their recent $2,000 grant to ...

Hazardous road conditions and increased fire risk

Hiawatha National Forest officials strongly urge visitors and off-road vehicle users to use caution due to road and trail conditions and fire danger. Visitors and off-road vehicle users are asked to slow down and use extreme caution as recent weather events have pulled down trees, blocked ...

Cutting Great Start doesn’t make sense

We must be missing something here. We’ve now spent more than a week scratching our heads, trying to understand Traverse City Area Public Schools administrators’ decision to cut the Great Start Readiness Program. (For the uninitiated, it’s a free, state-funded preschool program that ...

Decisions in education should be made carefully

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

End emergency powers

With new COVID-19 cases in steady decline and most businesses finally set to reopen, it’s time for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency powers to end. The governor declared a state of emergency on March 10, giving her extraordinary authority to manage the state through the pandemic. She used ...

Health officials urge sticking with virus precautions

After weeks under stay-at-home orders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted several measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, letting businesses and restaurants reopen and allowing some larger group activities. Unfortunately, some are taking relaxing these restriction as a green ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations during the summer months. With this in mind, here are some safety tips from the Upper Peninsula Power Company: Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch ...

Tilden Mine start is indeed good news for our area

Any bit of good news is welcome these days. The region got just that on Tuesday when Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., announced it would resume construction of its hot-briquetted iron plant in Toledo, which moves up the restart of the Tilden Mine in National Mine. Construction of the Toledo HBI plant ...