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Editorial

Continued need for foster families in Michigan

As Michigan takes measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, families are still needed to provide temporary foster homes for children. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) wants to raise awareness of that need during May, which is Foster Care Awareness Month. The ...

Help effort to trace COVID-19 cases locally

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties wants you to know you may be receiving a call from a phone number you do not recognize. This is because someone you know has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently been within 6 feet of you for more than 10 minutes. You can help keep your ...

No better time to donate blood

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthy individuals who are feeling well are ...

Learn the signs of stroke, take steps to reduce the risk

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. This month alone, about 65,000 Americans will experience a stroke, with many unaware they even were at risk. Less than a third will reach an emergency room within three hours, the optimal time period for better outcomes. This month, the National ...

Memorial Day 2020

Every crisis has new heroes. During the 9/11 attacks, they were the first responders running into burning and crumbling buildings as others ran out. Now, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the most visible heroes are the health care professionals, who are saving others and risking their own ...

Shady stock dealings should be punished

Nearly every American has suffered financially from the COVID-19 epidemic. At least 36 million of us were laid off from our workplaces. Even those still on the job have seen their retirement savings decimated. But a few people — those who had some forewarning of the economic havoc to come ...

When will high-water cycle reverse itself?

The latest figures from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pegged Lake Huron at 13.4 inches higher than it was at this time last year. What that means is that, in April, Lake Huron was three inches higher than the previous record-high, set in 1986. And, according to an agency spokesperson, ...

Use relief funds for recovery alone

As the federal government spends astronomical sums to combat the effect of economic slowdowns due to the pandemic, Congress needs to make sure that these funds are targeted as narrowly as possible. House Democrats have presented their latest stimulus package, which has a jaw-dropping $3 ...

Possible funding cuts to schools unacceptable

School budgets are challenging even in stress-free times, but these aren’t stress-free times. And businesses and individuals aren’t the only ones facing financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 crisis and the related closures and shutdowns. Michigan Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a ...

Safety tips for summer storm season

With summer just around the corner its important to remember severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) has suggested the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be ...

Are we made of the same stuff?

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Blood donors needed to keep supply strong amid COVID-19 outbreak

In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets. As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood ...

Fundraising can drive a commendable, sustainable idea

With the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspending returns of cans and bottles that consumers pay deposits on in Michigan, many people are likely facing a growing mountain of recyclables in their homes. Some, in a desperate move to free up space, might consider tossing the cans and bottles in ...

Guns at Capitol sent the wrong message

The Bill of Rights is a sacred trust that all of us inherited from our brave forefathers. Those rights were paid for by blood, sweat, and tears, and anything that threatens them, or erodes their power, needs to addressed and corrected swiftly. That is why we vehemently object to the ...

Legislature’s lawsuit is necessary, reasonable

The lawsuit filed by the Legislature is being broadly miscast as an attempt to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her powers to manage Michigan through the COVID-19 crisis. That’s not at all what legislative Republicans are attempting to do in suing the governor. What they’re asking for is a ...

NASA gives nation a pick-me-up

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its tool on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Changes needed in national disaster preparedness system

Mission not really of much use probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But some of ...

Coronavirus doesn’t respect bureaucracy

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. Recently, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

New civil liberties squad a check on authoritarianism

Across the nation, governors and mayors are exercising extraordinary powers in the name of protecting their citizens from the COVID-19 virus. Private businesses have been ordered closed, freedom of movement has been restricted, and even religious institutions have been asked to suspend their ...

Keeping connected with family, friends, helps with stress

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal everyday life ...