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Editorial

Floyd’s death calls for broader police reforms

Now that we’ve seen George Floyd’s full autopsy report, as well as the results of a private examination, there is no doubt that he died as a result of excessive force by the police. While reports conflict about whether asphyxia directly caused Floyd’s death, what happened at the hands ...

Keeping beaches, environment clean a shared responsibility

Cigarette butts. Diapers. Cans and bottles. Food packaging. Dog waste bags. Socks, shirts, hats, and towels. These are just a few of the items that were recently found on area beaches by Cesar Escobar, an area resident who has been making a daily effort to survey and address litter in the ...

Let’s hope we re-embrace reality

Even before the pandemic, so much of our lives had moved from the real world and into the 10 square inches of our phone screens. We shop online. We read online. We communicate with friends online. We date online. Now, the coronavirus and the shutdowns meant to prevent its spread have forced ...

UPCAP honors direct care workers during COVID crisis

This week’s bouquets go to: Since the COVID-19 crisis began much has been said and written about the heroism displayed by the front- line health care workers across the country. They truly deserve our thanks and admiration. But the often forgotten and underappreciated direct care workers ...

Outside panel should probe dam failures

For any investigation to have credibility, those doing the investigating should have no stake in the outcome. That’s why Gov. Gretchen Whitmer should change course and appoint an independent panel to probe the failure of two Midland-area dams. The governor launched an investigation last ...

Unemployment figures staggering

The number of unemployed in Michigan because of COVID-19 has reached historical levels. So reported the Michigan Information and Research Center in a recent weekly bulletin. In April, the state’s unemployment rate rose to 22.7%, which is definitely the highest rate since 1976, said Jason ...

Northwest Lower Mich. became a pandemic relief valve

We won’t know for days, maybe weeks, whether Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s regional approach to lifting her stay at home order was a success. The surge of vacationers into our backyard was somewhat predictable, effectively turning northern Michigan into a spillway for pent-up energy accrued ...

COVID ‘hub’ system is a disaster waiting to happen

Fox guarding the henhouse. Wolf in sheep’s clothing. A disaster waiting to happen. There are plenty of ways to accurately describe the plan that places Michigan’s nursing home residents in a position of unnecessary risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn’t take much common ...

Dam disaster enabled by government failures

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Attorney General Dana Nessel have promised a vigorous investigation to hold accountable those responsible for the catastrophic Midland-area dam collapse. They’ll need a wide net, and a willingness to look at the role their own shops played in enabling the ...

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 ...