Editorial

Reading a life skill you just can’t do without

If you’re able to read, and, hopefully, comprehend, this editorial, then you’ve got a skill that some people may never learn. Possessing the ability to read is something many of us likely take for granted. It’s a skill we learned years ago as children back in school, when the scrapes on ...

Gladstone K9 program reaches first phase

This week’s bouquets go to: Gladstone Public Safety announced the goal of $60,000 has been raised to established the first ever K9 program at GPSD. The department continues to seek donations for long-term investments into the program. Gladstone Public Safety announced the completion of the ...

High water levels prompt reminders about boating safety

Recent weather conditions means that many lakes, rivers and streams in Michigan are experiencing higher than normal water levels. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources encourages boaters, anglers and others to keep enjoying the water, but to do so with safety in mind and a clear ...

Make sure to grill safely this summer

Now that the Upper Peninsula has had at least a taste of summer this past weekend, the impulse will be to fire up the grill, if it hasn’t happened already. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Legalization of recreational pot happened; start acting

As Michigan cities and townships work to make decisions and craft ordinances relating to marijuana, they should keep in mind that 56% of voters at the polls in 2018 said yes to legalizing marijuana. We realize there are many details to be worked out regarding state and local ordinances for pot, ...

Whitmer on right course in setting up energy panel

We’re not big fans of so-called blue-ribbon committees that, it seems, are very often established by big wheel politicians seeking to bury a nettlesome problem. These groups often produce findings and reports that few people read and even fewer care about — all at taxpayer’s ...

9/11 quilt project was moving event

This week’s bouquets go to: From Maureen Lapinski of Bark River: Escanaba recently had the opportunity to host the showing of the 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Quilt Project. It was impressive how, when asked, people gave a positive response. Volunteers helped with the set-up and ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) suggested the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed ...

Ethanol is a bad deal for consumers

The government shutdown that Trump says could last “a long time” without funding for a border wall may hurt farmers by delaying the administration’s ability to steer through the approval for year-round sales of a 15 percent ethanol blend for gasoline before the summer begins. That’s up ...

Insurance overhaul will help consumers

Many drivers are cheering action in Lansing that — beginning in about a year — will allow Michigan residents to reduce their automobile insurance costs. The legislation is a solid step toward reducing Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums. Critics of the measure mourn ...

Leave fawns where they lay

It’s the annual time to remind residents of the region to leave the fawns they might find alone. The first week of June usually is near peak for fawns to be born in the Upper Peninsula. Like most prey species, deer tend to give birth at about the same time, a natural strategy that means ...

Shrine Circuses brought joy to area

This week’s bouquets go to: From Christine Bergquist of Bark River: Belated but sincere thanks to the Shriners and all the businesses who helped sponsor the Shrine Circuses that were in our local areas recently. It takes a lot of caring businesses and individuals to bring the magic of ...

Father’s Day a great day to quit smoking

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Young people should pursue teaching

A story that we ran in Tuesday, May 21’s Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with ...

Don’t forget pets when preparing for an emergency

In honor of National Pet Preparedness Month, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging Michiganders to create an emergency preparedness kit for their pets to ensure complete family readiness during an emergency or ...

Anxious to see what new DNR office means

In Wednesday’s edition came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth ...

Goodbye to legends

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Recently millions of Americans were saddened to discover that we had lost two movie, TV and stage legends, Doris Day at 97 and Tim Conway at 85. Doris Day, back in the 50s and 60s, was every boy’s dream girl who lit up ...

Schools must report bullying, it’s Michigan law and common-sense

Laws are not optional. If they were, they’d be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt’s Law, which requires all Michigan school districts to investigate reports of bullying and inform school ...

Wait for new Roe ruling before deciding abortion

Even before one fight to restrict abortion in Michigan has been resolved, activists are pushing another, more severe limit that clearly runs afoul of the guidelines of the Roe v. Wade decision. Last week, the Michigan House and Senate passed separate bills to outlaw a procedure commonly used ...