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Editorial

Getting flu vaccination vital

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine this fall and help prevent an outbreak of a second communicable disease that - with COVID-19 still very much a concern - could put our state’s economy and health care system at greater ...

Census is important, so be counted

Regardless of when the U.S. Census gathering ends — either September or October, at this point — the clock is ticking to get your information filled out and submitted. Why is that important? I would offer that hundreds of thousands of dollars in the region are at stake over the next 10 ...

Additional jobless benefits are better than nothing

There is some additional relief on the horizon for Michigan residents — not what many were hoping for, but still better than nothing. Michigan has applied for federal funding to provide an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic — less than the $600 ...

Deal cheats schools that take on new students

The Legislature and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed on a framework for how schools can approach the upcoming school year. That’s somewhat miraculous, given the tumultuous relationship between the governor and GOP lawmakers. But the pact could harm schools that have taken on new students ...

Hope Starts Here Challenge a great way to give back

When a person is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it can be a life-changing situation that impacts many facets of life for the person and their loved ones. Due to this, Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center — a collaboration between Northern Michigan University and UP Health System-Marquette — ...

Local businesses come through in time of need

This week’s bouquets go to: From Art Van Damme of Gladstone: Two weeks ago my front tire fell off my truck as I was backing out of my parking space at Menards. I called Gene’s Towing, They were busy but promised to get someone there with in an hour. In the hour I waited, trying to keep a ...

‘Data’ proves unreliable in setting virus policy

If science and data are driving the state’s COVID-19 shutdown orders, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer contends, it should at least be certain the numbers are right. As The Detroit News reported Thursday, a key statistic that precipitated a tightening of the northern Michigan economy last month was ...

Excessive drinking on rise in pandemic

According to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), excessive alcohol consumption is responsible for an average of 93,296 deaths in the U.S. every year (255 per day), shortening the lives of these people by an average of 29 years (2.7 million years of potential ...

Hope for the best, expect the worst

The news shouldn’t have been a surprise to any of us. But the arrival of the inevitable doesn’t make the cancellation of the fall high school football season any less devastating for players, coaches and parents. It’s also a foreshadowing of what we can expect as our children return ...

Immunization is power to protect

Vaccines are proven to protect people from serious diseases at every age. During National Immunization Awareness Month, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges you to talk to your health care provider to ensure you and your family are up-to-date on all recommended ...

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month

To help broaden understanding and support of the critical role breastfeeding plays in providing a strong foundation for Michigan infants, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2020 as Breastfeeding Awareness Month in Michigan. Gov. Whitmer joins with the Michigan Department of Health and ...

Community thanked for supporting vetrans

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Walter W. Cole Post 301 Avenue of Flags Committee: Walter W. Cole Post 301 Avenue of Flags Committee wishes to thank and acknowledge this community for their generous support of the Veterans’ Avenue of Flags. The incredible support received not only ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

The Michigan Child Support Program strives to help families support each other both financially and emotionally. In recognition of tireless efforts to support Michigan children and families by child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners, Gov. ...

Lions Pediatric Cancer Program supporting kids, families

A childhood cancer diagnosis can come with a range of physical, emotional, social and financial challenges for the child and their family. Due to this, the Lions Pediatric Cancer Program was developed as a way to support children and families who are impacted by such a diagnosis. The Single ...

Do this to ensure November’s election goes smoothly

Mostly, things went well. A record number of voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election, 2.5 million, proof that a 2018 referendum to make voting more accessible worked. The number of Michiganders who voted by mail soared, thanks to that same referendum allowing voters to request ...

Michigan can’t count on feds for bailout

Michigan’s school leaders have been trying to get the attention of lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer all summer, pleading for some budget certainty. It’s true that the Legislature and Whitmer’s budget director had to make their first priority ironing out the shortfalls in the current ...

Stay safe on the water this summer

It’s a message that bears repeating, especially during the final stretch of Michigan summer. When swimming, kayaking, boating or fishing, put safety first and never underestimate weather, water conditions or the value of a life jacket. Strong currents can happen in all water types and ...

Attorney helped people

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Recently attorney Jayne Mackowiak passed away at a young age. I met Jayne when I was a volunteer in the courthouse and we assisted each other in that she had broad courtroom experience here and I then had a fledging jail ...

Claims for jobless benefits continue to decrease in state

A dollop of mostly positive economic news was released in recent days with word that the number of unemployment claims in the state of Michigan has dropped for the most recent reporting period. As reported by The Detroit Free Press, new claims dipped to 21,949 in the week ending July 25, down ...

Flawed men, perhaps, but great deeds

The danger of erecting monuments to men is that they all stand on clay feet. Many Americans who have long been admired as geniuses or heroes are now under unforgiving scrutiny for offenses that might disqualify them for public honor. Few are passing muster. And no wonder. They were human, ...