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Editorial

Lawmakers, budget for coronavirus

Now that the coronavirus has become a real threat to the U.S., Michigan has to be ready for an outbreak. To help prepare for the inevitable, the state should reserve some funds in the budget to deal with the virus, should it come here. House Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, says those ...

Latest scam involves fake voicemails

Everyone knows to be on the lookout for phony emails - especially at work. Scammers can easily make messages that appear to come from anywhere - from your boss’s account to the office printer. But what about voicemail? New voice-mimicking software is now being used by scammers to create ...

Change smoke alarm batteries during time change

As daylight saving time goes into effect this weekend, LARA Director Orlene Hawks and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer remind everyone to adopt the life-saving habits of changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and practicing their home fire escape plan. “Families need to develop a ...

Giving Afghans the tools to resist repression

A peace agreement signed between U.S. officials and representatives of Afghanistan’s Taliban organization is long overdue, as far as Americans are concerned. We have spent far too much and lost too many lives in what has become the longest armed conflict in our nation’s history. What ...

Don’t rely on overseas drug production

Shaving a few dollars off the cost to consumers of some medicines — and yes, padding profits on their sale — have led many U.S. drug companies to rely on overseas manufacturers for the products. Last week, the truth of warnings against such dependence was proven. U.S. public health ...

Coronavirus is making people paranoid

It’s really easy to get caught up in the coronavirus panic that’s starting to rear its ugly head in various places around the country. People breathlessly checking out of grocery stores with carts full of dried rice and toilet paper are overreacting, we believe, given what we know about the ...

Helpline offers support for those in need

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Michigan 2-1-1 have been promoting 2-1-1 helpline resources. The helpline provides support to those who struggle to pay their bills or put food on the table. 2-1-1 is a free and confidential helpline providing referrals for ...

DNR reminds snowmobilers to ride responsibly

While the opportunity to take a snowmobile out this year appears to be waning, enough time remains that officials again are advising caution and safety when riding the trails. Three people died recently while snowmobiling in Wisconsin, bringing the total to 17 deaths for the season, topping ...

Blood donors came through in time of need

This week’s bouquets go to: Earlier this month the U.P. Regional Blood Center was experiencing a critical need for O negative and O positive blood types. Thank you to everyone who answered the call to give blood. You gave the gift of life to many. The U.P. Regional Blood Center has ...

Coronavirus used in latest scam

There’s a new type of scam making the rounds. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is warning Michigan residents to watch for scams related to the coronavirus disease 2019. These scams include websites selling fake products, ...

Honor Flight Legacy deserves UP-wide support

Upper Peninsula Honor Flight has spent nearly a decade offering local veterans free transportation to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., and now an effort has begun to pay homage to the organization for all of its hard work. An exhibit being developed at the multi-use complex on the U.P. ...

On the right track in lakeshore designation

Shrinking beaches. Downed trees. Endangered homes. Destroyed infrastructure. These are just a few examples of what has occurred along the shorelines of the Great Lakes as water levels have risen. Due to this, the Marquette County Board of Commissioners unanimously adopted a resolution ...

Michigan doesn’t need an election holiday

Michigan Democrats seem to be forgetting that citizens now have more options to ease voting than ever before. Casting a ballot no longer has to wait to Election Day, so the idea that workers should get the day off to vote is obsolete. Still, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined the ...

Family physicians celebrated this week

To highlight family physicians’ dedication to providing patient-centered primary care to Michiganders, Feb. 23-29 is being recognized as Family Medicine Week by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), Michigan Academy of Family Physicians and ...

Volunteers help during tax season

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Many thanks go out to Hal Martin, Betty Trudell, Shirley Gollach and Kathy Mason, all tax specialist volunteers, who again for this tax season provided free tax filing services for hundreds of local residents at the ...

Whitmer not above Michigan’s reading law

In her response to the State of the Union address, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used a favorite catchphrase of Democrats when she said “no one is above the law.” While she was referring to President Donald Trump, Whitmer should take her own words to heart. The previous week, when delivering the ...

Snowmobile conditions call for caution

We love snowmobiles. They’re zippy, they’re fun — heck, with our northern Michigan winters, they’re even practical. Also, don’t get us started about the wonders of hand-warmers or we’ll never shut up. But a number of recent smashups show the inherent dangers in our beloved ...

State looking for nominees for Health Hero awards

Know of an individual or group in the Upper Peninsula whose efforts help make the region a healthier place to live? The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership seeks nominations of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserve and improve local health for ...

Consumers warned of romance scams

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel urges Michiganders to be mindful of romance scams. To ensure consumers protect themselves if they’re interested in using a dating service, Nessel’s office recommends reviewing the Romance Scams: Stay Safe and Avoid Financial Heartache consumer alert ...

Gladstone Lions Club provides vision screening

This week’s bouquets go to: From Ken Groh, Gladstone Lions Club: The Gladstone Lions Club is involved with Project KidSight USA. At the U.P. State Fair last year, the Gladstone Lions club and several other U.P. Lions Clubs, provided vision screening services to many young children. This ...