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Editorial

Safety tips for summer storms

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

MAPS helping out with mental health services

Life has always been complicated, but that doesn’t mean it has to be handled the same way it’s always been handled. When it comes to mental health resources, much more attention is needed, especially in rural areas such as the Upper Peninsula. According to a recent article in the online ...

We need to talk about sexting

“Consequences” is a buzzword in many parenting manuals of our modern age. Letting a child experience the natural consequences of say, forgetting their gym shoes by sitting out of gym rather than the parent bringing the shoes to school, is a good lesson in responsibility, independence and ...

Clear petty marijuana crime records

Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Michigan since December of last year, and medical use has been legal since 2017. The past should be reconciled with the present. The records of people who are still suffering undue punishment for minor marijuana offenses should be expunged. Sena ...

Officials urge getting tested, vaccinated for hepatitis

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 325 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B and C, causing 1.4 million deaths per year. In support of World Hepatitis Day, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging Michiganders to get ...

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU’s medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to ...

NPS taking steps to improve rescue, safety

We like the proactive steps being taken by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials to improve emergency rescue capabilities and services in and around the park. Through a partnership with the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals, the park has increased its technical rope rescue team ...

Hazards of high Great Lakes water levels

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly urges individuals to use caution around breakwaters, piers or jetties in the Great Lakes and to adhere to posted warning signs. Do not swim near or jump off any structure — the life you save may be your own. Many accidents and incidents near harbor ...

A babe in the woods

Horror movies are set in the woods for so many reasons. They are dark. It’s hard to know exactly where you are. A branch cracks, and you’re not sure if it’s a squirrel or a bear that’s closing in. Now imagine being two years old, and lost in Michigan’s northwoods. We can’t, but ...

Soda map flap underscores the region’s U.P. pride

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Wonderful people in the community

This week’s bouquets go to: From Curt Prond: I would like to send a great big thanks to the person who found and turned in my credit card at Menards on Tuesday, July 16. We are thankful for such wonderful people in this community. ——— Each Saturday the Daily Press salutes ...

Mining committee bill a good move for state

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law Monday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...

Facial recognition technology invites abuse

Detroit police have been using facial recognition software for more than a year under standard operating guidelines, but without a formal policy approved by the Board of Police Commissioners. That’s not OK. The software has tremendous potential for violating civil liberties, and its use ...

Beat the heat during this week’s high temps

With temperatures across the state expected to be in the 80s and above this week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is reminding all residents to stay cool to beat the heat. MDHHS routinely reviews emergency department (ED) data for heat-related illness. Since July ...

Pioneering peregrines could find new homes in Upper Peninsula

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list, but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

How the free press helped free America

“Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” — — — This week, as I do every July 4, I pondered on the bravery and nobility of our ...

Enjoy the outdoors, but be wise with fire

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

Gladstone Public Safety K-9 will be welcome addition

This week’s bouquets go to: From Bonnie (BJ) Potts: I want to say how thrilled I am that Gladstone Public Safety will now have the ability to get a K-9 member to join their team. The fact that they came up with so many donations in such a short time is testimony to the fact that we have ...