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Editorial

State COVID-19 relief bill good news but politics should stop

It appears that more relief is on the way for Michiganders. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a $106 million plan that will provide relief to businesses and fund efforts to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus, according to an Associated Press story. Though the plan was a ...

Michigan keeps unfairly targeting restaurants

We were pleased to see Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon ease restrictions on a variety of businesses, as well as allow the return of in-person classes at high schools. Yet restaurants remain a target, and it s decimating the ...

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Governor Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed January 2021 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Michigan. “Human trafficking happens to children, women and men every day in our country and around the world,” said Governor Whitmer. “It is often a hidden crime that can take different forms ...

Changes worth preserving when the pandemic ends

Ask most Michiganders their fondest wish for 2021 and you re likely to hear some variant of the one Donald Trump expressed repeatedly throughout his 2020 presidential campaign: All we want, the outgoing president told supporters again and again as he barnstormed a country ravaged by COVID-19 ...

Play it safe when shoveling snow

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season upon us, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or a serious health care consequence. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back challenges, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, ...

Carolers brought joy and happiness

This week’s bouquets go to: From Anne and David Schaaf of Escanaba In such a dark world, the heavens were lit up by the carolers who serenaded our home on South Eighth Street. Lovely singing, terrific drums, and their expressions of joy and happiness, gave us the beauty of ...

Tis the season for returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Did Uncle Harold get you the sprocket locket that he knew you couldn’t live without? Want to try and get something better? Returning gifts make most of us quake in our boots. BBB has tips you should know that will make you that savvy ...

Opinion issues of 2020

The elections: Yes, all of them. By far, the single most galvanizing topic of the year from local readers on The Sentinel’s opinion page was the presidential election. From how people viewed the President Donald Trump’s day-to-day performance, to his oversight of the response to COVID-19, ...

Start planning on summer school now

The pandemic has wreaked havoc in many aspects of our lives, but one of the greatest disruptions it’s caused is in the realm of education. Children across Michigan have lost months of learning this year, and it’s on our state’s school leaders to help them catch up. That should include ...

School closures right way to go

The social interaction kids get in the classroom with their peers is as important to their learning and development as arithmetic and biology. Many kids just don’t learn well in the kind of environment offered by online courses. And many parents struggle to balance watching their kids at ...

Help organizations that help the community

This week’s bouquets go to: From the United Way of Delta County Board of Directors: COVID-19 has impacted all our lives in the U.P. in so many ways. Some have lost loved ones and dear friends. Some have suffered the trauma of illness. Many have lost their jobs or had their income severely ...

Christmas at the shelter

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the town, every shelter is full — we are lost but not found. Our numbers are hung on our kennels so bare, we hope every minute that someone will care. They’ll come to adopt us and give us the call, “Come here, Max and Sparkie — come ...

Keep safety in mind when enjoying the outdoors

Where there is snow and ice, snowmobilers are on the trails and anglers are on the ice. It’s safe to say that winter has arrived in many parts of Michigan. Winter offers plenty of great opportunities to continue recreating outside. “This is the time of year when conservation officers ...

Buy safe toys this holiday season

As parents across Michigan are purchasing toys for their children this holiday season, Attorney General Dana Nessel has issued a consumer alert on toy safety to make Michiganders aware of toy safety protocols and to warn of the potential for dangerous toys. The Consumer Product Safety ...

Take steps to prevent frostbite

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder. It is also something that can be avoided. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) has some advice to share during these winter months. “When you’re out in the cold, your body works hard to stay warm by altering blood flow ...

AirMed Care, donors made blood drive a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From Rachel M. Heath, blood collection coordinator, U.P. Regional Blood Cente On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank, AirMed Care for hosting a blood drive in the month of November. As a result of their efforts, we collected nine ...

Tis the season for scammers

The Michigan Department of Treasury issued warnings to all taxpayers and tax professionals to be alert for scams and identity theft schemes by criminals who may take advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and COVID-19 pandemic. The holiday shopping ...

Good news on thriving elk

Elk are some of Michigan’s most majestic animals and some of Northeast Michigan’s most important residents. Not only do the animals add to the natural splendor of our Up North communities and play an important role in our ecosystem, but they also contribute mightily to our economy as ...

Charter students worth less? Wrong message

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission, tasked with rooting out discrimination in the state, has in effect called for the discrimination against 150,000 charter school students by saying they should be funded less than other public school children. It’s hard to miss the irony. In a report ...

Small businesses need government, our support

It’s certainly turning out to be a holiday season like no other. Celebratory holiday dinners at local restaurants with family, friends and colleagues aren’t safe or possible under COVID-19 epidemic orders. Many people are opting to order online instead of doing their holiday shopping in ...