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Editorial

Helping free fire hydrants: Community service starts young

Who thinks about needing fire hydrants in the winter? Junior hockey players. Marquetteís 12U A Homestead Graphics Junior Wildcat hockey team dug out fire hydrants on Jan. 28 along Fair Avenue to Lakeview Arena, specifically from Lakeshore Boulevard to the roundabout. The good deed started ...

Beware of frostbite in extreme cold

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 ...

This is what fixing the damn roads looks like

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer campaigned on a pledge to “fix the damn roads.” And after her first year in office – marked by opposition and inaction from the Legislature – she took matters into her own hands during last week’s State of the State. Her plan to bond for $3.5 billion through ...

Make sure new technology is reliable

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party\’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

Don’t let soft spot for ice sports lead you astray

It’s too soon — and we’re too superstitious — to chalk this up to a winter that wasn’t. But it certainly wasn’t what was heralded at the beginning of the year, between the prognosticators (including the usually steady Farmers Almanac) and the blast of early snow. Those ...

History lessons must be learned on shore erosion

Many of us dream about living near the edge of the lakeshore, overlooking the majesty of Lake Michigan. That dream for the few that do have homes and summer cottages on the shore is now turning into a nightmare. A combination of near-record water levels, winds and shore-battering waves has ...

Trump should not consider a Kilpatrick pardon

We hope President Donald Trump passes on calls that he commute the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted about seven years ago of 24 counts of using his positions as mayor and state representative to carry out a decade-long criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, ...

A new day or Groundhog Day?

A new year often promises change beyond the number you scribble on the date line of your checks. It can mean new opportunities, new priorities and new goals. But when it comes to Michigan state government, 2020 presents the possibility of more of the same. On issues where there were ...

Gov. Whitmer keeping promises on state roads

Any Yooper who commutes knows all too well how tough our Michigan roads can be, especially in the winter months. When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took office, she said she would be steadfast in dealing with this issue, and it appears she intends to keep that promise. According to an Associated ...

Almanac

By The Associated Press Today in History Today is Wednesday, Feb. 5, the 36th day of 2020. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 5, 2001, four disciples of Osama bin Laden went on trial in New York in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in ...

Heat your home safely this winter

LARA Director Orlene Hawks and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer are urging fire safety for all Michiganders, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire. “To protect our most vulnerable residents, the State Fire Marshal and I urge all Michiganders to learn and ...

Right to Life of Delta County says thank you

This week’s bouquets go to: From Carol Wells - Right to Life of Delta County: Right to Life of Delta County thanks each and every person who made a difference for life by supporting our annual January signature press ad appeal. Note: William and Sharon Gilbert and Patrick and Becky Quinns ...

Sawyer in running to be a ‘spaceport’

A spaceport at Sawyer? A cosmodrome in our county? Some might say that sounds out of this world. But it’s certainly a possibility, as the Michigan Launch Initiative — a public-private partnership organized by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and backed by private investors ...

Roadblocks ahead for Michigan school choice

Don’t get too excited about the possibility of expanded school choice in Michigan — at least not yet. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a case that could break down barriers to educational freedom, even in this state. But plenty of roadblocks remain, regardless of how the ...

Avoid identity theft during tax season

As tax season gets underway, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel kicked off Tax-related Identity Theft Awareness Week. “Beginning today and through Friday, Jan. 31, my office will share tips to ensure Michiganders are equipped with the necessary tools to spot and stop thieves this tax ...

Holocaust event reminds world, ‘Never again’

Today, which has been declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day by the United Nations, will mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army’s liberation of the Auschwitz death camp in German-occupied Poland. On the Jewish Virtual Library website, it is stated that various estimates ...

Volunteers, donors made holiday meal possible

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Board: The Community Thanksgiving Dinner Board wishes to thank the Delta County community, volunteers and donors for once again supporting the Community Thanksgiving Dinner. This year over 700 people shared a meal. There ...

Age doesn’t improve safety in distracted driving

Taking a peek at a cellphone while driving is hardly a rare occurrence, but the dangers of splitting our attention while behind the wheel have come into sharp focus in recent years, with Michigan reporting around 19,000 crashes and 77 fatalities in 2019 involving distracted driving. However, ...

Training to detect trafficking a good idea for hotels

If there’s one thing people need to be proactive about, it’s human trafficking. Human trafficking is defined as the practice of illegally transporting people from one area to another, usually for forced labor or sexual exploitation. And it often involves young girls. In a story in The ...

Biz development as political tool? No, thanks

The role of government in business and community efforts is often debated in Michigan, with some conservatives questioning whether the state should pick winners and losers. Now that it appears some of that economic development funding is being used as a political tool, taxpayers should weigh ...