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Editorial

When will high-water cycle reverse itself?

The latest figures from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers pegged Lake Huron at 13.4 inches higher than it was at this time last year. What that means is that, in April, Lake Huron was three inches higher than the previous record-high, set in 1986. And, according to an agency spokesperson, ...

Use relief funds for recovery alone

As the federal government spends astronomical sums to combat the effect of economic slowdowns due to the pandemic, Congress needs to make sure that these funds are targeted as narrowly as possible. House Democrats have presented their latest stimulus package, which has a jaw-dropping $3 ...

Possible funding cuts to schools unacceptable

School budgets are challenging even in stress-free times, but these aren’t stress-free times. And businesses and individuals aren’t the only ones facing financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 crisis and the related closures and shutdowns. Michigan Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a ...

Safety tips for summer storm season

With summer just around the corner its important to remember severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) has suggested the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be ...

Are we made of the same stuff?

During three and one-half years, Americans converted a peacetime economy to become the arsenal of democracy and win World War II. The “greatest generation” accomplished that because it had to be done, for the good of all humankind. Now we as a nation face another challenge, of far less ...

Blood donors needed to keep supply strong amid COVID-19 outbreak

In times of need, people come together to support one another. The American Red Cross is asking for healthy individuals to step up to help patients experiencing health crises by donating blood or platelets. As COVID-19 continues to affect everyday life, people may not be thinking about blood ...

Fundraising can drive a commendable, sustainable idea

With the COVID-19 pandemic temporarily suspending returns of cans and bottles that consumers pay deposits on in Michigan, many people are likely facing a growing mountain of recyclables in their homes. Some, in a desperate move to free up space, might consider tossing the cans and bottles in ...

Guns at Capitol sent the wrong message

The Bill of Rights is a sacred trust that all of us inherited from our brave forefathers. Those rights were paid for by blood, sweat, and tears, and anything that threatens them, or erodes their power, needs to addressed and corrected swiftly. That is why we vehemently object to the ...

Legislature’s lawsuit is necessary, reasonable

The lawsuit filed by the Legislature is being broadly miscast as an attempt to strip Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of her powers to manage Michigan through the COVID-19 crisis. That’s not at all what legislative Republicans are attempting to do in suing the governor. What they’re asking for is a ...

NASA gives nation a pick-me-up

We all need a bit of a psychological pick-me-up. The tough fight against COVID-19 is taking its tool on us emotionally. Coronavirus blues, meet the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Just in time to give our spirts a boost, NASA is planning to send a new group of astronauts into ...

Changes needed in national disaster preparedness system

Mission not really of much use probably is not the slogan those in the military would choose for their genuinely superhuman efforts to help areas such as New York City that have been slammed hard by COVID-19. And in truth, the armed forces have done an excellent, life-saving job. But some of ...

Coronavirus doesn’t respect bureaucracy

Give federal regulators credit for recognizing that the coronavirus pandemic is no time for business as usual. The Food and Drug Administration, in particular, seems to have surgically removed some of the red tape from its process. Recently, the FDA announced it will be permitting emergency ...

New civil liberties squad a check on authoritarianism

Across the nation, governors and mayors are exercising extraordinary powers in the name of protecting their citizens from the COVID-19 virus. Private businesses have been ordered closed, freedom of movement has been restricted, and even religious institutions have been asked to suspend their ...

Keeping connected with family, friends, helps with stress

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal everyday life ...

Take a proactive approach towards fire safety

LARA Director Orlene Hawks and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urge Michiganders to take a proactive approach towards home fire safety as they spend more time at home. Since January 1, 2020, 57 people have died as the result of a residential fire in Michigan — inclusing two in Escanaba. ...

Looking forward to a rebuilding year

The COVID-19 virus has killed nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. in just over two months. We still have eight months of 2020 to navigate. No one knows how many people eventually will die from coronavirus or related complications. No one knows exactly what will save the rest of us — social ...

GFWC Escanaba Woman’s Club helping community

This week’s bouquets go to: From Kay Johnson, president of the GFWC Escanaba Woman’s Club: The COVID -19 pandemic has changed the way we live our daily lives and communicate with each other. The ladies of the GFWC Escanaba Woman’s Club have continued with their commitment of improving ...

Move more in the month of May

The Michigan Fitness Foundation (MFF) is providing fun resources for families to stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. MFF and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are launching Walk and Wheel Wednesdays to give Michigan families opportunities for healthy and fun outdoor ...

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Child abuse is a major problem in our nation. Statistics show that in 2019, 33,060 children were abused or neglected in the State of Michigan. A total of 90 children were abused or neglected per day. A ...

Stop this country’s reliance on China

COVID-19 has reaffirmed two things Americans ought to have reflected upon previously about China: First, relying on the veracity of China’s government is foolish. We know Beijing has lied about various aspects of the coronavirus epidemic. Second, this country is far too reliant on China ...