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Editorial

Expect a long night tonight

If you hope to see early election results on Tuesday evening, it’s not looking too good. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said this week it could take one or two days before results are in. Blame it on absentee ballots. Benson will blame the delay on the Legislature for not passing ...

Fall sports are ‘a go’ in Michigan

Some clarity for high school sports in Michigan this fall was shared a week ago by officials with the Michigan High School Athletic Association when they approved starting the fall sports season on schedule. Their announcement ended speculation on what the fall sports season might look like ...

Golf tournamant helps U.P. Honor Flight

This week’s bouquets go to: The Highland Golf Club is thrilled to present the UP Honor Flight with a check for $3,200 for the next Honor Flight! The Highland hosted its second annual UP Honor Flight golf tournament and golfers enjoyed a spectacular day on the golf course, all while ...

Motorists and bicyclists need to respect each other

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration encourages all road users, including motorists and bicyclists, to respect each other and foster a safer transportation environment. Bicycles on the roadway have the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles. Michigan law ...

Blood donors needed to keep supply strong

Though this summer may feel different than summers past, one thing remains constant: The need for blood donations to help save lives. The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected. Since the ...

If it’s safe, get students in school

With the threat of COVID-19, schools already knew they’d be facing unprecedented challenges this fall. But as we’ve seen in Detroit this week, school district leaders must brace for other wrenches thrown at them, too, especially if they attempt face-to-face instruction. The Detroit Public ...

State marks what conservation districts do for communities

July 17 was the 83rd anniversary of Public Act 297 of 1937, Michigan’s first Soil Conservation District law, enacted to provide a local response to the soil erosion catastrophe of the 1930s Dust Bowl, coupled with extreme drought nationwide. The scope and responsibility of Michigan ...

Transparency is more than just a word

We here at the Traverse City Record-Eagle know a thing or two about transparency. We’re connoisseurs of clarity, if you will, when it comes to the way our governments operate. And we’ve seen it all — good and bad — from every imaginable agency, district, board, township, office, ...

Great Lakes economies didn’t need this setback

While a recent story in The News focused on some economic problems for the Great Lakes shipping industry, what wasn’t so evident, yet probably is every bit as real, is that the story also portends problems for Great Lakes state economies, as well. Certainly, COVID-19 has changed life as we ...

Lower child immunization rates troubling

It’s not a secret that many routine trips to the doctor have been delayed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent report showed a worrisome trend: Fewer children in Michigan than usual are currently up-to-date on routine vaccines due to postponed well-child visits amid the COVID-19 ...

Keeping our waters clean is crucial for a positive future

While many may think of Lake Superior’s waters along the Upper Peninsula shoreline as pristine and unspoiled, those who dive beneath the surface often find some disappointing evidence to the contrary. For example, car batteries, a refrigerator, four tons of tires and an assortment of other ...

Safety tips for summer storms

Severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) suggests the following the safety tips: Power lines Always consider a power line to be energized even if it is on the ground. Do not touch a downed line ...

Care facility oversight was dismal before COVID-19

Nothing spotlights problems like a crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown disruptions into almost every aspect of our lives during the past five months. Each twist and turn became a test for some system or another, especially the government structures we so often ignore until we need ...

Escanaba had great 4th of July

This week’s bouquets go to: From Merrie Bea Stankowicz of Escanaba: Congratulations to the City of Escanaba and all who made the 4th of July event so wonderful. It was perfect. Thanks to the city band for the great music to set the holiday mood. Also to the vendors for their tasty food ...

Voters with disabilities have many ways to participate in elections

The Michigan Department of State and Bureau of Elections is marking National Disability Voter Registration Week by continuing to expand access for voters with disabilities. “Ensuring equal and secure access for all voters is among my highest priorities, and that includes ensuring people ...

Don’t become an accident statistic

When a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle, more than 80 percent of the time the pedestrian is killed or seriously injured. In Michigan, more than 100 pedestrians die each year. Most of these deaths occur between 6 p.m. and midnight, with many fatalities occurring when pedestrians cross the ...

More small business funding is good news for region

The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly had major impacts on small businesses throughout Michigan and the Upper Peninsula, as many have had to endure the difficulties involved with fundamentally changing their operations or even closing their doors during the pandemic. While businesses ...

Not all virus aid is going to good use

Members of Congress who are itching to send out more coronavirus relief dollars should take a deep breath and consider how some of the funding they’ve already allocated is being spent. It’s not all going to good use. From the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve cautioned our state and ...

Catch children up on needed vaccines

Fewer Michigan children are currently up to date on their routine vaccines because of postponed well-child visits during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) urges families to get children and adolescents caught up on all recommended vaccines as ...

Event helped in fight against Alzheimer’s

This week’s bouquets go to: June was Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, a time to go purple to show support for the millions of people worldwide struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia. It is also a time to recognize caregivers for the unwavering support ...