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Editorial

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month

October is Liver Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated there will be 1,180 new cases of liver cancer and 940 deaths from liver cancer in Michigan this year. Approximately 50% of liver cancer is related to hepatitis C, which is why it is important for all Michiganders to be ...

Protest exposes Line 5 security risk

The protest at a Line 5 pumping station in Michigan’s Thumb appears to have been frivolous — a dozen or so young activists mostly hanging out in a parking lot listening to music — but it exposes serious security risks for the petroleum pipeline. A group calling itself “Up Hell’s ...

October is Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month

With an average of 146 sleep-related infant deaths per year in Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared October Infant Safe Sleep Awareness Month. “As parents, grandparents and caregivers, it’s crucial for Michiganders to be aware of how to lay infants down to sleep in a safe ...

Residents urged to get flu vaccine

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to get their flu vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves and their communities from flu especially while continuing to battle COVID-19. Getting a flu vaccine is critical this season because flu ...

Thank you healthcare workers

This week’s bouquets go to: From Trixty Britton of Escanaba: I want to write about our healthcare workers. They are very special people. I personally have had to be in the hospital for months for major surgery and it was well taken care of. I couldn’t thank them enough. Incredible ...

Make ARP spending thoughtful, transparent

An open cookie jar is a tempting thing. And nearly every local government official in Michigan is situated face-to-face with just such a perceived bounty. Thanks to a gush of federal cash from a number of past and upcoming stimulus bills, tens of millions in aid payments are destined for ...