Editorial

DNR heroes too often unsung

In Monday’s edition of The News ran a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, who posed for the photo holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, accoridng to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the ...

Kid Count data worth considering

Monday will mark the 39th celebration of Earth Day, and the date may be more important to recognize now than ever before. The latest Kids Count in Michigan Data Book has been released, and it’s fairly good news for Marquette County. The county ranks 20th out of 82 counties for overall ...

Michigan families urged to get children vaccinated

Routine childhood immunizations protect children from 14 vaccine-preventable diseases by the age of two. During National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is urging Michiganders to ensure their children are fully vaccinated on time for ...

Nessel’s battle against puppy sale schemes justified

We applaud Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and others in law enforcement and positions of advocacy in cracking down on illegal and inhumane puppy sale schemes. Nessel has said she plans to focus on the operations that include not only puppy mills but storefronts that sell sick or injured ...

Whitmer on right track with jobs training initiatives

That rarest of political circumstances occurred not many days ago in Lansing when many — certainly not all — Democrats and Republicans found an issue they could agree on. OK, that’s something of an overstatement as the two parties do cooperate from time to time. But that cooperation is ...

Michigan State Police sets Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

The drawback of lame duck sessions

When one works at an unreasonably rapid pace, the quality of the results can sometimes suffer — and the Michigan legislation which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority looks to offer an example of this. The corridor authority was established to provide oversight for a new utility ...

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

Beginning in 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) has used this special time each year to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse in all its’ ...

Protect children from heatstroke

The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning (OHSP), the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and the Michigan Department of State are working to raise awareness about the dangers of heatstroke and offering ways to prevent such tragedies. The State of Michigan has ...

Choral society gave wonderful concert

This week’s bouquets go to: From Mike “Chief” Olson of Escanaba: Many thanks to the Bay de Noc Choral Society for its wonderful concert on Palm Sunday. A large audience enjoyed a collection of Easter/Palm Sunday/Lenten music accompanied by piano, organ, brass, hand bells and ...

Program helps women develop outdoor skills

A long-standing Michigan Department of Natural Resources program, which has a decidedly female focus, deserves recognition, even as organizers start planning for the summer session. It’s known as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and for the past 22 years, it’s exposed women 18 and older to a ...

NWS sessions educate public about severe weather in U.P.

The National Weather Service needs you. Even the delayed spring of the North Woods still has the potential for severe thunderstorms, heavy rains and other hazards going into summer. For evidence, ask Houghton and Keweenaw area residents about last Father’s Day. So in late April and into ...

AG is right to stop LGBTQ discrimination in state-funded adoptions

Michigan will no longer spend taxpayer dollars to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ parents. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the change in policy last month as part of the settlement to a lawsuit initiated in 2017 by two same sex couples, one from Lansing and one ...

Green burials a good alternative

Green burials have been given the green light for Park Cemetery. The Marquette City Commission on Monday OK’d an updated version of the rules and regulations at the cemetery, and this includes allowing green burials and mausoleums. At Park Cemetery, an area for green burials will be ...

Many hands made Kiwanis event a success

This week’s bouquets go to: From Estelle Smyth and Pat Rudden: The Escanaba Kiwanis Club would like to thank everyone involved in making the 2019 Home and Garden Show and Pancake Days an excellent success, especially our show sponsor, American Metal Roofs of Northern Wisconsin. Thanks also ...

‘Two for two’ benefits all who value our lakes

Another car ride, more good news for the Great Lakes. Last week, President Donald Trump told a roaringly appreciative crowd that he will restore a 90 percent slash to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which dropped from $300 million to $30 million. He announced the breaking news after ...

Distracted Driving Awareness Month puts motorists on alert

Michigan saw a 57 percent increase in distracted driving crashes and a 67 percent increase in fatalities from those crashes from 2016 to 2017, according to the Michigan State Police (MSP) Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC). That’s why law enforcement agencies around the state are ...

Residents urged to increase physical activity, healthy eating

The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) recently released the 2019 Guidelines on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for ...

Great Lakes money back in Trump budget

We’re pleased President Donald Trump backed off a proposal to cut funding for Great Lakes cleanup and support by 90 percent. At a rally last week in Grands Rapids, Trump announced that the program’s $300 million annual cost, cut from his fiscal year 2019-20 budget in its original form, ...

AARP tax preparers helped many people

This week’s bouquets go to: Many thanks to the AARP (American Association of Retired People) representatives Hal, Sheldon, Shirley, Betty, Becky and Cathy for helping hundreds of local people prepare and file their state and federal taxes again this winter. For many tax seasons now, AARP ...