Editorial

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties (PHDM), in conjunction with My Community Dental Centers (MCDC) of Spalding as well as local dentists, invite residents to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month. This observance is intended to bring increased awareness of the importance ...

Playing it safe on winter roads

A winter wonderland commonly comes with fun festivities and outdoor activities. Unfortunately, it also come with winter storms and icy roads. These winter driving safety tips can help you keep safe on the road this winter. 1. Keep jumper cables or battery booster cables on hand. Sometimes you ...

Slow down the revolving door

The revolving door keeps spinning in Lansing, delivering politicians from their elected offices into high-paid lobbying jobs with barely a moment in between. At least seven state officials who found themselves without posts when their terms expired on Jan. 1 are now at work trying to ...

Winter thrills can kill, so snowmobile with care

This weekend, a visiting snowmobiler was leading a group through some Kalkaska woods when his snowmobile’s ski caught an edge and threw the 45-year-old off his sled and into some trees. This appears to be the eighth snowmobiling death around the state since Christmas. A 46-year-old woman ...

As winter wears on, practicce fire safety

With the winter of 2019 wearing on, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety for all Michiganders, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire. “It is so important to talk about fire safety with our parents, grandparents, friends or neighbors. Last year 63 ...

Help local children when filing Michigan taxes – Check the box

Area residents can help keep kids safe in Delta County this tax season by adding a simple check mark to Form 4642 on Michigan 2018 state income tax returns. By donating to Michigan’s Children’s Trust Fund on your state income tax form, you can help prevent child abuse and neglect in our own ...

Sex offender registry afoul of constitution

Michigan lawmakers seem keen on making important reforms to the state’s criminal justice system, which should expand protections for civil liberties. Another item they should add to the list: Revamping the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act. The changes are overdue, especially since a ...

Don’t make shoveling a marathon event

During an Upper Peninsula winter, area residents can’t escape the chore of clearing their driveways and sidewalks of snow. The American Heart Association warns that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to health problems, however, the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling ...

Keep safe during this week’s deep freeze

With a second round of arctic temperatures impacting the entire state this week, the Michigan State Police (MSP) is encouraging state residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. To stay safe during cold weather: - Limit your time outside. If you need to ...

Raising awareness about a cancer that has a vaccine

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging testing and vaccination to help prevent this disease that will affect an estimated 370 women in Michigan this year. The Pap test is a simple and affordable screening test to detect ...

Community helps purchase needed equipment

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department and Gladstone Public Safety: In Jan. 2018, members of the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department began seeking funding to acquire a means to properly wash and decontaminate their department issued fire gear. Funding was ...

MSU must become a collective force for good

The journey has been arduous and awful, but Michigan State University may finally be on a path toward a much overdue change in culture. Signs were evident at the special Board of Trustees meeting Thursday during which controversial interim President John Engler was shown the door - along with ...

Grading schools shouldn’t be this hard

We were pleased to see the Legislature finally step up and pass a common-sense school accountability bill last month. And while some resistance was expected to the new A-F school grading model, it is disappointing such lame excuses are coming from the Michigan Department of Education. As soon ...

Fund doing good work in honor of John Kivela

In a recent focus group of people aged 18 to 24 in Marquette County, over half of the 77 individuals reported they would likely not seek help for mental illnesses, said Great Lakes Recovery Center Foundation Coordinator Amy Poirier. The largest barrier, according to 34 survey respondents, was ...

Many helped spread holiday cheer

This week’s bouquets go to: From the Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee: The Free Community Christmas Day Dinner Committee would like to thank all who made the free community meal possible. There were dozens of volunteers who in advance of Christmas Day helped prepare the food, ...

Government operates better with transparency

As legislators and other state leaders settle into their offices and new roles down in Lansing, we hope one priority that emerges in the collective thought around the Capitol is transparency. During this legislative session, lawmakers need to take a good hard look at where the state stands ...

State contracts should put taxpayers first

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running, issuing a flurry of executive directives in her first week as governor. Many of these rules are about setting the tone for her administration, and rightly focus on ethics and transparency. But others may not serve the best interests of ...

Norovirus is lurking so use common sense precautions

Sometimes it’s called the stomach flu or food poisoning, but the norovirus, a common ailment especially this time of year, typically works its way through the population each winter. It probably won’t kill you but the norovirus will sicken you for a few days. Stomach cramps, often severe, ...

There’s plenty of shame to go around

Those of us old enough to remember TV’s Gomer Pyle will recall his catchphrase, “Shame! Shame! Shame!” There is plenty of shame to go around in Washington, D.C., and Lansing, Michigan — these past few weeks especially. The members of Congress, both sides of the aisle, should be ...