Editorials

Donors needed to counter blood shortage

Winter is a time — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footage or other factors of the season — when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home and hearth when possible. So perhaps it’s no surprise hospitals and blood banks struggle to get enough ...

New VA program in Iron Mountain a positive move

A couple of years ago, the U.S. Veterans Administration took a political pounding after it was disclosed that some VA medical facilities were providing sub-par treatment to veterans of all ages. The complaints ranged from inappropriate waiting periods to poor medical care to ramshackle ...

Region should remain on Central time

Thanks, but no thanks. A bill introduced in the Michigan Legislature would put the entire state on Eastern Standard Time, including the four counties in the Upper Peninsula that border Wisconsin — Gogebic, Dickinson, Iron and Menominee. The bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Peter Lucido, is a ...

Safety paramount when out on area snowmobile trails

Whether you’re talking about sled sales, parts and maintenance, gasoline, lodging, food and clothing, snowmobiles comprise a significant portion of the Upper Peninsula’s wintertime economy. The economic health of a great many businesses — and employees of the businesses — literally ...

A good Christmas for Toys for Tots, thanks to region

Bouquet From Michael Miller, Toys for Tots chairman, Iron Mountain: The Toys for Tots season has concluded and on behalf of all the Marines, Navy Corpsman and volunteers of this year’s Toys for Tots team, we want to thank everyone who helped make this one of our best. Whether you ...

Survey seeks opinions on law enforcement

Want to give law enforcement a piece of your mind? Or a thumb’s up for a job well done? Maybe just make a suggestion? That chance now is available, from the comfort of your home computer . Starting Thursday, the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, or MCOLES, began offering ...

Snyder legacy badly tarnished by Flint water crisis

Although it took more than a year after the Flint water crisis bubbled to the surface, Gov. Rick Snyder late last week signed into law a bill that represents the first substantive policy change relating to the mess. The new law, as reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, ...

Endangered bee highlights decline of pollinators

News that the first bumble bee in the continental United States had been added to the federal Endangered Species List came as no surprise Tuesday, but was alarming and depressing all the same. The population of the rusty patched bumble bee has plummeted by an estimated 90 percent in only two ...

Beware of ‘robo-call’ offers, sales

We’ve all dealt with them — the phone rings or lights up and caller ID either shows an unrecognizable number or no number at all. It’s the dreaded robo-call. Today, not even cell phones are immune. Most of these calls simply are annoyances that, if ignored, likely won’t even leave a ...

Canadian plan to bury nuke waste near lakes is wrong

Unbelievable. That’s our assessment, and the opinion of many others, of a proposal being advanced by a Canadian company to store toxic nuclear waste in a limestone chamber near Lake Huron. Ontario Power Generation has taken fire since from both sides of the border since it rolled out this ...

Cancer loan closet appreciates support over the holidays

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank area businesses, organizations, churches, high school groups and individuals for the influx of donations during this ...

See flashing lights ahead? ‘Move Over’

The sight of lights flashing atop an emergency vehicle ahead should prompt all motorists to move to another lane or slow down as they carefully pass by. Unfortunately, a growing number are not bothering to do either, according to the Michigan State Police. “I believe we can call this an ...

Time to check on radon gas threat at home

It’s difficult to take seriously a threat that can’t be seen, one that creeps up ghost-like and silent from the ground into buildings. But radon demands being taken seriously. January is National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness about this colorless, odorless gas that according to ...

Get some help in breaking that tobacco habit

It’s the start of 2017, triggering the usual annual rush to the gym, stepping on the scale, reluctantly begging off on desserts or sweets. And, for some, it may mark another attempt to stop using tobacco products. The health benefits of such a move are well documented and, according to ...

Happy New Year: Now, get cracking on those resolutions

Welcome to the third day of 2017. It’s a brand new year, a blank page. Even if you’re not one of the 40 percent or more of Americans that make a New Year’s resolution, this time in the year typically spurs self-reflection. Millions of Americans resolve to change something they are ...

An explanation on our shared services survey

When the Daily News launched a survey last Wednesday on whether local municipalities should consider sharing some services or resources, we were looking for feedback on the concept. We didn’t have to wait long to hear back from some of you. Some faulted us for the survey method. Some just ...

Train show had another successful run

On Dec. 10, we had our eighth annual Train Show at the Florence County Library and, as usual, it was well attended. We have to thank our local newspapers, including the Daily News, for helping to announce and promote this event. We would also like to thank the local businesses that allowed us ...

Thanks for clearing a path for the Daily News

Now that we have some snow on the ground, I would like to thank all of our Daily News customers for keeping a path clear of snow and ice for their carriers and drivers to deliver the newspaper. For customers in our rural areas, thank you for cleaning out the area around your tube so the ...

Requiring CPR training in schools a good move

When a heart attack or other cardiac ailment strikes, the chances of surviving often hinge on how quickly treatment can begin. So it makes sense to have as many people as possible trained to react in such an emergency. Cardiac arrest happens to about 1,000 people a day in the United States ...

For safety’s sake, keep walking paths clear of snow, ice

The time of year has come when snow will be a regular part of the landscape. Christmas Day was ushered out with ice that lingered into Monday. In some parts of the city, it lingers still. Sidewalks and other walkways clogged with snow or a treacherous crust of ice are hazards that could ...