Editorials

Most wild babies should be left alone

The annual springtime wave of hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals has begun. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advised. Every ...

Term limits not working in Michigan

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

New state law would help victims start over

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...

DNR advice for safer boating

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend a little more than a week away, boaters will be out in force. Many already have taken to the waterway to enjoy the recent spring weather. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and neighboring northern Wisconsin are blessed with many local lakes and rivers that ...

Park service planners look for preservation, public use balance

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Area bats don’t deserve to be a target for vandals

Bats already are struggling to survive in the Upper Peninsula. White-nose syndrome — so named for the frost-like fungus that bats with the disease develop around their nostrils — has so decimated populations at their wintering sites that some area caves where numbers had been 20,000 or ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day in many ways

Bouquet From Mary Lou Rabenberg, Kingsford: This upcoming day is quite an honor for all mothers and grandmothers. We all appreciate the hugs and kisses shared with us. There is something special about the way they say grandma, grannie, gram, nanna — or mom, momma, mother and ...

The season to guard bird feeders against bears

The arrival of spring in the region means migrating birds are back, trees and greenery are coming back to life — and bears again are looking for an easy meal. Which means feeders for those birds may be a target, wildlife experts say. It’s the time of the year when those living in bear ...

Take steps to guard against nasty ticks

April made for a rough start to spring 2018, with snow and cold hanging on through the month. May mostly has been kinder and gentler. But with spring finally asserting itself in the region, so too has come a return of ticks. While just plain icky parasites, ticks also pose a significant ...

Be a part of Stamp Out Hunger effort

This Saturday offers a good reason to go out to the mailbox early — and take some important first-class items that will be picked up by the U.S. Postal Service but not to be mailed. Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger event is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, coordinated for 26 years ...

Beware: Top 10 scams against older adults

The federal government is warning about the most likely ways vulnerable adults may be fooled, intimidated or badgered into giving up their money or valuable information. The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently reported the top 10 scams against older adults from 2017 — — IRS ...

A week to say thanks for all that nurses do

For many of us, nurses are at our sides the moment we are born, and the second our last breath escapes our lungs. They’re in the operating room when your parent undergoes surgery, and they’re in the emergency room when your daughter falls off her bike and needs to get stitches for that ...

Great concert by KHS band

Bouquet From Roger C. Eklund, Niagara, Wis.: What a show the Kingsford High School Band put on Monday night. It was breathtaking to see and hear those kids play at the spring concert. As a former band man, I know the practice and work each one has done to get to the top, and tops they ...

Motorcyclists, motorists need to share the roads

The wait appears to be over. The snow and ice finally are retreating in the Upper Peninsula, replaced by temperatures and conditions that — dare we say it? — genuinely look like spring. Which means motorcycles in the area will be pulled out of storage, tuned up and taken for a ...

State offers tips on avoiding workplace falls

Know — or employ — someone who does construction or roofing for a living? The season has returned for getting back to work in full swing. That’s why the state is reminding those who climb up on ladders or roofs and scaffolds to be careful up there. Gov. Rick Snyder has declared May as ...

Plans to replace Line 5 propane production should be put in place

Enbridge, the company that owns controversial Line 5, has stated for years the pipeline couldn’t simply be removed from service because of the key role it plays, despite numerous calls for it to be shut down due to concerns about potential leaks in the Straits of Mackinac. After today’s ...

DNR: Fire danger too high to try outdoor burning

The delayed spring of 2018 managed in April to keep snow cover high enough and temperatures low enough in the Upper Peninsula to hold down the fire danger. But a week of warmer and dry weather has all but eliminated the snowpack and left last year’s grasses and brush like tinder, before ...

Superior Health Foundation grants support entire UP

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in myriad ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six organizations ...

A caring community

Bouquet From Sara Thoune of Powers: Recreation Lanes recently hosted a fundraiser on my behalf. I would like to acknowledge them and also thank: — The VA family of employees, your spouses and your children, for the emotional, physical, and financial support, and for teaching and ...

Drug ‘Take-Back’ Day on Saturday

Residents are urged by the Michigan State Police to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. This is one of two annual events held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement ...