Editorials

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 ...

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 ...

Keep safety in mind when heading out on the snowmobile

Part of the compensation for enduring the long winters up north is getting to play in the snow, be it skiing, snowshoeing or, of course, taking snowmobiles out on the vast network of trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. But this snowmobiling season is off to an ominous start ...

Watch out for frostbite during winter months

Frostbite is a serious tissue-destroying disorder. It is something that is not often anticipated in relatively mild winter temperatures. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association encourages everyone to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the unnecessary distress of frostbite. Frostbite ...

Thanks, subscribers, for clearing the way to deliver the paper

Bouquet From Jennifer Flynn, circulation manager, The Daily News: Now that we have some snow and ice on the ground, I would like to thank all of our Daily News customers for keeping a path clear of snow and ice for the paper carriers and drivers to deliver the paper. For customers in our ...

Extra care, caution always best when going out on ice

Here in the Upper Peninsula, our Great Lakes shorelines and inland waterways are a point of pride for many outdoorsmen and women. It seems nearly every year that once the waters freeze over to a respectable thickness, ice shanties begin popping up quickly, creating what looks like tiny little ...

Rush to shut down Line 5 deal could harm UP, state

Campaign promises don’t always translate into sound policy, as we’ve learned from President Donald Trump. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised on the campaign trail she’d shut down Enbridge Line 5 on her first day in office. And on Day One, she instructed Attorney General Dana Nessel to begin ...

Help for residents in need of electrical, heat assistance

Although the economy seems to be moving along well on a national and even state level, a great many people in the Upper Peninsula find themselves in diminished or challenged circumstances, many severe enough that they may not be able to keep the lights on or heat going this winter. There are ...

The season to take precautions against norovirus

Feeling nauseous — and guilty — coming out of the holiday season? The rich foods and sweets might not be to blame. A particularly nasty virus that tends to peak in winter again has surfaced in the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. The MDHHS has ...

Thanks for supporting Shop With a Cop

Bouquet From Sheriff Dan Miller, Florence County Sheriff Department: I would like to say thank you to the 75 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop With a Cop. This year your donations led to another very successful year serving over 34 children in our area. We appreciate this ...

Beacon House worthy of support through 906 Pledge

For years, Beacon House has been the community’s “home away from home” when loved ones of hospital patients need a nearby place to stay. That need still exists. However, with the building of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital along Baraga Avenue comes the necessity to ...

Treasury: Resolve to be ready for tax scams in 2019

The new year has arrived, which means tax filing season is right around the corner. It also means cybercriminals likely will be lurking, looking to make off with those well-deserved tax refunds. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers guard themselves ...

For the new year, consider giving blood

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

Know your rights when returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Want to try and get something better? The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you that savvy returner. Did you know that there are federal and state laws that dictate how and when you can return an item? Knowing ...

Thank postal staff by expanding US Postal Service

The United States Postal Service delivers for Americans all year round. But the vital role that the Postal Service plays in all of our lives is especially notable during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, postal workers will deliver roughly 15 billion pieces of ...

Governor to recognize volunteer work

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, Michigan’s governor wants to hear from you. The Michigan Community Service Commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses ...

NMU goes extra mile in awarding winter degree

Steven Donley didn’t plan to attend Northern Michigan University’s Dec. 15 commencement to receive his master’s degree in business administration, only so that two graduating seniors he supervises at the Best Buy in Marquette Township could enjoy the morning off to participate in the ...

Recommendations for healthy New Year’s resolutions

Now that Christmas is past, thoughts turn to the coming arrival of 2019 less than a week away. It’s the time when many make resolutions to change their behavior in the new year. With that in mind, the American Medical Association has offered 10 recommendations to help Americans make ...

Make the season about presence, not presents

I’m not the first person to suggest the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single-parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, I’ve ...

Jake Menghini Museum grateful for support

Bouquet From Judy Carlsen, Jake Menghini Museum, Norway: The Partners of the Jake Menghini Memorial Museum in Norway wish to thank the community for their support during their recent Taste of Chocolate fundraiser. In particular, we extend heartfelt appreciation to Norway’s senior citizens ...