Editorials

Take care when snowmobiling this winter

The snowmobile season appears to have started a little earlier in the Upper Peninsula than in the past couple years, with ample snow to get out on the trails. And while snowmobiling can be a fun recreation activity with friends or family, some care is needed to ensure it doesn’t turn ...

Several recent examples where area youth shined

Bouquet From Orice Walters, Iron Mountain: Christmas Bouquets and thank you to the youth of all ages in our communities who do so many good things. Namely, the Kingsford High School hockey team that spent at least two hours on Friday afternoon to assist people with their bags and boxes of ...

How to avoid overindulging during the holidays

Monday will mark only a week until Christmas. It will be a prime period for holiday parties, all leading up to a long weekend of celebrating, as Christmas falls on a Monday this year. It also likely will be a week of dealing with all the extra food and sweets that will be available for the ...

Pipeline plan shows some potential shortcomings

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline’s Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

For the holidays, get that flu shot

As families make plans to come together this holiday season, it might be a good idea to get that flu shot. Word comes from Marquette that UPHS-Marquette and Bell hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place due to a recent spike in the rate of respiratory illness and the flu. Those who ...

Too much at stake for delays in Asian carp study

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers is urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to stop delaying an important study on upgrading a key waterway choke point is a way of keeping Asian carp out of the Great Lakes. Some 26 members of the U.S. House of Representatives — including U.S. Rep. ...

A safe and festive holiday

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without the beauty of the lights, the decorated tree ... and, of course, more lights. Especially in the Upper Peninsula, when the darkness conveniently comes earlier in December to let those lights shine longer and that perfect fresh Christmas tree ...

United Way says thank you for another great year

Bouquet From John Estes, Niagara, Wis., and the board of directors, United Way of Dickinson County: Because of the exceptional generosity of our community, our local United Way has been serving the Dickinson County area for more than 40 years. Starting out as an organization known as The ...

Keep postal carriers, pets apart this holiday season

It’s the time of the year when a certain someone is busiest, making deliveries to homes. Your postal carrier. The Postal Service estimates it will deliver more than 15 billion cards, letters, and packages this holiday season, including more than 850 million packages. And while you might ...

Wolves should be be reintroduced to Isle Royale park

Wildlife experts have been warning for years about the imminent collapse of the wolf population on Isle Royale National Park. Well, it appears that unfortunate process is one animal short of complete as recent research on the island has found evidence that only a single wolf remains. “I ...

Governor’s awards 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 5 p.m. Jan. 31 for the 2018 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and ...

Bellin move to acquire DCHS makes sense

The move by Bellin Health to acquire Iron Mountain-based Dickinson County Healthcare Systems would seem to make sense, at least initially. The announcement Monday morning came as no surprise. Rumors had been circulating for weeks. The Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin already has a clinic in ...

State legislation puts teeth into animal abuse punishment

It isn’t often, it seems, that Democrats and Republicans in Lansing can find common ground. Partisan politics typically rules in the state capital; both parties are guilty of stoking those fires. That, thankfully, didn’t happen with a bill that would stiffen the penalties for harming ...

Cancer Unit Loan Closet says thanks to Bras for a Cause

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all those who made the recent “Bras for a Cause” such a success. We cannot thank the Iron ...

Considering the skills of aging drivers

Many of us have parents, grandparents, perhaps other family members or friends who are reaching an age when driving can be a challenge. We might even ourselves be experiencing some early signs, such as difficulty seeing at night. Yet how can you know when it might be time to step back from ...

Beware the scam of the tax collection call

Yet another phone scam has surfaced in Michigan that seeks to intimidate residents by posing as a Michigan Department of Treasury official, insisting a tax debt exists that must be paid immediately. These scammers have grown more technologically sophisticated, managing to alter their ...

Michigan-Enbridge pact a small step in the right direction

An agreement announced Monday between the state of Michigan and Enbridge, the Canadian company that operates petroleum pipelines in various places — including northern Dickinson County and, most famously, beneath the Straits of Mackinac — is progress, albeit modest progress that few outside ...

Consider taking part in Giving Tuesday today

We’ve had Black Friday and Cyber Monday, aimed at stimulating holiday shopping. Now comes a different day making a pitch to part you from your money. But this gift is not for family, or even yourself. In fact, you might never know exactly who benefited from your participation in #Giving ...

Rollbacks on net neutrality promise disaster

They once called it the world wide web, but a move this week by federal regulators could slow — in some cases stop — our virtual travels. Imagine a scenario where a utility company is allowed to reduce the flow of electricity to a home because of the brand of appliances its owner ...

Medical bills drive Michigan’s auto insurance premiums

The problem with Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system is not unlimited personal injury protection. The problem is unlimited medical bills. Although legislative efforts to rein in escalating premiums appears dead for now, as sure as there will be a fender-bender on Pine Grove Avenue ...