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Editorials

In the midst of grief, disrespect

Barb From George Wiedenhoeft, Iron Mountain, and the family of Travis Wiedenhoeft: To the woman stopped at the corner of Carpenter Avenue and H Street on Monday while our four-vehicle funeral procession was turning towards the cemetery, I have a few things I would like to know. Was the ...

Officers to increase snowmobile patrols for long weekend

For many, this will be a three-day weekend with Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Monday. Some will spend much of that time on a snowmobile, cruising the many recreational trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Anticipating that influx, the state’s Department of Natural Resources conservation ...

Climate change predicted to affect lamprey control

We’ve noticed Great Lakes basin residents often observe that the negative impacts from climate change happen to people who live elsewhere, out west, for example, the Gulf coast states or, more recently and dramatically, Australia. Yes, we endure the occasional odd snowstorm, lake gale or ...

State offers tips for a healthier pregnancy, avoiding birth defects

Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States. That’s why the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is joining with leading prenatal health experts from the National Birth Defects Prevention Network, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ...

Allowing cellphone use in Michigan courts a positive step

The Michigan Supreme Court should be applauded for its decision that cellphones and other electronic devices must be explicitly allowed in courthouses and courtrooms starting May 1, on the basis of equal access. As it currently stands, courthouses across Michigan have different standards and ...

Residents advised to beware of Social Security scammers

Those who receive Social Security are warned to be wary of scammers, area officials advised. “Scammers go to great lengths to trick you out of your personal information. We want to help you protect your information by helping you recognize a Social Security imposter,” said Edward Cariuty, ...

Patient praises DCHS for care, professionalism

Bouquet From Larry S. Unrein, Iron Mountain: I have been hearing a lot of gossip — key word being gossip — about the care given at our local Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. Comments like, “Take your service elsewhere, because they don’t know what they are doing or they don’t ...

Ongoing debate over Marquette nickname must remain civil

You wouldn’t think a potential name change would cause a lot of consternation, but that seems to be the case with the Redmen/Redettes controversy brewing in the Marquette Area Public Schools district, specifically Marquette Senior High School. At the Dec. 16 MAPS Board of Education meeting, ...

Additional care, caution needed when on ice

With the winter solstice officially behind us, the days have now started to slowly get longer (even though it doesn’t feel like it, at all). But as most Yoopers already know, the grip of winter will still be around for months to come. With that under consideration, we must remember to use ...

DNR: People need to ‘Ride Right’ when using snowmobiles

As snowmobilers look to enjoy one of the state’s most popular winter activities, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone to ride at a safe speed, on the right side of the trail and stay sober. It’s all part of the DNR’s “Ride Right” snowmobile safety campaign, ...

Scam involving tax debt resolution vexing residents

State and federal officials are reporting a dangerous scam that arrives in potential victims’ homes in official-looking envelopes asking recipients to dial a toll-free number as a first step in resolving a state tax debt. The letter aggressively threatens to seize a taxpayer’s assets — ...

Schools, other bodies vulnerable to cyberattack

Educators, including decision makers on university campuses, are in all likelihood closely watching events that unfolded in a small school district downstate last week. That’s because the district — the Richmond Community Schools in Macomb County — was hit with a sophisticated ...

Shop with a Cop again a success, thanks to donors

Bouquet: I would like to say thank you to the 67 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop with a Cop. Your donations led to another very successful year serving over 36 children in our area. We appreciate this overwhelming support in light of the difficult economic times. This ...

Federal, state laws can help navigate returning gifts

The Better Business Bureau has tips for returning those gifts that fell short of expectations this holiday season. Federal and state laws can dictate how and when items can be returned. Knowing those laws will help in navigating an in-store or online return and whether it proves to be a ...

In 2020, it will be crucial to remain informed, civil

So 2020 arrives. A year with a number that seems to signal its significance — the start of a new decade, with a pivotal national election only 10 months away. Will 2020 bring clarity for the future, as in 20/20 vision? Or do the double numbers of 2020 reflect the deep divisions in our ...

Test for unseen gas during Radon Awareness Month

January is National Radon Awareness Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that naturally occurs in soil or rock. Radon gas, if present where a home was built, may be able to seep into the home and cause long-term health issues. It will quickly be diluted to safe levels when it reaches the ...

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

North Dickinson students thanked for cards for vets

Bouquet From Lynne Wilson, American Red Cross volunteer coordinator: I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the fourth- and fifth-grade students in Vicki Johnson’s and Michael Lindholm’s classes at North Dickinson County School for the beautiful, handmade Christmas cards for the ...

Michigan’s move to allow online gaming poses risk

Michigan lawmakers this month passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences. The legislation, which also lifts ...

Don’t depend on tax refunds to pay for holiday purchases

As the 2020 state income tax filing season approaches, the Michigan Department of Treasury cautions taxpayers about depending on receiving their refund by a certain date to pay for large holiday purchases because some tax returns may require additional review and take longer to ...