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Editorials

A week to focus on safely transporting children in vehicles

This week aims to emphasize making sure the youngest and smallest of travelers are properly secured in vehicles. The Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning reminds parents and caregivers about keeping children safe as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week, which extends through ...

Thanks to Girl Scouts for ‘Cancer Care Backpacks’

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, Kingsford: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank Girl Scout Troop No. 5190 for thinking of our cancer clients. These Girl Scouts gave of their time and money to assemble ...

Whitmer going after vaping industry in state

With the number of serious health cases approaching 500 nationwide related to vaping, we believe Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on the right track in banning flavored electronic cigarettes, accusing companies of using candy flavors and deceptive advertising to “hook children on ...

VA Medical Center recognizes Suicide Prevention Month

In Suicide Prevention Month, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is bringing awareness to the #BeThere campaign by encouraging community leaders, colleagues and veterans’ families and friends to help prevent suicide by showing support for those who may be going through a difficult ...

Remembering 9/11 on the 18th anniversary

Very few students graduating from high school this year were alive when nearly 3,000 people were killed during terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. Even many college graduates have few, if any, memories of the day. Many of those who will vote next year do not recall the ...

Eagle Mine life extension good news for area

It’s been said that unexpected good news is always the best kind. After what surfaced late last week about the Eagle Mine, we’d tend to agree. Eagle officials announced that the life of the mine, which is an underground, high-grade nickel and copper mine located in Michigamme Township in ...

MSP’s IM Post looking for ‘angels’

Are you willing to serve as an angel in the community for those looking to break away from the demons of addiction? The Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post seeks volunteers to assist with the Angel Program, which allows individuals struggling with addiction to walk into any post and ask ...

Predators thank area businesses for snack support

Bouquet From Denise Lind-Bruemmer, Niagara, Wis., Northern Elite parent council member: The Northern Elite Predators Football Team recently ran its second-annual Snack Drive. The team consists of a co-op of three schools, Niagara, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine and Goodman-Armstrong Creek. They meet ...

Move to fire top state Civil Rights official merited

We support the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Commission’s move last week when the panel sent the agency’s director packing. The commission voted 5-2 Tuesday night to fire Agustin Arbulu, following a controversy regarding remarks he had made that many found sexist and ...

UAW’s Jones should stand aside

Labor Day weekend arrives with the United Auto Workers facing one of the darkest periods in its history, engulfed in an ever-growing scandal that now touches the very top ranks of the union’s leadership. Federal agents investigating corruption within the U.S. auto industry carried out raids ...

Make plans this month to be ready for emergencies

Michigan residents should prepare for emergencies and disasters by making an emergency plan with their loved ones, building an emergency preparedness kit and learning life-saving skills such as first aid and CPR during Michigan’s Preparedness Month, according to the Michigan State Police, ...

Michigan’s roads need to be addressed by state Legislature

Right now, our roads are crumbling as our state lawmakers do what politicians do best: continue to debate with no resolution in sight. But the problem is, there’s a deadline in sight, and it’s coming up pretty quickly. The Great Lakes State needs $2.5 billion to fix the roads, and at ...

Golf benefit for Warrior Relief Fund a success

Bouquet From Richard Wood, Gwinn: The directors of the 906 Warrior Relief Fund would like to thank the American Legion Post 349 in Little Lake, all of the golfers, businesses, individuals and volunteers that participated, sponsored holes and/or donated to the annual golf outing at The Red ...

Running a red light can be a risky decision

Think you can beat that red light? It’s a gamble you might not survive — or, if you do, someone else might not. More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by impatient and reckless drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation ...

Time to support — and enjoy — the county fair

While the Labor Day holiday might signal autumn is drawing near, a final full taste of summer can be enjoyed this weekend by taking in the Dickinson County Fair in Norway. This is not just the last of the region’s county fairs but offers the full experience, with livestock and live music, ...

Benson should speed up wait times at branch offices

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson campaigned on a promise that the wait in line at Secretary of State branch offices would be no longer than 30 minutes, and she had a slate of good ideas to make it happen. Now, in her eighth month in office, wait times are consistently worse than ...

Use caution on the roads for Labor Day travel

The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the most traveled weekends during the summer — third behind Independence Day and Memorial Day. This year, as gas prices continue to drop, millions of motorists will hit the roads for the holiday weekend. As drivers set out on that last road trip of ...

Keep bus safety in mind as classes start in the region

Today and Tuesday will mark the start of classes for many public schools in the Upper Peninsula. With that in mind, it seems timely to pass along advice from the Michigan State Police on making sure your children know about bus safety, while reminding motorists they need to share the road ...

Don’t travel without an emergency kit

With Michigan residents and visitors traveling this summer and upcoming Labor Day holiday, the MSP Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is encouraging motorists to place an emergency preparedness kit in their vehicles. “Emergency planning is too often overlooked ...

State urges children get vaccinated before going back to school

Backpack, check. Notebooks, check. Pencils and pens, check. What about vaccinations before going back into that virus-swapping arena called school? As the start of classes approaches, Michigan health officials have urged families to make sure children are up-to-date on all ...