Editorials

Grateful for care at VA hospitals

Bouquet From Dane Paquette, retired U.S. Air Force, Iron Mountain: To all the staff, nurses, orderlies, food service, doctors and everyone else at the Iron Mountain VA Hospital, I would like to thank you for all the service I received when I was there for five weeks, recovering from my knee ...

Thinking of safety, sacrifice on Workers Memorial Day

Today is Workers Memorial Day, aimed at honoring the sacrifices some have made in trying to do their job and make a living. According to the AFL-CIO, on this day, “working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job and renew our struggle for safe ...

Threats win over free speech in Coulter cancellation

If you favor free speech, the fact that conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter was dissuaded from speaking at the University of California-Berkeley today should be anything but cause for celebration, no matter what your views. Coulter was contracted to appear at UC Berkeley today by ...

Federal study on steel imports good first step

We’re going to look forward to the results of a federal study into whether imported steel is placing U.S. national security in jeopardy. A lot of people, businesses and units of government no doubt will, too. The review will be conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department under the direction ...

Arbor Day — An annual salute to trees

Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday of April. The tradition of planting trees on this day began in Nebraska in 1872. Soon, other states passed legislation to set up Arbor Day in their states, and the tradition began in schools in 1882. There are an estimated 3 trillion trees on Earth. ...

Bergman town hall less than ideal in format

It took him awhile — long enough that even some Republicans started wondering — but U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman finally got around to holding what was billed as town hall meetings last week. The Upper Peninsula session, at Escanaba’s Bay College, was one of two the freshman congressman and ...

Drug Take-Back Day on April 29

Next week, on Saturday, April 29, communities will team up with law enforcement to host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of ...

Appreciated the help when stuck in mud

Last Saturday, I had my granddaughter for the weekend. She loves to see beautiful unique scenery, so I took her to see the Sturgeon River hydraulic dam. As I was turning around to head home, I got stuck in the mud, and in deep, too. Some men came to help me out with a truck and ...

Controversy over Trump’s taxes hurts chances for reform

Will President Trump ever release his tax returns? Quizzed on that issue earlier this week, Trump press secretary Sean Spicer responded, “We’ll have to get back to you on that.” According to the president, an ongoing Internal Revenue Service audit prevents him from releasing his ...

Time of year to be aware of fire danger outdoors

The green of spring is coming — but not quickly enough just yet to prevent a thunderstorm, a carelessly flicked cigarette or sparks from a metal chain dragging behind a truck from potentially setting the fields or woodlands aflame. At this time of year, perhaps more than any other, the ...

Know the drill when tornadoes threaten to strike

In a week that started out with snow flurries, it’s a little difficult to think about tornado season being close at hand. Yet on Wednesday, Michigan will have a statewide tornado drill as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week that extends through Saturday. The drill is set for noon ...

Using private email for public matters not recommended

There seems to be a trend happening in our government where publicly elected officials are, perhaps, getting a little too comfortable with using their personal email accounts for official business. In our view, there is a serious problem with this. For one, it can most certainly be construed ...

Thanks to all who made book sale a success

Bouquet From Beth Clark, American Association of University Women: The AAUW wish to thank Principal Brad Grayvold and Principal Joe Tinti of Norway Schools for letting us sort and store our books at Norway schools for our annual Book Sale. A special thanks to the young men who loaded the ...

Think about signing up as an organ donor

Good Friday might be a good time to consider a way to perhaps sacrifice so others might be saved. Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson this week recognized April as Donate Life Month by visiting St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, the winner of the Transplant Center ...

Accept Spicer’s sincere apology

Credibility does matter. That’s the encouraging conclusion to draw from the brouhaha over White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s troubling Adolf Hitler gaffe. Spicer has apologized repeatedly after inexplicably telling reporters during a press briefing that Hitler “didn’t even ...

Transportation group wants more state spending

How much money is needed to keep Michigan’s bridges and roads from falling into decay in the next five years? A lot more than the state has been spending in recent times, according to a leading transportation advocacy and research group based in the nation’s capital. TRIP, which reviews, ...

A week to notice those who answer the 911 calls

When calling 911, people rarely put much thought into who is at the other end of the phone. That’s not surprising, considering the circumstances — the focus rightly is on the emergency at hand. Still, it’s good to know you don’t have to worry about the reassuring voice handling that ...

Leave wildlife babies where they belong

The annual arrival of the next generation of wildlife is only weeks away. Birds soon will start nesting; some, like owls, already have chicks. Mammals big and small will give birth. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not ...

Ortman worthy of Courageous Athlete Award

Bouquet From C.T. Hallgren, Norway: Bouquets and congratulations to Norway’s Connor Ortman as you receive the Gil Heard Courageous Athlete Award. You are an outstanding athlete as well as a great example to others who might be dealing with a physical impairment. We are proud to call you ...

Public Health Week points up services for all

For Public Health Week, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is reminding residents in the region of the services it and other agencies can provide. “There is a common belief that public health’s role is to provide health care for low-income people. But the truth is that public ...