Editorials

Great care at the VA medical center

Bouquet Dane Paquette, Kingsford, U.S. Air Force veteran: I would like to thank everyone at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain and the Milwaukee center for the great and professional care that they gave me and other veterans when I was there after getting a new shoulder. ...

Looking to prevent poisonings at home

The places where we live and make our homes, where we relax and put worry aside — all should be free of fears that what we breathe or drink or otherwise come in contact with could harm us. Yet that isn’t always the case, even in this modern age. Last year, the Michigan Regional Poison ...

Know the signs of brain injury

It wasn’t so long ago that “getting your bell rung” or “seeing stars” from a blow or other impact to the head — whether as part of contact sports, at a worksite or at home — was shrugged off. Give it some time, shake it off, go on as before. Now, traumatic brain injury and ...

MSP coordinates effort to prepare for severe weather

Michigan State Police are out this week with an advisement on preparing for severe weather — and this one isn’t about ice or snow. An MSP press release notes the week of March 24-30 has been designated by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The agency’s Emergency ...

End should not overshadow IM’s amazing season

The potholes on the road to a Michigan high school basketball championship are many. The dream can end at any time once tournament play begins. Unlike the regular season, it’s win or go home. Almost all will go home disappointed. State champion means only one team in Michigan will wind up ...

Proposed funding cuts for Great Lakes should not stand

Since 2010, more than $2.4 billion of federal money has been allocated to support cleanup efforts and other projects in the Great Lakes region. Some people may question whether that investment was worth the return. We’ll respond by saying: without a doubt. The Great Lakes Restoration ...

Salvation Army groups say thanks for Red Kettle success

Bouquet From Tara Blagec, director, The Salvation Army Bread of Life Assistance Center: This year, the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign raised $74,466.74 for a variety of service programs that assist community members in need.   The community as a whole came together for the greater ...

Good luck to the Mountaineers in their state title run

It’s likely much of Iron Mountain will come to a screeching halt about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, in a way the area perhaps hasn’t seen since the Green Bay Packers won their last Super Bowl in 2011. The Mountaineers boys basketball team will tip off at that time against another 27-0 team, ...

Empire Mine reopening isn’t happening just yet

Pump the brakes, you unemployed miners — at least for now. Last week’s headline that Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. isn’t ready to reopen the Empire Mine probably wasn’t the news folks wanted to hear, but there is some hope on the horizon. Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves made the announcement ...

Be careful when handling, raising backyard chickens

A sure sign of spring is the arrival of peeping, cheeping chicks and ducklings in local feed and agriculture supply stores. Raising chickens at home is becoming increasingly popular, with more municipalities allowing the practice. But these birds can, surprisingly, be a threat if not handled ...

Measles: A public health threat that’s entirely preventable

In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced measles was eliminated in the U.S. This meant that there had been no continuous transmission of the disease in more than 12 months within any region of our country. This was a remarkable achievement, given that in the years ...

Sunshine Week shows importance of First Amendment

The area chapter of the League of Women Voters is emphasizing freedom of the press by supporting Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive secrecy. “March 10-16, 2019, is Sunshine Week, and the Marquette County League of Women ...

Thanks to former Shopko pharmacy staff, pharmacists

Bouquet: To the former Shopko pharmacists and staff — thank you, Greg Rigoni, Carrie Daffron and the tech staff for the many years of excellent service and care. You have given this community a resource for professional services, advice and information. Prescriptions were handled with ...

Theatre grateful for CU, community generosity

Bouquet: On behalf of the Crystal Theatre board of directors, I would like to thank the CoVantage Credit Union of Crystal Falls for choosing the theatre as the 2018 recipient of the CoVantage Cares Foundation’s 2018 Giving 2sday campaign. The theatre was given the opportunity to raise ...

Michigan details leading consumer complaints for 2018

Credit and financial concerns again lead the annual Top 10 list of consumer complaints in Michigan, released during Consumer Protection Week. The 2018 list, based on nearly 9,000 complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team during the year, is aimed at helping the ...

Drivers: Move over and slow down, please

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Isle Royale has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought already had happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale ...

Campaign aims to protect veterans from scams, fraud

The National Consumer Protection Week that runs through March 9 will focus on veterans, as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the AARP Fraud Watch Network continue to promote “Operation Protect Veterans,” a joint national campaign to draw attention to vet-related scams and fraud ...

Thanks to support, fundraiser for animal shelter a success

Bouquet From Nancy Schaub, chairwoman, Almost Home Shelter Fundraising Committee: ValenTails, the Almost Home Animal Shelter fundraiser at Oak Crest Golf Course, was a success. We would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Nelson Paint Company, First Bank and Starship Enterprises; our ...

Plans for first UP shooting range good for region

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...