Editorials

Strong response to medical emergency made a difference

Bouquet From Mary Larson, Sheboygan, Wis.: Monday, while at our second residence in Norway, my husband experienced a medical emergency with symptoms resembling a stroke. I wish to express my sincere gratitude and give accolades to all who responded so capably and found the cause of the ...

Pilot project on climate a good start to addressing issue

Windy days come and go, but the one that hit the Marquette region Oct. 24 was a doozy. The windstorm damaged park areas, took down trees and power lines and caused power outages. Most tragically, two people from Iron River presumably drowned after being swept into Lake Superior off Presque ...

Only trains should be on railroad tracks

Most people live near a railroad crossing or tracks. It’s a reminder that before we had cars and airplanes, our most impressive mode of transportation, outside of horses, was by rail. Yet sometimes we remain challenged in dealing with trains in our lives. People persist in walking on ...

A good day to quit smoking

Thursday is the Great American Smokeout, when those who smoke are encouraged either to quit or at least make plans toward breaking the habit. And the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is ready to help. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature ...

Remembering Daily News staff writer Linda Lobeck

The Daily News today said a last goodbye to Linda Lobeck. Lobeck, 57, had the second-longest tenure in the newsroom at 33 years, behind only sports writer and former sports editor Burt Angeli. Some of her longtime colleagues were asked to reflect on what they will remember most about Linda ...

Rape kit tracking program a good use of state money

We haven’t hesitated to use this space in the past to criticize Gov. Rick Snyder when the state’s chief executive’s job performance warranted it. It only seems right, then, to provide a pat on the back when we believe Snyder has gone or is going in a direction that appears to be ...

The origins and meaning behind Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day, when the country pauses to remember and give thanks for the service and sacrifice of those who helped guard and defend the United States. A reminder of the origins and meaning behind the day, reprinted from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: In 1921, an unknown ...

Tips to make for a safer firearm deer hunt season

It’s almost here — the unofficial holiday in the Upper Peninsula that is the opening of gun deer season Wednesday. And why not get excited? It’s a ritual that unites family and friends, with traditions — such as card games and consuming odd food items — that get passed down through ...

Hunters can help feed the hungry by donating venison

Michigan’s hunters know firsthand the pride and satisfaction of being able to bring home a nutritious meal of wild game to the family supper table. They also know how hard it can be sometimes to provide that food. Imagine trying to feed your family without the available means. That ...

Michigan son returning from war after 75 years

A Michigan son is coming home, three-quarters of a century after he fell in battle on one of the Pacific Theater of War’s most forbidding battlefield. U.S. Army Technician Fourth Grade Pete M. Counter, 24, of Detroit, will be buried Saturday in Onaway, 75 years after he was killed in bitter ...

Time to check the batteries on those smoke alarms

Chance are that, at least by Sunday morning, you remembered to set your clocks back an hour and give yourself an extra hour of sleep. Michigan’s fire marshal also advises that you use the time change as a reminder to also change the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in ...

Learn what’s on the ballot and vote Tuesday

Tuesday’s elections aren’t on the same scale as a year ago, when Donald Trump became president. Yes, hard to believe a year has gone by since that tumultuous nationwide vote. This year’s version is much more low-key, with no state or national races on the ballot, except the special ...

Enjoyed the band’s halftime show at Kingsford game

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, Iron Mountain: I would like to thank the Kingsford High School Band, Ben Sherk and all those who helped in some way make the last regular football game’s halftime show such an awesome event. Each year I look forward to their “light show and fireworks.” I have ...

Enbridge’s failure to fully disclose damaged reputation

It came as bad news late last week that an enamel coating on a section of the controversial twin petroleum pipelines that sit on the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac has sustained some degree of damage. It came as shocking news that the company that owns and operates the lines — Enbridge ...

Getting the home, vehicles ready for winter

The recent dustings of snow — and the wet stuff that fell overnight — point up that it’s time to think about getting the home and vehicle in shape to handle winter conditions, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division advises. “Part of Michigan has ...

November signals shift to winter in UP

November has arrived. Early Sunday, we will “fall back,” turning the clocks back an hour in our somewhat futile attempt to mitigate the effects of our northern hemisphere tilting away from the sun. Good news: That will reset sunrise in Iron Mountain at just after 6:30 a.m. It also ...

Safety should always be first in dealing with lake

Marquette is recovering from the shock of what is likely the tragic drowning of two people on the shores of our city this week. Multiple witnesses reportedly watched the two individuals, residents of Iron River, get swallowed up by massive waves at Black Rocks during Tuesday’s historic ...

Tips to ensure a safer Halloween

Children throughout the region Tuesday will make the annual trick-or-treat rounds to homes for Halloween. A few precautions can better ensure a fun and safe outing for the evening, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer advised. Making such choices as flame-resistant costumes, carrying ...

St. Vincent DePaul thanks Long Riders for donating toys

Bouquet The Florence County St. Vincent DePaul Conference wishes to thank the Long Riders Motorcycle Club for their very generous donation of toys to the Florence County Giving Tree Christmas Program. It was a very cold and rainy Saturday in October when the Long Riders gave of their time ...

Legislative move on custody issue best approach

Sometimes it takes action by elected officials to insure that public employees — including judges, clerks and others — are able to do their jobs properly. That’s the case, apparently, with new legislation introduced last week in the Michigan House of Representatives that would make it ...