Editorials

Grading schools shouldn’t be this hard

We were pleased to see the Legislature finally step up and pass a common-sense school accountability bill last month. And while some resistance was expected to the new A-F school grading model, it is disappointing such lame excuses are coming from the Michigan Department of Education. As soon ...

Engler rightly out at MSU for series of insensitive missteps

What was John Engler thinking? The former Michigan governor and interim president of Michigan State University was forced to resign from his post at MSU last week amid criticism of comments he made to members of the media about survivors of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Engler was ...

Raising awareness about a cancer that has a vaccine

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is urging testing and vaccination to help prevent this disease that will affect an estimated 370 women in Michigan this year. The Pap test is a simple and affordable screening test to detect ...

New fund doing good work in Kivela’s honor

In a recent focus group of people aged 18 to 24 in Marquette County, over half of the 77 individuals reported they would likely not seek help for mental illnesses, said Great Lakes Recovery Center Foundation Coordinator Amy Poirier. The largest barrier, according to 34 survey respondents, was ...

Be prepared when venturing out in extreme cold

Sounds like the winter of 2019 is about to get real — as in real cold. Temperatures, relatively benign for the region so far, took a plunge this week and are only supposed to get more arctic through the weekend. And while the more long-range forecast has the possibility of the Upper ...

State contracts should put taxpayers first

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer hit the ground running, issuing a flurry of executive directives in her first week as governor. Many of these rules are about setting the tone for her administration, and rightly focus on ethics and transparency. But others may not serve the best interests of ...

Government operates better with transparency

As legislators and other state leaders settle into their offices and new roles down in Lansing, we hope one priority that emerges in the collective thought around the Capitol is transparency. During this legislative session, lawmakers need to take a good hard look at where the state stands ...

Keep safety in mind when heading out on the snowmobile

Part of the compensation for enduring the long winters up north is getting to play in the snow, be it skiing, snowshoeing or, of course, taking snowmobiles out on the vast network of trails in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. But this snowmobiling season is off to an ominous start ...

Watch out for frostbite during winter months

Frostbite is a serious tissue-destroying disorder. It is something that is not often anticipated in relatively mild winter temperatures. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association encourages everyone to stay alert and take precautions to avoid the unnecessary distress of frostbite. Frostbite ...

Thanks, subscribers, for clearing the way to deliver the paper

Bouquet From Jennifer Flynn, circulation manager, The Daily News: Now that we have some snow and ice on the ground, I would like to thank all of our Daily News customers for keeping a path clear of snow and ice for the paper carriers and drivers to deliver the paper. For customers in our ...

Extra care, caution always best when going out on ice

Here in the Upper Peninsula, our Great Lakes shorelines and inland waterways are a point of pride for many outdoorsmen and women. It seems nearly every year that once the waters freeze over to a respectable thickness, ice shanties begin popping up quickly, creating what looks like tiny little ...

Rush to shut down Line 5 deal could harm UP, state

Campaign promises don’t always translate into sound policy, as we’ve learned from President Donald Trump. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer promised on the campaign trail she’d shut down Enbridge Line 5 on her first day in office. And on Day One, she instructed Attorney General Dana Nessel to begin ...

Help for residents in need of electrical, heat assistance

Although the economy seems to be moving along well on a national and even state level, a great many people in the Upper Peninsula find themselves in diminished or challenged circumstances, many severe enough that they may not be able to keep the lights on or heat going this winter. There are ...

The season to take precautions against norovirus

Feeling nauseous — and guilty — coming out of the holiday season? The rich foods and sweets might not be to blame. A particularly nasty virus that tends to peak in winter again has surfaced in the state, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports. The MDHHS has ...

Thanks for supporting Shop With a Cop

Bouquet From Sheriff Dan Miller, Florence County Sheriff Department: I would like to say thank you to the 75 businesses and individuals that contributed to Shop With a Cop. This year your donations led to another very successful year serving over 34 children in our area. We appreciate this ...

Beacon House worthy of support through 906 Pledge

For years, Beacon House has been the community’s “home away from home” when loved ones of hospital patients need a nearby place to stay. That need still exists. However, with the building of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital along Baraga Avenue comes the necessity to ...

Treasury: Resolve to be ready for tax scams in 2019

The new year has arrived, which means tax filing season is right around the corner. It also means cybercriminals likely will be lurking, looking to make off with those well-deserved tax refunds. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking taxpayers guard themselves ...

For the new year, consider giving blood

Winter is a period — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footing or other factors — when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home when possible. So perhaps it’s no surprise hospitals and blood banks struggle during this season to get enough donors ...

Know your rights when returning gifts

Did Santa bring you the ugliest gift this year? Want to try and get something better? The Better Business Bureau has tips you should know that will make you that savvy returner. Did you know that there are federal and state laws that dictate how and when you can return an item? Knowing ...

Thank postal staff by expanding US Postal Service

The United States Postal Service delivers for Americans all year round. But the vital role that the Postal Service plays in all of our lives is especially notable during the holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, postal workers will deliver roughly 15 billion pieces of ...