Editorials

Become an educated voter for the August primaries

Two weeks from today, on Aug. 7, Michigan will have primary elections. A week later, Wisconsin will do the same. Some voters have a tendency to not pay attention to midterm elections, much less the primaries. So here’s why you should learn what you can in the next two weeks about who and ...

Motorists reminded to ‘move over’ for emergency vehicles

The sight of lights flashing atop an emergency vehicle ahead should prompt all motorists to move to another lane or slow down as they carefully pass by. Unfortunately, drivers in Michigan seem to need regular reminders about that obligation. A public service announcement released this ...

Honor Flight says thanks to area for support

Bouquet From Scott Lewellyn, area representative, U.P. Honor Flight: The U.P. Honor Flight organization would like to sincerely thank everyone in the Dickinson County area who purchased flags and made generous donations to help us honor our veterans in funding future missions to ...

Mission to bring fallen home is never-ending

One of the tragic consequences of war is death, and after it happens, families and loved ones have to bear the pain. It never goes away completely, but having some sort of closure in the form of a ceremonial burial might ease some of that pain. That happened recently when, 76 years after ...

Partnership aims to help with electrical costs

While nobody is claiming it’s going to solve all of the problems, a unique partnership between a local utility company and a non-profit associated with the environment should amount to positive steps in helping low-income customers cope with electrical costs. The initiative involves the ...

Calls prompt area warning about tax scams

Apparently, tax scammers aren’t inclined to take the summer off. A reader Tuesday reported an ominous message left on his voice mail, implying legal action and other dire consequences from supposedly unpaid back taxes. Worse, his grandparents had gotten the same call. These calls claim to ...

Facebook’s TV ad disingenuous

You’ve probably seen the sentimentally sweet TV commercial for Facebook. A narrator describes the enjoyable moments all Facebook users initially experience: Reconnecting with old friends, connecting further with current friends, making new friends. The joy of seeing an old photograph of one ...

Hot summer can put senior citizens at risk

This summer is proving to be a hot one in Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin. Even places along the Great Lakes that normally stay relatively cool are seeing temperatures reach into the 80s and 90s. Summers like these can be especially rough on the elderly in the community, according to ...

No excuses for recent animal cruelty cases

It’s safe to say that, like politics, most people have a definite and strong opinion about cats, with little neutral territory. While cats may outnumber dogs as pets, some still don’t find felines to their taste. So be it. Nothing wrong with being a dog person, or whichever pet you might ...

Dry conditions, hot temperatures raise fire danger

Enjoying this year's relatively dry, warm summer in the Upper Peninsula? It has made for great conditions for festivals and other events, along with recreation, camping and, if you insist, working on outdoor projects. Unfortunately, it’s perfect weather for wildfires as well. Even if the ...

DIDHD: Beware of diseases that stem from bites

Biting ticks, mosquitoes and insects usually are an annoyance, seemingly bent on keeping us from fully enjoying being outdoors. But these days, unfortunately, both six- and eight-legged pests can represent so much more of a threat than just a creepy-crawly, stalking source of ...

Warm weather means take care to keep food safe

When the weather turns warm and sunny, as it is now, the tendency seems to be to grill, picnic or otherwise dine outdoors — hopefully in a place of shade and with a cool breeze at hand — while taking full advantage of such conditions to camp, boat or enjoy other activities. To avoid ...

Jurors have obligations, rights, too

Ever been called for jury duty? While it tends to be an inconvenience, having citizens willing to weigh evidence and make a decision in trials is a cornerstone of the judicial system. All who seek justice in the courts or are accused of a crime have a right to trial by a jury of their ...

Thumb’s up for profiles on new area businesses

Bouquet From C. Hallgren, Norway: I’m enjoying your recent articles highlighting new businesses in Iron Mountain and appreciate your weekly write-ups on Norway’s Music in the Park. If you haven’t been out to enjoy these programs on a recent Thursday evening, I’d highly recommend it. ...

Pipeline spill plans should be public

We appreciate the spirit behind the bills introduced by Reps. Tristan Cole and Lee Chatfield banning anchoring in the straits area to keep the pipelines running through there from dents, but are concerned with the secrecy they are including in their bills. Chatfield, R-Levering, Sue Allor, ...

President Trump’s rallies get extensive airtime on Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies have found a receptive audience at Fox News Channel, which unlike the other cable news networks often carries his speeches live and in their entirety. Four times in the past few weeks, Fox has set aside its usual prime-time ...

Deadline Monday to register to vote in August primary

Want to vote in the Aug. 7 primary in Michigan? The deadline to register is Monday. Yes, this Monday. “Because every community will have an election on this date, I encourage everyone eligible to register to vote and then cast your ballot on Election Day,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson ...

Paper tariff bad for democracy

The U.S. Commerce Department has added anti-dumping duties of up to 32 percent on newsprint and some other paper products from Canada. According to the agency these products benefit from unfair Canadian government subsidies. Most newspaper publishers across the country disagree. The newly ...

Calumet resident says thanks for cleanup help

Bouquet From Rodd Haltunen, Calumet: We want to thank the kind group of kids — hockey players, figure skaters, etc. — and parents who came up from Iron Mountain and Kingsford to our communities of Lake Linden, Hubbell and Tamarack City on Sunday to help out with the flood cleanup. They ...

Consider others when using fireworks

There’s no denying the visual appeal of fireworks bursting against a night sky. But for some, the sights and sounds surrounding the Fourth of July are not a celebration, but an ordeal. Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder will have to endure a reminder of being in combat ...