Editorials

Take steps to guard against radon in the home

It’s difficult to pay attention to a threat that can’t be seen, one that creeps up silently from the ground into buildings. But radon demands being taken seriously. January is National Radon Action Month, to raise awareness about this colorless, odorless gas that according to the U.S. ...

Saying goodbye to two teens too soon

The year 2017 had more than its share of sorrow in the loss of young people on the cusp of adulthood in our community. In mid-June, Norway High School senior-to-be Bryan Stanchina drowned coming to the aid of another swimmer struggling in the rain-swollen Menominee River. And Saturday, ...

Urgent need for blood donors

Winter — be it reduced daylight, the numbing cold, the uncertain footing or other factors of the season — is a time when most everything seems to slow down and cling close to home and hearth when possible. This recent streak of subzero days doesn’t help. So perhaps it’s no surprise ...

DEQ pipe proposal a good idea but may be bridge too far

Lately, it seems the phrase “get the lead out” has seen an uptick in use quite a bit here in the Great Lakes State. A quick search on the world wide web will tell you the saying means, in rough generalizations, to dispose of whatever is slowing you down and move more quickly. Here in ...

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Family makes donation to UP Veterans Memorial

Bouquet The Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial would like to thank the family of Arden Smith for a donation given in his honor. The money will be used for continuing improvements to the memorial and park areas. Presenting the donation, from left, front row, are Carol Larson, representing ...

Marquette’s Baldini leaves lasting legacy

The city of Marquette — and, really, the entire community — was handed a blow earlier this week when word came of the unexpected death of Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini after suffering a stroke over the weekend. Baldini was elected mayor in November after serving as mayor pro tem. He also ...

Community helps library hit funding goal

About a week ago, The Daily News encouraged the community to help the Dickinson County Public Library raise $20,000 through a crowdfunding campaign for a proposed major interior renovation at its downtown Iron Mountain building. That amount had to be collected by this coming Sunday to earn a ...

Extreme cold means be careful when outdoors

With the entire state locked in arctic-like temperatures until later this week, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is encouraging Michigan residents and visitors to be extra cautious when going out in the extreme cold. “These arctic blasts can ...

Scholarship fund helps students who have been in foster care

With the 2017 tax year coming to a close, the Michigan Department of Treasury is asking Michiganders to consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund. Donations made to the Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund provide scholarships to young ...

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

EDITOR’S NOTE: A reader requested this be reprinted for Christmas. Virginia O’Hanlon, then 8, wrote it as a letter to the editor of The New York Sun. The response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897, written by journalist Francis Pharcellus Church. It is considered to be ...

Appreciated the help, respect offered by area students

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani of Kingsford: One late Friday night, before taking my former classmate — a 92-year-old World War II Navy veteran walking with two canes — to the bus stop, we turned into a fast-food establishment in Iron Mountain. A group of college and high school students ...

Making the long turn toward winter’s end

Winter officially has arrived, as of late Thursday morning. The winter solstice means the steady erosion of daylight that began back on June 21, when summer yet was young, now will add a few more twilight minutes per day. The difference will be almost imperceptible at first, a matter of a ...

Voters should get to weigh in on gerrymandering

Gerrymandering is defined as manipulating political boundaries to favor one party or class. Who would have thought such underhandedness has found its way into the political scene? However, a group opposed to gerrymandering, Voters Not Politicians, submitted more than 420,000 signatures ...

Library needs help to reach goal in time

The clock is ticking. Or in this case, perhaps an hourglass would be more fitting, with the sand at the top getting more shallow by the day. After all, the deadline comes with the New Year. The Dickinson County Public Library in late November sent out the crowdfunding challenge/plea for ...

State needs to do right for those accused of false jobless claims

The state of Michigan has an opportunity to do the right thing in connection to a mess it created when it accused — falsely as it turned out — tens of thousands of state residents of fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits between October 2013 and September 2015, when it depended on a ...

Take care when snowmobiling this winter

The snowmobile season appears to have started a little earlier in the Upper Peninsula than in the past couple years, with ample snow to get out on the trails. And while snowmobiling can be a fun recreation activity with friends or family, some care is needed to ensure it doesn’t turn ...

Several recent examples where area youth shined

Bouquet From Orice Walters, Iron Mountain: Christmas Bouquets and thank you to the youth of all ages in our communities who do so many good things. Namely, the Kingsford High School hockey team that spent at least two hours on Friday afternoon to assist people with their bags and boxes of ...

How to avoid overindulging during the holidays

Monday will mark only a week until Christmas. It will be a prime period for holiday parties, all leading up to a long weekend of celebrating, as Christmas falls on a Monday this year. It also likely will be a week of dealing with all the extra food and sweets that will be available for the ...

Pipeline plan shows some potential shortcomings

With the past year’s revelations of questionable conditions along the Line 5 oil/gas pipeline’s Straits of Mackinac segment, action by state officials to compel some safety efforts on pipeline owner Enbridge’s part would seem in order. However, we see some potential shortcomings in a ...

For the holidays, get that flu shot

As families make plans to come together this holiday season, it might be a good idea to get that flu shot. Word comes from Marquette that UPHS-Marquette and Bell hospitals have put visitor restrictions in place due to a recent spike in the rate of respiratory illness and the flu. Those who ...