Editorials

Properly disposing of prescription drugs

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

Talk to teen drivers about distractions

Know a teen who is driving to distraction? Perhaps this week is an ideal time for a talk about better habits when behind the wheel. This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, to highlight the importance of following the rules of the road and avoiding distracted driving. “Car accidents are ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in UP

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

Another great band, light show at Kingsford game

Bouquet — They did it again: Mr. Sherk’s outstanding band members light show at halftime at the Menominee-Kingsford football game. “The Star Spangled Banner”; the school song, “Hail Sons of Kingsford”; and American Legion Post 363 color guard opened the program recognizing the ...

Recognizing what forest products, jobs mean to the region

No one really needs to tell residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin the importance of forest products, or how much they contribute to the economy on both sides of the Michigan and Wisconsin border. Still, a little reminder and attention to that industry — the people who work ...

Be responsible by being smart with firewood

Now that it’s turning cold, the idea of snuggling up to a toasty fire outside, free of pestering mosquitoes, can make for a pleasant fall night. But those who decide to get that blaze going in camp or firepit needs to be careful they aren’t helping to spread invasive species, even as the ...

UP number one in national list for fall colors

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA Today published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Yoopers stand together against economic adversity

With the news that the state intends to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility, we understand why the community is fighting back as hard as it is to try and save the prison. People in our area know full well what it means to lose a government facility. When K.I. Sawyer closed, it meant ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

We want to say thank you to the more than 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference at Northern Michigan University late last week. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant amount of ...

Saluting those who get the paper to your home

Bouquet From Jennifer Flynn, Daily News circulation manager: Today is International Carrier Day, and on behalf of myself and everyone here at The Daily News, I would like to take this moment to recognize all of our bundle haulers, carriers and motor route drivers for their hard work, ...

Nominees sought for Governor’s Service Awards

Know of a volunteer effort that goes above and beyond? If so, the Michigan Community Service Commission wants to hear from you. The commission will take nominations through Jan. 15 for the 2019 Governor’s Service Awards, given annually to individuals, organizations and businesses that ...

Ojibway facility deserves support

Citing, among other reasons, the negative impact that the loss of jobs would have on the local economy, the Marquette County Board recently approved a resolution opposing the closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The Michigan Department of Corrections has announced ...

Harvest Gathering food drive begins

The Michigan Harvest Gathering is an annual statewide campaign that raises food and funds for Michigan’s emergency food response. As part of the campaign, from now until Nov. 21, Michigan residents can donate nonperishable food items at all Secretary of State offices. “On behalf of my ...

Escanaba seeking funds to continue dark store battle

The city of Escanaba is seeking financial assistance in its legal battle against dark stores, or active big box retail properties that are assessed as if they stand completely empty and vacant. According to Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, costs have been significant to date with the ...

Line 5 accord not perfect but step in right direction

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

Think about fire safety, prevention

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures turn colder, more time naturally is spent indoors, and demands grow on furnace and home electrical system. Which might be why October is Fire Prevention Month, as proclaimed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, with the theme this year of “Look. ...

Casperson bill raises concerns about road damage

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

Deer a seasonal hazard in UP

It’s autumn, which means deer are on the move. Does are getting close to mating. Bucks have scraped the velvet off their antlers and are staking out territories. Fawns born this year have grown enough to show some independence, straying from mom. It adds up to deer in Michigan’s Upper ...

Laws say keep a safe distance from bicycles

Granted, the main season for cycling likely has passed in the Upper Peninsula. But as of this past Thursday, Michigan drivers must allow at least 3 feet of room while passing bicyclists on the road. The new Public Acts were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by ...

UP is prime location to see autumn colors

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...