Editorials

Tobacco-free the way to go back to school

More than 10 percent of Michigan high school students smoke cigarettes, and 14.8 percent use e-cigarettes. Both rates are higher than the national average. Each year 5,200 Michigan kids under age 18 become new, daily smokers. 213,000 kids under 18 and alive in Michigan today ultimately die ...

McCain set fine example that all of us can follow

Not every politician can transcend party lines, especially in this polarizing age. John McCain managed to accomplish just that. The 81-year-old Republican congressman and senator from Arizona, also a two-time contender for the presidency, died Saturday at his home in Arizona. His passing ...

It’s time to get a flu vaccine

Michigan residents are being urged by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to get flu vaccines to protect themselves from potentially life-threatening influenza amidst the first confirmed cases in the state. “Now is the time for Michigan residents to get their flu ...

Students should be aware of fire safety at college

Did you see one — perhaps more — of your kids off to college in the past week? It’s tough to let go, especially if it’s the first year, which might be the first time that child has lived away from home and your watchful eye. That doesn’t mean you can’t provide some reasonable ...

Remember safety when operating a UTV

Looking to get one last great weekend of summer 2018 in during the long Labor Day holiday? Make sure it’s memorable for all the right reasons, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute advises. As utility vehicles, or UTVs, grow in popularity in rural, suburban and urban areas, it’s ...

Good job by all on Carpenter Memorial event

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: The National Anthem opened the dedication of the Bert Carpenter Memorial at the Upper Twin Falls Badwater Bridge in Breitung Township by the American Legion Carpenter Clash Post 363. The United States flag was raised on the Navy flagpole in the ...

E-cigarettes carry risks, especially around children

The use of electronic cigarettes — battery-powered products that typically deliver nicotine in the form of an aerosol — is growing, even as use of other tobacco products declines, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared to smoking traditional cigarettes, they ...

Snyder has right idea with high-speed internet proposal

Although the more cynical among us might opine it’s too little, too late, we like the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder is working right up until his state employment expires at the end of December. And after all is said and done, an initiative he rolled out late last week on broadband access might ...

IRS: Withholdings need to be checked under new tax law

The 2017 tax cut likely added some extra money to the paycheck. Nothing wrong with that. But the Internal Revenue Service advises that taxpayers with children and other dependents check what’s being deducted — a “paycheck checkup” — to make sure the adjusted amount doesn’t leave ...

Kangas’ state board appointment a wise selection

State appointments very often can fall into a kind of political largesse category; favors are repaid and statuses rewarded with locals being placed on various commissions and boards, destined to produce reports and findings that no one sees or cares about. By all accounts, that is not the ...

Keep bus safety in mind as school starts

Does anything pass more quickly than the summer break from school? While it might seem like the 2018 graduates just got their diplomas and classes just dismissed, next Monday and Tuesday will mark the start of the first semester for most area public schools. And The Daily News has published ...

Staff at hospital ‘unsung heroes’

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, Iron Mountain: Lately I’ve heard many unsettling stories about Dickinson County Healthcare System and, to be honest, it has given me food for thought. However, I want to give Dickinson County Memorial Hospital a shout-out. I just had a procedure done locally ...

Separating facts from fiction on immunizations

With the next school year fast approaching, making sure children are protected against a number of diseases before they begin to mix with other students should be a priority. Unfortunately, resistance remains to getting childhood vaccinations, fueled by information on the internet from a ...

‘Fake news’ label doesn’t fit local newspapers

Here at The Daily News, we take our mission to accurately report the news and serve our communities through steady, consistent leadership more seriously than ever. That’s a mission we’ve held firm to since our founding in 1921. Our masthead proclaims daily our determination to provide the ...

FEMA wrong in denying aid to western UP

We think officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency got it absolutely wrong last week when they opted to deny individual claims for assistance from the people whose lives, homes and businesses were turned upside down — literally, in many cases — in what’s known locally as the ...

Be alert to scam offers for college financial aid

Hard to believe most colleges and universities will be back in session in roughly two weeks. As families make plans for the start of classes — and the tuition bills to come — the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid Team advises students and parents be alert and cautious ...

Skilled trades center will provide well-trained workers

If you’ve taken a look around Marquette County lately, you’ll have likely noticed the amount of construction going on. Behind all that construction are people employed in all sorts of different trades, which are not only an important part of our economy, but also a good way to make a ...

Pleased that senior millages passed in Tuesday’s elections

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: Let’s celebrate you that got out and voted for the senior center millage at the primary election held recently. Food and fun, maybe a dance or two and camaraderie being top priority. Seniors are the backbone of the community with their knowledge, ...

About $500K ways 100-Plus Women show they care

One hour. Four times a year. A room full of generous, dedicated women. Since December 2012. On Monday, 100-Plus Women Who Care in Dickinson County will surpass more than a half a million dollars raised for local 501(c)(3) charities and organizations in Dickinson County and surrounding ...

Fair season carries the flavors of late summer

The annual round of regional fairs, and all the wonderful late summer traditions they represent, officially kicks off this week with the Iron County Fair. People will assemble at the Iron River fairgrounds, bringing livestock, produce, canned goods, craft items, sewing and other talents to ...