Editorials

Michigan details leading consumer complaints for 2018

Credit and financial concerns again lead the annual Top 10 list of consumer complaints in Michigan, released during Consumer Protection Week. The 2018 list, based on nearly 9,000 complaints filed with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection team during the year, is aimed at helping the ...

Drivers: Move over and slow down, please

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Isle Royale has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought already had happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale ...

Campaign aims to protect veterans from scams, fraud

The National Consumer Protection Week that runs through March 9 will focus on veterans, as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the AARP Fraud Watch Network continue to promote “Operation Protect Veterans,” a joint national campaign to draw attention to vet-related scams and fraud ...

Thanks to support, fundraiser for animal shelter a success

Bouquet From Nancy Schaub, chairwoman, Almost Home Shelter Fundraising Committee: ValenTails, the Almost Home Animal Shelter fundraiser at Oak Crest Golf Course, was a success. We would like to thank our platinum sponsors, Nelson Paint Company, First Bank and Starship Enterprises; our ...

Plans for first UP shooting range good for region

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...

Taking note of health care that serves the family

Chances are you grew up going for health care to a Dr. Somebody as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. Maybe even has dealt with three, even four generations ...

Teen dating can risk more than a broken heart

If you have a teenage daughter — or, really, a son — this is worth taking note. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. But our region at large, even across the border, needs to learn and recognize the signs of dating ...

Knowing when a ‘sad mood’ is something more

Ever have a downright terrible day? You’re concerned about financial problems at home, and your boss is pushing you to get that project done earlier than expected, then your car breaks down and you’ve got no way to take your kid to her basketball game. Sounds like a day that might make you ...

New state mining legislation on the right track

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

Kingsford worker’s help in clearing snow appreciated

Bouquet: As I struggled clearing my mailbox and Daily News holder of large chunks of ice and snow, a Kingsford city front-end loader operator who was clearing fire hydrants noticed my efforts and came over and took about five or six scoops from around the mail containers. Then he waved and ...

IM VA medical center cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago the Department of Veteran Affairs was drawing criticism for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals, including but not limited to peeling ...

Key college aid deadline is near

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Snow day waiver could cheat students

Snow days are great when you’re a kid. It’s an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It’s an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Ways to stay safer while on the ski hills

The rounds of snowfall did bring a few benefits — ski areas in the region likely are in prime condition. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers some advice on staying safe on the slopes. LARA oversees the state’s ski safety program, which ...

Thanks to volunteer crews that helped at Crivitz Lumber fire

Bouquet From George Kloppenburg, Amberg: To all the fire and rescue volunteers at the Crivitz Lumber Company fire Jan. 29, thank you. Everyone should be aware that most of the personal at all fires are volunteers — not paid, just dedicated, giving people. Every community has a volunteer ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

Taking steps to make sure your heart is healthy

Valentine’s Day makes February a natural choice to be Heart Month. If you’re going to offer someone your heart, after all, it better be healthy. Heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised. Unfortunately, it is turning up ...

State offers tips for dealing with insurance companies

Did the severe weather of the past couple weeks leave more of a mark on house or vehicle than ice and snow? If so, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services has some tips on dealing with insurance companies to file a claim and repair damages. “When working with insurance ...