Editorials

Straits coolant leak shows difficulty of winter environment

A whole lot of people, in and out of government, are keeping a close eye on a 600-gallon coolant leak from an underwater electrical cable that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. The liquid, described as mineral oil by officials from the American Transmission Company, which owns and operates ...

Michigan law enforcement joins anti-texting effort

During April, law enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols for motorists who text while driving. The national “U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” high-visibility enforcement campaign has two goals: conduct enforcement of anti-texting laws and advertise these efforts with media and social ...

Some steps for safer ORV use

Sure, the Upper Peninsula still looks more suited to snowmobiles than off-road vehicles as winter overstays its welcome. But spring eventually will take hold in earnest, and ORV enthusiasts will take to the trails. Before that happens, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises ...

Equal Pay Day on April 10 not a reason to celebrate

Imagine two average U.S. workers, working at the same average U.S. job. They work and work all the way through to Dec. 31, 2017, then sit and consider their paychecks for the whole year. Because they’re average, they probably wish those paychecks were higher. The man sighs, shrugs, and gets ...

State must demand proof of Line 5 condition

Seeing is believing and we simply haven’t seen enough to trust Enbridge’s statements regarding Line 5 where it runs through the Great Lakes at the Straits of Mackinac. For some reason, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality seems content to continue green-lighting the pipeline ...

A week to promote safety around dams

It’s still very early to be thinking about getting out on the rivers, be it in boat or perhaps tubing or swimming. Yet this is Dam Safety Awareness Week, April 1 to 7, as proclaimed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and promoted by We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service and Wisconsin River ...

Not reporting lake waste dump a government lie

“All governments lie.” — I.F. Stone Maybe because it is an instinct in all humans, and governments are a human invention, but there are few truer words than those written by maverick journalist Izzy Stone. The motives and reasons are countless, and often done with what are perceived ...

Local march should have been covered

Bouquet and Barb From Carolyn J. Cody, Quinnesec: Thank you, Judy and Doug Stock, for organizing the March for Our Lives last Saturday. There was a great turnout. Interesting how our local newspaper, Iron Mountain Daily News did not acknowledge the event — picture or short article. A ...

State should assume fair share of costs to represent indigent

Gov. Rick Snyder is running into pushback on proposed adjustments to the way state and local governments underwrite legal representation for indigent persons. Under a proposal included in the governor’s fiscal year 2019 budget, a greater share of the fiscal burden would shift to county ...

Dry vegetation poses risk for outdoor burning

As the snow continues to recede, the fire danger is rising in the region as all that dead vegetation from last year is exposed to sun and desiccating wind, converting it to a potential tinderbox. Firefighters had to deal with a grass fire Sunday near Peshtigo, Wis. And Michigan officials are ...

Law enforcement shouldn’t tolerate school threats

Give Matt Wiese credit. The veteran Marquette County prosecutor is meeting head-on a spate of false violence reports cropping up in area schools in recent months. Last week, Wiese sent a letter home to parents of students in Marquette County schools, bluntly stating that making false threats ...

Hepatitis A threat growing in Michigan

From August 2016 through March 21 of this year, Michigan has recorded 789 cases of hepatitis A, with 25 deaths, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. That is considered to be the highest number of hepatitis deaths in the nation. And those statistics don’t ...

MSU Extension program a good way to battle hunger

Food insecurity. It has a nice clean sound, doesn’t it? It reminds us of terms like pre-owned or even better, newsed. These are words contrived to dress up unattractive realities. In the case of pre-owned and newsed, it’s vehicles that are for sale. For food insecurity, its hunger or, ...

Hoping another group will step in on Easter meal

Barb — From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: What? No Easter Community Dinner from the Dickinson County Healthcare System due to budget cuts? Perhaps a church or a service organization would step up to the plate and deliver an Easter dinner to the homebound, a veteran, the disabled and elderly ...

Learn more about the hazards of poisons at home

In an average year, more than 2 million poisonings are reported to the nation’s poison centers. The Michigan Regional Poison Control Center alone fielded 70,000 calls about potential poisonings in 2017. Sadly, about 90 percent of poisonings happen at home and 51 percent of poisonings ...

NPS getting closer to reintroducing wolves on Isle Royale

Although it’s not quite a done deal, it appears the National Park Service is on the cusp of finalizing a plan that would see 20 to 30 gray wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park, bolstering a population that has dwindled down to two, believed to be a father and daughter. NPS ...

Adults should ask about screening for colorectal cancer

Fair warning: This will be an uncomfortable but necessary discussion about an uncomfortable but necessary procedure. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Yes, there is such a thing. Not sure what March did to earn such a distinction. But while we might squirm at the topic, ...

Measles case points up need to get vaccinated

From 2001 to 2012, the United States averaged 60 cases of measles a year. In the entire country. But as happens when something is so out of sight, out of mind, people grew lax about getting vaccinated against the disease. So while measles hasn’t exactly come roaring back, the number of ...

Finns are a happy bunch, but Americans could use a laugh

Finns have the reputation for being a dour, stoic lot. But guess what? The World Happiness Report, published Wednesday, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels and Finland was No. 1. The factors used included life expectancy, social support and corruption, but this year the report — ...

New luncheons at Crystal Lake Center a good deal

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: There’s a new kid on the block at our very own Crystal Lake Community Center — Wednesday luncheons from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sandwiches, soup, salad bar, scrumptious desserts and beverage of your choice for just $4 for ages 60 and older, and ...