Editorials

Board made right decision on medical marijuana

Bouquet Good thinking, Breitung Township Board, for deciding not to allow processing facilities for medical marijuana. I’m sure the entire community will benefit from this no decision. Cheers!

Drug Take-Back Day a way to get rid of medications

Most everyone likely has an outdated little plastic bottle of unused pills sitting on a back shelf in their home.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 that long since has healed. The practice used to be to ...

Best to lock that vehicle before walking away

Michigan State Police officials are offering a reminder that when it comes to your vehicle, “Lock It or Lose It.” A vehicle is stolen every 44 seconds in the United States, and nearly half of those thefts occur because a door was unlocked or the keys were left in the ignition, according ...

Courts provide boost in ‘dark store’ tax battle

The Michigan Supreme Court on Friday may have set the state on the path to providing local municipalities some help in stabilizing their property tax base and getting what they contend is the fair amount from major businesses. And the court did that by doing nothing at all. The state’s ...

Dickinson-Iron counties offer way to avoid shingles

Pain. Burning, numbness or tingling. Sensitivity to touch. A red rash that begins a few days after the pain. Fluid-filled blisters that break open and crust over. Itching. Perhaps fever, headache, sensitivity to light, fatigue. Doesn’t sound too pleasant, does it? According to the Centers ...

Thanking the ‘first responders’ who helped his wife

Bouquet From Wayne Nelson, Hardwood: Too often our news reports are about tragic events, both natural and sometimes just plain evil. Rescue workers, police, firemen, EMTs, etc., are called upon in reaction and do so often heroically. We give them our praise and gratitude, deservedly ...

Visiting futurist gives area ideas to think about

Society is constantly evolving. However, advances in technology can escalate this evolution, and people need to be up to the challenge. Otherwise, they might get left behind. Thomas Frey, founder of the Westminster, Colorado-based DaVinci Institute and former IBM engineer and designer, ...

Proposed ‘Good Samaritan’ bill should get hearing

A great many of us have heard of the Biblical parable where an injured man on the side of the road was helped by a passing Samaritan. This so-called “Good Samaritan” went out of his way to assist someone in distress, helping not because he had to but because it was the right thing to ...

Event put focus on domestic violence

Tuesday, a procession wound its way from the Dickinson County sheriff’s office through Iron Mountain. The honking horns and blaring sirens from the line of vehicles at first glance almost seemed like a parade or an escort for a high school state championship win. But the grim message ...

Event offers chance to hear from your representative

With the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, the region not surprisingly has a large percentage of veterans living on both sides of the Michigan-Wisconsin border. Knowing what government benefits those veterans rightly qualify for can be confusing, especially with new ...

Sex education bill is common sense approach

A bill introduced last week in the state Senate would require Michigan schools to teach something called affirmative consent. Affirmative consent falls under sex education, and, in a nutshell, it means young people will receive instruction in knowing when yes means yes and no means no, as far ...

Loan Closet grateful for Breast Cancer Awareness Walk

Bouquet From Diane Schabo, president of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, Kingsford: What a wonderful community we live in. The Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet continues to be amazed at the generosity and compassion shown to our local residents battling cancer. The ...

Police agencies lead in dealing with mentally ill

It’s long been one of those problems that pretty much everyone in the loop knew about and even some people talked about — occasionally — but little was done about it because of cost, among other reasons. It is the continued incarceration in city and county jails of people beset by ...

Bill will add to awareness about concussion risks

Is a football helmet always good enough to stave off a head injury? Concussions among youth athletes has garnered increased attention in recent years. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 140,000 high school athletes alone are estimated to suffer a ...

State has plan to promote breastfeeding

Michigan now has a plan to get more mothers to breastfeed their babies. While the state has surpassed a federal goal for the percentage of infants who have been breastfed, Michigan needs to continue improving breastfeeding rates for specific demographic groups. Those are among the findings ...

A pink reminder to be aware of risks of breast cancer

While October might be best associated with the color orange — hunting, pumpkins, leaves — it also has become a time to think pink. This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when pink begins to show up in profusion on products, businesses and football players. The Michigan State ...

Upper Peninsula moose population growing quickly

Officials are cautiously calling it a wildlife success story, the apparent boost in the Upper Peninsula’s moose population. The U.P., excluding Isle Royale National Park, has fewer than 500 moose, but their numbers are growing, according to recent Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

A salute to our newspaper carriers

Bouquet From Jennifer Flynn, circulation manager, The Daily News: Today is International Carrier Day and —on behalf everyone 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, reliability, and ...

Influenza is already making the rounds

The flu season is getting an early start this year, so it’s best not to wait to get a flu shot. “We’ve already had reports of flu cases and hospitalizations due to the flu, so we want to encourage people to get their flu shots as soon as possible,” said Karen McKeown, state health ...

Sex offender registry law must change

Michigan’s sex offender law brings out many strong emotions in people, as well it should. All crimes are bad, but sex crimes are particularly disturbing. However, how they’re dealt with following due process can be controversial. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a decision that ...