Editorials

No excuses for recent animal cruelty cases

It’s safe to say that, like politics, most people have a definite and strong opinion about cats, with little neutral territory. While cats may outnumber dogs as pets, some still don’t find felines to their taste. So be it. Nothing wrong with being a dog person, or whichever pet you might ...

Dry conditions, hot temperatures raise fire danger

Enjoying this year's relatively dry, warm summer in the Upper Peninsula? It has made for great conditions for festivals and other events, along with recreation, camping and, if you insist, working on outdoor projects. Unfortunately, it’s perfect weather for wildfires as well. Even if the ...

DIDHD: Beware of diseases that stem from bites

Biting ticks, mosquitoes and insects usually are an annoyance, seemingly bent on keeping us from fully enjoying being outdoors. But these days, unfortunately, both six- and eight-legged pests can represent so much more of a threat than just a creepy-crawly, stalking source of ...

Warm weather means take care to keep food safe

When the weather turns warm and sunny, as it is now, the tendency seems to be to grill, picnic or otherwise dine outdoors — hopefully in a place of shade and with a cool breeze at hand — while taking full advantage of such conditions to camp, boat or enjoy other activities. To avoid ...

Jurors have obligations, rights, too

Ever been called for jury duty? While it tends to be an inconvenience, having citizens willing to weigh evidence and make a decision in trials is a cornerstone of the judicial system. All who seek justice in the courts or are accused of a crime have a right to trial by a jury of their ...

Thumb’s up for profiles on new area businesses

Bouquet From C. Hallgren, Norway: I’m enjoying your recent articles highlighting new businesses in Iron Mountain and appreciate your weekly write-ups on Norway’s Music in the Park. If you haven’t been out to enjoy these programs on a recent Thursday evening, I’d highly recommend it. ...

Pipeline spill plans should be public

We appreciate the spirit behind the bills introduced by Reps. Tristan Cole and Lee Chatfield banning anchoring in the straits area to keep the pipelines running through there from dents, but are concerned with the secrecy they are including in their bills. Chatfield, R-Levering, Sue Allor, ...

President Trump’s rallies get extensive airtime on Fox News

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign-style rallies have found a receptive audience at Fox News Channel, which unlike the other cable news networks often carries his speeches live and in their entirety. Four times in the past few weeks, Fox has set aside its usual prime-time ...

Deadline Monday to register to vote in August primary

Want to vote in the Aug. 7 primary in Michigan? The deadline to register is Monday. Yes, this Monday. “Because every community will have an election on this date, I encourage everyone eligible to register to vote and then cast your ballot on Election Day,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson ...

Paper tariff bad for democracy

The U.S. Commerce Department has added anti-dumping duties of up to 32 percent on newsprint and some other paper products from Canada. According to the agency these products benefit from unfair Canadian government subsidies. Most newspaper publishers across the country disagree. The newly ...

Calumet resident says thanks for cleanup help

Bouquet From Rodd Haltunen, Calumet: We want to thank the kind group of kids — hockey players, figure skaters, etc. — and parents who came up from Iron Mountain and Kingsford to our communities of Lake Linden, Hubbell and Tamarack City on Sunday to help out with the flood cleanup. They ...

Consider others when using fireworks

There’s no denying the visual appeal of fireworks bursting against a night sky. But for some, the sights and sounds surrounding the Fourth of July are not a celebration, but an ordeal. Veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder will have to endure a reminder of being in combat ...

Operation Dry Water focuses on boating sober

Operation Dry Water. It’s a name that catches your attention, makes you think — which is a good thing. Because it’s aimed at getting people to think twice about mixing boating and alcohol. This weekend leading up to the Fourth of July holiday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources ...

Support your local health care system

DCHS is a Michigan municipal non-profit corporation. It receives no tax dollars through a local millage and its future depends on our community staying local and utilizing the services we offer. DCHS offers nationally acclaimed health care and a wide variety of specialty services. The current ...

Use fireworks with caution, if at all, this July 4 holiday

It’s roughly a week before Fourth of July, which means a number of people will be shopping for fireworks for the holiday, if not already lighting them up this weekend. That can represent a colorful home show of lights and sound — or a potential danger to the person firing off those ...

Utility companies should pay fair share of proposed tax

Taxes are part of our financial system and have been for a very long time, and anyone who owns property should consider how much they’ll be paying in taxes — from the first-time homebuyer who’s never before dealt with a mortgage, all the way to a large multi-million-dollar utility company ...

New measles case means make sure you’re vaccinated

A second measles case in the state for 2018 has the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services again advising residents make sure they are vaccinated against this disease. This new case, detected June 12 at the Detroit airport, is unrelated to the first one for the year reported in ...

More understanding needed on behavior of those with OCD

Many people repeat thoughts in their heads, or occasionally think of things that make them anxious. There’s a difference, though, between having occasional unpleasant mental images and having them repeatedly to the point they interfere with a person’s well-being. Obsessive compulsive ...

Copper Country needs help to recover from flood damage

The residents of the Upper Peninsula tend to be hardy folk, ready to withstand whatever the elements can dish out. Severe winters, when the snow piles up and temperatures plunge. Dry summers that might make for a bad fire season. Even the occasional tornado or straight-line windstorm that ...

Casperson faces fight outside the political arena

Although rumors have been whispered across the region for several weeks, State Sen. Tom Casperson confirmed last week that he has, in fact, been diagnosed with cancer. The well-known Republican lawmaker from Escanaba said it’s lung cancer and it’s in the fourth stage. Additionally, ...