Editorials

‘You are welcome’ program promotes inclusion in region

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information recently issued by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Not too late to check home smoke alarms

When setting clocks back an hour this past weekend for the end of daylight savings time, did you adopt the life-saving habit of also changing the smoke alarm batteries? It not too late. “The foam cushions, synthetic fabrics and plastics in household furnishings today produce more heat, more ...

A full month to honor veterans, military families

President Donald Trump recently declared November 2018 the second annual National Veterans and Military Families Month to “salute the brave and dedicated patriots who have worn the uniform of the United States, and … celebrate the extraordinary military families whose selfless service and ...

Time has come to go and vote

Tuesday offers plenty of reasons on both sides of the border for Michigan and Wisconsin voters to make sure they get to the polls. U.S Senate and House seats will be decided in this midterm election, along with significant state government races, including governor in both states. Locally, ...

Be aware of signs, steps for prediabetes

What hidden health disorder does one out of three Yooper adults and 50 percent of the U.P. elders have in common? They all have prediabetes, and only 10 percent even realize that they have a serious medical condition. Why should they care about prediabetes? Prediabetes puts them at high risk ...

Finding common ground a start to ending violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest. The shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to outspoken critics of President Donald Trump and the fatal shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seared into many people’s minds. That was apparent ...

LaFave merits another term in Michigan House

Two years ago, Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain was a 24-year-old political neophyte, making what then was considered an underdog run against the then-Dickinson County sheriff for Michigan’s 108th District House seat. Perhaps reflecting the Republican wave that also swept President Donald Trump ...

Region would be well represented by McBroom

The Upper Peninsula has only four elected members in the entire state Legislature — three in the House, one in the Senate. Four among 110 representatives and 38 senators. If anything illustrates the region’s underdog role in Michigan politics, it might be that scant presence among state ...

Be on the lookout for political scams

Scammers are opportunists. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that next week’s mid-term elections are likely to generate scammers pretending to be pollsters, campaign volunteers, fundraisers, and even candidates. Here are some common political scams and frauds to watch out ...

James would bring fresh perspective to Senate for Michigan

Stagnation is not a path Michigan should follow. Unfortunately, it has become a familiar road in some aspects of government — particularly Michigan’s U.S. Senate delegation over the past few decades. Government is more polarized than ever and every actions seems to drive the political ...

VA center in IM deserves its high rating for care

Bouquet From Dale Fayas, Iron Mountain: My daughter emailed me from Baghdad, Iraq, this week about an article in the Military Stars and Stripes newspaper. The VA just finished the performance ratings on the VA hospitals and the Iron Mountain Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center has received a ...

School Bus Safety Week a reminder to obey school bus laws

This week marks National School Bus Safety Week, and the Insurance Alliance of Michigan is encouraging drivers to get a refresher on Michigan’s school bus laws. “With the start of school now in our rearview mirrors, drivers may have forgotten the rules when it comes to passing a stopped ...

Cybersecurity must be priority in planners’ minds

It wasn’t all that long ago that cybersecurity was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

Properly disposing of prescription drugs

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated 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 long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

Talk to teen drivers about distractions

Know a teen who is driving to distraction? Perhaps this week is an ideal time for a talk about better habits when behind the wheel. This is National Teen Driver Safety Week, to highlight the importance of following the rules of the road and avoiding distracted driving. “Car accidents are ...

Conservancies protect natural treasures in UP

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands, they benefit indirectly from the improved wildlife habitat. The ...

Another great band, light show at Kingsford game

Bouquet — They did it again: Mr. Sherk’s outstanding band members light show at halftime at the Menominee-Kingsford football game. “The Star Spangled Banner”; the school song, “Hail Sons of Kingsford”; and American Legion Post 363 color guard opened the program recognizing the ...

Recognizing what forest products, jobs mean to the region

No one really needs to tell residents of the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin the importance of forest products, or how much they contribute to the economy on both sides of the Michigan and Wisconsin border. Still, a little reminder and attention to that industry — the people who work ...

Be responsible by being smart with firewood

Now that it’s turning cold, the idea of snuggling up to a toasty fire outside, free of pestering mosquitoes, can make for a pleasant fall night. But those who decide to get that blaze going in camp or firepit needs to be careful they aren’t helping to spread invasive species, even as the ...

UP number one in national list for fall colors

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA Today published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...