Editorials

Help Michigan choose Teacher of the Year

With classes back in full swing, it’s time to look at honoring those who excel in guiding and educating all those students in the seats. The state Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students and parents to help in finding the next Michigan Teacher of the ...

Check on personal information after Equifax data breach

Equifax last week revealed hackers had perhaps gained access to personal data from up to 143 million Americans, or nearly 44 percent of the U.S. population. That’s a scary thought, especially considering the breach of one of the three major credit reporting agencies happened between mid-May ...

Not shopping locally risks losing businesses

We have addressed the issue of shopping local on a regular basis in editorials because it is essential that we keep our local small businesses alive and well. A recent survey talked about consumers starting to be a bit weary of the dominance of Internet sales putting many local businesses out ...

Appreciates the flowers planted at county hospital

Bouquet From Marie Osterberg of Aurora, Wis.: I recently visited a friend who is a patient at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. On my way into the parking area, I noticed the lovely flowers in the flower beds surrounding the entrance and exterior of the buildings. Then as I walked into the ...

Volunteers sought for Communities That Care initiative

A new local coalition is looking for support from area residents. Dickinson County Communities That Care is a community-wide initiative that aims to benefit the youth of Dickinson County by engaging community members and agencies and creating a healthier environment for children and ...

Oktoberfest puts out call for volunteers

Did you celebrate Oktoberfest in 2016 like beer and bratwurst were in your blood, or at least in your belly? The annual fall celebration, set this year for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 23 at the intersection of East A and Iron Mountain streets in downtown Iron Mountain, invites all to become ...

Good idea to provide inmates with job training

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...

Being prepared when emergency situations arise

Watching the devastation the storm Harvey has wreaked in Texas and other southern states — and now Irma looms in the Caribbean — it perhaps could not be a better time to mark National Preparedness Month in September. Granted, Michigan doesn’t face being in the path of a hurricane or on ...

Ishpeming comes together to help define ‘Yooperism’

We want to throw a huge shout out to the Ishpeming community and the Ishpeming Police Department for coming together and getting a stolen wheelchair back to 12-year-old Alger Barry after it was taken from his home. Alger needs his chair daily to go long distances. He uses crutches around the ...

Grateful for calls, concern after Harvey hit

Bouquet From Carrie Jo (Nelson) Mellinger, Corpus Christi, Texas: I wanted to send a thank you from Corpus Christi, Texas, to all my family, high school friends, neighbors, etc., who called, texted and sent prayers our way. I received a call from my friend, Fred Lafave, saying that M.J. ...

State police to focus on drivers for Labor Day

For the Labor Day holiday, the Michigan State Police will join their counterparts in other states in watching for motorists who might be trying to cram a few too many good times into this long, unofficial last weekend of summer. Under Operation CARE — Crash Awareness and Reduction Efforts ...

The best ways to help those affected by Harvey flooding

Hurricane Harvey is one of the worse disasters we have seen for some time. The effects will be life changing for all who are in its path. We have witnessed our country divided over the past months — this is a time for us to come together as we know we can and have done in the past. It has ...

Be careful of scams related to Harvey damage

The events happening in Houston and, now, Louisiana due to Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey are expected to have long-term effects throughout that region. Now Michigan officials are warning that ripples from this super storm could be felt even this far north — and no, not from the ...

Keep bus safety in mind as school starts

While it might seem like the 2017 graduates just got their diplomas and classes just dismissed, today marks the start of the first semester for most area public schools. With that in mind, it seems timely to pass along advice from the Michigan State Police on making sure children know about ...

State issuing new form of ID

Michigan residents need to be aware of a federal requirement that could mean they need a new identification card to fly or have access to federal sites come October 2020. Starting today, Michigan will begin providing those who apply for a driver’s license or ID card with a form that fits ...

Watching people and the eclipse made for fun day

Bouquet From Dr. Wesley L Hanson, Spread Eagle, Wis.: What fun! What sheer, unvarnished, undiluted fun it was. Sitting in the car in front of the Dickinson County Library in Iron Mountain, I watched the folks coming in from all directions to get their eclipse lenses from the library staff. ...

Chocolay Raptor Center’s efforts deserve support

The Chocolay Raptor Center again came to the rescue of injured wildlife, the latest being two rehabilitated American kestrels released back into the wild at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course last week. It’s another success story for the center, which has been doing as much as it can to save ...

Eclipse offered increasingly rare bonding experience

People gather for many reasons: a political rally, a sporting event or a county fair. These and other events have happened on the local level recently, but how many are shared between the community and the entire United States? Millions of people across the country watched Monday’s total ...

Safe Delivery offers option for newborns in need

The situation is difficult for most of us to comprehend. A woman in Michigan has, or is about to have, a baby. That woman decides she can’t adequately care for that baby but doesn’t know what to do or where to turn. That’s the reasoning behind Michigan’s Safe Delivery law that ...

OK2SAY gives troubled students a safe place to turn

The start of fall classes for most area schools is only days away. Kids probably can’t believe the break is almost done and Labor Day looms. Losing these lazy days of summer should be the only regret most students have about returning to school. Classrooms, halls and playgrounds, buses ...