Editorials

Don’t risk leaving dogs in vehicles as temperatures rise

Do you love your dog? Likely the answer is an emphatic, unqualified yes. Perhaps that love even means taking that dog everywhere with you. But at this time of year, if you leave your furry companion in the car, SUV or pickup truck, you could love that dog to death. The onset of summer ...

The history of Memorial Day

From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic, or GAR — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with ...

Pine Mountain step clean-up appreciated

Bouquet From Virginia Feleppa, Iron Mountain: A bouquet for the one(s) who swept the gravel from the Pine Mountain steps. Not only did it make doing the steps safer, but it also made it much more attractive for visitors. Add to that the flag is now up and being wafted by the breezes. The ...

Mental illness should be taken more seriously

A recent online MSN poll posed the following question: Which step would be least effective to prevent mass shootings? The options were: improving mental health treatment, more limits on assault weapons, better enforcement of existing gun laws and relaxing existing gun laws. As of early ...

Some advice for safe, legal use of ORVs in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds off-road vehicle users to learn riding and safety rules before firing up the ATVs for the season. “The arrival of spring means countless ORV enthusiasts are preparing to hit the trails,” said Cpl. John Morey, head of the DNR Law ...

Donation for swim lessons well spent

Drowning is considered the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for ages 1 to 14, trailing only automobile accidents, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes the free lessons the Northern Lights YMCA offers to all third-graders in Dickinson ...

Roads, bridges, schools areas to spend extra money

Count us among those advocating that at least a portion of a projected budget surplus to improve the state’s roads and bridges and school security, which most people agree are areas that need attention. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder and other key legislative officials announced that spending ...

Most wild babies should be left alone

The annual springtime wave of hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals has begun. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources advised. Every ...

Term limits not working in Michigan

If you’ve ever wondered what is wrong with the Michigan Legislature, the Citizens Research Council of Michigan has bad news for you. Michigan voters prefer it that way. A quarter of a century ago, Michigan voters enacted term limits. Despite evidence that the experiment has been a failure, ...

New state law would help victims start over

We like what we’ve seen of a new state proposal that would enable the victims of sexual assault or domestic violence to withhold their street addresses in public records to keep the information from falling into the hands of potential abusers. The proposal was introduced in the state Senate ...

DNR advice for safer boating

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend a little more than a week away, boaters will be out in force. Many already have taken to the waterway to enjoy the recent spring weather. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and neighboring northern Wisconsin are blessed with many local lakes and rivers that ...

Park service planners look for preservation, public use balance

Finding that perfect balance between preservation and public use is a difficult challenge and we’re seeing it firsthand here in the Upper Peninsula with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. As the ice on Lake Superior continues to melt, the tourist season is beginning to ramp up, and soon the ...

Area bats don’t deserve to be a target for vandals

Bats already are struggling to survive in the Upper Peninsula. White-nose syndrome — so named for the frost-like fungus that bats with the disease develop around their nostrils — has so decimated populations at their wintering sites that some area caves where numbers had been 20,000 or ...

Celebrating Mother’s Day in many ways

Bouquet From Mary Lou Rabenberg, Kingsford: This upcoming day is quite an honor for all mothers and grandmothers. We all appreciate the hugs and kisses shared with us. There is something special about the way they say grandma, grannie, gram, nanna — or mom, momma, mother and ...

The season to guard bird feeders against bears

The arrival of spring in the region means migrating birds are back, trees and greenery are coming back to life — and bears again are looking for an easy meal. Which means feeders for those birds may be a target, wildlife experts say. It’s the time of the year when those living in bear ...

Take steps to guard against nasty ticks

April made for a rough start to spring 2018, with snow and cold hanging on through the month. May mostly has been kinder and gentler. But with spring finally asserting itself in the region, so too has come a return of ticks. While just plain icky parasites, ticks also pose a significant ...

Be a part of Stamp Out Hunger effort

This Saturday offers a good reason to go out to the mailbox early — and take some important first-class items that will be picked up by the U.S. Postal Service but not to be mailed. Saturday’s Stamp Out Hunger event is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, coordinated for 26 years ...

Beware: Top 10 scams against older adults

The federal government is warning about the most likely ways vulnerable adults may be fooled, intimidated or badgered into giving up their money or valuable information. The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging recently reported the top 10 scams against older adults from 2017 — — IRS ...

A week to say thanks for all that nurses do

For many of us, nurses are at our sides the moment we are born, and the second our last breath escapes our lungs. They’re in the operating room when your parent undergoes surgery, and they’re in the emergency room when your daughter falls off her bike and needs to get stitches for that ...

Great concert by KHS band

Bouquet From Roger C. Eklund, Niagara, Wis.: What a show the Kingsford High School Band put on Monday night. It was breathtaking to see and hear those kids play at the spring concert. As a former band man, I know the practice and work each one has done to get to the top, and tops they ...