Editorials

Alarming rise in vaping among teens nationally

It was a mixed-bag of news from the medical and law enforcement communities Monday with the release of an annual report of teen drug use. The federally funded survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found that while overall drug use and abuse by teens seems to be declining, ...

A goal to be tobacco-free for the New Year

For tobacco users, the New Year can be a great time to quit smoking. Family and friends can help to support and motivate people in their efforts to quit. Quitting tobacco can be challenging because nicotine is a highly addictive drug, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ...

A festive — and safe — holiday season

It’s difficult to think of Christmas without the beauty of the lights, the decorated tree ... and, of course, more lights. Especially in the Upper Peninsula, when the darkness conveniently comes earlier in December to let those lights shine longer and that perfect Christmas tree usually can ...

Plan ahead to help pets limit stress during holidays

The holiday season is among the most stressful for people, what with family gatherings and financial matters, to name but a few reasons. The same can be said for pets. Holiday gatherings and decorations include lots of materials that can be dangerous, even deadly, if eaten by the furry ...

Holidays can be a difficult time for problem gamblers

Many Michiganders are looking forward to gifts and gatherings over the next couple weeks, but for some, including problem gamblers, the holidays can cause financial and personal stress. “As we gather with family and friends this holiday season, we encourage everyone to be mindful of the ...

Northwoods Animal Shelter says thanks

Bouquet From Gerry Berezik, Northwoods Animal Shelter, Iron River: A big thank you to all the wonderful people in Iron County who made the Northwoods Animal Shelter Christmas Bake Sale a success. To those talented bakers who shared their specialties with us, thank you. To those who took ...

A reminder to drive sober during the holidays

This year, let’s make sure sweaters are the only thing ugly about celebrating the season. The holidays are a busy time to celebrate with family, friends and co-workers. But it also is one of the deadliest times of year for drunken- and drugged-driving fatalities, authorities say. That is ...

Tunnel for Line 5 a practical solution

While it is hard for many people to accept, the world still runs on oil and gas. In fact, 60 percent of energy production in the United States in 2017 came from the two fossil fuels. It will be a long time before that reality changes significantly. Renewable energy sources are on the rise, ...

Kids safety will be improved under police-bus program

If motorists in the Marquette area are entertaining thoughts of passing that stopped school bus up ahead, the one with the blinking stop lights on it and the children around it, and the manifest danger of such activity isn’t enough to dissuade them, here’s another reason. A uniformed law ...

Tips to help keep holiday liquor sales safe and cheery

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. With that in mind, the Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders — and a ...

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Knights Tootsie Roll collection a success

Bouquet: Every fall, the Bishop Baraga Council 1585 of the Knights of Columbus of Iron Mountain-Kingsford conducts a Tootsie Roll collection at various stores in the area. The response to the drive was great! As a result, the Knights of Columbus has distributed funds to these local ...

A special thanks to those who drive the snowplows

Bouquet: ’Twas the day before Monday When all through my house ... Things seemed very quiet — Until I looked out. The snow kept on falling, So fluffy and white. Surely it must have been snowing all night. I must get on my warm winter clothes; Outside I’ll be going to ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

State police student training could save lives

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood — just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Protect yourself from influenza this holiday season

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Michigan residents it’s time to get that flu shot. National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started Sunday and extends through Saturday, promotes awareness about the ...

Thank you, Mr. Casperson, for serving the UP

There was a surprise gathering at Northern Michigan University’s University Center on Nov. 24 to honor and thank Sen. Tom Casperson. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate and was re-elected for a ...

Enjoyed community chorus performance

Bouquet From Edward and Joan Laarman, Niagara, Wis.: In 2015, we moved from a university town — Iowa City, Iowa — to Niagara. As expected, we have enjoyed living in a small town, surrounded by the beauty and recreational opportunities of the north woods. However, we also knew that we ...

‘Tis the season for holiday scams

Shoppers looking for a good deal this holiday season should also be aware of increasingly aggressive and creative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan ranked 16th in the number of alleged scam ...

Take time to learn more about the dangers of meth

One of the less-celebrated designated days in November comes Friday, which is marked on the calendar as National Meth Awareness Day. Far too many in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula need little reminder of the dangers this powerful drug can pose and the havoc it can ravage on users and their ...