Editorials

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, ...

Take steps to guard against West Nile threat

Now that warmer weather is here, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding residents that the best way to protect against West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses is to prevent mosquito bites. The first West Nile virus activity for the state in 2018 recently ...

Praise for work done at North Elementary

Bouquet: As a grandparent and busy teacher, I am not always able to attend school programs for my grandchildren, Jude and Eloise Johnson. However, I recently was able to be at their awards program at Iron Mountain’s North Elementary. As a high school teacher, it always amazes me when I walk ...

For Father’s Day, protect your kids by quitting smoking

Father’s Day is a day to celebrate dads and the important role they play in the lives of their families and children. It’s also a great day to encourage men to celebrate a tobacco-free life, and to support current tobacco users in their efforts to quit. Tobacco use is the number one cause ...

Safety always should be first when kayaking

Earlier this month, a man drowned and another had to be rescued after their kayak overturned in rough waters on Lake Michigan near the Schoolcraft County mainland. According to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a DNR conservation officer was able to use a personal watercraft to ...

DCHS needs —and merits — the area’s support

It was welcome news last week that Dickinson County Healthcare System may have another potential partner in the wings. After Green Bay, Wis.-based Bellin Health backed away in May from a planned acquisition after months of negotiations, DCHS has looked for ways to better ensure its future in ...

Decision to restore wolves on Isle Royale makes sense

For some in the Upper Peninsula, more wolves are never the right answer. Yet the recent announcement by the National Park Service that it will help restore gray wolves on Lake Superior’s Isle Royale National Park merits support even from staunch opponents of this predator. Wolves had ...

Yes means yes but should it be taught in public schools?

Should sex education courses taught to Michigan students require instruction on affirmative consent? That’s a question we may not have seen coming a few decades ago, but the times, yes, they are changing — and quickly. The #MeToo movement and the scandals and stories seeping out of ...

Rescue squad says thanks for AED donations

Bouquet From Alan Barribeau, Goodman-Armstrong Rescue Squad: The Goodman-Armstrong Rescue Squad is happy to announce that the John and Melissa Besse Foundation has made a large donation to be used towards the purchase of our new Lifepak 12 monitor/defibrillators. The Besse Corp. operates ...

A good weekend on tap in the Upper Peninsula

This is shaping up to be a pretty great weekend in the Upper Peninsula. The weather sounds just about right, with lots of sun and highs in the 70s. Sure it could be a little warmer, but temperate days and cool nights make for ideal conditions to cruise around the lake or kayak down a river, ...

Bicyclists have rights on the road as well

A reader who takes regular bike rides around Lake Antoine recently called with a request: Please ask motorists to be more aware — and tolerant — of those who travel the roads on two wheels rather than four. He said he’s been honked at, sworn at and, more dangerously, forced to swerve ...

Summer means be aware of dangers of heat

While it might not exactly feel like it right now, Memorial Day weekend gave a taste of what summer heat can be like in the region, when temperatures hovered around 90 degrees. Wisconsin has designated today as Heat Awareness Day in the state, to remind even North Woods residents of the risks ...

Take steps to grill safely this summer season

Now that summer has taken hold in the region, the grill likely will get a workout. Even those who don’t eat meat appreciate the flavor good grilling can impart to food, be it a thick steak, rack of ribs or roasting corn and vegetables. Best to be careful, however, and take some steps in ...

Be prepared for pets’ needs, too, when emergency strikes

The Michigan State Police are reminding residents that June is National Pet Preparedness Month and that means preparing a plan that will see to the needs of the family pet in case of an emergency. “Being prepared for emergencies and disasters means having a plan for everyone in your family, ...