Opinion

1st Congressional District debate will provide much insight

Editorials

As the political campaign ads continue to flood our television screens and candidate endorsement signs keep sprouting up like dandelions in yards and along roadways, it's obvious that the race for the 1st Congressional District is heating up.The November general election is less than a month ...

Vote to end civil service system

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Vote yes on Proposition 1, to amend the Iron Mountain City Charter to eliminate the civil service system. Citizens Voice Committee of Dickinson County feels the civil service system is a "good ol' boy club." Another bad side to the law is the time-consuming process of hiring or firing.A ...

Check smoke alarms for Fire Prevention Week

Editorials

If your smoke detector has spent a decade in service, it's time to be retired.The theme for Fire Prevention Week, which started Sunday and runs through Saturday, is "Don't Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years."The public usually doesn't realize smoke alarms must be replaced ...

Upset by state changes on unclaimed money

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Remember, before I start, that unclaimed money is YOUR money, returned to the state by any organization you may have done business with in the past or even currently. Organizations that have your money on file but cannot locate you after a number of years must, by law, return the funds ...

On Newspaper Carrier Day, saying thanks for the effort

Editorials

BouquetFrom Jennifer Flynn, circulation manager, The Daily News:Today is International Newspaper Carrier Day and on behalf of myself and everyone here at The Daily News, I would like to take this moment to recognize all of our bundle haulers, carriers and motor route drivers for their hard ...

Think pink for breast cancer awareness

Editorials

While October might be best associated with the color orange, it also has become a time to think pink.This is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when pink begins to show up in profusion on products and football players. Even the M in the state's Pure Michigan logo turns pink for the ...

Wisconsin roads need help; state not listening

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:A little while back, I suggested a possible solution to the oil and gasoline pipeline between Green Bay and Milwaukee, that rail transport might save a lot and make our fuel prices less at the pump. It would also be better than the governor's suggestion, which is overloaded trucks and ...

Raising awareness about the problem of domestic violence

Editorials

The statistics are as grim as the display of 82 crosses outside First Covenant Church, each representing a life lost to domestic violence in Michigan in the past year.Nationwide, an incident of domestic violence is reported every minute, on average, in the United States; two women die each week ...

The ‘quiet catastrophe’ of men choosing to not seek work

Columns

WASHINGTON - The "quiet catastrophe" is particularly dismaying because it is so quiet, without social turmoil or even debate. It is this: After 88 consecutive months of the economic expansion that began in June 2009, a smaller percentage of American males in the prime working years (ages 25 to ...

Need to encourage new technology for forest products

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Compiled from an article by John Weigand, MiBiz:Trees, when we think about them our first thoughts are about either paper or a nice pile of firewood for the winter.Professor Mark Rudnicki at Michigan Tech University has a different idea for Michigan's forest product industry. He leads ...

Keweenaw Bay thanked for gift of lifesaving equipment

Editorials

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community recently made an important gift to local officials and first responders that will provide one additional tool emergency personnel will have at their disposal to make our shorelines safer.In a recent Journal article, we noted the tribe's gift of more than ...

Questions need to create county veterans office

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:There are two sides to the Veterans Service Office's request for county tax dollars. I personally will be voting no.The issue is about the economies of helping veterans fill out paperwork. There are roughly 2,500 veterans in Dickinson County. About 2,100 of them have no service-connected ...

Emphasis on cybersecurity in October

Editorials

Even the average household and individual today increasingly turns to technology to handle transactions, purchases, correspondences, filing taxes, renewing licenses, even registering to vote.As the role of computers, tablets and smartphones continues to grow in our lives, so does the risk the ...

Why did bailout for Detroit schools lack stipulations?

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:I wrote a letter to our state representatives in response to the following news article:"Detroit, Mich. - A new contract for teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District has been approved, according to The Detroit News.The new agreement includes an extra $10 million to ...

Keep campaign signs in the yard, not on the road

Editorials

Like dandelions in the spring, this is the time when campaign signs - for local government contests all the way up to the presidential race - pop up in great profusion on people's lawns, hitting its peak every four years.No one wants to discourage those who back a candidate from showing their ...

Why all the love for the Cubs’ consistent failure?

Columns

"Lots o' folks confuse bad management with destiny."- Kin HubbardWASHINGTON - The good news, a commodity in short supply, is that Americans are about to get a respite from the inundating Niagara of candidates' blather. The bad news is that the respite will be a tsunami of Cubs Gush, which will ...

Appreciate effort at half-marathon for Cancer Closet

Editorials

BouquetFrom Diane Schabo, president, Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet:Thank you to everyone who in some way helped make the Iron Mountain Road and Trail Half-marathon fundraising event for the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet a huge success. Your friends at the Loan Closet want ...

Make sure to get registered for Nov. 8 vote

Editorials

Good news: the Nov. 8 elections are little more than a month away.Bad news: Yes, we'll have to wait that long - and through two more presidential debates - for it all to be over.But another significant date looms in less than two weeks.Michigan residents who want to participate in the upcoming ...

Tax millage will support veterans

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:The presidential debate this week had two of our nation's "best" citizens explaining why they deserve your vote. Whether someone who wears an ice cream-colored tie or over-sized pant suit represents "our nation's best" is debatable.What is never at question are those who wear the ...

‘Vocational village’ good way to prepare inmates for release

Editorials

Prison keeps offenders out of society so they can "repay their debt to society," but should also have a rehabilitative purpose.After all, inmates who have served their time eventually will re-enter society, hopefully with a better - and crime-free - way of dealing with daily life.However, ...