Opinion

Letter questioning Ford blamed victim

Letters to the Editor

I was very disappointed by the Oct. 2 Letter to the Editor from Ms. Hansen. By the second paragraph I added surprise to disappointment, as she stated her profession as a therapist and a survivor. I believe, by the tenor of the letter, that Ms. Hansen thought this was a trial. This was a ...

Think about fire safety, prevention

Editorials

As the days grow shorter and the temperatures turn colder, more time naturally is spent indoors, and demands grow on furnace and home electrical system. Which might be why October is Fire Prevention Month, as proclaimed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, with the theme this year of “Look. ...

Poll: Youth say online bullying a serious problem

Columns

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don’t think they’ll be the ones targeted for digital abuse. That’s according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, ...

Good work, good people at DCHS

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I was just thinking this on my way here this morning, and I thought I would share my 2 cents. With everything going on at Dickinson County Healthcare System, I think it’s very easy to point the finger, to say, “I would never do that” or to place blame on one group, one ...

Casperson bill raises concerns about road damage

Editorials

“Boy, are those roads bad!” You’ve probably heard that statement, or something similar at some point in the past few years. Maybe when you heard it, it was in reference to driving in wintry weather conditions. But for the purposes of this editorial, it applies to Michigan’s crumbling, ...

WH midterm message: Embrace Trump or else

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has a message for vulnerable House Republicans tiptoeing around President Donald Trump: Get on board or start packing. The warning comes in a memo from White House political director Bill Stepien, who argues that GOP candidates who try to distance ...

The case for the forest products transport bill

Letters to the Editor

In response to the recently published news articles opposing SB 396, the forest products industry has been hard at work to ensure that all sides — the County Road Association, county road commissions and the many businesses within the forest products industry across the state — find common ...

Deer a seasonal hazard in UP

Editorials

It’s autumn, which means deer are on the move. Does are getting close to mating. Bucks have scraped the velvet off their antlers and are staking out territories. Fawns born this year have grown enough to show some independence, straying from mom. It adds up to deer in Michigan’s Upper ...

From children, with love

Columns

Many of us go through life either as parents, teachers, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. Our lives are consumed with teaching children values, ethics and morals. We all have hopeful expectations of positive results, some of which are that the children will assimilate them into their lives as ...

Time for Schon to leave DCHS

Letters to the Editor

It is a sad day in Iron Mountain after the Dickinson County Healthcare System’s board announced its intentions of keeping John Schon as administrator. It’s sad when the system doesn’t work for the greater good of the people. I do not understand the strong hold the board has, most ...

Laws say keep a safe distance from bicycles

Editorials

Granted, the main season for cycling likely has passed in the Upper Peninsula. But as of this past Thursday, Michigan drivers must allow at least 3 feet of room while passing bicyclists on the road. The new Public Acts were passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by ...

AP: How NAFTA 2.0 will shake up business as usual

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — American dairy farmers get more access to the Canadian market. U.S. drug companies can fend off generic competition for a few more years. Automakers are under pressure to build more cars where workers earn decent wages. The North American trade agreement hammered out late ...

Bothered by Ford’s memory

Letters to the Editor

I watched the Senate Judiciary Committee struggling to understand Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s and Judge Kavanaugh’s conflicting stories about what happened about 36 years ago. Much pain and confusion. I cannot relate to Ford’s fuzzy earlier recall of details of the actual abuse. Both ...

UP is prime location to see autumn colors

Editorials

We have seen a real shift in the weather over the month of September, and as October rolls in — so does the fall color season and the stream of tourists that come with it. Peak leaf viewing is mid-September to mid-October, according to Tom Nemacheck, executive director of Upper Peninsula ...

America should do away with the death penalty

Columns

WASHINGTON — Without being aware of it, Vernon Madison might become a footnote in constitutional law because he is barely aware of anything. For more than 30 years, Alabama, with a tenacity that deserves a better cause, has been trying to execute him for the crime he certainly committed, the ...

Kavanaugh needs to be confirmed

Letters to the Editor

Melissa Lison wants to know what the rush is for Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment (Sept. 25 Letter to the Editor). Well, Melissa, I, like you, am an Independent but could be considered a Constitutionalist, meaning I believe that any and all laws passed by the federal government must be ...

Press secretary defends scarcity of daily briefings

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is defending the scarcity of the daily press briefing. Sanders last answered questions from reporters in the White House briefing room on Sept. 10 — an appearance that followed a nearly three-week absence by ...

Flu season fast approaching

Editorials

The kids are back in school, the leaves are starting to turn and the Dickinson–Iron District Health Department is reminding residents now is the right time to consider getting seasonal flu shots. Influenza is a contagious viral respiratory illness. It can cause mild to severe illness, with ...

UP neurosurgeon’s life an example of strength, perseverance

Editorials

Becoming a neurosurgeon requires years of study and hard work, and then staying a successful one means more effort. After all, there’s a reason people jokingly say, “It’s not brain surgery.” That implies that people who are brain surgeons are highly skilled, accomplished ...