Opinion

Donations, volunteers helped make church festival a success

Editorials

BouquetFrom Jeanne Lake, Bible bingo coordinator, Grace Covenant Church, Iron River:Grace Covenant Church in Iron River held its seventh annual Summerfest on Saturday, Aug. 20, despite the rain - we managed to move all of the activities into our fellowship hall.Hats off to all who donated ...

Loss of bats in Michigan a scary thought

Editorials

It's getting close to Halloween, so that means an abundance of holiday-related images, such as witches, goblins and bats.Depending with whom you speak, witches and goblins don't exist. However, bats do, and that's a good thing.Bats, you ask? Aren't they rabies-spreading "rats with wings" that ...

Presidential campaign becomes ‘The Bickersons’ revisited

Columns

Not since George and Martha in the play "Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" or for older readers Don Ameche and Frances Langford in the radio comedy "The Bickersons," have we seen the kind of verbal pugilism practiced in Sunday night's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary ...

Vote no on civil service changes

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:One local political activist has been very vocal in his opinions about the vote to remove the Civil Service section from Iron Mountain's city charter. But he has some facts wrong.There are TWO civil service commissions provided for in the charter: one for police and fire (full time only) ...

The season to get a flu shot

Editorials

It's autumn. Days grow shorter. Trees become more colorful and then bare. Mornings begin to have the touch of frost.Another sign of the season: Flu shots now are available in the region.A number of area medical sites began offering annual flu vaccinations this month.Anyone 6 months or older is ...

Supports Celello for state House

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:I first met Scott Celello in 1987 when he was a deputy with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Department. From 1990 to 1992, when I served as the Exalted Ruler of Elks Lodge 700 in Iron Mountain, Scott was our drug awareness chairperson. In that position, he would visit our area schools and ...

Worried about rise of a tyrant

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:What is being tyrannical?The Webster dictionary defines it as "characterized by oppressive, unjust, or arbitrary behavior or control." This is what Abraham Lincoln, I believe, could have meant when he said the country, if it fails, will fail from within. I believe he feared the country ...

More transparency needed in state budget documents

Editorials

The Associated Press broke a story over the weekend - assuming break is the correct word - that profiled a handful of line items in the FY 2017 state budget. The piece, however, addressed neither the fiscal fitness or partisan bias of the items. The principle thrust of the story, authored by ...

Politicians need to be careful in cutting regulations

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:A major feature of the Republican party's platform this year calls for eliminating many government regulations. However, you seldom hear which regulations they intend to eliminate. Certainly we have a need to constantly review all regulations to ensure only those necessary continue to ...

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 ...