Opinion

Drivers need to ‘move over’ for emergency vehicles

Editorials

The sight of lights flashing atop an emergency vehicle ahead should prompt all motorists to move to another lane or slow down as they carefully pass by.Unfortunately, a growing number are not bothering to do either, according to the Michigan State Police."I believe we can call this an ...

Director offers insight on services done by DICSA

Columns

By SANDIE ESSENDRUPExecutive DirectorDickinson-Iron Community Services AgencySometimes one of the challenges of a non-profit organization is getting the word out about what you do in a community. Advertising and marketing generally don't make it as a line item in the budget. Therefore, I'd ...

Police, press need better cooperation

Editorials

With only a handful of notable exceptions, Upper Peninsula media have historically been a docile lot when covering law enforcement.When hard questions and dogged pursuit were in order, we most often timidly took the press release and told ourselves it was what we had to do to get along.The ...

Comey has history of letting the Clintons off

Columns

By NAT HENTOFF and NICK HENTOFFCato InstituteWhen James Comey announced his decision not to recommend the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for the misuse of classified information, it was not his first investigation of Clinton that ended without the filing of criminal charges. It was his third ...

Last of ‘da Nort Side’ group gone

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Now they're all gone.Biaggio Colavecchi's obituary punctuated the passing of that special group of Italian kids from "da Nort Side" who grew up through the Great Depression. Through innate talent, study and hard work, they became highly skilled jazz and popular musicians; national class, ...

Trying to hold on to core values

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Recently, at a place of employment of mine, a customer thanked me for a courtesy phone call. My verbatim reply: "I sincerely appreciate the thank you, but you are the customer. I am just doing my job servicing you as the customer deserves."A couple of weeks ago, a woman and I were ...

Antique Tractor Club makes annual visit to VA Hospital

Editorials

BouquetFrom Vance Jones, Northwoods Antique Tractor Club:On July 12, the Northwoods Antique Tractor Club made our annual trip from the Aurora, Wis., Fire Hall to the VA Hospital in Iron Mountain to display our tractors and some antique equipment.A great thank you to Kingsford Public Safety, the ...

Do the math, seniors, on supplemental insurance

Editorials

Social Security recipients and Medicare participants: "There is no inflation" ... and pigs fly! Yet, a notice just came from Blue Cross-Blue Shield that the supplemental health insurance policy will jump more than $100 a month to an astronomical $240 a month come January and it only covers the ...

DNR asks ORV operators to ‘TREAD Lightly’

Editorials

We're well within the time of year in which groups of off-road vehicles, commonly known as ORVs or ATVs, take to the trails in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin.The majority are responsible users of these vehicles, staying on designated trails and doing minimal - and certainly unintended ...

Veterans deserve more funding for services

Columns

By MICHAEL MILLERDirector, Office of Veterans AffairsAfter last Monday's County Board meeting, many veterans felt hopeful. During that meeting, the commissioners decided to hold a special meeting to debate and decide on a long-term funding solution for the Office of Veterans' Affairs. This ...

Privitizing VA not a good idea

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:Some months ago I heard my senator, Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) speaking about privatizing the Veterans Administration. I did not give it too much thought, as it sounded so strange, especially in light of Senator Johnson's call, just weeks later for 50,000 U.S. troops in Syria. If you don't ...

Despite progress, problems persist

Editorials

"Refusing to acknowledge that this hateful behavior exists in this town is no better than actually committing it." - Julio Ledesma.It's a sobering statement, made by someone who had no real reason to speak up about being the apparent target of racism in our community. Ledesma, a Rice University ...

Running into racism in Iron Mountain

Columns

By JULIO LEDESMAThis is not a cry for help, a plea for attention, or a request for an apology. I am a visitor here in Iron Mountain. My time is limited to just a few summer weeks, so my intention/motive for speaking out is not a personal one. I've travelled all across our great country and have ...

Fines for ship’s bilge discharge should have been higher

Editorials

We applaud the recent leveling of a hefty fine in connection to a German-based cargo ship dumping oily bilge water into the Great Lakes - and only regret the sanction wasn't much higher.As reported by MLive and other news gathering agencies, the firm MST Mineralien Schiffahrt, based in ...

Vote no Aug. 2 on millage proposals

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR:I hear that the Dickinson County Commissioners are talking about adding another millage proposal to the ballot, probably for the November election, to fund the veterans program in the county. That's fine and good but instead of piecemealing money out of the taxpayers for good things or ...

Take a Vet Fishing program comes to U.P.

Editorials

Military veterans will have the opportunity to take a half-day guided fishing trip on the Bays de Noc on Sunday.It's part of a "A Day of Giving Back," an event sponsored by the Take A Vet Fishing organization. The purpose is to thank veterans, as well as provide support for those who have ...

Need to recognize the humanity in all lives

Columns

WASHINGTON - Horror. Shock. Disbelief. Numbness. Grief. Anger. And terrible sadness.These fractured thoughts were all I could muster upon waking Friday to news of the ambush on Dallas police. They were still fresh in my mind from the night before when I'd turned in early, exhausted by the ...

Effort on to return arctic grayling to state

Editorials

Mankind wielded all three prongs of the spear that killed Michigan's arctic grayling - we caught too many, we damaged their watery home and we imported invasive species to compete with them.Now we've undertaken the difficult, but worthy, quest to restore the native Michigander to its rightful ...

Too many U.P. children exposed to drugs in womb

Columns

By CHERIE FILACoordinatorDickinson-Iron Early OnIn response to recent editorials regarding drug use in Dickinson and Iron counties, I would like to offer the following facts and concerns:Drug use in our culture and the long-term effects of children exposed to substances in the womb and/or later ...

Appreciated all the work for a great Fourth

Editorials

BouquetFrom Agatha Cavaini, Kingsford:Our great community and surrounding areas did themselves good in observance of Independence Day:-The parade, with Aaron Harper as grand marshal;-When the color guard passed, some men removed their caps and placed their hand over their hearts, but the ...