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Opinion

First-ever virtual livestock auction a success in IC

Editorials

Bouquet: The Iron County Youth Market Livestock Council would like to thank the following buyers who purchased a market livestock animal at the 2020 ICYMLC virtual auction Aug. 7: Pat Sommers, Sommers Sausage; AutoDoc; Darrell Danell Construction; Simbob Heating and Cooling; Williams Redi-Mix; ...

Report: Post Office warns 46 states about mail voting delays

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service has warned 46 states and the District of Columbia it cannot guarantee all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, The Washington Post reported Friday. Voters in several states also complained that some ...

Lions Pediatric Cancer Program helps kids, families

Editorials

A childhood cancer diagnosis can come with a range of physical, emotional, social and financial challenges for the child and their family. Due to this, the Lions Pediatric Cancer Program was developed as a way to support children and families who are impacted by such a diagnosis. The Single ...

Facebook ups efforts against US election misinformation

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Beginning Thursday, U.S. Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing an addendum to their messages — labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election. It’s the social network’s latest step to combat ...

Fear of virus used for control

Letters to the Editor

Imagine government telling you, in order to protect you from getting a deadly virus, they want to separate people according to age, color, sex or religion and they would need to keep like-kinds in their own fortressed areas to keep others from reaching you. In a greater effort to make sure you ...

Feds: Yale discriminates against Asian, white applicants

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department investigation has found Yale University is illegally discriminating against Asian American and white applicants, in violation of federal civil rights law, officials said Thursday. Yale denied the allegation, calling it "meritless" and "hasty." The ...

The meaning of the word patriot

Letters to the Editor

According to the Webster dictionary, a patriot is “one who loves his country and support its authority and interest.” The first thing is love of country. The problem is love does not say anything about behavior. For example, wife abusers will claim to love their wives, child abusers their ...

Michigan can’t count on feds for bailout

Editorials

Michigan’s school leaders have been trying to get the attention of lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer all summer, pleading for some budget certainty. It’s true that the Legislature and Whitmer’s budget director had to make their first priority ironing out the shortfalls in the current ...

How Biden chose Harris: Inside his search for a running mate

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Gretchen Whitmer wanted out. The Michigan governor had caught the interest of Joe Biden and his vice presidential vetting committee, who were drawn to her prominence in a crucial battleground state and her aggressive response to the coronavirus outbreak there. But by late ...

Bergman needs to respond better

Letters to the Editor

I wrote U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman about important issues. He only responded to my concern about Russian bounties on U.S. servicemen. Bergman’s Aug. 10 response, abbreviated, was: “Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about recent reports of Russian intelligence units paying the ...

Virus relief deal unlikely to be reached anytime soon

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hopes that talks on a huge COVID-19 relief deal would generate an agreement soon are fizzling, with both the Trump administration negotiating team and top congressional Democrats adopting hard lines and testy attitudes. Now that President Donald Trump has issued a ...

Make sure students have proper vision for good learning

Editorials

The new school year, whether in class or online or both, appears on the horizon. Good vision can be crucial to success in school, according to Aspirus health system. As a child grows, an untreated eye condition becomes more difficult to correct. These can worsen and lead to other serious ...

Health officials quitting or getting fired amid outbreak

Columns

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases suffering from burnout, dozens of state and local public health leaders around the U.S. have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns ...

Return of NMU students going to be different this year

Editorials

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the Marquette County Health Department is asking local residents to be extra mindful, cautious and considerate in terms of spreading COVID-19 now that students are starting to come back to Northern Michigan University. Because virus cases ...

Some thoughts on Sturgis rally

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: I saw on the television news a story about the annual motorcycle rally and gathering in Sturgis, South Dakota. It was reported that the attendees were pretty much ignoring the advice of the medical community as far as the COVID-19 thing goes. Now, as this is a virus, it does not ...

November vote tally will be late, too, without changes

Editorials

A lot was learned from Tuesday’s vote across Michigan. And the takeaway is that, unless major changes occur in the election process between now and November, tallying votes is going to remain a very long process. We give local election officials a solid “A” across the region for ...

Postal Service emerges as flash point heading into US election

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mail piling up. Constant attacks from the president. Cuts to overtime as record numbers of ballots are expected to pass through post offices this fall. The success of the 2020 presidential election could hinge on a most unlikely government agency: the U.S. Postal Service. ...

Help support RSVP funding

Letters to the Editor

As some of you may or may not know, grant funds for the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, or RSVP, have been terminated due to state budget shortfalls. We are hopeful program funds will be reinstated for the next fiscal year, as RSVP has become very important to the senior citizens in our ...

UP Regional Blood Center says thanks for a successful drive

Editorials

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Mount Olive Lutheran Church of Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drive in the month of July. As a result of their efforts, we collected 15 pints of blood. I would also like to thank all the community ...

US intel: Russia acting against Biden; China opposes Trump

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russia is using a variety of measures to denigrate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden ahead of the November election and that individuals linked to the Kremlin are boosting President Donald Trump's reelection bid, the ...