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Editorials

Powers Printing powered through power outages

Bouquet: Thank you to the staff at the Powers Printing facility in Powers who had to deal with three power outages this week but still managed to get both newspapers out each day. Their perseverance over these obstacles so our readers got a paper as expected is much appreciated. Also, thank you ...

‘Tis the season to get that flu vaccine

This is National Influenza Vaccination Week, so the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reminds Michigan residents it’s not too late to get that shot before gathering for the holidays. “The flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and your families against flu,” said ...

Take precautions before taking a shovel to that snow

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season upon us, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or a serious health care consequence. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back challenges, heart disease, high blood pressure and cholesterol, ...

Meeting, sign-up Thursday for election redistricting panel

In November 2018, Michigan voters backed an amendment to the state constitution to have a citizens’ panel rather than legislators handle drawing new district lines for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress. Now it’s time for those who fought for that ...

Ranked-choice voting fails to boost diversity

In early November, the city of Eastpointe in Macomb County had Michigan’s first-ever ranked-choice election to select two City Council seats. This measure was complex, ineffective and unnecessary. The new election method, in which voters are required to rank all candidates on their ballot ...

Some suggestions for GivingTuesday

From Ironwood to Pickford and everywhere in between, nonprofit organizations in the region are hoping to kick off the giving season on a strong note with GivingTuesday. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it ...

It’s important to vote, take interest in government

Bouquet: Now more than ever, each registered voter would do well to make your voice heard. At this recent “off cycle” election in the City of Iron Mountain, about 8.65% of registered voters turned out to place their ballot. The next four-year election in 2020 will no doubt show a larger ...

Supporting local shopping on Small Business Saturday

After the excess of Thanksgiving and Black Friday specials, an event like Small Business Saturday might seem an afterthought. But for local stores fighting to secure a share of consumers’ dollars this holiday season against more massive national retailers — never mind the battle against ...

State fire marshal urges safety over Thanksgiving

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety by encouraging Michiganders to follow a few simple precautions when preparing their meal on Thanksgiving Day, the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and ...

Cell phones should be allowed in Michigan courtrooms

The Michigan Supreme Court should embrace the 21st century and adopt a proposed amendment to court rules that would allow cell phones and other electronic devices in state courthouses. The court this month had a public hearing on the matter. The proposal, submitted by the Michigan State ...

Give snowplow drivers room to do their work

It sounds like this might be the right week to be thankful for snowplow drivers, given the forecast for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. In Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers has proclaimed today to be Snowplow Driver Appreciation Day, recognizing the many winter maintenance professionals who ...

Thanks to all for Community Connect support

Bouquet From Bonnie Pelto, Community Connect Free Store, Iron Mountain: This is a very generous community. For the annual Community Connect Event that happened Friday, Nov. 8, we depend on this community’s generosity to provide for our “Free Store” such items as winter clothing; ...

November points up need in Michigan for adoptive families

Gathering with family is the hallmark of Thanksgiving. So it’s not surprising that November would be Adoption Month, pointing up the needs of children who might not have a family and home that can provide a stable, loving environment in which to grow up. In fiscal year 2019, 2,038 ...

Environment still must be considered in going forward

Tired of hearing about climate change yet? Many people believe a lot more needs to be said. Noted climate activist Dr. David Suzuki spoke at the Nov. 7 celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Superior Watershed Partnership, which has been at the forefront of many climate-related activities ...

Basic steps to food safety at home during the holidays

Every year, millions of people get sick from foodborne illnesses. For some, it can be like the stomach flu; for others, it can cause a serious health problem and even death. People that are at higher risk are pregnant women, older adults and those with certain health conditions such as cancer, ...

Beware of scams seeking fraudulent utility payments

The heating season has arrived, along with more hours of darkness as winter approaches. So, too, have schemes aimed at cheating residents over utility bills at a time they might most need to keep services going — and might be more challenged to pay. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and ...

Snow-vember not too soon to discuss a snow day cure

We heard that legislators were already talking about what to do about snow day debt. In November. Yes, it’s wild that we’re already thinking about surpassing the state-granted six cancellation days for reasons “beyond their control,” such as snow. But it’s also wild that many ...

Appreciates what Fornetti Dental does for veterans

Bouquet: A big shout out to Dr. John Fornetti and his dedicated, caring and patriotic staff for providing a free dental service for our veterans Saturday, Nov. 9. This is very much appreciated and is something that we should never take for granted. Dr. John has been doing this for a number of ...

Absentee but extremely engaged voters

We checked the box to vote for no-reason absentee ballots when the question came up in 2018. We weren’t alone. Michigan voters screamingly affirmed the “Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 question two-to-one, putting same-day voter registration and other changes in motion. The Nov. 5 ...

Mountaineers merit a good crowd Saturday

Anything that comes up against the opening of gun deer season in the Upper Peninsula likely is going to be overshadowed. While the ranks of hunters might be waning, Friday’s opening day still will have a fair number of Dickinson County residents out in deer stands and camps for much of the ...