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Editorials

Laydon retiring from IM Public Schools

Bouquet: Iron Mountain Public Schools congratulates Scholarship Administrator Mel Laydon on her upcoming retirement after 30 years of service in many roles. She started as an aide in the Central School computer lab, moved to athletics, next to the High School guidance office, and for the past ...

New Pine Mountain ski slide beautiful when lit

Bouquet: Have you noticed the lights on the Pine Mountain ski slide? It is only occasionally lit but what a sight to witness. Beautiful, to say the least. It can be seen for miles around. What an asset to the community. Thank you, Kiwanis Ski Club, for a job well done on the hill. Hope the ...

A week to talk about family fire safety in the home

State officials are recommending families review fire safety plans at home during National Community Risk Reduction Week, which started Monday and extends through Sunday. “The number one thing that families should focus on is creating a fire escape plan,” said Orlene Hawks, director of the ...

Be careful when trying out online sports betting

Tempted to try your luck — or skill — with online sports betting or gaming? Now that it’s available in Michigan with the state Gaming Control Board’s authorization, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel recommends reading the fine print first before signing up to use these online ...

Lawmakers taking on transparency reform a great first step

It’s an understatement to say Michigan’s government transparency record is dismal. The state regularly lands on the wrong end of worst-in-the-nation rankings for government accountability. Those ratings, lists that often place our state at or near the wrong end, repeatedly highlight ...

Two counties’ stance understandable but may prove unhelpful

In the same week that coronavirus deaths in the U.S. hit another one-day high at over 4,300, officials in two Upper Peninsula counties spoke out in opposition to the shutdown regulations. First, the Delta County Board on Jan. 11 announced it passed a resolution making Delta County a sanctuary ...

Appreciates Daily News coverage

From Karen Klenke, president, Niagara Area Historical Society, Niagara, Wis.: Can’t thank The Daily News enough for the support you have given the Niagara community over the years — especially us at the Niagara Historical Society. With your support, we can connect with those who would ...

Scammers using fake letters in tax collections scam

One more worry at the start of tax season: The Michigan Department of Treasury warns state residents with past-due tax debts to be aware of a scam making the rounds through the U.S. Postal Service. In the scheme, taxpayers receive a letter about an overdue tax bill, directing individuals to ...

Ban on Capitol open carry wise but did not go far enough

The Michigan State Capitol Commission earlier this week banned the open carry of firearms in Michigan’s Capitol. Good move, but it didn’t go far enough. The timing was right to do this. Most of us know what happened on Jan. 6 when an out-of-control mob stormed the U.S. Capitol, which ...

Capitol Commission oversteps Legislature by banning open firearms

The state Legislature is the only entity vested with authority to regulate conduct in the Capitol. But people should respect the Michigan Capitol Commission’s decision to ban open firearms inside the State Capitol until it is successfully challenged in the courts. The Michigan State Police ...

Call goes out on critical need for blood donations

With the holiday season behind us and maybe a bit more time on our hands, it’s time to think of how we can give back to our communities while filling our mid-winter days. During National Blood Donor Month, we ask our readers to consider providing the life-saving gift of blood if they are ...

Whitmer shouldn’t deny Michiganders a second chance

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got it very nearly right recently in terms of criminal justice reform. The governor signed a package of bills aimed at keeping those who present no threat to public safety out of jail. The legislation, stemming from a task force she appointed, reduces a number of traffic ...

Equitable, efficient vaccine distribution will be key challenge

As we enter the second full week of January, we will also enter a new phase of the COVID-19 vaccination program in Michigan. Starting today, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is moving forward with vaccinating residents who are 65 and older; frontline essential workers ...

Enjoys Killian’s Daily News column

Bouquet: I look forward to Suzanne Killian’s weekly column. Her ideas and subjects are so interesting, especially for seniors, though I am much older than she is. Hopefully she continues in The Daily News.

January designated Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed January 2021 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Michigan. “Human trafficking happens to children, women and men every day in our country and around the world,” Whitmer said. “It is often a hidden crime that can take different forms — including ...

A moment unimaginable but perhaps inevitable

To see it unspool — to watch the jumbled images ricochet, live, across the world’s endless screens — was, as an American, a struggle to believe your eyes. But there it was, in the capital city of the United States in early January 2021, a real-time breaking and entering the likes of which ...

Veterans here and elsewhere deserve best in health care

Should he be confirmed, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Denis McDonough, has a lot of work to do to restore trust in the agency — and to do right by the men and women it serves, including a great many right here in the Upper Peninsula and ...

Play it safe by taking precautions when shoveling snow

With Michigan’s snow shoveling season upon us, the Michigan Primary Care Consortium is offering guidelines to avoid personal injury or more serious health care consequences that can be connected to clearing away that white stuff. Of special concerns are individuals facing chronic back ...

State COVID relief bill good news, but politics should stop

As 2020 drew to a close, more relief appeared on the way for Michiganders. On Tuesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a $106 million plan that will provide relief to businesses and fund efforts to fight the economic impact of the coronavirus, according to an Associated Press ...

Menominee County sheriff says goodbye, thanks for support

Bouquet: On Thursday, after 12 years in public office, I officially became a former sheriff of Menominee County. Serving as your sheriff has been a great honor for me. I have complete confidence that Sheriff Mike Holmes, the deputies and staff of the sheriff’s office will carry on the ...