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Editorials

UP Blood Center says thanks for a successful drive

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Bryan Laurila at First Lutheran Church, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Tadych’s Family Market in Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drive in the month of June. As a result of their efforts, we ...

Daily News photos don’t show virus precautions

Barb: Pictures say a thousand words. I am very disappointed in the recent pictures in the paper of local interest that do not show people properly masked or socially distanced. You as a newspaper have provided a subtle message to the community that everything is back to “normal.” The new ...

Take precautions to stay cool as heat wave sets in

With temperatures expected to be above 90 degrees for most of Michigan this Fourth of July holiday weekend, the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division is urging residents to take steps to stay safe during the extreme heat. “Extreme heat can be ...

Governor must answer for nursing home virus policy

Evidence that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was warned early on that her COVID-19 nursing home policy would put residents at risk lends support for much more transparency from the governor. The Detroit News reports that in the opening days of the pandemic’s appearance in Michigan, the head of a ...

Pandemic badly affecting finances for state’s schools

These are tough times to be in the education business at any level but especially K-12. The school year in mid-March was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students were sent home to uncertain learning situations, although from all accounts parents and guardians did their best to cope ...

Think before using fireworks at home

With a number of local municipal fireworks shows canceled, sales of fireworks for home use have, for lack of a better word, skyrocketed. Some retailers report 200% increases from the same time last year, according to the American Pyrotechnics Association. Michiganders who plan to celebrate ...

Group wants suggestions for IM senior center

Bouquet: The Senior Citizens Council of Dickinson County wants to thank the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners for their confidence-building 5-0 vote to sell the senior center at Crystal Lake to the stewards who have had it the last 40 years. Special recognition is due to vice president ...

New Kingsford sidewalk helps people get moving

Bouquet: Have you driven down Pyle Drive in Kingsford lately? A million-dollar sidewalk project making walking safer. A busy street, people walking dogs, skateboarders, 4-wheelers, bikes, baby strollers, roller skaters and even power wheelchairs. The sidewalks could also be used by kids walking ...

State on right track in getting jobless claims processed

Although the wheels of government turn slowly, they apparently do turn. At least that’s what happening in the case of the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Recently in this space, we joined state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, in urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to reopen UIA offices ...

Move forward safely with Line 5 tunnel

Years of discussion, argument and litigation about how to deal with the aging Line 5 pipes under the Straits of Mackinac have left everyone involved with a bad taste in their mouths. Michigan lawmakers during a December 2018 lame duck session approved an agreement with pipeline operator ...

While celebrating, avoid letting that balloon fly free

A colorful balloon might seem like an innocent, child-like way to celebrate an accomplishment or special day. Letting a balloon soar into the sky seems to encompass our own longings to take off and see what adventures the winds might carry us to — think “The Wizard of Oz” or the ...

AAUW opposes effort to weaken Title IX protections

In May 2020, the Department of Education issued a long-anticipated but extremely harmful rule designed to substantially weaken Title IX, rolling back important protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault. Title IX is a landmark civil rights law that was enacted in ...

Chocolay Raptor Center deserving of community support

Many nonprofits, institutions and other organizations have experienced a loss in income or funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic. And the nonprofit Chocolay Raptor Center in Harvey, which focuses on rehabilitating raptors and educating the public about them, was no exception. The center lost ...

County should keep Crystal Lake senior center

Barb From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: The Crystal Lake Senior Center up for sale? No reason the county cannot support a senior center. In its 40-year history, the only major repair is the sewer backup project. The center should be one of the county’s top priorities, not just for the ...

BBB: Be cautious when hiring a lawn care contractor

Looking for that lush, well-manicured lawn? That can be a challenge. A more cultivated yard can include extended periods of extreme weather, bugs, pests and heavy foot traffic. But for those who want to maintain that tended turf, the Better Business Bureau advises being careful about those ...

Court’s LGBTQ discrimination ruling the right decision

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people scored a major victory on Monday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal law barring employment discrimination on the basis of sex also applies to sexuality and gender identity. Why wouldn’t it? Of course, some people won’t like ...

Reopening UIA regional offices should be a priority

We join state Rep. Sara Cambensy and others who are asking that Unemployment Insurance Agency regional offices and phone lines be reopened with all due haste. The Marquette Democrat and a handful of Michigan House of Representatives members sent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer a letter asking as ...

Keeping the brain healthy and active

Let’s hope during these trying times that people take care of their brains as well as their bodies. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. With Father’s Day just around the corner, the Alzheimer’s Association is sharing 10 Ways to Love Your Brain to raise awareness of ...

Decisions about education should be made carefully

We don’t think there’s any argument with the statement that this has been one of the strangest school years in history thanks to the coronavirus and the disease it can lead to, COVID-19. Schools were emptied in most parts of the country in March and students did not return to those ...

The history and message behind Flag Day in US

Bouquet From Robert Massicotte, post adjutant, American Legion Uren-Cooper-Johnson Post 50, Iron Mountain: Each year, our nation pauses to honor the anniversary of the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. In July 1908, the Grand Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective ...