Editorials

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems a good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Appreciates county stepping up for lift station at meal center

Bouquet — Thank you, Dickinson County Board members, for allocating monies for the lift station at the Crystal Lake Community Center for the Meals on Wheels program. Thank you also to the drivers who deliver these meals rain or shine, ice or snow, on unplowed roads, sidewalks and driveways ...

Best to leave wildlife babies be

The annual springtime wave of downy hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals is close at hand. Some might already have young in nest or burrow. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the ...

Put safety first during National Bike Month

Bicycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights and reduce your carbon footprint. However, bicyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path. The number of deaths from bicycle incidents ...

End-of-life planning not fun but needed

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Take steps to prevent getting sick from ticks

Spring finally seems to have arrived in the North Woods. As the trees leaf out and the days grow longer, the urge to get outdoors grows as well, looking for birds, hunting for morels, just enjoying a nice walk on a warm day after so many months of snow and ice, especially when the bulk of the ...

Flags to raise awareness of need for foster families

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...

Appreciates cleanup of cemetery in time for Mother’s Day

Bouquet — From C.T. Hallgren, Norway: Roses to the caretaker and ground crew of the Norway Township cemetery. Despite the horrible “working weather” — damp, cold and rain — that we’ve been having recently, the crew has done an outstanding job of cleaning up in time for Mother’s ...

Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Saturday gives good reason to put more than the mail out for your U.S. Postal Service carrier. For 27 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has annually conducted its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive every second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth since becoming the dominant species. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United Nations’ ...

Motorcyclists have rights to the road as well

While snow still is a possibility in the Upper Peninsula even in May, it’s likely safe to finally have that motorcycle taken out of storage or the garage. Perhaps it’s already been out on the road for a ride in 2019. Which means other motorists need to be aware — and respect the rights ...

Hepatitis Awareness Month in May stresses need to get tested

The number of new Hepatitis C virus diagnoses among young adults has increased substantially over the past decade, largely as a result of the opioid epidemic, and approximately half of these new infections have been identified in females. From 2007 to 2018, the number of women of childbearing ...

Be aware of the risks of wildfires

Though the greening of spring continues, it’s not enough yet to ward off the worry about fire. Saturday was Wildfire Preparedness Day, pointing out that conditions in May and June can be ideal for fire to spread. Michigan’s wildfire fire season often is hottest during May and June, but ...

Clean up at Lake Antoine appreciated

Bouquet From Juli Cini, Iron Mountain: A big thank you to the lad picking up debris around Lake Antoine on April 28. Much obliged!

NMU graduates ‘commencing’ to next chapter

Time really seems to zip by, doesn’t it, because here we are again at Northern Michigan University’s graduation weekend. It seems like just the other day it was winter commencement, but in fact at 10:30 a.m. Saturday another set of graduates will grab their diplomas and set out to conquer ...

DNR’s good deeds too often go unsung

The April 22 edition of The News had a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, according to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the sucker a good ...

Changes in state forfeiture law long past due

Although some in the law enforcement community might take issue, we believe legislation that’s headed to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer making fundamental changes in Michigan’s forfeiture law is not only appropriate but long past due. Under the bill, which enjoyed rare bi-partisan ...

MSP warns about phone scam in area

Grandparents, beware. That frantic phone call supposedly from a beloved grandchild likely isn’t anyone even remotely related to you, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The post issued the warning after several residents in the region reported getting calls claiming to be ...

Stressing the importance of infant vaccinations

This is National Infant Immunization Week. Michigan health officials and the I Vaccinate campaign are using the week to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also has declared this Infant Immunization Week ...

Appreciates support for Holy Tuesday Choral Service

Bouquet From the Rev. Edward Laarman, Niagara, Wis.: As the treasurer of the Iron Mountain Area Clergy Association, I am writing to thank the community for your wonderful generosity. On April 16, the Dickinson County Community Chorus offered a stunningly beautiful Holy Tuesday Choral Service ...