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Editorials

Marquette MSHS nickname change long overdue

The Marquette Senior High School Nickname Research Committee has recommended Marquette Area Public Schools discontinue the nicknames of Redmen and Redettes for Marquette Senior High School. Although it’s ultimately up to the MAPS Board of Education to make the final decision, board ...

North Dickinson students thanked for cards for vets

Bouquet From Lynne Wilson, American Red Cross volunteer coordinator: I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the fourth- and fifth-grade students in Vicki Johnson’s and Michael Lindholm’s classes at North Dickinson County School for the beautiful, handmade Christmas cards for the ...

Michigan’s move to allow online gaming poses risk

Michigan lawmakers this month passed a bipartisan nine-bill package that would legalize sports betting and online gambling. We think citizens have the right to indulge their vices, but the state should be prepared to react to unintended consequences. The legislation, which also lifts ...

Don’t depend on tax refunds to pay for holiday purchases

As the 2020 state income tax filing season approaches, the Michigan Department of Treasury cautions taxpayers about depending on receiving their refund by a certain date to pay for large holiday purchases because some tax returns may require additional review and take longer to ...

‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there; The children were nestled all snug in their beds; While visions of ...

Fire safety tips for the holiday season

The holiday season also is a time for greater fire risk. Michigan Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Director Orlene Hawks and State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer advise residents to use caution, as the holidays are a peak time for home fires caused by unattended candles and space heaters, ...

Thanks needed for a number of people, agencies

Bouquet From Charlotte Briggs, Felch: There has been a couple of organizations I wish to acknowledge with a big thank you for all that they did for my family. I have been out of work since March with lung fibrosis and severe asthma, I am on four inhalers a day and a nebulizer, without these ...

Giving Tuesday an overwhelming success in the UP

The Upper Peninsula may be a small, rural area, but that doesn’t mean its residents can’t make a huge difference. That was proven on Giving Tuesday, when Yoopers contributed more than $1 million Dec. 3. Through nearly 3,200 transactions based in the Upper Peninsula, about $1.04 million was ...

Drive merry and bright this holiday season

Christmas and New Year’s Day are fun, busy times to celebrate with family and friends. It also is one of the deadliest times of year for drunk- and drugged-driving fatalities. This is why law enforcement officers, in partnership with the Office of Highway Safety Planning, are encouraging ...

Taxing online businesses a good state move

Bills signed into law by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week are an entirely appropriate way for government to deal with businesses using the internet to sell goods and services to state residents. Whitmer signed legislation ensuring that Michigan’s 6% sales and use taxes are collected on more ...

Staying safe and legal where liquor is sold for the holidays

While this information from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission primarily was aimed at those who sell alcohol rather than consumers, it also reminds those who might try to fool the system, or press to be served when they shouldn’t be, could harm more than themselves. The commission this ...

Grand Island Ice Caves receive unusual recognition

A Superiorland winter attraction, well-known to locals and people who visit the local area, has received a bit of national attention in an unusual way. The ice caves on Grand Island, located off Munising, are famous for their striking beauty. Now, that beauty has been recognized by the U.S. ...

Deer hunters are generous with harvested venison

Bravo to deer hunters in the state of Michigan for demonstrating a high degree of generosity in sharing their venison with people and families in need. According to a story in The Detroit Free Press, this year has been record-breaking. Michigan hunters have donated more than 58,000 pounds of ...

A reminder about snow removal rules and roads

With a few major winter weather events now having reached the region, Michigan State Police troopers at the Iron Mountain post would like to remind citizens of several laws regarding snow removal: — A person shall not remove or deposit, or cause to be removed or deposited, snow, Ice or ...

School cops show again why they are needed

Two shootings in two days at Wisconsin high schools, plus a third incident involving a fake weapon, have startled much of the state. Yet no lives were lost and some may have been saved, which is reassuring. State and local leaders should wait for more details before drawing too many ...

Better background checks needed for people who work with older adults

We wholeheartedly agree with the conclusions of a new report that says the state Aging and Adult Services Agency should tighten up its criminal background check policies for employees, contractors’ staff and volunteers to better protect older adults. The report is from the state Auditor ...

State suggests choosing a real Christmas tree

Got that Christmas tree yet? State officials are making the case for going evergreen. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed December as Michigan Christmas Tree Month, recognizing the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Christmas tree industry to the state’s farms and ...

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, ...