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Editorials

Protect election integrity in driver’s license debate

Michigan officials are considering whether to offer driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and while there may be valid safety reasons for doing so, the state must also ensure the integrity of its voter rolls. State Sen. Stephanie Chang, Detroit, is proposing a bill that would give ...

State initiative for international skiing in UP a great idea

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other high-ranking folks in the sports world and business communities gathered Wednesday at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming to announce a major push to bring international skiing competitions back to Michigan, specifically the Upper ...

Rise in whooping cough prompts vaccination advisory

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is now circulating in several Upper Peninsula communities and public health is asking that all U.P. adults check their immunization status and that of their children. This is particularly important before students head to school, where it is even ...

Thanks to all who turned out for Alzheimer’s event

Bouquet From Wayne Backlund, Yoopers Fighting Alzheimer’s event coordinator and caretaker: The first person to walk this earth who has been cured of Alzheimer’s disease is still in the future. But local residents and fellow Yoopers did their part on July 11 to make the preceding ...

August is Child Support Month in Michigan

To recognize the tireless efforts of the child support workers, employers, state and county departments, hospitals and community partners that support Michigan children and families, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared August 2019 as Child Support Month in Michigan. The Michigan Child Support ...

Study suggests carp would do well in Lake Michigan

If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report just out in recent days should put a stop to those thoughts. The University of Michigan research paper found that the species would likely flourish if it ever made it to Lake ...

Breastfeeding shouldn’t be discouraged

It’s a practice many Americans seem uncomfortable discussing, much less seeing. But given all the known benefits for infants, it’s long since time we got over the seeming squeamishness about women breastfeeding in public. Really, no one cringes at seeing a doe nurse a fawn, cats with a ...

Law enforcement stress ‘Drive Sober’ for Labor Day

As August winds toward the Labor Day holiday, the Michigan State Police wants people to savor what remains of summer safely, especially when behind the wheel. Law enforcement will continue to show zero tolerance for drunk and drugged driving during the three-week Drive Sober or Get Pulled ...

Keeping geese numbers at manageable levels

In Alpena there is no goose who ever laid a golden egg. Instead, there are plenty of geese who have laid — well the polite term would probably be grease — wherever they land. This summer the numbers of geese in the city seems at one of the highest levels it has been in recent years. ...

Great job, fast response on dock repairs

Bouquet From Mary Beth Weber, Kingsford: Bouquets to the Florence County Forestry and Parks Department for their prompt action in repairing the boat guards on the dock at Badwater. I spoke with both Administrator Patrick Smith and a woman named Ashley on Tuesday, July 23, regarding the ...

Negaunee man honored as UP Veteran of the Year

Bernie Stanaway Jr., the current commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3165 in Negaunee, has been named 2019’s Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, and we believe there are few candidates more worthy of this recognition than him. When Stanaway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992, ...

Enough is enough: Don’t fix roads with classroom dollars

Rumors continue to swirl that Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, plans to offer the idea to securitize the state’s pension funds or delay the repayment of debt to find dollars for the state’s roads. This isn’t a real solution. If adopted, this idea would not only push ...

Propane users should plan now for coming winter

For those who use propane — and almost 20% of residents in the Upper Peninsula do — summer is the right time to consider locking in propane fuel prices for the coming winter, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission. The MPSC urges Michiganders to shop around to find the best ...

New MSU president faces challenges, ‘deficit of trust’

Michigan State University recently welcomed its new chief executive, Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. He’ll be the newest in a long line of leaders who’ve helped to elevate MSU from its agricultural roots as one of the nation’s first land-grant universities into one of the world’s top research ...

US Coast Guard always ready when needed for rescues

Visitors and residents of the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin are blessed to have ready access to one of the Great Lakes for pleasure or commerce, or some combination of the two. Further, we are blessed to have the U.S Coast Guard to step in and lend emergency assistance, as it was recently for ...

Wisconsin remains a prohibition state on marijuana

Marijuana is legal for recreational use to the east and north of Wisconsin in Michigan, and in six months will be legal to the south in Illinois. It's also permitted for medicinal use to the west and southwest in Minnesota and Iowa. Wisconsin is surrounded by more permissive states that grant ...

Vaping cessation program offered for Michigan teens

Nearly 5 million teens across the United States are vaping and using tobacco, with very few programs designed to help them quit. In an effort to help teens quit the habit, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the National Jewish Health and eight other states ...

Testing is the first important step in fighting hepatitis

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 325 million people worldwide are affected by hepatitis B and C, causing 1.4 million deaths per year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging Michiganders to get tested for hepatitis B and C. Testing is ...

Make careful decisions on loans to pay for college

As students prepare for the upcoming fall semester and start paying their college tuition bills, the Michigan Department of Treasury's MI Student Aid Team is asking students and their families to be alert and informed when considering student loans. "Michigan students and families cover a ...

Criminal record expungement can mean a great deal

Bravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to expunge the records of people convicted of petty offenses which now are standing in the way of them getting loans, jobs and entrance ...