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Editorials

Health officials urge sticking with virus precautions

After weeks under stay-at-home orders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has lifted several measures aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, letting businesses and restaurants reopen and allowing some larger group activities. Unfortunately, some are taking relaxing these restriction as a green ...

Be safe when returning to the roads

After months of staying at home because of COVID-19, drivers are beginning to get back on the road. AAA urges that motorists avoid falling back into dangerous driving habits. “The pandemic has highlighted the extent to which individual decisions and behaviors can impact the health and ...

Floyd’s death calls for broader police reforms

Now that we’ve seen George Floyd’s full autopsy report, as well as the results of a private examination, there is no doubt that he died as a result of excessive force by the police. While reports conflict about whether asphyxia directly caused Floyd’s death, what happened at the hands ...

Keeping beaches, environment clean a shared responsibility

Cigarette butts. Diapers. Cans and bottles. Food packaging. Dog waste bags. Socks, shirts, hats and towels. These are just a few of the items that were recently found on area beaches by Cesar Escobar, an area resident who has been making a daily effort to survey and address litter in the city ...

Avoid spreading invasive species

Planning on getting out on the water or into the outdoors this summer? In these times, it’s a great way to enjoy the longer days and fresh air while still being able to maintain social distancing. However, while moving around from site to site, be aware not to carry or spread any unintended ...

Time to create change, not chaos

Maybe the astronauts who left Earth for the International Space Station this past weekend had the right idea. Given the option, most of us would rather forget the trials and tribulations 2020 has brought us. But, unfortunately, we don’t have that option, and we are forced to deal with the ...

Protest, but do it safely — pandemic has not gone away

After the May 25 killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis officer pressed a knee into his neck, protests began to take center stage across the country — including in Iron Mountain and Marquette. People are outraged, and rightfully so; but, an Associated Press ...

Michigan bottle returns to resume in several phases

If your basement, garage or messy closet is overflowing with cans and bottles, relief is in sight. Michigan will allow return facilities to resume operations June 15, under certain restrictions. There likely will be limits on the number of containers individuals can return each day, so ...

Tips on beating the heat — and staying safe — this summer

It might be a day late considering the 90s posted across the state Tuesday, but Gov. Tony Evers has declared today to be Heat Awareness Day in Wisconsin. The arrival of June means residents need to be prepared for higher temperatures in the months ahead. “While the warmer weather is ...

Lost revenue due to pandemic threatens public education

A story that appeared in Saturday’s weekend edition should have everyone worrying about the future of education in the Upper Peninsula and beyond. In the story, local superintendents of schools voiced downright concern about what expected state revenue cuts to districts might do the quality ...

Take steps to reduce the risks of tick, mosquito bites

With warmer weather finally here, the urge to get outdoors will be strong. And that puts people in proximity to the pests that can take the fun out of summer outings. Michiganders are urged to remember to take precautions against mosquitos, ticks and the diseases they carry. The Michigan ...

Memorial Day 2020 unusual but still noteworthy

Bouquet From Agatha Cavaiani, Kingsford: Some of the highlights of the Memorial Day weekend honoring our veterans. John Kohler’s radio broadcast — thanks, John! The parade at Evergreen Heights in Kingsford. The short ceremonies by the Kingsford American Legion Post 363 at the Quinnesec ...

Kids especially need reassurances during troubled times

This week, the U.S. marked a heartbreaking milestone as the death toll from coronavirus broke 100,000. This outbreak, which was deemed a pandemic by the World Health Organization back on March 11, has had a dramatic impact on the entire planet. But what are the long-term effects it will have on ...

Homeowners, businesses reminded to dial before digging

Now that even the Upper Peninsula has warmed up, the urge to tackle major improvement projects kicks into high gear. The Michigan Public Service Commission doesn’t want to dampen that drive to get things done. Yet it reminds state residents — from homeowners with backyard projects to ...

COVID ‘hub’ system a disaster waiting to happen

Fox guarding the henhouse. Wolf in sheep’s clothing. A disaster waiting to happen. There are plenty of ways to accurately describe the plan that places Michigan’s nursing home residents in a position of unnecessary risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. It doesn’t take much common ...

Let’s hope we re-embrace reality

Even before the pandemic, so much of our lives had moved from the real world and into the 10 square inches of our phone screens. We shop online. We read online. We communicate with friends online. We date online. Now, the coronavirus and the shutdowns meant to prevent its spread have forced ...

Remembering for Memorial Day the sacrifices made

Bouquet From students in fourth through eighth grades, Holy Spirit Catholic School, Norway: We hope that everyone will take a moment to think about Memorial Day. There are many moving images all around us in the news. It is easy to feel sad about the loss of life but instead we encourage ...

Memorial Day an opportunity to mark country, veterans

Memorial Day in the Upper Peninsula is typically the official opening of spring. Campgrounds are packed, grills are brought out and dusted off, and the air is filled with the smell of barbecue. But as we know, 2020 is anything but a typical year. With today’s partial reopening of many ...

The time of year to fear the deer

Late spring can be a time of year when deer become more dangerous. They’re moving more, as does begin looking for places to give birth — and shed themselves of caring for last year’s fawns, leaving those yearlings on their own for the first time. It can mean more deer on the roads, ...

Motorists asked to look twice, share road with motorcycles

Even motorcyclists who have not yet ventured out in 2020 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and far northeastern Wisconsin likely will not be able to resist the sun and mid-70s temperatures expected over the next few days. Which is one reason why May is ideal as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month ...