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Editorials

Delta virus variant helping to drive up COVID-19 cases

“I think people have no clue what’s about to hit us.” These ominous words aren’t from a Hollywood movie. They are from Dr. James Lawler, a leader of the Global Center for Health Security at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, regarding the recent uptick in COVID-19 ...

Presidential visit left most Michiganders on the sidelines

It’s a pretty darn big deal anytime the leader of the free world drops into northern Michigan for a visit. It was a special occasion when former President Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Traverse City late last year. Similarly, President Joe Biden’s Fourth of July weekend trek to ...

Travel restrictions between Canada, US need to ease

The COVID wall that has blocked travel between the United States and Canada for 16 months should come down. As post-pandemic life resumes most of its normal activity, foreign travel should be restored as well. America’s northern border remains closed to tourist traffic. If the travel ban ...

Marking Wildlife Conservation Month in Michigan

It is hard to imagine a Michigan without white-tailed deer, elk, bald eagles or wild turkey. But if not for the efforts of conservationists, volunteers and partner agencies, these species might be absent from Michigan’s beautiful landscape. In the spirit of these conservation successes, ...

State Treasury office warns of summer tax scams

Now that it’s July, the Michigan Department of Treasury encourages Michiganders to remain alert for scammers impersonating tax officials through phone calls or emails — or even fake letters through the U.S. Postal Service. In the summer, the state Treasury Department typically observes ...

Summer events make welcome return

Bouquet: This weekend the Crystal Falls Lions Club hosts the Bass Festival today and Sunday in Runkle Lake Park in Crystal Falls, and the Vulcan-Norway-Loretto Lions Club has its Community Picnic from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in Marion Park in Norway. These events are not just a good excuse ...