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Editorials

Tips for staying safe during the summer storm season in area

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember severe weather can strike quickly and create a variety of dangerous situations. With this in mind, Upper Peninsula Power Company has suggested these safety tips — — Power lines: Always consider a power line to be energized ...

Possible funding cuts to schools unacceptable

School budgets are challenging even in stress-free times, but these aren’t stress-free times. And businesses and individuals aren’t the only ones facing financial difficulties because of the COVID-19 crisis and the related closures and shutdowns. Michigan Sen. Wayne Schmidt, a ...

Florence County did well during COVID-19 testing

Bouquet From Annette Seibold, health officer, Florence County Health Department: The Wisconsin National Guard provided community-based COVID-19 testing in Florence County on May 12. These citizen soldiers were activated under Gov. Tony Evers’ order to provide increased testing throughout ...

Learn the signs of stroke, take steps to reduce the risk

May marks National Stroke Awareness Month. This month alone, about 65,000 Americans will experience a stroke, with many unaware they even were at risk. Less than a third will reach an emergency room within three hours, the optimal time period for better outcomes. This month, the National ...

Guns at Capitol protest sent wrong message

The Bill of Rights is a sacred trust that all of us inherited from our brave forefathers. Those rights were paid for by blood, sweat, and tears, and anything that threatens them, or erodes their power, needs to addressed and corrected swiftly. That is why we vehemently object to the ...

Fire danger high in UP, Wisconsin

It’s the “tween” time of year outdoors, when not enough new growth has emerged to keep last year’s now tinder-dry grasses and brush from letting fire race through if a spark gets lit. Both Michigan and Wisconsin officials in the past week have warned about the high risk of wildfires ...

NMU using CARES Act funding to help support students

Hats off to Northern Michigan University for putting forth a program that will help what may turn out to be a substantial number of students whose finances have been strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. NMU is making available what is being termed emergency grants in the amount of $700 to ...

Amid the new virus, don’t forget about an old foe in region

With the focus this spring on the coronavirus, it’s easy to forget about the usual health threat that resurfaces in the region this season: Ticks. Michigan has several kinds of ticks that bite people and pets, some of which can carry harmful bacteria, viruses and parasites. Not all tick ...

Grateful for meal program support in Florence County

Bouquet From Tiffany White, director, Aging and Disability Resource Center of Florence County, Florence, Wis.: I have been overwhelmed in recent days with the community support for the Florence County Elderly Nutrition Program, and want to share the good news! Demand for home-delivered ...

Numbers show COVID-19 can’t be considered like flu

“Liberate Michigan.” That was the battle cry of protesters who recently descended on the state Capitol to voice their displeasure — and that’s putting it mildly — with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order, which has shuttered businesses and schools. It’s ...

Many resources available during Mental Health Month

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services stands with mental health advocates and organizations in recognizing May as Mental Health Month. Observed nationally since 1949 and traditionally symbolized by a green ribbon, the mental health awareness effort sets a goal to combat stigma ...

Maintaining our national parks well worth money, effort

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all facets of society, with businesses closing, schools going to distance learning, and even parks closing in some instances, such as the situation in the city of Marquette. However, with some exceptions, people still are allowed to get outside and ...

Looking forward to a rebuilding year after coronavirus

The COVID-19 virus has killed nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. in just more than two months. We still have eight months of 2020 to navigate. No one knows how many people eventually will die from coronavirus or related complications. No one knows exactly what will save the rest of us — ...

Putting on a mask isn’t too much to ask

Going to a grocery store in Iron Mountain on Sunday revealed something worrisome. Michigan a week ago began requiring that people wear face masks in public places where maintaining distance likely would be difficult. Yet it quickly became apparent Sunday a fair number of people aren’t ...

Group effort grants a veteran his final wish

Bouquet From Carol Pilot, Iron Mountain: This was written by a special friend of mine, Peggy Merrill. I thank her for putting the story into words — On March 2, Bruce Martin was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay. March 7, the family received news from his caregivers that ...

Postal Service vital, deserving of support, stimulus assistance

The economic crisis caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected countless businesses but the U.S. Postal Service as well. Due to the pandemic, it is estimated that mail volume and revenue may drop by 50% or more in the coming months. The Postal Service has advised ...

Keeping connected with family, friends helps with stress

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal, every-day ...

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays aims to get people moving

Feeling a little confined during the stay-at-home restrictions in Michigan? The Michigan Fitness Foundation provides resources for families to stay active during the COVID-19 requirements. MFF and the Michigan Department of Transportation have launched Walk and Wheel Wednesdays to give ...

Watch for exploitation attempts as stimulus payments are dispersed

As stimulus payments continue to roll in for the Michiganders who qualify, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is reminding everyone to remain on high alert — especially for individuals looking to exploit vulnerable adults. “With the widespread knowledge that these relief payments are ...

Saying thanks for good deed done

Bouquet: I would like to say a big thank-you to a lady I met at the Dollar Store on Wednesday. I don’t know her name, but I want to acknowledge the gift she gave me. There are still good people in the world.