Editorials

Packers legend Bart Starr will be sorely missed

Whether you are a Green Bay Packers fan, hate that team or don’t follow the NFL, you had to admire Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who died Sunday at the age of 85. Did you ever hear anyone say a bad word about the man? Starr became a superstar under the tutelage of Vince Lombardi, ...

Judge Greeley will be missed, but his legacy will live on

On May 20, retired U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley was honored during an official portrait unveiling recognizing his retirement. When Greeley applied for the magistrate judge position in 1988, he was only 33 years old and became the youngest federal judge in the United States ...

Spring means be aware of rabies

An interaction with wildlife can seem like something magical, an experience akin to being in an animated Disney movie. With the advent of social media, such encounters have gone viral, even pursued with the goal of becoming an online sensation. But experts in Michigan warn against the ...

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Lake Antoine help appreciated

Bouquet From Allison Lucier, Norway: The Lake Antoine Park Partners of Dickinson County would like to thank the volunteers who helped prepare the park for the upcoming camping season. A special thanks to the Menominee Range Gliders, the City Park Disc Golf Club, Dickinson County Correctional ...

Salmon in the Classroom a great addition to schools

It’s easier to understand how fish grow when you actually watch them. Throughout the school year, area schools have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the fish eggs, and the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout ...

Ways to stay healthy, safe while swimming

Though the recent cool weather and high water conditions don’t exactly beckon going for a swim, the time likely will come when getting into the water will seem like a great idea on a hot day. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages residents to ...

Lansing take note: Parents want better schools in Michigan

Michigan faces competing challenges that deserve lawmakers’ attention, from fixing the roads to reducing outrageous auto insurance rates. Parents in the state believe that improving schools is even more important, however, and that should serve as a wake-up call to elected leaders. A poll ...

DNR offers safety tips for National Safe Boating Week

With school almost over, the weather warming up and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer, many will begin enjoying Michigan’s more than 11,000 inland lakes and roughly 36,000 miles of rivers and streams. Saturday marked the start of National Safe Boating ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems a good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Appreciates county stepping up for lift station at meal center

Bouquet — Thank you, Dickinson County Board members, for allocating monies for the lift station at the Crystal Lake Community Center for the Meals on Wheels program. Thank you also to the drivers who deliver these meals rain or shine, ice or snow, on unplowed roads, sidewalks and driveways ...

Best to leave wildlife babies be

The annual springtime wave of downy hatchling birds and fuzzy baby mammals is close at hand. Some might already have young in nest or burrow. Seeing these new babies in the wild can be a special treat — but it should happen from a distance and not involve handling these young creatures, the ...

Put safety first during National Bike Month

Bicycling is one of the best ways to get exercise, see the sights and reduce your carbon footprint. However, bicyclists face a host of hazards. They often must share the road with vehicles, and injuries can happen even on a designated path. The number of deaths from bicycle incidents ...

End-of-life planning not fun but needed

End-of-life planning is not a topic most of us are comfortable talking about, much less actually doing anything about. After all, discussing one’s own mortality and decisions that are often made at the end is a stretch for most people. Yet, we all die and leaving our affairs in the best ...

Take steps to prevent getting sick from ticks

Spring finally seems to have arrived in the North Woods. As the trees leaf out and the days grow longer, the urge to get outdoors grows as well, looking for birds, hunting for morels, just enjoying a nice walk on a warm day after so many months of snow and ice, especially when the bulk of the ...

Flags to raise awareness of need for foster families

Blue and white lawn flags will dot Michigan’s landscape this month to demonstrate the need for loving foster homes for children. Michigan has approximately 13,500 children in foster care. Children of all ages who have been victims of abuse and neglect need temporary foster homes to care for ...

Appreciates cleanup of cemetery in time for Mother’s Day

Bouquet — From C.T. Hallgren, Norway: Roses to the caretaker and ground crew of the Norway Township cemetery. Despite the horrible “working weather” — damp, cold and rain — that we’ve been having recently, the crew has done an outstanding job of cleaning up in time for Mother’s ...

Help Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Saturday

Saturday gives good reason to put more than the mail out for your U.S. Postal Service carrier. For 27 years, the National Association of Letter Carriers has annually conducted its Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive every second Saturday in May in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America. ...

Mankind having devastating impact on Earth’s species

It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention that mankind has, in some overall sense, had a negative impact on planet Earth since becoming the dominant species. It may, however, surprise some to learn just how badly we’ve soiled the nest. According to the United Nations’ ...

Motorcyclists have rights to the road as well

While snow still is a possibility in the Upper Peninsula even in May, it’s likely safe to finally have that motorcycle taken out of storage or the garage. Perhaps it’s already been out on the road for a ride in 2019. Which means other motorists need to be aware — and respect the rights ...