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Editorials

Honor Flight Legacy deserves UP-wide support

Upper Peninsula Honor Flight has spent nearly a decade offering local veterans free transportation to visit memorials in Washington, D.C., and now an effort has begun to pay homage to the organization for all of its hard work. An exhibit being developed at the multi-use complex on the U.P. ...

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month

Dating and romantic relationships mean making oneself vulnerable emotionally. Unfortunately, that also can result in being vulnerable to abuse, including significant and long-lasting trauma. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is urging all Michiganders to educate themselves, their families and ...

NMU board backs setting Indigenous Peoples’ Day

A move last week by the Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees to publicly endorse an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration on campus may have appeared to casual observers like a housekeeping kind of item, something that might fall into “Other Business” on the board’s agenda. It ...

Deadline coming to register to vote in March 10 election

The 2020 election season is upon us. Today, Wisconsin residents will vote on finalists for a state Supreme Court seat, along with some northern counties — including Florence — choosing the top Republican and Democratic candidates for the 7th District U.S. Congressional seat that Sean ...

Don’t be seduced by romance scams

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel urges Michiganders to be mindful of romance scams. To ensure consumers protect themselves if interested in using a dating service, Nessel’s office recommends reviewing the “Romance Scams: Stay Safe and Avoid Financial Heartache” consumer alert and ...

Great Eight games live up to name

Bouquet From Paula Moroni, Aurora, Wis.: Last Saturday, we had the pleasure of attending the bowling event at the Great Eight Winter Games. The students, parents, family and friends all showed good sportsmanship and patience throughout the entire event. Each of the participants was ...

Brighter future for Pine Mountain ski jumping tourney

Like seasonal birds, ski jumpers from around the globe have made their annual mid-February arrival in Iron Mountain — an expected 37 in all, from nine nations that include Norway, Poland, Germany, Slovenia, Canada, France, Kazakhstan, Austria and, of course, the United States. The 2020 ...

Second Amendment sanctuary resolution opinion correct

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has restated his position on the proposed Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolution, which came during the Feb. 4 meeting of the Marquette County Board. Previously, the board denied a public proposal to name the county a Second Amendment ...

Identity theft vexing state tax return process

Local and state media have reported that cyber scammers are pilfering residents’ identities and using the theft to steal income tax returns. It’s happened in recent years all across the state, including right here in the Upper Peninsula. In an effort to head off further thefts, the ...

Make sure new technology is reliable

These days, it seems as if there is an “app” for everything. But the fiasco last week with the Iowa Democratic Party’s presidential nominating caucuses is a reminder that the appeal of new technology needs to be tempered by concern over reliability. Iowa’s caucus process is the first ...

State looking for nominees for Health Hero awards

Know of an individual or group in the Upper Peninsula whose efforts help make the region a healthier place to live? The Michigan Public Health Week Partnership seeks nominations of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserve and improve local health for ...

Thanks to tow company for help

Bouquet and Barb From Duane Johnson, Faithorn: I was fishing at Gene’s Pond near Felch. My pickup truck got stuck for two days. Contacted the Department of Natural Resources, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office, county Road Commission and 911. No one was able to help. Called L.R. Vincent ...

Health Department kicks off Healthy Hearts Month

Considering the Valentine’s Day holiday, February is a natural choice to be Healthy Hearts Month. With that in mind, the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is highlighting the message of what to do to keep the heart healthy and lessen the risk for cardiovascular disease, or ...

Campaigner or commander in chief? No difference for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dispatching Cabinet secretaries across the country to woo Iowa voters. Using private cash to finance an official made-for-TV moment. Delivering a State of the Union address that doubled as a campaign kickoff speech. Holding an impeachment acquittal victory rally in the White ...

Whitmer plan is pave now, pay later

In turning to heavy borrowing to fix Michigan’s dismal roads, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is following the course that got the state into this mess in the first place. The governor said in her State of the State address she is bypassing the Legislature and issuing $3.5 billion in construction ...

Gov. Whitmer keeping promises on state roads

Any Yooper who commutes knows all too well how tough our Michigan roads can be, especially in the winter months. When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took office, she said she would be steadfast in dealing with this issue, and it appears she intends to keep that promise. According to an Associated ...

Heating the home safely this winter

In the depths of winter, state officials are urging Michiganders stay safe while staying warm, especially the elderly who are most at risk when it comes to fire. “To protect our most vulnerable residents, the State Fire Marshal and I urge all Michiganders to learn and practice basic fire ...

Appreciate help from neighbors

Bouquet From Dick and Marilyn Sinelli, Iron Mountain: Most often we find the Opinion page filled with complaints, nasty opinions and other negative comments. Today this letter is different — it is positive and a very big thank you. Our hats off to Jeff Demerse and Dr. Stephen Kaad. For the ...

A new day or Groundhog Day?

A new year often promises change beyond the number you scribble on the date line of your checks. It can mean new opportunities, new priorities and new goals. But when it comes to Michigan state government, 2020 presents the possibility of more of the same. On issues where there were ...

State AG warns of identity theft during tax season

As tax season gets underway, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel kicked off Tax-Related Identity Theft Awareness Week. “Beginning today and through Friday, Jan. 31, my office will share tips to ensure Michiganders are equipped with the necessary tools to spot and stop thieves this tax ...