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Editorials

Thanks, DACF, for the grant support

Bouquet: Thank you to the Dickinson Area Community Foundation for the awarding of mini-grants and grants to aid our community organizations with needed funds to “Do Good” in our area. I would like to especially like to thank the Norway affiliate of the foundation for awarding grants to ...

Meijer State Games another opportunity to showcase region

In 2016, Marquette was recognized for its deep love of winter sports when it was selected as the winner of Kraft Hockeyville USA. It didn’t take long for Marquette to be recognized once again, as it has been selected as a host site for the 2022 Meijer State Games of Michigan — Winter ...

COVID milestone a national tragedy

Some milestones are great, some are not so great. The milestone reached earlier this week — the 500,000 fatality total due to COVID-19 in the U.S. — is beyond not so great. It’s terrible, depressing, unthinkable — the adjectives go on, and they’re all negative. Other countries ...

Lockdown job losses disparately impact working poor

Michigan’s lockdown measures have resulted in devastating job losses for the hospitality and leisure industries, even as other industries less affected by COVID-19 restrictions saw employment gains. These businesses were harmed by no fault of their own and deserve extra help from the state. ...

The GT board can find better ways to spend its time

Taxpayers simply aren’t getting what they’re paying for from Grand Traverse County commissioners. Only a handful of weeks after giving themselves a 72% raise, county commissioners wasted yet another meeting on a symbolic resolution that would have them wade into politics well beyond their ...

Supermarket staff should be priority for virus vaccine

The Michigan Retailers Association has applauded state legislators for declaring today to be Supermarket Employee Day in recognition of the critical role Michigan grocery workers have played throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “From day one, Michigan supermarket employees have worked ...

Thanks to volunteers at mobile food pantry

Bouquet: A big thank you is in order to all the volunteers who give their time when the Feeding America mobile food pantry truck is at Crossroads Alliance church facility in Norway. The most recent event was Friday. These volunteers donate their time and talents to make this bimonthly event ...

AG warns of scams to take advantage of pandemic relief

Michigan residents facing financial hardship during the pandemic may be eligible for continued rent and mortgage payment assistance, as well as deferred student loan payments, state Attorney General Dana Nessel advised. Nessel also warned these relief programs may motivate bad actors to think ...

Zero can be a good thing, if it refers to COVID-19 cases

Not too many people need to be told that 2020 was a less-than-stellar year on many fronts. But 2021 — with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, COVID-19 still being in full swing and extremely cold weather in many parts of the country, including the Upper Peninsula — is posing its challenges as ...

Idle opioid grant money highlights leadership problem

Money doesn’t solve problems, but it can accelerate solutions. Unfortunately, when it comes to massive grants aimed at helping communities address one of our nation’s most pressing public health problems, that money was rendered idle for far too long. We learned recently that tens of ...

Proper hazardous waste disposal critical to protect environment

It’s easy to toss an item in the trash bag or recycling bin without much thought. But sometimes, there’s danger lurking within a seemingly innocent item. One prime example of this lies with lithium-ion batteries, which can be found in common items such as cell phones, laptops, ...

Flagstar employees lend a helping hand

Bouquet: I would like to give a big shout-out to Gustavo and Anne, employees at Flagstar Bank here in Iron Mountain. My incredibly spry but elderly parents, Marvin and Barbara Lundin, stopped by the bank Tuesday on the way to the VA center for my 90-year-old father’s doctor appointment. When ...

Avoid falling victim to a romance scam

With Valentine’s Day on Sunday, the FBI is taking the occasion to provide a little advice on when someone offering romance may have a different — and more damaging — relationship in mind. Romance scams occur when a criminal adopts a fake online identity to gain a victim’s affection ...

Don’t chill speech in reforming elections

On the heels of a contentious election, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson isn’t wasting time in calling for sweeping changes to Michigan elections. She says she wants to work with the Legislature, and that’s where the discussions should take place. The package she proposes is a mix of ...

Winter high school sports start, with some precautions

While Michigan high schools were able to resume winter sports Monday after seeing the 2020 season shut down by the rise of the coronavirus pandemic, the look definitely is different. Under guidance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, athletes are required to wear masks ...

Political climate isn’t improving, even after election

Here’s a question we’d like someone to answer for us: When will the political climate improve in this country? Think it already has with the defeat of Donald Trump? Sorry, no. The impeachment trial of the former president is set to launch in the U.S. Senate today. Get ready for a torrent ...

Organ donation efforts critical amid challenging times

While the COVID-19 pandemic has made some aspects of volunteerism and donation more challenging, there are still many ways to contribute to your community and beyond. One wonderful example can be found with the Northern Michigan University School of Nursing, which is spreading the word about ...

CTE Month a great time to explore a career in the trades

We wholeheartedly agree with a press release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office: Students should be encouraged to explore education and career pathways during Career and Technical Education Month. This week, Gov. Whitmer joined the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity and ...

As severe winter conditions set in, take some precautions

With forecasts of snow, high winds and icy conditions today, followed by dangerously low temperatures through the weekend, the Federal Emergency Management Agency advises that individuals and families take precautions to protect against the hazards severe winter weather may bring. “Icy ...

Find safer ways to celebrate the big game this weekend

With restaurants and bars opening up to 25% capacity Monday, some Yoopers might be making plans for watching the big game this weekend. However, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, says when it comes to Super Bowl parties during the pandemic, people should “just ...