Editorials

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 ...

Hepatitis Awareness Month in May stresses need to get tested

The number of new Hepatitis C virus diagnoses among young adults has increased substantially over the past decade, largely as a result of the opioid epidemic, and approximately half of these new infections have been identified in females. From 2007 to 2018, the number of women of childbearing ...

Be aware of the risks of wildfires

Though the greening of spring continues, it’s not enough yet to ward off the worry about fire. Saturday was Wildfire Preparedness Day, pointing out that conditions in May and June can be ideal for fire to spread. Michigan’s wildfire fire season often is hottest during May and June, but ...

Clean up at Lake Antoine appreciated

Bouquet From Juli Cini, Iron Mountain: A big thank you to the lad picking up debris around Lake Antoine on April 28. Much obliged!

NMU graduates ‘commencing’ to next chapter

Time really seems to zip by, doesn’t it, because here we are again at Northern Michigan University’s graduation weekend. It seems like just the other day it was winter commencement, but in fact at 10:30 a.m. Saturday another set of graduates will grab their diplomas and set out to conquer ...

DNR’s good deeds too often go unsung

The April 22 edition of The News had a photograph of Jessie Curtis, a conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, holding an injured snowy owl she’d rescued near Hubbard Lake after she, according to resident Gary Bandrow, “chased the sucker a good ...

Changes in state forfeiture law long past due

Although some in the law enforcement community might take issue, we believe legislation that’s headed to the desk of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer making fundamental changes in Michigan’s forfeiture law is not only appropriate but long past due. Under the bill, which enjoyed rare bi-partisan ...

MSP warns about phone scam in area

Grandparents, beware. That frantic phone call supposedly from a beloved grandchild likely isn’t anyone even remotely related to you, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The post issued the warning after several residents in the region reported getting calls claiming to be ...

Stressing the importance of infant vaccinations

This is National Infant Immunization Week. Michigan health officials and the I Vaccinate campaign are using the week to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases through immunization. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also has declared this Infant Immunization Week ...

Appreciates support for Holy Tuesday Choral Service

Bouquet From the Rev. Edward Laarman, Niagara, Wis.: As the treasurer of the Iron Mountain Area Clergy Association, I am writing to thank the community for your wonderful generosity. On April 16, the Dickinson County Community Chorus offered a stunningly beautiful Holy Tuesday Choral Service ...

Free speech means all should have the chance to comment

Greg Lukianoff, author and CEO of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, presented “The Threat to Free Speech on Campus and What to Do About It” on Monday at Northern Michigan University’s Jamrich Hall. Lukianoff is co-author, with social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, of ...

The drawback of lame duck sessions

When one works at an unreasonably rapid pace, the quality of the results can sometimes suffer — and the Michigan legislation which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority looks to offer an example of this. The corridor authority was established to provide oversight for a new utility ...

Whitmer on right track with jobs training initiatives

That rarest of political circumstances occurred not many days ago in Lansing when many — certainly not all — Democrats and Republicans found an issue they could agree on. OK, that’s something of an overstatement as the two parties do cooperate from time to time. But that cooperation is ...

MSP sets Drug Take-Back Day for Saturday

Most everyone likely has a little plastic bottle of unused, outdated pills sitting on a back shelf in their home. Those medications might have been needed when the back went out, to battle a bug or to deal with an injury or surgery long since healed. The practice used to be to flush such ...

Line 5 tunnel not perfect solution but best option

We see it as good news that Gov. Whitmer is rethinking her position on the replacement of the current Line 5, which carries petroleum in the straits of Mackinac. Enbridge is proposing to build a tunnel 100 feet below the lake bed to carry a replacement system to the current Line 5. We believe ...

Chicks, ducklings and rabbits should not be Easter gifts

If you’re thinking it might be cute to get the kids some chicks, ducklings or even a bunny for their Easter basket, for the animals’ sake please reconsider. Experts warn that, as with puppies and kittens at Christmas, the holidays are not a good reason to acquire a new pet. Chicks, ...

Help available for people dealing with Parkinson’s disease

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. Parkinson’s disease, or PD, is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that cannot be cured but can be effectively controlled for many years through medication, rehabilitative therapies and, in some cases, surgery. The primary symptoms are tremor ...

AG right to stop discrimination by adoption agencies

Michigan will no longer spend taxpayer dollars to fund adoption agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ parents. Attorney General Dana Nessel announced the change in policy last month as part of the settlement to a lawsuit initiated in 2017 by two same-sex couples, one from Lansing and one ...

Don’t let plant, tree pests hitch a ride up North

Spring is here, which means people soon will be looking toward vacations in the North Woods or getting back to cabins or camp sites they have in the region. Unfortunately, that movement could carry plant and tree pests to places they otherwise might never reach. The U.S. Department of ...

DNR program helps women develop outdoor skills

A long-standing Michigan Department of Natural Resources program that has a decidedly female focus deserves recognition, even as organizers start planning for the summer session. It’s known as Becoming an Outdoors Woman, and for the past 22 years, it’s exposed women 18 and older to a wide ...