Editorials

Teen dating can risk more than a broken heart

If you have a teenage daughter — or, really, a son — this is worth taking note. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has proclaimed February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. But our region at large, even across the border, needs to learn and recognize the signs of dating ...

Knowing when a ‘sad mood’ is something more

Ever have a downright terrible day? You’re concerned about financial problems at home, and your boss is pushing you to get that project done earlier than expected, then your car breaks down and you’ve got no way to take your kid to her basketball game. Sounds like a day that might make you ...

New state mining legislation on the right track

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

Kingsford worker’s help in clearing snow appreciated

Bouquet: As I struggled clearing my mailbox and Daily News holder of large chunks of ice and snow, a Kingsford city front-end loader operator who was clearing fire hydrants noticed my efforts and came over and took about five or six scoops from around the mail containers. Then he waved and ...

IM VA medical center cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago the Department of Veteran Affairs was drawing criticism for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals, including but not limited to peeling ...

Key college aid deadline is near

The Michigan Department of Treasury is reminding students and their families that the very first step to take when applying for scholarships and other forms of financial assistance is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Unfortunately, ...

Snow day waiver could cheat students

Snow days are great when you’re a kid. It’s an unexpected day off to go out and romp in the snow or stay in and watch hours of mindless television. It’s an extra day to do your homework or study for a big test. For teachers, a snow day is probably a welcome break. But the mountain of ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Ways to stay safer while on the ski hills

The rounds of snowfall did bring a few benefits — ski areas in the region likely are in prime condition. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs offers some advice on staying safe on the slopes. LARA oversees the state’s ski safety program, which ...

Thanks to volunteer crews that helped at Crivitz Lumber fire

Bouquet From George Kloppenburg, Amberg: To all the fire and rescue volunteers at the Crivitz Lumber Company fire Jan. 29, thank you. Everyone should be aware that most of the personal at all fires are volunteers — not paid, just dedicated, giving people. Every community has a volunteer ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

Taking steps to make sure your heart is healthy

Valentine’s Day makes February a natural choice to be Heart Month. If you’re going to offer someone your heart, after all, it better be healthy. Heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised. Unfortunately, it is turning up ...

State offers tips for dealing with insurance companies

Did the severe weather of the past couple weeks leave more of a mark on house or vehicle than ice and snow? If so, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services has some tips on dealing with insurance companies to file a claim and repair damages. “When working with insurance ...

Isle Royale wolf project right move despite setbacks

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland where it had been captured only months ago. The female was among four wolves placed on the island in an ...

The need to use local businesses

The news last week that Shopko plans to close almost 70 percent of its locations nationwide — including full-size stores in Escanaba, Marquette and Houghton in the Upper Peninsula — was disappointing yet, sadly, not surprising. Big-box retailers have been hard-pressed to keep pace in an ...

DNR conservation officers step up in dangerous weather

Bouquet: With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor ...

Utility, emergency crews to be lauded for storm response

The effects of Monday’s ice storm were bad, but they could have been worse. You have your local utility workers and others to thank for that. An estimated 10,000 people were without power at the height of Monday’s storm, but only 400 didn’t have it as of Tuesday morning. That’s ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to take advantage

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

Don’t fret — yet — over Foxconn’s twists and turns

Foxconn’s confusing explanations for what it plans to build in Racine County haven’t changed this reassuring fact: Wisconsin didn’t pay a dime to the Taiwanese company last year for jobs the technology manufacturer has pledged to create. That’s reassuring because it shows the ...