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Opinion

Food pantry says thanks for support

Editorials

Bouquet: To all the generous people in Michigan and northern Wisconsin who make our work possible: Thank you! Your dedicated effort to contribute financially, with food items and by volunteering your time in this problematic COVID-19 year are appreciated and very important to our mission of ...

Poll: Majority in US support making voter registration easier

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats' proposals to overhaul voting in the U.S. won solid -- although not overwhelming -- support from Americans in a new survey measuring the popularity of major pieces of the sweeping legislation in Congress. The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs ...

Biden’s ‘Jobs Cabinet’ to sell infrastructure as GOP resists

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden set about convincing America it needs his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan on Thursday, deputizing a five-member “jobs Cabinet” to help in the effort. But the enormity of his task was clear as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s vowed to ...

Take steps to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning

Editorials

Carbon monoxide detectors save lives. That’s one of the messages of Carbon Monoxide Safety and Awareness Month, which kicked off Thursday. “Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas produced by burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuel,” said Orlene Hawks, ...

Vaccination campaign launched

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to overcome vaccine hesitancy, the Biden administration on Thursday stepped up its outreach efforts to skeptical Americans, launching a coalition of community, religious and celebrity partners to promote COVID-19 shots in hard-hit communities. The administration's ...

Biden’s job approval at 61%

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are broadly supportive of President Joe Biden’s early handling of the coronavirus pandemic, a new poll finds, and approval of his stewardship of the economy has ticked up following passage of a sprawling $1.9 trillion relief bill. But Americans are more ...

MSP correct in program to become sensitive to autism

Editorials

Give the Michigan State Police credit for trying to get ahead of addressing calls for service that may involve a person with autism. It’s called Action for Autism and it’s a program which provides training on autism awareness and equips officers with calming bags to carry in their patrol ...

Foreign aid vital to US security

Letters to the Editor

EDITOR: The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the U.S. economy hard, with an estimated 3.5% decline in real GDP for 2020 (BEA, 2020). To mitigate some of the economic hardships, Congress enacted a $2.3 trillion spending package combining the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations bill with ...

Leave young animals alone in the wild

Editorials

As signs of spring arrive, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reminds the public to give baby animals plenty of space. Each spring brings a new generation of wildlife. While you’re enjoying the sights of the season, allow wildlife to raise their young while you watch from a ...

Biden rolls out his first slate of judicial nominees

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated a racially diverse and overwhelmingly female group to federal and other judgeships, including three Black women for the U.S. courts of appeals, one pathway to the Supreme Court. Biden promised as a candidate to nominate an African ...

Court case could change college sports

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court case being argued this week amid March Madness could erode the difference between elite college athletes and professional sports stars. If the former college athletes who brought the case win, colleges could end up competing for talented student athletes by ...

Prosecutors in Jan. 6 cases struggle with consistent story

Columns

BOSTON (AP) — There’s little doubt the Oath Keepers were planning for something on Jan. 6. The question at the heart of the criminal case against its members and associates in the attack on the U.S. Capitol is: What, exactly, did they intend to do? Authorities suggested for weeks in ...

State can’t further delay guidance on spring graduations

Editorials

Walking across the graduation stage and the formalities of that ceremony are an important gateway to adulthood. Last year, the pandemic threw those events awry and threaten to again, if the state’s restrictions stay in place. Schools and universities have no clear guidance on what Gov. ...

AP: SolarWinds hack got emails of top DHS officials

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Suspected Russian hackers gained access to email accounts belonging to the Trump administration's head of the Department of Homeland Security and members of the department's cybersecurity staff whose jobs included hunting threats from foreign countries, The Associated Press has learned. The ...

Presence of virus variant a cause for concern in the UP

Editorials

These past couple of weeks, we have been blessed with what seems to be an early wave of spring — but it has been accompanied with another cause for concern. Additional cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in Marquette County by the Michigan Department of Health and ...

Grieving over Atlanta shootings

Letters to the Editor

Our country has once again experienced a mass killing. On March 16, eight people were killed in the Atlanta area, six of them Asian American women. This is a cause for grief on at least four levels. First, of course, I grieve for those who lost their lives, and for those who lost their loves ...

GOP lawmakers seek greater control over local elections

Columns

Partisan takeovers of election boards. Threats to fine county election officials and overturn results. Even bans on giving water to voters while they stand in line. In addition to their nationwide efforts to limit access to the ballot, Republican lawmakers in some states are moving to gain ...

Grant appreciated at Light at the Inn

Editorials

Bouquet: Recently, Light at the Inn was awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dickinson Area Community Foundation. This grant will be applied to our 2021 programs to enable us to supply emergency housing, meals and further assistance to the people in Dickinson and Iron counties who may find ...

Thanks, 100-Plus Women, from Cancer Loan Closet

Editorials

Bouquet: On behalf of the Dickinson County Cancer Unit Loan Closet, I would like to thank members of the 100-Plus Women teams who donated this quarter to our organization. With the pandemic still front and center in the lives of our community, the DCCU’s fundraising ability has still fallen ...

Yarn — lots of yarn — looking for a good cause

Editorials

Bouquet: A reader in the Iron Mountain area recently contacted The Daily News looking to donate yarn — “a lot of yarn” — that she’s accumulated over the years but no longer can use due to health issues. She would prefer to see the yarn go to a group that produces items for charity. ...