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Opinion

Maintaining our national parks well worth money, effort

Editorials

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all facets of society, with businesses closing, schools going to distance learning, and even parks closing in some instances, such as the situation in the city of Marquette. However, with some exceptions, people still are allowed to get outside and ...

Trump tours, touts mask factory — but no mask for him

Columns

PHOENIX (AP) — Making himself Exhibit A for reopening the country, President Donald Trump visited an Arizona face mask factory, using the trip to demonstrate his determination to see an easing of stay-at-home orders even as the coronavirus remains a dire threat. Trump did not wear a mask ...

Need to focus on positive actions

Letters to the Editor

We need to stop the rampage of fear that has overtaken our nation and our world. I heard a minister say the other day that when 9/11 happened an attitude of fear came into our nation. This pandemic has served to increase and feed that fear. Fear begets more fear. Fear is a paralyzing emotion, ...

Looking forward to a rebuilding year after coronavirus

Editorials

The COVID-19 virus has killed nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. in just more than two months. We still have eight months of 2020 to navigate. No one knows how many people eventually will die from coronavirus or related complications. No one knows exactly what will save the rest of us — ...

Trump’s anti-China rhetoric aimed at boosting US leverage

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is making ever louder pronouncements casting blame on China for the COVID-19 pandemic, aiming to sidestep domestic criticism of the president's own response, tarnish China's global reputation and give the U.S. leverage on trade and other aspects of ...

National Nurses Day Wednesday

Letters to the Editor

Wednesday is National Nurses Day and I would like to offer my sincerest thanks to all the work that you, as public health nurses, do every single day to ensure the safety of our communities and state. You are the unseen heroes who ensure the health of individuals in the places we live, work and ...

Putting on a mask isn’t too much to ask

Editorials

Going to a grocery store in Iron Mountain on Sunday revealed something worrisome. Michigan a week ago began requiring that people wear face masks in public places where maintaining distance likely would be difficult. Yet it quickly became apparent Sunday a fair number of people aren’t ...

Back in session: Senate risks a return but House stays away

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will gavel in today as the coronavirus continues, returning to an uncertain agenda and deepening national debate over how best to confront the deadly pandemic and its economic devastation. With the House staying away due to the health risks, and the 100 senators ...

Called to order: Supreme Court hears first arguments by phone

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a morning of firsts for the Supreme Court, the first time audio of the court's arguments was heard live by the world and the first arguments by telephone. The changes are a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which has made holding courtroom sessions unsafe, ...

Group effort grants a veteran his final wish

Editorials

Bouquet From Carol Pilot, Iron Mountain: This was written by a special friend of mine, Peggy Merrill. I thank her for putting the story into words — On March 2, Bruce Martin was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay. March 7, the family received news from his caregivers that ...

Rediscovering gratitude

Columns

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of Life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” — Melody Beattie As of today, we are close to two ...

Postal Service vital, deserving of support, stimulus assistance

Editorials

The economic crisis caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has not only affected countless businesses but the U.S. Postal Service as well. Due to the pandemic, it is estimated that mail volume and revenue may drop by 50% or more in the coming months. The Postal Service has advised ...

Biden answers sexual assault claim: ‘it never, never happened’

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden today categorically denied allegations from a former Senate staffer that he sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, saying “this never happened.” Biden’s first public remarks on the allegation by former staffer Tara ...

Questioning the governor’s moves not ‘hindering’

Letters to the Editor

“Those who hinder versus those who help,” the title of Saturday’s Speak Out column, is itself a sad commentary on an unnecessary dichotomy. The point made in Speak Out was, essentially (no pun intended), if you’re not for the stay-at-home strategy as concocted by Michigan Gov. Gretchen ...

Keeping connected with family, friends helps with stress

Editorials

Although people can leave their homes under certain circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order limits people to what they can do in the “outside world.” That’s understandable. Numbers have to go down before normal, every-day ...

Michigan’s response to mental health needs during COVID-19

Columns

As the CEO of a Community Mental Health agency, it is imperative that I follow what is occurring in our state related to legislative changes and the spread of infection due to COVID-19. Our CMH has approximately 260 employees who serve more than 1,200 people from Dickinson, Iron and Menominee ...

Trump won’t extend social distancing guidelines

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the federal government will not be extending its coronavirus social distancing guidelines once they expire Thursday, and his son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, predicted that by July the country will be "really rocking ...

Walk and Wheel Wednesdays aims to get people moving

Editorials

Feeling a little confined during the stay-at-home restrictions in Michigan? The Michigan Fitness Foundation provides resources for families to stay active during the COVID-19 requirements. MFF and the Michigan Department of Transportation have launched Walk and Wheel Wednesdays to give ...

Worried about virus, US House won’t return to Washington

Columns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the stark, startling reality that Congress may not be able to fully resume for a year, House leaders are desperately reaching for work-from-home options after a revolt from the ranks over the health risks of convening during the coronavirus pandemic. House ...