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Opinion

Now is the time to sign up for CTE classes

Columns

This is the time of the year when students begin to sign up for their classes for next year. In the past, the Copper Country ISD would host students from all of the local school for half day tours of the Career & Technical Education (CTE) classes that are open to all students. ...

Last best hope

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Any informed reflection on our nation’s past reveals that the “good old days” weren’t so good for all of those who call themselves Americans. Any such reflection clearly reveals an ever present campaign to consciously marginalize targeted groups of Americans in order to ...

Circles of community

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently you might have seen yard signs that say “Many Faiths, One Community.” The way we think of community is key. While belonging to a church is a choice, we are, of necessity, members of several communities, beginning with family and extending to the planet. Each of us ...

Distracted driving can put yourself, others in danger

Editorial

Glance at phone messages while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle? Even worse, try to respond? That’s not just illegal in Michigan — it could prove to be deadly. Law enforcement agencies in the state and across the country will try to make the dangers of such behavior clear this week ...

More than meets the eye

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Despite Michiganders twice voting against the hunting of wolves, here we are again facing threat of a rushed wolf hunt through the adoption of Sen. Resolution 15. Why the need for this hunt you ask? Well, the resolution states it will limit potential wolf and human contact. Such ...

Keep up the good work on vaccines

Editorial

Reading Tuesday’s edition of The News thrilled us. To see that Presque Isle County leads the state in its vaccination rates and that all four Northeast Michigan counties have earned a spot in the top 10 overjoyed us. Much credit goes to our public health officials, pharmacists, doctors ...

Is it true?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: An Associated Press article in the DMG on April 5, 2021, stated the following: A Michigan sheriff is speaking up for an Upper Peninsula man who was charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Karl Dresch “stepped over the line” by going into the Capitol but he’s not a ...

Support slowing climate change

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: I’m a retired meteorologist with two degrees in atmospheric science. The great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions (and other short-sighted, careless actions like widespread deforestation) are responsible for a ...

Keep alcohol in check as consumption and binge drinking increases

Editorial

As Michiganders continue to deal with pandemic-induced stress and anxiously look forward to getting back to a “new normal,” the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Elizabeth Hertel and the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC) Chair Pat Gagliardi urge ...

The legend of Davy Crockett and the Alamo

Columns

Born in Eastern Tennessee on August 17, 1786, he was one of eight children born to parents Rebecca and John Crockett. History remembers Davy Crockett as a bare handed bear killer who wore a hat made out of raccoon skin. His attire included a leather coat and pants, carrying a long barreled ...

All of us must do part to stave off fourth virus surge

Editorial

Philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears that many Americans are fitting the profile. President Joe Biden and a top health official declared Monday that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early. ...

Where do we draw the line?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: The Second Amendment to the Constitution states “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This amendment is ambiguous since a well-regulated militia and arms are not ...

Leave young animals alone in the wild

Editorial

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 ...

Who needs this change?

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Recently, Walmart went to self-checkouts. I wonder if anyone did a poll or asked customers how they felt? There were always long lines but now they’re very long. I’ve seen people just leave their carts and exit the store. I personally don’t like it. Looking for UPC ...

State can’t delay guidance on graduations

Editorial

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. ...

Michigan needs better child care, as soon as possible

Editorial

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a concern. It has ramifications for Michigan’s economy, child care providers and the working families on which they rely. A recently released report from the Michigan League for Public Policy titled “Child Care Financing Reform: A ...

Voting bills not helping

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: Thirty-nine bills were recently introduced in the Michigan Senate that will suppress voting rights, all done under the false premise – aka “The Big Lie” - of securing elections in a state where there has not been a single documented and verified instance of individual or ...

Human trafficking misery apparently active in Upper Peninsula

Editorial

Although it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security while living in the beautiful, rural communities of the Upper Peninsula, a recent announcement from the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office made it clear that residents need to remain vigilant, especially those who are ...

Invest in the American people

Columns

On March 11, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law. This $1.9 trillion stimulus bill includes $1,400 direct payments, an extension of boosted unemployment benefits ($300-per-week), a temporary expansion of the child tax credit, and temporarily increased subsidies ...

Benefits of having a family physician recognized this week

Editorial

Chances are you grew up with a family physician who saw you as a toddler, while in grade school, perhaps as a teen or 20-something. He or she might well have been the same doctor your parents went to, or who now treats your children. But family physicians are more scarce these days, as ...