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Editorial

When sending children back to school this fall, using logic is a must

With the Fourth of July behind us and back to school sales popping up everywhere you look, there still seems to be some inconsistencies as far as how each individual school plans to address health and safety measures once the fall semester begins. A Tuesday article by The Associated Press cited ...

Our Great Lakes deserve a group effort to protect them

Taken separately, the threats to the health of the Great Lakes are enough to raise alarm. Together they are a crisis, the root of which we must recognize and take seriously. Mercury, PCBs, PFAS, fertilizer, pesticides, microplastics, water withdrawal, toxic algae, botulism, invasive ...

McBroom found strength, truth in election probe

We were pleased with the work undertaken recently by the Michigan Senate’s Oversight Committee, chaired by none other than state Sen. Ed McBroom. The Waucedah Township Republican, against the expectations of many, found that the 2020 election in the state of Michigan was honest and held ...

Copper Country remembers longtime sheriff

Given that he was the longest-serving sheriff in Michigan at the time of his death, it is hard to find someone in the Copper Country whose life was not touched by Houghton County Sheriff Brian “Slim” McLean. First elected to office in 1996, he served the community well over the years. As ...

Incompetence reigns at unemployment agency

The state’s response to COVID-19 has lifted the veil of incompetence on numerous government offices, but none so much as the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. The jobless claims spike following the pandemic overwhelmed the office. It never caught up with demand and Michigan residents ...

Ease travel ban with Canada

The COVID wall that has blocked travel between the United States and Canada for 16 months should come down. As post-pandemic life resumes most of its normal activity, foreign travel should be restored as well. America’s northern border remains closed to tourist traffic. If the travel ban ...