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Editorial

Latest Michigan surge tests discipline, will of state residents

If the past 13 months have left you feeling like you’re living in the classic Bill Murray film, “Groundhog Day,” you’re not alone. But with the recent surge in our state, it’s definitely not time to let our guard down. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Kids need cultural awareness

We understand the coronavirus pandemic has been all-consuming for more than a year, so we can’t hold it against Alpena Public Schools officials that a long-planned review of the district’s curricula on cultural awareness and racism remains incomplete. But our kids need those lessons, so ...

Beware of scam posing as COVID vaccine surveys

State Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michiganders who have received or plan to get the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid vaccine survey scams that offer a reward in exchange for personal information. The Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Bureau of Investigations, in collaboration with ...

Stop the threats

There are a plethora of ways to vent frustration with the ongoing disruptions we’re all living through because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For that matter, there are plenty of avenues to engage in civil disagreement over the administration of public health measures meant to curb the ...

Altran continues to do great work in Alger County

The past year has been full of changes for organizations and businesses of all types. However, here at The Mining Journal, we’ve seen many rising to the challenge with unique adaptations that have helped them continue to serve and support their communities. One example can be found with ...

Distracted driving can put yourself, others in danger

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 ...

Keep up the good work on vaccines

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 ...

Keep alcohol in check as consumption and binge drinking increases

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 ...

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

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. ...

Leave young animals alone in the wild

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 ...

State can’t delay guidance on graduations

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

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 ...

Human trafficking misery apparently active in Upper Peninsula

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 ...

Benefits of having a family physician recognized this week

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 ...

Presence of COVID-19 variant a cause for concern in the UP

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 ...

Munising News ending a run of 125 years

We note with sadness the apparent end of The Munising News, a weekly which has served Alger County for 125 years. Owners Willie and Nancy Peterson announced the paper and the Alger County Shopper, as well, will be ending their runs this month. Willie Peterson has been in the news business ...

Watch redistricting process carefully

With the 2020 census done and data wizards crunching numbers as we speak, the time is almost near for the decennial redrawing of congressional and legislative districts that can determine which political party maintains control of state and federal government. According to the terms of both ...

With spring warmth comes flooding risk

Warmer spring temperatures are a welcome relief, but they also mark a return to flood season. Flooding from melting snow or heavy spring rains is one of the most common hazards and it puts lives and property at risk each year. To encourage everyone in the state to be prepared, Wisconsin Gov. ...

Sunshine Week puts spotlight on need for transparency

For most people, transparency in government is little more than an abstract concept that shows up from time to time in news reports but has little apparent impact on people’s daily lives. Of course, everyone wants to know what’s going on at City Hall, when those goings on are important. ...