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Editorial

Sturgeon deserve continued assistance

A sturgeon swam into the Boardman River in Traverse City last week. That doesn’t happen every day. The last time the Record-Eagle reported such a sighting was May 2019. We hope people get a chance to see more of the gentle giant in the Boardman and in other Michigan waters. The big fish is ...

State of Michigan reaches significant vaccine milestone

As a result of Michiganders working together toward a common goal, the state was able to reach a monumental landmark in the fight against COVID-19 this week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist on Monday issued statements as Michigan was set to surpass 7 million COVID-19 ...

Lawmakers should publicly disclose conflicts

Michigan and only two other states — Idaho and New Jersey — have no statutory requirements for state lawmakers to disclose their occupations, business associations, property, or income to the public, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. That has to ...

Scammers using COVID-19 pandemic to make money

Just when one thinks they’ve seen it all, scammers have contrived a way to use the COVID-19 pandemic to make money — your money, as it turns out. Here’s the story. According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, scammers are contacting survivors of people who have died of the ...

Don’t hold vaccinated hostage

We’ve asked Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to tell us when and how she would go about lifting the heavy restrictions Michigan has lived under for more than a year. The governor finally laid out some metrics Thursday, and that’s a start. But the targets are too hard to reach and will take the ...

DEA waging pitched battle against fentanyl

Ask any local drug cop about the danger and availability of heavy duty narcotics — drugs that include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or fentanyl — and you’re likely to get an ear full. That’s because those drugs, perhaps in the minds of some more related to inner city venues than ...

Doing the right thing shouldn’t be temporary

Doing the right thing simply can’t be a temporary change of direction for state regulators. We were heartened to hear the director of Michigan’s task force in charge of addressing PFAS groundwater pollution declare her agency would upend its current practices and, at least for now, ...

National Work Zone Awareness Week

Fall 2020 was a time of tragedy for Michigan’s road and bridge workers. In a matter of three months, five road workers had been struck and killed and three more injured in work zone crashes. As the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and other road agencies around the state begin ...

We need court cost reform

A Michigan Court of Appeals ruling that an Alpena County defendant must pay for the state’s costs in administering his court case is now precedent. By publishing their opinion, the appellate justices said their ruling that Travis Johnson must pay $1,200 in court costs can be used as case ...

Drug Take Back Day plays critical role in guarding communities

While medicine cabinets might not always be at the top of a spring cleaning to-do list, it’s critical to properly dispose of unwanted or unused medications whenever possible, as this can help protect friends, family members and the environment from the harmful impacts of misuse or improper ...

Floyd verdict was appropriate, not unexpected

A prosecutor told the jurors to “believe your eyes” as a video of George Floyd’s death last May beneath the knee of Derek Chauvin was replayed in closing arguments on Monday in the former police officer’s murder trial. It appears the jury chose to follow that advice. Former ...

Proposed legislation to restore judge position the right move

While 2020 was full of alarming numbers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year brought with it another dismal figure: felony filings in Marquette County more than doubled in less than 10 years, going from an annual average of 224 cases in 2011 to the 471 cases reported in 2020. This ...

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 ...