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Editorial

Vaccine registration system a dismal patchwork

It’s a long road to 70 percent. That’s the mark health officials say we need to hit with vaccine inoculations to build herd immunity against COVID-19. And after the first few weeks of vaccine distribution, it feels even further away as public health officials struggle to move doses from ...

The time to speak out is happening now

For the Daily Mining Gazette Editorial Board, the last several days have been extremely difficult to navigate, both on the national stage and here in the Copper Country. On the one hand, we understand that there are members of the community who want businesses to reopen fully and reopen now. ...

Time to accept that Biden won election and move on

U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-1st District, along with state U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7th District, announced earlier this week that they will formally object during the Electoral College certification process that begins today. “Since Election Day, constituents have demanded Congress launch a ...

Closing schools a tough call but the right decision

The social interaction kids get in the classroom with their peers is as important to their learning and development as arithmetic and biology. Many kids just don’t learn well in the kind of environment offered by online courses. And many parents struggle to balance watching their kids at ...

Help is finally on our way

For months, Americans’ pleas for Congress to give us more financial help in coping with COVID-19 have fallen on political ears — much worse than merely deaf ones — in Washington. Exactly why lawmakers were unable to agree on a second CARES Act is open to debate. Republican loyalists ...

Perna takes blame for poor vaccine planning

Hundreds of thousands of doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected by residents of and officials in many states will not be arriving as soon as we had been led to believe. After a few days of confusion — and finger pointing — about the shortfall, U.S. Army Gen. Gustave Perna fell on his sword a ...

Take steps to prevent frostbite

Frostbite is a serious tissue destroying disorder. It is also something that can be avoided. The Michigan Podiatric Medical Association (MPMA) has some advice to share during these winter months. “When you’re out in the cold, your body works hard to stay warm by altering blood flow toward ...

Some innovation needed for Biden’s inauguration

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooked an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents has ...

Governors should be concerned

With the coronavirus coming back strong, a number of governors have already ordered new — or rather, renewed — steps to combat the disease. Most are reluctant to mandate widespread business closings, however. There are very good reasons for that. Our economy may not be able to withstand ...

Operation Warp Speed on vaccine for virus

President-elect Joe Biden is correct in making the COVID-19 epidemic his top priority. But Biden’s strategy will — thank heaven — be much different than that of incumbent President Donald Trump. Limiting the coronavirus’ spread and treating those infected by it have had to be the ...

Uniting all of us

How fortuitous it is that this week, while the attention of millions of Americans seems focused on controversy, we take time out to honor those about whom we are in complete agreement: veterans of military service. No matter how we view politics, we are united in revering the men and women ...

Time to check those carbon monoxide alarms in the home

As winter draws near and homes are shut up and sealed against the chill, it’s time to consider safety steps against the risk of carbon monoxide gas. “Carbon monoxide poisoning can occur almost anywhere and I hope Michiganders take this time to prepare and prevent this life-threatening ...

Census needs a restart

Census Bureau officials’ claim the agency was able to collect information from 99.9% of the households in America strains credibility. It would during normal times, not to mention the middle of a deadly epidemic. If officials in several states, cities and organizations are right, the bureau ...

Provider relief fund needs change

How is it possible for Congress to approve as much as $3.3 trillion in epidemic-related aid to Americans ­— the amount already provided ­— without ensuring at least that the health care network was made whole? It is, apparently. Nearly 240 members of Congress have signed a letter to ...

Census is more important than we realize

By March or April, it was clear the 2020 Census would be much more of a guessing game than in decennial population counts. COVID-19 has seen to that. Our whole society has been disrupted in multiple ways. Responding to Census questionnaires has been the last thing on the minds of millions of ...

Sometimes change is a good thing

Sometimes, change is necessary. Four years ago, we as a country chose change over the status quo. We made a decision to move away from a career politician in Hillary Clinton to a businessman, whom many of us had seen on television. The country felt like he was a better choice in nurturing the ...

It’s time to make your vote count

There’s nothing more frustrating than a last-minute rules change. But that’s exactly what voters face after a three-judge panel at the Michigan Court of Appeals decided to overturn a lower court’s decision about how and when absentee votes should be counted. The Friday afternoon ...

Enforcement effort is part of School Bus Safety Week

Law enforcement officers throughout Michigan will be ramping up patrols of motorists illegally passing school buses. Operation Safe Stop is part of national School Bus Safety Week, which runs October 19-23. In 2019, nearly 2,100 citations were issued to drivers for failing to stop for a school ...

We need to be ready for recovery

We Americans, collectively, were not ready for the coronavirus epidemic. We ought to be ready for the recovery. It will begin when a vaccine against COVID-19 becomes available. Though a timeline for that is uncertain, it appears safe, effective vaccines will be available early next year. ...

Kelly deserves a fair chance

We at the Daily Mining Gazette do not condone intimidation of any nature. Intimidation, or bullying, is not appropriate at any age, whether we are talking about young children on the playground, or about adults during an election season. What happened in March to Houghton County Clerk ...