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Opinion

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 ...

Final visit to Ireland

Columns

As usual, I planned for a window seat . Next to me was a gangly fellow, feet stretched to their fullest underneath the seat in front of us - head back, eyes closed, his profile not quite ruddy enough to be Irish - a blend of Irish and perhaps some other nationality - Italian, perhaps.    At ...

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

Editorial

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 ...

Can drive thanks

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: On behalf of the Houghton High School Senior Class, I would like to say thank you to all of the community members who generously contributed to our Can Drive fundraiser. The Houghton High School Class of 2021 held a can and bottle drive recently to raise funds for a senior ...

Munising News ending a run of 125 years

Editorial

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

Editorial

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 ...

Build the wall back better

Letters to the Editor

To the editor: This wall thing has dragged on way too long. So I’ve decided as a good citizen to step up to the plate, grab the bull by the horns, and put the pedal to the metal. (Metaphors were made to be mixed,) We need to “re-imagine” the whole wall thing. Because in reality ... we ...

My experience in Ireland

Columns

From the air, Ireland looked like a teddy bear, it’s arms and legs reaching out over the Atlantic Ocean toward America - a symbolic gesture since, indeed, after the tragic potato famine, Irish people fled to our country, settled in easily, and contributed more to us than most of us realize, ...